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Daily Catholic Quote — O Antiphons: O Adonai

O Adonai: “O Adonai and Ruler the house of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: come, and redeem us with outstretched arms.” (Vespers for December 18th; antiphon recited with the Magnificat) Please share on social media. Print this entry

St. Augustine of Hippo (detail) by Sandro Botticelli

The Lord Draws Near… Don’t Let Him Pass By

All across the parish I am encountering people who give witness to the nearness of the Lord. The consolations received, the passion expressed, the apostolic zeal displayed, all give evidence to the Lord’s grace in the life of the parish family. This is not unusual for our parish, but this Advent and the weeks that led up to the season […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — Isaiah 11:1-3

“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And his delight shall be in the fear […]

"King David in Prayer (detail)" by Pieter de Grebber

Daily Reflection — Praise His Holy Name

“Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name” (Psalm 30:4). If you are a Christian, you must be a person of prayer. There is no way to have a relationship with Jesus Christ without talking and listening to Him—and that is the very definition of prayer. If I do not pray, then […]

Pope Benedict XVI (Philip Chidell / Shutterstock.com)

Daily Catholic Quote — from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

“For Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. … It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken […]

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Encountering the Word — Psalm 51:9-15

From the Miserere “Turn away your face from my sins; blot out all my guilt. A clean heart create for me, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit. Do not drive me from your presence, nor take from me your holy spirit. Restore my joy in your salvation; sustain in me a willing spirit. I will teach the wicked your […]