The Reason for the Season

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The Advent season is more about preparing for the second coming of Christ than for Christmas.  To prepare for his final coming is more about action than end-times speculation. Reflection on the Mass readings for the First Sunday of Advent (Year C) — Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalms 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14; First Thessalonians 3:12–4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Advent is simply the Latin […]

A Lasting Dominion

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The feast of Jesus Christ the Universal King was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 and is observed on the last Sunday of the Roman Catholic Liturgical Year. It causes us to ponder what sort of authority, kingdom and dominion are truly lasting, and what judgment will be truly final. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Solemnity of […]

The Final Battle

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The Apocalypse — What does the Bible really teach about the End of the World, Armageddon, the second coming of Jesus Christ and the final battle against the Antichrist? The gospels and the book of Revelation raise many apocalyptic questions for Christians. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) — Daniel 12:1-3; Psalms 16:5, […]

Hasten the end…

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Whenever I lead a trip to the Holy Land, the question inevitably comes, “Will we visit Armageddon?”  This refers, of course, to the battlefield surrounding the ancient city of Megiddo where some think the final confrontation will take place before the end of the world (Rev 16:16).  Catholics and Protestants alike have a fascination with the Scriptural accounts of the […]

The Apocalypse of Robert Hugh Benson

Book Review: Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson I’ve just finished reading a most extraordinary novel, one that sheds considerable light on the spiritual predicaments of our own time.  The odd thing is that it was written just over a hundred years ago.  It’s called The Lord of the World, and it was authored by Robert Hugh Benson.  […]