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Encountering the Word — Revelation 11:19

“Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple; and there were flashes of lightning, loud noises, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.” (Revelation 11:19) Please share on social media. Print this entry

Inside the Cathedral of the Assumption in Pisa, Photography by Mark Armstrong

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary (called the Dormition in the Christian East) has been celebrated as a solemn feast on August 15 since ancient times.  What is the meaning and basis of the dogma and the Solemnity? Reflection on the Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary — Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10; Psalms 45:10, […]

"Christ Walking on the Waters" (detail) By Julius Sergius Von Klever [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Walking on the Water—Fear, Faith and Trials

The gospel story of Jesus walking on the water and Peter sinking has much to teach us about the difference between fear, little faith, and the kind of trust that endures waves and storms, trials and crisis. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) — First Kings 19:9, 11-13; Psalms 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14; […]

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Encountering the Word — Ephesians 1:11-14

“In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ. In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and […]

"The Transfiguration (detail)" by Raphael

Surrender to the Transfigured Christ

The Transfiguration of Christ (Matthew 17:1-9) stands prominently as an encouragement along the walk from Baptism to Resurrection; a walk that must pass through the Cross. Place yourself in the position of the Apostles—they have journeyed with Jesus since he began his public ministry and I am sure that they could not have been more astonished at what they had […]

Faith and Mountaintop Experiences—Transfiguration

The Transfiguration of the Lord Jesus at the summit of Mt. Tabor, remembered each year on August 6, is one of the pivotal events of the Lord’s public ministry.  The veil of the carpenter’s humanity is pulled back for a moment and his divine nature is revealed.  This sudden manifestation of the divinity of Christ tells us of the role […]