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The Promise of the Paschal Candle

Also posted at Catholic Insight At the beginning of the Easter Vigil, when the congregation is engulfed in darkness, the entrance of a single source of light from the Paschal candle signifies hope, salvation, resurrection. It is the light that … Continue reading

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“Not My Will, But Yours”

(from The Faith: Reflections on the truths of the Apostles’ Creed from the teaching of Pope Benedict XVI) The three Apostles – Peter, James, and John – were asleep [in Gethsemane], but they awoke intermittently and heard the refrain of … Continue reading

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Jesus, the High Priest

(from The Faith: Reflections on the truths of the Apostles’ Creed from the teaching of Pope Benedict XVI) The Letter to the Hebrews gave us a profound interpretation of this prayer of the Lord [in] Gethsemane. It says: Jesus’ tears, … Continue reading

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“Keep Watch”

(from The Faith: Reflections on the truths of the Apostles’ Creed from the teaching of Pope Benedict XVI) Having the left the upper room, [Jesus] withdrew to pray, alone before the Father [in the Garden of Gethsemane]. At that moment … Continue reading

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Contemplating Christ Crucified

(from: The Joy of Knowing Christ: Meditations on the Gospel by Pope Benedict XVI) A verse of John’s gospel … refers to a messianic prophecy of Zechariah: “They shall look on him whom they have pierced” (John 19:37). The beloved … Continue reading

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The Cross Shows the Father’s Love

(from The Faith: Reflections on the truths of the Apostles’ Creed from the teaching of Pope Benedict XVI) At the heart of the prayer of blessing [in Eph. 1:3ff), the apostle illustrates the way in which the Father’s plan of … Continue reading

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Candlemas: The Encounter between Chaos and Light

(from Seek That Which Is Above by Pope Benedict XVI) In everyday modern life we are hardly aware that on February 2nd we celebrate an ancient feast, common to the Church of both East and West, one which used to … Continue reading

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Eight Strategies for a Calm, Fruitful Advent

Most of us are distracted with so many things. Busyness is a stress-inducing condition of daily life. We rush from one place to another, and try to juggle one too many commitments. With only one month left before Christmas, our … Continue reading

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Are you being served?

Posted at Catholic Insight All through the long, harsh Canadian winter, the sounds of coughing, sneezing, and sniffling were commonplace. Viruses and bacteria sensed the vulnerability of weather-weary bodies and attacked with a vengeance, and it seemed as if the … Continue reading

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A Call to Conversion

Pope Benedict XVI: General Audience, Ash Wednesday 17 February 2010 Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of the Church’s Lenten journey toward Easter. Lent reminds us, as St. Paul exhorts, “not to accept the grace of  God in vain” (cf … Continue reading

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