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Why Did the Second Person of the Trinity, Rather Than the Father or the Holy Spirit, Become Incarnate?
Posted on 12/10/2018 18:38 PM (Archdiocese of Washington)
As we await the approaching Feast of Holy Christmas, we have been pondering some of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teachings on the Incarnation. Today we will consider why it was the Son, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, who became incarnate. Most people have never even thought of this question let alone sought to answer […]
Posted on 12/9/2018 19:00 PM (Archdiocese of Washington)
As we approach the Christmas feasts, it is good for us to ponder aspects of the Incarnation. In this post, I would like to consider what St. Thomas Aquinas teaches about its fittingness. God was not radically “required” to do everything as He did. We do well to ponder why the manner of the Lord’s […]
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Posted on 12/8/2018 16:40 PM (Archdiocese of Washington)
But who may abide the day of his coming and who shall stand when he appeareth? This is the cry that goes up from the final pages of the Old Testament (Mal 3:2). The Lord himself gives the answer: See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the […]
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Posted on 12/7/2018 18:23 PM (Archdiocese of Washington)
Posted on 12/6/2018 18:30 PM (Archdiocese of Washington)
As I walk or drive through my Capitol Hill neighborhood here in Washington, D.C., I pass by more than twenty churches (all of them Protestant) that have been closed in the past decade. Many of them are grand and prominent buildings. (Click here to see four of them.) Most of the them have been converted […]
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Do You Want to Have a Good Christmas? Then Listen Carefully to this Advent Message: “You Need a Savior!”
Posted on 12/5/2018 18:27 PM (Archdiocese of Washington)
One of the goals of Advent (in many ways a penitential season) is to meditate on our need for a savior. In daily Mass and in the Liturgy of the Hours, we read lengthy passages from Isaiah and the other prophets, who speak boldly and bluntly about the people’s sin. Some of the passages are […]
Posted on 12/4/2018 18:13 PM (Archdiocese of Washington)
It is hard to overestimate the convenience of praying the Liturgy of the Hours from an online breviary. Not only are they convenient but they also help to lessen the complexities that often go with setting up the traditional book. For example, Do the psalms come from the day or the Common? Do we use […]
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Posted on 12/3/2018 18:33 PM (Archdiocese of Washington)
In the first reading for Tuesday of the first week of Advent is expressed the implicit longing of all creation for healing. Isaiah tells us of the healing that will one day come to creation when prey lie down in peace with their predators: The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie […]
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Posted on 12/2/2018 18:55 PM (Archdiocese of Washington)
As we look toward Christmas and ponder the incarnation, we ought to remember that so profound was truth of the incarnation that the early Church fell to her knees at these words: “and He was incarnate by the Holy Spirit, from the virgin Mary, and became man.” This act of falling to one’s knees at […]
Posted on 12/1/2018 16:40 PM (Archdiocese of Washington)
As we begin the Advent Season, we are immediately drawn into its principal theme of preparation and readiness for the coming of the Lord. His first coming has already been fulfilled at Bethlehem, and while we should prepare spiritually for the coming Christmas Feast, these first weeks of Advent bid us to focus even more […]
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