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Baptism of the Lord – Gregory Nazianzen

Here Gregory Nazianzen points out that Christ was baptized not for his sake but for ours. Sanctifying the waters of baptism for all generations to come, he manifested the the Trinity through the Spirit who comes to rest on him in the form of...

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Epiphany Revealed – Three Magi Kings & Their strange gifts

This commentary on the Feast of the Epiphany uncovers the meaning of the term epiphany and explains why the Magi -- Caspar, Balthasar, Melchior, the three kings of Orient riding camels and carrying gold, frankincense, and myrrh -- are found, complete with crowns and camels,...

Bethlehem and the Christmas Story – Podcast

14 minute podcast in which Dr. Italy describes the town of Bethlehem and the field of the Shepherds at the time of the birth of Christ.  Helps bring the Christmas story alive as we read of the little town that was the city of David.At...

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Christ is the Word of Life Made Visible – Augustine

It is fitting that the feast of St. John, apostle and evangelist, occurs during the Christmas season. For it is John, in his gospel and his first epistle, who so clearly teaching us the wonder of the incarnation, the word of God and word...

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Lessons of Nazareth – Paul VI

Pope Paul VI was the first Pope we know of since Peter to return to the Holy Land on pilgrimage.  While in Nazareth in 1964, he spoke these words about the lessons we can learn from the everyday life of the Holy Family during the...

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Baptism of the Lord and the Sacrament of Confirmation

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Jordan closes the Christmas Season. This reflection on the scripture readings for the feast also provide us insight into the sacraments of baptism and Confirmation and give us food for meditation as we...

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Epiphany of the Heart

[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']G[/dropcaps]old may have been one of the original Christmas presents, but don’t be mistaken – there was never a golden age in the church free of controversy and struggle.Galatians and Acts tell us about a particularly big controversy in the...

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Christmas Proclamation – Roman Martyrology

The announcement of the Nativity of the Lord from the Roman Martyrology formally proclaims the birth of Jesus Christ, based on the biblical accounts. Beginning with creation, it relates the birth of the Lord to the major events and people of both salvation...