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    My Yoke is Easy, My Burden Light

    In Matthew's gospel, Jesus makes the statement "my yoke is easy, my burden light." For many of us who follow him, this does not seem to square with our experience. This post discusses the reasons for this....

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    Understanding the Mass, Part III – Real Presence in Priest & People

    This third in a series on Understanding the Mass focuses on the way the Lord Jesus is really present in his body, the church, as well as his real presence in the priest. hether they’re Catholic or not, whether they understand it or not, most......

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    Understanding the Mass, Part IV – Real Presence in Word & Sacrament

    This fourth installment in a five part series on Understanding the Mass explains Christ’s real presence in the Word of God and in the sacrament of his body and blood. s we have seen, the Lord Jesus is really and truly present in the Eucharist......

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    Self-love, Self-Denial, and the Cross

    Jesus says to deny self, pick up the cross and follow him. But he also says to love your neighbor as yourself. Is self-love always wrong?...

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    The Cross and the Sacred Heart of the World – Von Balthasar

    This selection on the cross comes from Hans Urs von Balthasar's book The Heart of the World. This beautiful mediation on the piercing of Christ's heart by the soldiers lance as recounted in John 19 is a poignant mediation for Lent or Holy Week or anytime during the year....

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    God – The Father

    The Fatherhood of God has come under fire with the rise of feminism. If we know that God is pure spirit who transcends male and female, masculine and feminine, why preserve what some believe to be the antiquated, patriarchal practice of referring to the divinity as "Father"? This article uses the occasion of the American observance of Father's Day to address this issue....

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    Sacred Heart of Jesus, Source of Light & Life – Bonaventure

    Bonaventure reflects on the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the meaning of the blood and water flowing from the side of Christ crucified (John 19:34), the living water of sacramental grace coming from the loving heart of the Savior. He reflects especially on several lines of Psalm 36, used in the office of the feast : "Your love, Lord, reaches to heaven, your truth to the skies . . . In you is the source of life and in your light we see light."...

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    Understanding the Mass, Part II – Our Sacrifice

    In Part 1 of Understanding the Mass, we examined how the Mass relates to the Sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. In this, part 2 of the series, we ask in what way the Eucharist can be said to be our sacrifice, the sacrifice offered by the Church. The New Testament calls Christians "priests" and priests are those who offer sacrifice....

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    Wonderful Banquet! – Thomas Aquinas

    The Feast of Corpus Christi, the body and blood of Christ, was instituted during the lifetime of Thomas Aquinas as a proclamation of faith in the real presence (aka transubstantiation) of Christ's body and blood in the sacrament. This selection, read annually on that feast. shows Thomas's teaching on the nature and purpose of this sacrament...

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    This is My Body – Eucharistic Consecration & Transubstantiation – Ambrose

    While the word "transubstantiation" is not employed here, the substance of this doctrine of Christ's real presence in the Eucharist is evident in this passage from St. Ambrose's treatise On the Mysteries, dating to AD 380.   This excerpt explains the power of the words of Eucharistic consecration (a.k.a "the words of institution")....

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