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  • call called church ekklesia vocation chiamata chiamati chiesa vocazione iglesia llamada llamado
    Meaning of Church – Are You Called?

    Since Christians are members of Christ's Church and the term Church means those who are called, that must mean that every single believer without exception has a call or a vocation....

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    Spark of Divine Love, Radiance of Divine Beauty – Basil

    These words of Basil the Great on the gift of God's love and the the radiance of divine beauty were originally addressed to his monks as part of his monastic rule....

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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 say the first luminous mystery of the rosary....

  • faustinus luciferanus - christ appointed priest and king
    Christ Anointed Priest and King – Faustinus

    Here Faustinus shows how our Savior Jesus Christ was anointed with the Holy Spirit, the oil of gladness, as both priest and king. In this he is unlike all Old Testament figures except Melchizedek. It is used in the Roman Catholic Office of Readings for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time with the accompanying biblical reading taken from I Samuel 16:1-13, reccounting the anointing of King David by the prophet Samuel....

  • lamb god jesus passover 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time cycle A Lent Holy Week john baptist blood sacrifice
    Jesus, Lamb of God?

    John the Baptist pointed out Jesus as the spotless Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. This title, so prominent in the Mass, illumines the meaning of Christ's passion, recalling the first Passover remembered every year during Holy Week and the Triduum....

  • Feast Epiphany of the Lord kings magi star gentiles
    Feast of the Epiphany

    The Solemn feast of the Epiphany of the Lord traditionally occurs on January 6 following the twelve days of Christmas. Epiphany commemorates three scriptural events: the visit of the Magi to the stable of Bethlehem following the nativity of Jesus, Christ's Baptism in the Jordan, and his first miracle at the wedding feast at Cana. This article focuses on the significance of the Magi or three wise men who follow the star in search of the King of kings....

  • magi, three kings caspar melchior balthazar feast epiphany gifts gold frankincense myrrh
    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, in every nativity scene....

  • hunger for righteosness beatitudes leo mary mother of God January 1 theotokos
    Mary, Mother of God?

    January 1 is a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics not because it is New Years, but because it is the octave (8th day) of Christmas, the feast of Mary the Mother of God. This feast helps bring home the reality of the incarnation, that God truly became man . . . and that man had, and still has, a mother. So affirmed the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus in confirming the title of Mary as Mother of God....

  • holy family piety virtues honor sacra famiglia pietà virtù onore
    Holy Family Feast – Piety in the 21st Century?

    The Feast of the Holy Family challenges us to grow in the virtues of piety, honor, patience, and forbearance, and to learn to laugh together....

  • augustine Christ word of life made visible feast of St. John the Evangelist feast December 27 christmas incarnation
    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 of Life become and made visible for us. Here Augustine examines John's teaching on this mystery....

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