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The Advent of Population Decline

As we await the birth of the Savior Child, it seems fitting to note that in many parts of the developed world, the lack of babies is a growing concern. […]

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David and Goliath

Certainly, in the biblical framework, an important dimension of leadership is skill and courage in battle, and David’s possession of these qualities is presented as unambiguously as possible in his […]

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Focusing on Christ Dispels the World’s Darkness

Third Sunday of Advent Matthew 11:2-11 The Book of Isaiah is the source of this weekend’s first reading. Isaiah was between a rock and a hard place, so to speak. He […]

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Jesus Was a Teenager Too

If I asked you to imagine Jesus’ childhood, you’d likely picture Him as a baby in the manger. But have you ever considered that Christ was once a teenager too? […]

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The First Notes: When Music and Prayer Converge

From the beginning, there was music. It signaled the parade of life — comings and goings, mornings and evenings, the chirping of birds, the clatter of dishes, and the croaking […]

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The Mission of Advent: Seeing the Holy Face of Jesus

News about a baby is always good news. For me, as an uncle, undoubtedly the most exciting moments came when I finally got to gaze upon the faces of my […]

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Turn to God in Humility 

Second Sunday of Advent Matthew 3:1-12 Once again, the Book of Isaiah provides the first reading. This weekend’s reading is in the same mood as that of last week. Isaiah […]

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In Times of Sorrow and Joy, the Truth Remains: We’re Made for Community

Two and a half years after the pandemic began, the majority of us are just starting to regain the normalcy of what it means to be in community. Masks no […]

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Happy New Year!

I know what you may be thinking: they’re running this column a month too early. But it’s true: we’ve actually already begun the new year, liturgically speaking. The Church’s year […]

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The King of Thieves

Jesus Christ is King of Thieves, though He never stole. He is savior of sinners, though He never sinned. In Luke’s Passion narrative, Christ reins from the cross. Nothing could […]

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We Must Prepare for the Second Coming

First Sunday of Advent Matthew 24:37-44 This weekend, that of the First Sunday of Advent, begins the new Church liturgical year. Therefore, the readings for this weekend and until Advent 2023, […]

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John the Baptist, Advent Prophet of Hope

Five major pro-life ballot measures saw defeat on Election Day. Months have passed since Russia invaded Ukraine, leaving cities destroyed and tens of thousands of soldiers and civilians dead. Americans […]