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Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — Mary

A New Ark of the Covenant

Advent2016 Luke Mary Meditations Poetry Scripture

A New Ark of the Covenant

Luke 1:46-56 The new ark, house of gold with haste unto the hills to kinswoman, barren, now with child Holy Spirit filled. Simple greeting brings the grace A new David dances unconcerned Elizabeth filled exclaims aloud blessed be thy womb How can this be Why me this grace the mother of my Lord of such familiar face. Too good to me is the Lord above the fulfillment of the promise in one I dearly love. Enmity, enmity garden, serpent, Eve the crushing of his head does now begin with thee Magnify the Lord chosen handmaid, fair His mercy now forever...

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Please, Oh Mary, Say "YES"

Advent2016 Luke Mary Meditations Scripture

Please, Oh Mary, Say "YES"

I read this Saturday in the Office of Readings and it really stuck with me. Fr. Hahn also mentions it in his homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent. A sermon of St Bernard You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion; the sentence of condemnation weighs heavily upon us. The price...

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A Mother Who Keeps Her Promises

Advent2016 Luke Mary Meditations Scripture

A Mother Who Keeps Her Promises

Our Lady of Guadalupe Luke 1:39-47 Over the past couple weeks I have witnessed the Rite of the Catechumenate at two different parishes. Those seeking admission to the Catechumenate are asked two primary questions. First, they are asked, "What do you ask of God's Church?" To which they reply, "faith." Second, they are asked, "What does faith offer you?" And they reply simply, "eternal life." Their responses are always firm and projected for all to hear. I admire their hunger and desire for faith and for eternal life. Those of us who have been "in the Faith" for a while...

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Conceived without Fear

Advent2016 Luke Mary Meditations Scripture

Conceived without Fear

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception What do you think you would do if you were to come face to face with God this very instant? We all like to imagine what we would do, but if we were honest with ourselves we would admit that we would probably want to crawl under the closest rock. Even though we may have just come back from Confession and Mass, we would still know that we are not worthy to stand in the presence of God. Throughout Scripture we are given examples of how people react to encounters with the living God and...

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