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“A Crib Fit for a King”

Can a crib modeled on a Medieval counterpart awaken faith and wonder in the minds and hearts of modern, restless onlookers? For almost a decade, I have been building original Nativity scenes to display at Christmastime on the campus of the Catholic university where I teach courses in the fine arts and theology. I consider […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Wedding Feast

Parables were integral to Jesus’ teaching ministry. His stories engaged the minds and hearts of his listeners and revealed the deeper meaning of their lives and God’s power at work in and around them. The Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22:1-14 is also found in Luke 14:16-24, but in a form that reflects […]

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Counsels for Spiritual Life from Saint Peter Julian Eymard

Mary Has Led Me by the Hand The Apostle of the Eucharist was also a guide to the interior life and to Eucharistic spirituality for many. From childhood, owing to visits made with his mother to Marian shrines near his birthplace, La Mure d’Isère, Saint Peter Julian Eymard had a deep love for the Blessed […]

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The Rule of Law, Not the Law of Rules: A Gospel Perspective

I. The Rule of Law versus the Law of Rules Oliver Wendell Holmes observed that, “The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.” That pithy sentence in his 1881 classic, The Common Law, clarified the reasoning process employed by the better judges in the legal world.1 They do not simply […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Two Sons

Parables were integral to Jesus’ teaching ministry. His stories engaged the minds and hearts of his listeners and revealed the deeper meaning of their lives and God’s power at work in and around them. This parable (Mt 21:28-32), peculiar to Matthew, is rather simple in character and has none of the elements of surprise and […]

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Counsels for Spiritual Life from Saint Peter Julian Eymard

The Hidden Holiness of Jesus Christ The Apostle of the Eucharist was also a guide to the interior life and to Eucharistic spirituality for many. In a conference to the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament on October 26, 1860, he said: “Be satisfied with the holiness of Jesus Christ, who is hidden. Jesus Christ has […]

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“Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”: Living Out the Prayer of Saint Francis

The “little poor man” of Assisi, Saint Francis, is loved and respected by all. His example and the prayer that bears his name inspire a way of living that incarnates the Gospel. When Reverend Russell Willoughby, the minister of the historic Little Brown Church in the Valley, in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles, […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard

Parables were integral to Jesus’ teaching ministry. His stories engaged the minds and hearts of his listeners and revealed the deeper meaning of their lives and God’s power at work in and around them. Far from depicting an imaginary situation, the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard (Mt 20:1-16) describes something that occurred frequently […]

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Counsels for Spiritual Life from Saint Peter Julian Eymard

You Are Where God Wants You The Apostle of the Eucharist was also a guide to the interior life and to Eucharistic spirituality for many in his day. In a letter on July 12, 1867, Father Eymard wrote to Edmée Brenier de Montmorand, who had committed to remaining single and educating the children of her […]

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Love, and Believe What You Will

Love is at the center of the mystery of God and Christ’s incarnation. What does love mean and what is its relationship to faith? Does what we believe in really matter? The title of this reflection seems to say that it does not. It implies that love is at the center, the most important part […]

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