The Mystery of the Holy Trinity

05-30-2021Liturgy CornerFr. Peter John Cameron, O.P.

The Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Chris. an faith and life...the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them" (CCC 234). It is one of the mysteries of faith "that are hidden in God, which can never be known unless they are revealed by God" (CCC 237, quoting Dei Filius 4). And once this mystery is revealed to us in God's divine goodness, even though it seems an impenetrable paradox — one God in three Persons — we recognize that the reality of the Triune God is exactly what we need...what we were made for.

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The Holy Spirit

05-23-2021Liturgy Corner

The Holy Spirit is often pictured as a dove, a gust of wind, or even a tongue of fire. In truth these are fragmentary symbols which reveal something, but not the whole, of who the Holy Spirit is.

The Holy Spirit is a divine person, but one without a body. Jesus alone is both human and divine, becoming incarnate of the Virgin Mary. Yet we can still be in relationship with the Holy Spirit. Jesus told the apostles, “The Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name, He will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you” (John 14:26).

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Why The Ascension of the Lord Matters

05-16-2021Liturgy CornerBishop Robert Barron

The feast of the Ascension of the Lord, which the church celebrates at the end of the Easter season, is, I admit, hard to explain to a lot of contemporary people. Jesus passed, in bodily form, from this world to heaven? Wouldn’t his body still be in some identifiable place within the solar system or the galaxy? I’m sure that the traditional formulation of the doctrine strikes many today as hopelessly pre-scientific and mythological. And even if we were to admit the possibility of such a transition happening in regard to Jesus, how would this in any way affect us spiritually?

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Five Fascinating Facts about Jesus in the Eucharist

05-09-2021Liturgy CornerPhilip Kosloski

Catholics believe Jesus is present in a unique way under the appearances of bread and wine. The Eucharist is a central teaching of the Catholic Church that is today often misunderstood. While it is easy to see how the Eucharist might symbolically represent Jesus’ Last Supper with his apostles, it isn’t always clear that Catholics believe Jesus is present in a unique way. For Catholics, the Eucharist is not merely a symbol, but Jesus Christ himself. Here is a brief summary of 4 fascinating facts about the Eucharist. 

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Why is May the Month of Mary

05-02-2021Liturgy CornerMarge Fenelon

It’s here.

May, the month in which the earth springs into bloom (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) and we start thinking about planting gardens, family picnics, and making vacation plans.

It’s also the Month of Mary.

Having gone to a Catholic grade school run by the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary, my early childhood memories include honoring Mary during May – a practice I’ve continued all of my life and taught my children to do as well. It’s as natural and essential to me as my morning coffee (only far, far more joy-filled if you can even imagine that).

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Good Shepherd Sunday

04-25-2021Liturgy Corner

Every year, on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, the Church’s liturgy presents to us the figure of Jesus, the “Good Shepherd.” It is significant that Jesus applies this image of God as the shepherd to Himself. He said that a good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. These words were confirmed during Christ’s passion. Jesus laid down His life on the cross. He did so with love and He did so freely. Our Lord says: This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. Jesus offered Himself up on the cross to redeem humanity, to save every individual person. He did so with love, in union with His Father’s love for us.

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Committed to Memorare: Mary’s Prayer Packs Grace-Filled Power

04-18-2021Liturgy CornerJoseph Pronechen

“The Memorare is a prayer that effectively expressed Mother Teresa’s trust in the power of Mary’s intercession as the mediatrix of all graces,” explained Father Brian Kolodiejchuk of the Missionaries of Charity, who was postulator for Mother Teresa’s sainthood cause. “It flowed from the love and confidence she had in Mary and was a simple way to present her petitions to her.”

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Entering into Holy Week

03-28-2021Liturgy CornerCheryl Manfredonia

These are the highest, holiest days celebrated each year by the Church beginning with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday. It is called the “Easter Triduum” or Paschal Triduum”. We celebrate the great Paschal mystery of Christ’s crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

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Veils over sacred images keep our minds on the promise of Easter

03-21-2021Liturgy Corner

It seems strange that during the most sacred time of year we cover everything that is beautiful in our churches, even the crucifix. Shouldn’t we be looking at the painful scene at Calvary while we listen to the Passion narrative on Palm Sunday?

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The Six Effects of Confession

03-07-2021Liturgy CornerFr. Joseph M. Hagan O.P.

During Lent, many Catholics return to the sacrament of Penance, some after a few weeks, others after many years.Most of us approach Confession seeking forgiveness of sin and the alleviation of a guilty conscience. Perhaps toour surprise, the sacrament has even more to offer. In one succinct paragraph, the Catechism lists six spiritual effectsof the sacrament of penance. For a more fruitful reception of this sacrament, let’s briefly examine each one.

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Do you like to follow along with the Mass Readings?

02-28-2021Liturgy Corner

Each week we post on our website the Sunday Readings which can be located under Order of the Mass on ourhome page. You can print them out and bring it to Mass each week or you can view it on your electronic device.If you like to have a book format there is a great publication that is offering you a trial offer (see websitelink below).

Magnificat is a monthly publication designed for daily use, to encourage both liturgical and personal prayer. Itcan be used to follow daily Mass and can also be read at home or wherever you find yourself for personalor family prayer.

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Are Catholics Really not Supposed to Chew The Eucharist?

02-21-2021Liturgy CornerChurchPOP

With the resurgence in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and Catholic tradition in general, here’s a question that has had come up in recent years: are Catholics supposed to avoid chewing the Eucharistic host in their mouth?

Maybe you’ve heard people say “you shouldn’t chew the Eucharist like bubble gum,” or claim that it’s sacrilege to chew the Eucharist rather than let it dissolve in your mouth. Yet that vast majority of Catholics do chew the host. What is a faithful Catholic to do?

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The Fruits of the Eucharist

02-14-2021Liturgy CornerRev. Father Rafael Ibarguren, EP

In previous meditations we have addressed the fascinating topic of the fruits of the Eucharist, although not in an exhaustive form because, how can we cover something so unspeakable? However, we can outline some basic concepts that may be helpful for the faithful.

We will only address this vast subject of the Eucharistic mystery in what the fruits of sacramental communion is concern.

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This fragrant element of our Catholic heritage dates to millennia before Christ.

02-04-2021Liturgy CornerLarry Peterson

For me, there is something about the smell of freshly burned incense filling the church that is spiritually uplifting. But where did it come from and why do we use it?

The use of incense in religious worship started more than 2,000 years before Christianity even began. The use of incense in China is documented before 2000 BC. Trade in incense and spices was a major economic factor between east and west when caravans traveled the Middle Eastern Incense Route from Yemen through Saudi Arabia. The route ended in Israel and it was here that it was introduced to the Roman Empire.

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