Thursday, December 18, 2014

O Adonai: in reading of Sacred Scripture, the revealed name (YHWH) is replaced by the divine title "LORD", in Hebrew "Adonai"

Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;
As king he shall reign and govern wisely,
he shall do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah shall be saved,
Israel shall dwell in security.
This is the name they give him:
“The LORD our justice.”

- Jer 23

"Out of respect for the holiness of God, the people of Israel do not pronounce his name. In the reading of Sacred Scripture, the revealed name (YHWH) is replaced by the divine title "LORD" (in Hebrew Adonai, in Greek Kyrios). It is under this title that the divinity of Jesus will be acclaimed: 'Jesus is LORD.'" 

CCC 209

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

O Wisdom: "And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom"

"O Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love; come to teach us the path of knowledge!" (Antiphon for Mass of December 17)

"The characteristics of the awaited Messiah begin to appear in the "Book of Emmanuel" ("Isaiah said this when he saw his glory," speaking of Christ), especially in the first two verses of Isaiah 11: 

"'There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.' " CCC 712

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Our Lady of Guadalupe and her message of God's merciful love

"I am the perfect and ever virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the God of truth through whom everything lives, the Lord of all things near us, the Lord of heaven and earth".

The Blessed Virgin Mary [then] declares the intention of her apparition: "I want very much to have a little house built here for me, in which I will show him [God], I will exalt him and make him manifest". "I will give him to the people in all my personal love, in my compassion, in my help, in my protection: because I am truly your merciful Mother, yours and all the people who live united in this land and of all other people of different ancestries, my lovers, who love me, those who seek me, those who trust in me. Here I will hear their weeping, their complaints and heal all their sorrows, hardships and sufferings".3

- More about the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe through Saint Juan Diego at EWTN

For more about the images found in the eyes of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe visit

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Traditional Bambinelli blessing of the baby Jesus from the family creche on Gaudete Sunday

Bambinelli blessing at church on Gaudete Sunday, the third of Advent, for the baby Jesus from the family creche at home
The children enter in procession with the priest who prays this blessing prior to the Mass and blesses the images of the Christ Child with holy water:
"God our Father, you loved us so much you sent us your only Son, Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary, to save us and lead us back to you.

"We pray that, with your blessing, these images of Jesus might be a sign of your presence and love in our homes.

"Good Father, give your blessing to all who gather with us this Christmas, family and friends.

"Open our hearts, that we might receive Jesus in joy, do always what he asks of us and see him in those who need our love.

"We ask this in the name of Jesus, your beloved Son, who came to give peace to the world. You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen."

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: 'Hail, thou that art full of grace, the Lord is with thee blessed art thou among women.'

"Who and what was the blessed and glorious Mary, always a Virgin, hath been revealed by God by the message of an Angel, in these words,
'Hail, thou that art full of grace, the Lord is with thee blessed art thou among women.' 

It was fitting that a fulness of grace should be poured into that Virgin who hath given to God glory and to man a Saviour, who hath brought peace to earth, who hath given faith to the Gentiles, who hath killed sin, who hath given law to life, who hath made the crooked ways straight. Verily, she is full of grace.

To others grace cometh measure by measure; in Mary grace dwelleth at once in all fulness. Verily, she is full of grace.

We believe that the holy Fathers and Prophets had grace; but they were not full of grace. But into Mary came a fulness of all the grace which is in Christ, albeit otherwise (than as it is in Him.) Therefore is it said 'Blessed art thou among women, that is, Blessed art thou above all women.' 

The fulness of blessing in Mary utterly neutralized in her any effects of the curse of Eve. In her praise Solomon writeth in the Song of Songs, ii. 10, 'Rise up, my dove, my fair one, for the winter is past, the rain is over and gone'. And again, 'Come from Lebanon, my Spouse, come, thou shalt be crowned'. iv. 8.

- St Jerome

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Second Sunday of Advent: "Prepare!"

Baruch 5, 1-9; Psalm 126; Philippians 1, 4- 6. 8-11; St. Luke 3, 1-6

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

John the Baptist is the figure of Advent, this season of preparation for the coming of the Lord, for he prepares the path of the Redeemer in the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy:

"The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God." (Isaiah 40. 3-5)

The Word became flesh for us in order to save us by reconciliating us with God, who "loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins": "the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world," and "he was revealed to take away sins": (1 Jn 4. 10; 4. 14; 3. 5)

The Word became flesh so that thus we might know God's love (CCC 458) to be our model of holiness (CCC 459) and to make us "partakers of the divine nature" (CCC 460)

I look forward to meeting you here again next week as, together, we "meet Christ in the liturgy," Father Cusick (See also paragraphs 535, 719, 720, 1224 in the CCC.)

Meeting Christ in the Liturgy (Publish with permission.)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Saturday, Advent I: "he summoned his Twelve disciples"

and gave them authority

Jesus entrusted a specific authority to Peter: "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." The "power of the keys" designates authority to govern the house of God, which is the Church. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, confirmed this mandate after his Resurrection: "Feed my sheep." The power to "bind and loose" connotes the authority to absolve sins, to pronounce doctrinal judgements, and to make disciplinary decisions in the Church. Jesus entrusted this authority to the Church through the ministry of the apostles and in particular through the ministry of Peter, the only one to whom he specifically entrusted the keys of the kingdom.
-- CCC 553

Celebrating vocations to priesthood and consecrated life: Monsignor Mark Seitz is a kidney donor. Read more here.