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It was snowing recently and I was describing the snow, falling in rather large flakes, to my children. “See, those big flakes, falling from the sky, like they’re coming down from Heaven. They must be sent by the Angels! We’re going to go outside and try to catch them on our tongue!” As I finished those words, and looked at my two year old son, who was staring out the window at the big snowflakes, his mouth slightly opened, and his tongue at the ready, in anticipation of our outdoor adventure, I remembered an image very similar to this. Though...

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For many, there is a bigger to-do made of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day than there is of Christmas.  Imagine, in the heart of the biggest city, with the tallest towers, the final countdown begins, as the crowds cheer and await the stroke of midnight.  “3…2…1…Merry Christmas!” the crowds proclaim.  Then, just as suddenly, as the crowds fall quiet, the speakers begin to pour out upon the people the gentle melody, “Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright round yon Virgin Mother and Child, Holy Infant so tender and mild.”  What glory would be brought...

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There is no need for us to lose our peace even though the boat is about to capsize. Truly, to lose our peace at this moment would be to manifest that we have little faith in Our Lord. Such are His own words. Remember how the story began: “And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but He was asleep.”[1] In this time, when a great storm has churned up the world and the Church, more than once we have asked, “How long, O Lord, will you sleep?”[2]...

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Why is it a good thing to reflect on the gruesome sufferings that Our Lord endured for us? Isn’t it best to leave that in the past and only focus on the Resurrection? He was taken down from the Cross and rose from the dead – shouldn’t we just focus on that glorious event, since Our Lord is risen now? If we were to refuse to reflect on the Passion and Death of Our Lord, it would imply that we believed that those events were not significant, or that Our Lord had no control over those events – that they...

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In Heaven, the Lord will forget our demerits and praise our merits; He will crown us with glory, place rings on our fingers, a crown upon our head, and robes of royalty and blessing on our shoulders. He will reveal His love for us by His own Personal gaze into our eyes – there will be no mediation, no filter, no hindrance, no obstacle, no obscurity, no confusion preventing His infinite love from reaching completely into our souls. That divine love will transfigure and glorify us – our glorified bodies will be rich homes, adorned mansions, magnificent palaces, sacred temples...

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