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Call and Response

7 hours 26 min ago
As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him (Mt 9:9). We hear little else about the apostle Matthew from the Gospels. Much of what we know of him is inferred from his former occupation. He [...]
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Dying Daily

09/20/2018 - 2:00am
Throughout my novitiate, I heard many priests say that as religious we must be willing to die for Christ every day for our salvation and the salvation of others. That can sound strange at first, but when we meditate on the passion of Christ and offer up our daily lives in gratitude for Christ’s dying [...]
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La Noche de La Caridad

09/19/2018 - 2:00am
Something beautiful will happen in Buenos Aires tonight. At around 6 p.m. a group of people will begin to congregate at the convent of St. Dominic in San Telmo, one of the city's older barrios. There they'll begin to prepare food in the kitchen. Really, the kitchen is more of a walk-in closet with an [...]
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A Warrior’s Fall

09/18/2018 - 2:00am
He fought the battles no one else would fight Till, bitter, he fought foes already dead Estranged, he fought his fellows by his might And died but slaying foes within his head. ***** To fight for a just cause is a noble task, but many dangers face the warrior of Christ. In a fallen world [...]
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Lecherous Stump

09/17/2018 - 2:00am
Lecherous stump of flesh, knotted, rotten, Twisted from thy flickering flirtations With lesser lovers, leaving frostbitten That sad little lump of palpitations.   Withered lie thy dry leaves, O heart of mine, Deprived of all love’s life-giving waters, For thy lovers’ drinks were as poisoned brine That can quench no thirsting buds of flowers.   [...]
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Being Exalted on the Holy Cross

09/14/2018 - 9:57am
Love has conquered, therefore, Love shall be exalted forever. In speaking about the Holy Cross we are not far removed from speaking about love. On today’s feast, the Exaltation (or Triumph) of the Holy Cross, love is on full display. He who is love hangs before us, crucified, having accomplished the greatest act of love [...]
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Being Exalted on the Holy Cross

09/14/2018 - 8:43am
Love has conquered, therefore, Love shall be exalted forever. In speaking about the Holy Cross we are not far removed from speaking about love. On today’s feast, the Exaltation (or Triumph) of the Holy Cross, love is on full display. He who is love hangs before us, crucified, having accomplished the greatest act of love [...]
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The Participation Award

09/13/2018 - 2:00am
By God’s grace, you made it to heaven, and now you’re at the Awards Ceremony of the Heavenly Banquet. St. Peter’s the emcee of the event. He’s been calling out the names of the elect and handing out awards for what feels like the last forty days and forty nights. There have been prizes for [...]
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Lord, Have Mercy

09/12/2018 - 2:00am
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Rise up, O Lord, and save your people whom you have redeemed at the price of your own blood. Good Shepherd, save your sheep who are ravaged by wolves. Raise up shepherds after your own heart. Merciful Jesus, protect the little ones, heal the wounded, and [...]
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Who Am I to Judge?

09/11/2018 - 2:00am
We are called to be judges, but all too often we are unfit to judge. In the same epistle containing his great hymn to love, St. Paul rebukes the Corinthians for not fulfilling their noble role as judges. Do you not know that the holy ones will judge the world? If the world is to [...]
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The Blood of Christ

09/10/2018 - 2:00am
A few weeks ago, I was contemplating Jesus on the cross. It’s not hard to image the pain he was experiencing: the nails, thorns, and scourging rip your own soul wide open. One common tradition understands that Jesus was offered on the cross for the atonement of sins—our sins: being human, he could die, and, [...]
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So Near to Us

09/07/2018 - 2:00am
In the record of Moses’ last words, in the book of Deuteronomy, we can hear the urgency with which this great prophet addressed his people. Moses, knowing that he was not going to enter the promised land, agonized over his people’s faithlessness to God. His worry is certainly justified. Countless times on the way from [...]
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The Martyr-Prophet of Reform

09/06/2018 - 2:00am
Girolamo Savonarola was born in Northern Italy in 1452 to a well-to-do merchant family. Growing up, he was taught a love for the moral life and a hatred for decadence by his fervently religious grandfather. At the age of twenty-three, he abandoned all the vanities of the world to give himself to God alone, leaving [...]
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Praying Amid Scandal

09/05/2018 - 2:00am
How do we pray amid Church scandals? One helpful way is to return to the basics: The Our Father. For this meditation, I’ll look to the various parts of the prayer in reverse order. Deliver us from evil — Father, you alone are holy. You alone are pure. The evil within your Church overwhelms me. [...]
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Clinging to the Cross

09/04/2018 - 2:00am
These past few weeks have been filled with suffering. The revelation of scandal has caused an immense amount of pain among the members of the Body of Christ, both the victims and all who love the Church. It raises a number of difficult questions. Among the many questions raised, one of the most difficult to [...]
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The Seven Prayers of St. Gregory

09/03/2018 - 2:00am
A certain woman used to bring altar breads to Gregory every Sunday morning, and one Sunday, when the time came for receiving communion and he held out the Body of the Lord to her, saying “May the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ benefit you unto life everlasting,” she laughed as if at a joke. [...]
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Fruits of Redemption

08/31/2018 - 2:00am
“I’m starved...cheeseburgers…. ...What was that idea I had for my ethics paper?... ...Man, my knees really hurt right now...” During the final minutes of a Holy Hour, it’s pretty normal to find the mind wandering a bit. The act itself of adoring the Lord Jesus in the Eucharist takes energy, so we can become a [...]
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A Jazzy God

08/30/2018 - 2:00am
While enjoying some live jazz recently, I realized that jazz is good.“What,” I thought, “makes this jazz so good?” What does this jazz share with God, from whom all good things come, and how can it therefore lead me to know him better? Like all music, jazz shares in the goods of proportion, order, unity [...]
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Holy Hate

08/29/2018 - 2:00am
“Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good” (Rom 12:9). God’s grace conforms our hearts to his. We usually think about this divine work within ourselves as transforming us to love what God loves, in the way that God loves, and for the reasons that God loves. Yet there [...]
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Preacher, Theologian, Contemplative

08/28/2018 - 2:00am
In Blessed Jordan of Saxony’s important work, “On the Beginnings of the Order of Preachers,” he calls St. Augustine “the distinguished Preacher.” This way of identifying Augustine stands in splendid relief to St. Thomas Aquinas’ privileged use of St. Augustine as a theologian. Which was he? A preacher or a theologian? A closer look at [...]
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