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Mary Alone

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MARY ALONE “And the Angel departed from her.” Luke 1:38 1. There can be few more beautiful or more fruitful matters for contemplation than the sight and the thoughts of Mary after the Angel had “departed from her.” If there is “joy before the angels of God upon one sinner that doth penance,” what must have been the joy in heaven when the “fiat” of Mary had been spoken, and... Read More

151. The Greatest Yes (Luke 1:26-38)

December 17, 2014 by  
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“Therefore, though it is God who takes the initiative of coming to dwell in the midst of men, and he is always the main architect of this plan, it is also true that he does not will to carry it out without our active cooperation.” -Pope Benedict XVI Luke 1:26-38: ‘In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named... Read More

The Work of the Holy Ghost

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THE WORK OF THE HOLY GHOST “And Mary said to the Angel, How shall this be done, because I know not man? And the Angel answering said to her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age,... Read More

The Trouble of Mary

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THE TROUBLE OF MARY “Who having heard was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the Angel said to her, Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God... Read More

The Mother of God

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THE MOTHER OF GOD “ The Lord possessed me in the beginning of His ways, before He made anything from the beginning. I was set up from eternity, and of old before the earth was made. The depths were not as yet, and I was already conceived, neither had the fountains of water as yet sprung out, the mountains with their huge bulk had not been established, before the hills I was brought forth. He had... Read More

239. An Unwelcome Sunrise (John 1:1-18)

December 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“Though he was rich, yet for our sake he became poor, so that by his poverty we might become rich.” –St. Augustine John 1:1-18: In the beginning was the Word: and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things came to be, not one thing had its being but through him. All that came to be had life in him and that life was the light of men, a... Read More

240. A Generous King (John 1:19-28)

December 10, 2014 by  
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“God’s providence of mercy, having determined to save in the last days the world which was perishing, foreordained the salvation of all nations in Christ.” -St. Leo the Great, Pope John 1:19-28: This is how John appeared as a witness. When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ he not only declared, but he declared quite openly, ‘I am not the Christ.’... Read More

The Blessed Trinity

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THE BLESSED TRINITY “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and without Him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of all people.  The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:1-5 1. The... Read More

Foreshadowings of Mary

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FORESHADOWINGS OF MARY “Whence is this to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Luke 1:43 1. Though so little is said of Our Lady in the Gospels, there is abundant evidence both there and elsewhere to show that she too was part of the Expectation of the Jews along with her Son; and reason confirms that the two could scarcely have been separated. When the Angel appeared to her, to... Read More

The Types

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“Our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea, and were all in Moses baptized in the cloud and in the sea, and did all eat the same spiritual food, and did all drink of the same spiritual drink, and they drank of the spiritual rock which followed them, and the rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for they were overthrown in the desert. Now these... Read More

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