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“All that contemplatives want to do is to sit at the feet of the Lord—to read, pray, and give themselves up to contemplating God is their whole desire”

Everything our Savior did was full of sacred teaching. In every situation his actions were meant to point beyond themselves. For example, his outward actions in the hillside village of Bethany are repeated every day in his holy church. Daily the … Continue reading

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“This Samaritan bore our sins and suffered on our behalf”

To interpret the parable of the Good Samaritan, one of the elders used to say that the man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho was Adam. He said Jerusalem was paradise, Jericho was the world, and the brigands were enemy … Continue reading

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“Here we have the joy of observing the divine husbandry. How good it is to see God’s gifts and watch the laborers in his field!”

When the Lord told his disciples that the harvest was indeed abundant but laborers were scarce and urged them to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers out to harvest his crop, which crop did he have in … Continue reading

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“Desiring to do everything the Father desired, Christ hastened to carry out his wishes with regard to his passion”

Sure of protection on the day of battle, Christ prayed: “Lord, do not allow the wicked anything contrary to my desire.” He who said, “I have come not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent … Continue reading

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“This food strengthens us. It is our hope, our salvation, our light and our life”

Christ gave us his flesh to eat in order to deepen our love for him. When we approach him, then, there should be burning within us a fire of love and longing. Otherwise the punishment awaiting us will be in proportion … Continue reading

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“But now the Holy Spirit was manifested to all in His own Person through the tongues of fire”

When the fiftieth day after the Resurrection had come, the day we now commemorate, all the disciples were gathered with one accord in the upper room, each having also gathered together his thoughts (for they were devoting themselves intently to … Continue reading

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“What our spirit, that is, our soul, is to our own members, this the Holy Spirit is to the members of Christ, to the Body of Christ, which is the Church”

I. The Coming of the Holy Ghost with the Gift of Tongues foretells the Unity of the Church throughout all peoples This is a solemn day for us, because of the Coming of the Holy Ghost; the fiftieth day from … Continue reading

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