Category Archives: Citations

“You were not ashamed to be born within the lowly limits of our human nature, but I cannot pass its bounds”

“I am the voice, the voice crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way for the Lord.” So I cannot be silent, Lord, in your presence. “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” At my … Continue reading

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“He who sanctified another’s womb, that a prophet might be born, He it is Who opened the womb of His own Mother, that He might come forth Immaculate”

And so the Child was circumcised. Who is this Child, unless He of Whom it was said: “a Child is born to us, a son is given to us”? “He was made under the Law, that He might redeem those … Continue reading

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“Have you ever seen wealth in such great penury?”

Today, as a firstborn son, Christ went down into Egypt to end the mourning its ancient bereavement had brought upon that land. Instead of plagues he brought joy, instead of night and darkness he gave the light of salvation. Of … Continue reading

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“And so our Lord Jesus Christ, being at birth true man though He never ceased to be true God, made in Himself the beginning of a new creation”

The bodily Nativity therefore of the Son of God took nothing from and added nothing to His Majesty because His unchangeable substance could be neither diminished nor increased. For that “the Word became flesh” does not signify that the nature … Continue reading

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“Before time began he was God, born of the Father, but in the fullness of time he became Emmanuel, God-with-us, in the womb of his mother”

Matthew the evangelist gives us an account of the way in which the eternal Son of God, begotten before the world began, appeared in time as the Son of Man. His description is brief but absolutely true. By tracing the ancestry … Continue reading

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“Are you the one who is to come, or are we to look for someone else?”

The Gospel narrative tells of a question which John the Baptist, who was in prison, put to the Lord through his disciples. “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to look for someone else?” John himself … Continue reading

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“Understand that it is in hope of our conversion that he spares us, for he desires no one’s damnation”

The Gospel tells us that some people were rebuked by the Lord because, clever as they were at reading the face of the sky, they could not recognize the time for faith when the kingdom of heaven was at hand. … Continue reading

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