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“He who was without Mother becomes without Father”

Christ is born, glorify Him. Christ from heaven, go out to meet Him. Christ on earth, be exalted. Sing to the Lord all the whole earth; and that I may join both in one word, let the heavens rejoice, and … Continue reading

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“Without love my confession of the name of Christ even by shedding my blood or offering my body to be burnt will avail me nothing”

All believers are familiar with the story of the wedding of the king’s son and the banquet that followed it, and of how the Lord’s table was thrown open to all comers. When everyone was seated “the master of the … Continue reading

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“That we may not have superfluous sorrows, let us forsake the love of money that is ever paining, and never endures to hold its peace”

“And, behold, one came and said unto Him, Good Master, by doing what, shall I inherit eternal life?” Some indeed accuse this young man, as one dissembling and ill-minded, and coming with a temptation to Jesus, but I, though I … Continue reading

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“How could time enter the picture when an eternal gift is given outside of time?”

Every gospel reading, beloved, is most helpful both for our present life and for the attainment of the life to come. Today’s reading, however, sums up the whole of our hope, banishing all grounds for despair. Let us consider the … Continue reading

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“O eternal Trinity, O Divinity, O unfathomable abyss, O deepest sea, what greater gift could Thou givest me then Thy very Self?”

O Eternal God! O Eternal Trinity! Through the union of Thy divine nature Thou hast made so precious the Blood of Thine only-begotten Son! O eternal Trinity, Thou art as deep a mystery as the sea, in whom the more … Continue reading

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“Abraham used to pursue even passersby and drag them into his home, whereas the rich man disregarded someone lying in his own doorway”

It is worthwhile inquiring why the rich man saw Lazarus in Abraham’s arms, and not in the company of some other righteous person. The reason is that Abraham was hospitable, and so the sight of Lazarus with Abraham was meant … Continue reading

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“And in this he showed me something small, no bigger than a hazelnut”

At the same time as I saw this sight of the head bleeding, our good Lord showed a spiritual sight of his familiar love. I saw that he is to us everything which is good and comforting for our help. … Continue reading

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