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“When he came in obscurity, it was to be judged; when he comes openly it will be to judge”

“Our God will come openly; our God will come and will not keep silent.” The first coming of Christ the Lord, God’s Son and our God, was in obscurity; the second will be in sight of the whole world. When he came … Continue reading

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“I want you to be free and faithful and pure brides of Christ, the Bridegroom of all holy souls”

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God,” since purity of heart leads to perfection. Two things are contained within the heart—goodness which is natural to it and evil which is unnatural. This latter gives rise to … Continue reading

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“It is only in his saints that God fills us with wonder”

“God is wonderful in his saints. He will give strength and power to his people.” Consider the meaning of these prophetic words and try to understand them. The psalm says that God gives strength and power to all his people, … Continue reading

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“And so love was present under the old covenant just as it is under the new”

I know, beloved, how well fed you are every day by the exhortations of Holy Scripture, and what nourishment your hearts find in the word of God. Nevertheless, the affection we have for one another compels me to say something to … Continue reading

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“So you, O Christian, because you are a human being, are God’s tribute money”

In today’s gospel we find two questions: one put to Christ by the Pharisees, and the other put by him to them. The Pharisees’ question concerns this world alone, while Christ’s has an entirely heavenly and other-worldly sense. Their question … 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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“Genuine conversion, however, means ceasing to sin without any backward glances”

The doors are open for all who sincerely and wholeheartedly return to God; indeed, the Father is most willing to welcome back a truly repentant son or daughter. The result of true repentance, however, is that you do not fall … Continue reading

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“Some of the Fathers terrify us beyond our strength and throw us into despair. Others of them encourage us and bid us rely upon Divine mercy”

Some of the Fathers terrify us beyond our strength and throw us into despair; and their opinion is well adapted to the simple-minded and trangressors of the law. Others of them encourage us and bid us rely upon Divine mercy; … Continue reading

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