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Fr. Chrysostom
We began our Mass today with the prayer: “Keep Your family safe, O Lord, with unfailing care, that, relying solely on the hope of heavenly grace, they may be defended always by your protection.” “Relying solely on the hope of heavenly grace.” That sounds like a good idea—certainly better than... Read more

Join the Procession and Carry a Light

Abbot Eugene
“In honor of the divine mystery we celebrate today let us all hasten to meet Christ. Everyone should be eager to join the procession and carry a light,” the text taken from the second reading of the office of readings for today, the Presentation of Our Lord. In that symbol of light, underlined of... Read more

You Should Pray a Lot

Fr. Victor
He appears “like a fire,” with "flaming words," "shattering his enemies," "trampling them underfoot like breadcrumbs"; he "shuts up the heavens" and "brings down fire," and so on. This description of Elijah which we heard in today’s reading sounds more like the curriculum vitae of a seasoned... Read more

The Good Fruit of Repentance

Fr. Chrysostom
“Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.” Why is it that repentance itself is not enough, but that St. John the Baptist insists to the pharisees at the Jordan River, and by extension the pharisees in this church, that they need to produce the good fruit of repentance? Surely we have all... Read more

Turning Tables

Fr. Theodore
We just heard the prophet Isaiah foretell some of the table-turning transformations that would characterize the Messiah’s appearance on earth: Lebanon’s fruitless forest would be changed into a fruitful orchard, while the fruitful orchard would become a forest. The lowly would exult, the proud in... Read more