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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Blessed Virgin in the Americas… On December 12th, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who first appeared to St. Juan Diego, so let us reflect on our Blessed Mother Mary: And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has […]

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Galatians 5:24-25

Baptism: Being Crucified with Christ… Through our Baptism, we are crucified with Christ and can overcome our sinful ways: Now those who belong to Christ (Jesus) have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit. –Galatians 5:24-25, NAB This verse builds on similar ones, […]

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Galatians 5:19-23

Vices vs. Virtues… Galatians 5 gives us a list of vices vs. virtues: Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that […]

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Dec

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Emmanuel – God is with Us

You are Never Alone… When the troubles of life begin to pile up against you, remember that you are never alone – God is with us: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.” -Matthew 1:23, NAB The holiday season can […]

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Dec

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Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Patronal Feast of the United States… On December 8th, we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  You will not find the story of the Immaculate Conception in Scripture – it comes purely from Tradition.  However, the roots of this doctrine begin in Luke 1: In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from […]

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Dec

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Galatians 5:16-17

Overcoming Concupiscence… In life, we are given a choice – follow our desires or the Holy Spirit who guides us: I say, then: live by the Spirit and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh. For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed […]

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Dec

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Galatians 5:15

Christian vs. Christian… Few things are more damaging to the Church than Christian vs. Christian: But if you go on biting and devouring one another, beware that you are not consumed by one another. –Galatians 5:15, NAB Yesterday, you learned to love your neighbor as yourself.  Today, you’ll learn how doing the opposite can be very […]

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Galatians 5:13-14

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself… Our freedom is a gift; we should not take it for granted: For you were called for freedom, brothers. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve one another through love. For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, “You shall love […]

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Dec

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Galatians 5:11

The Stumbling Block of the Cross… The cross is a stumbling block for those who do not believe: As for me, brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case, the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished. –Galatians 5:11, NAB It may be hard to imagine the […]

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Galatians 5:10

Woe to the False Teachers… Those who teach a path apart from Christ and the Church will surely have to answer for themselves: I am confident of you in the Lord that you will not take a different view, and that the one who is troubling you will bear the condemnation, whoever he may be. –Galatians […]