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Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent

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December 17, 2014 Friar Carl Paustian , O.P. Lubbock, TX Readings: Gen 49:2, 8-10 / Ps 72:1-2, 3-4ab, 7-8, 17 / Matt 1:1-17     This time of year naturally evokes a yearning to be with family and loved ones. As Christmas fast approaches next week, surely our plans have been set in place. Perhaps a Christmas Eve party with neighbors, Midnight mass together as a family, morning brunch at Grandma’s house, a festive Christmas dinner with all of the extended aunts, uncles and cousins. Advent and Christmas [...]

Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

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December 16, 2014 fr. Cristóbal Torres, O.P. Saint Martin de Porres Province Miami, FL. Readings: Zeph 3:1-2, 9-13 / Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19+23 / Matt 21:28-32   Our Biblical tradition presents us with two seemingly conflicting truths: On the one hand, Scripture reveals that God makes covenants with particular communities and individuals, dealing with humanity in a very intimate and even partial way; and yet through prophets like Zephaniah, God continually warns us against becoming complacent about our membership in an “in” group – even when it [...]

Movie Review: The Theory of Everything


The Theory of Everything tells the story of the marriage between the brilliant British physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), and his wife Jane (Felicity Jones).  Stephen became world famous figure.  Even though he is disabled by ALS, he is known for his perseverance and great mind. He is only able to speak with the assistance of an electronic device. Theory of Everything begins with Stephen as an undergraduate at Cambridge.  He is an excellent student, but awkward and shy.  Stephen meets Jane and they begin to see one [...]

Monday of the Third Week of Advent

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December 15, 2014 fr. Charles Johnson, O.P. Saint Anthony of Padua Priory New Orleans, LA Readings: Number 24: 2-7, 15-17a / Matthew 21:23-27 “Where was John’s baptism from?  Was it of heavenly or of human origin?”  I can remember as a kid among friends how we would ask each other, “So, where are you going?”  More than once the response was something like, “I don’t know,” or, “No place in particular, just going.” However, if you were to ask, “Where are you coming from?” the answer would have [...]

Sunday of the Third Week of Advent

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December 14, 2014 Sister Mary Dominic, O.P. Dominican Nuns Monastery of the Infant Jesus Lufkin, TX Readings: Isa 61:1-2a, 10-11 / Luke 1:47-48, 49-50, 53-54 / 1 Thess 5:16-24 / John 1:6-8, 19-28    “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. (John 1:7, 8)” The light—In the Scriptures, we first see light overshadowing a darkened earth—the Spirit hovering over the barren abyss in primordial creation. Thus began the [...]