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Well, it’s September.

For many of us, it’s back-to-school season.  I am sure of there being more than one teacher — and perhaps an especially astute student or so as well — who can perceive a sort of sick humor in the situation of Labor Day at the beginning of the month.

It’s as if the Genius of the Calendar, not content with (more…)

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Someone recently asked me about whether or not one had to pray in a church setting in order to be a good person, as opposed, for example, to private prayer in one’s own home.

My response was that the answer to this question (more…)

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Today the Church celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist, the last prophet of the Old Law and forerunner of Christ.

I don’t have much very much to say about this — if you want more information, go to today’s Mass readings; they’ll tell you everything you need to know.

But I did want to point out that it’s no accident that this observance falls so close to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.  Here we have, as it were, a fulfillment of the Baptist’s own words:

He must increase; I must decrease.

-John 3:30

Accordingly, over the next several months we will see the days grow gradually shorter.  This period will terminate with the winter solstice, which falls right around the Church’s observance of another Nativity.

Do I really need to tell you what that is?

We’ve all heard that time-honored saying about the night being darkest just before the dawn.  After the coming of the Light from on high is celebrated in the Church, the days grow gradually longer and brighter.

That’s all for now.  Have a nice evening!

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Well generally I try to be timely with my reflections.  But, of course, one sometimes has no time to be timely.

But I’m not all that far off the mark, because I want to talk about yesterday.

June 5th is World Environment Day, an obervation established by the United Nations as a vehicle for environmental awareness.

As providence would have it, June 5th is also the Memorial of St. Boniface, the 8th-century English-born bishop and martyr known as the “Apostle of Germany.”

I can’t helping chuckling at the irony (more…)

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“Behold the Bread of Angels,
For us pilgrims food, and token
Of the promise by Christ spoken,
Children’s meat, to dogs denied.
Shewn in Isaac’s dedication,
In the manna’s preparation;
In the Paschal immolation,
In old types pre-signified.
Jesu, shepherd of the sheep:
Thou thy flock in safety keep,
Living bread, thy life supply:
Strengthen us, or else we die,
Fill us with celestial grace.
Thou, who feedest us below:
Source of all we have or know:
Grant that with Thy Saints above,
Sitting at the feast of love,
We may see Thee face to face.
Amen.  Alleluia.”

-From St. Thomas Aquinas’ “Lauda Sion”

Acknowledgement

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