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O most Holy Virgin, immaculate in body and spirit,
look kindly on me as I implore your powerful intercession.

O most Holy Mother, receive my prayers as I present them to God.

O Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, you intercede for us with your Son.

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.  Amen.

Acknowledgement

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.  Immaculate of Soult.  https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Murillo_immaculate_conception.jpg#mw-jump-to-license

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Today is the Memorial of St. Ambrose of Milan.  His prayer seems very appropriate to the Advent season, and in some ways reminds me of the conversion of Ebenezer Scrooge (let us remember that love of God and love of neighbor are inseparable):

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all,
take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me
the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore Thee,
a heart to delight in Thee,
to follow and enjoy Thee, for Christ’s sake,
Amen.

Acknowledgement

AmbroseOfMilan.jpg ‎(312 × 600 pixels, file size: 84 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) — https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AmbroseOfMilan.jpg#mw-jump-to-license

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O good St. Nicholas, you who are the joy of children, put in my heart the spirit of childhood, which the Gospel speaks, and teach me to seed happiness around me.  You, whose feast prepares us for Christmas, open my faith to the mystery of God made man.  You good bishop and shepherd, help me to find my place in the Church and inspire the Church to be faithful to the Gospel.  O good Saint Nicholas, patron of children, sailors and the helpless, watch over those who pray to Jesus, your Lord and theirs, as well as over those who humble themselves before you.  Bring us all in reverence to the Holy Child of Bethlehem, when true joy and peace are found.  Amen.

Aknowledgement

Bjoertvedt.   24 November 2010.   Russian icon depicting St Nicholas with scenes from his life. Late 1400s or early 1500s. National Museum, Stockholm ( NMI 272).

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Well I guess our subject is both timely and apropos, given the recent sexual abuse allegations against various high profile media and entertainment figures.

Sadly, this problem is very much like the Halloween franchise’s Michael Myers: It can be neutralized in individual circumstances, but it never really dies (not, at any rate, on this side of life).

But we’re talking about Wind River, so let us proceed along our course. (more…)

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It is now time to talk about the effects of the Fall on men in particular.  We got into that a little bit in part two, if you remember, but not enough that we could have anything substantial to examine alongside the consequences for women discussed in part three.

So here goes…

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In his pivotal Theology of the Body, Pope John Paul II noted an important and fundamental “fruit” of the Original Sin for the relationship between man and woman: (more…)

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Ok — we kind of got away from the actual story last time.  So let’s dive right into the first scene.

The film opens with Natalie Hansen running frantically across the frozen wilderness in the dead of night — all alone, visibly distressed, (more…)

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