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St. Stephen’s day – reflection

Today is the second day in the octave of Christmas. The Church celebrates the Feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr. He was one of the seven deacons who helped the apostles; he was "filled with faith and with the Holy Spirit," and was "full of fortitude." The deacon Stephen, has always been the object of very special veneration by the faithful. The account in the Acts of the Apostles relating his arrest and the accusations brought against him emphasize the parallel with our Savior’s trial; he was stoned outside the city wall and died, like his Master praying for his executioners. Continue reading St. Stephen’s day – reflection

Second Sunday of Advent

Advent2Pope Benedict XVI said: “In these days the liturgy constantly reminds us that ‘God comes’ to visit his people, to dwell in the midst of men and women and to form with them a communion of love and life: a family” (Angelus, 10 December 2006). In today’s Second Reading, St Paul makes the same point in one of the most memorable, beautiful, and powerful phrases of the entire New Testament: “"I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus." God doesn’t create us and then forget about us, like some kind of divine architect or watchmaker. He gives us the gift of life, and then he accompanies us, gently trying to guide us into a deeper and deeper friendship with him, never giving up on us. He knows where we were born, where we grew up, what we have suffered and enjoyed, the wounds in our hearts. Continue reading Second Sunday of Advent

Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent

Advent, which starts today, is sometimes understood as a waiting period – waiting for Christmas to arrive. That’s what the prophecy in today’s First Reading calls to mind. From that point of view, this waiting period between Advent and Christmas is also supposed to make us think deeply about another waiting period. The one between now and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, who will bring history to its fulfillment, judge the living and the dead, and put a definitive end to evil. This second waiting period is what our Lord refers to in today’s Gospel passage. Continue reading Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent

Parish Support Program – homily

The modern world has no mercy on those who are weak, lonely or helpless. Businesses and companies fight among themselves for a single client in a market where they could make a profit. The weak do not survive and close up operations. Their struggles teach us some important lessons. In order to profit, everyone in such a firm must cooperate, work hard and fruitfully. Businesses that lack people interested in success, businesses with lot of talk but no action, will perish sooner or later. Continue reading Parish Support Program – homily