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Dec 14 – Homily: The Sacrament of Penance

Jesus gave to the Church, through the Apostle, the power and authority to forgive sins when He said: “whose sins you forgive, are forgiven them.” (John 20:23) . Through the sacraments of the…
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Dec 21 – Homily: Become Totally Marian

Dec 21 – Homily: Become Totally Marian

To prepare during Advent in the most perfect way, strive to become totally Marian. Ave Maria! Mass: 4th Sunday of Advent – Solemnity – Form: OF Readings: 1st: 2sa 7:1-5, 8-11, 16 Resp: psa…
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Dec 21 – Homily: The Humility of God

Dec 21 – Homily: The Humility of God

Fr. Joachim reflects on the humility of God based on the readings of today, focusing on the coming of God as the infant Jesus as we celebrate the last Sunday in Advent. Ave Maria! Mass: 4th…
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Dec 20 – Homily: The Immediate Preparation for Christmas

Dec 20 – Homily: The Immediate Preparation for Christmas

In the immediate preparation for Christmas, the liturgy presents us with the prophecy of the Virginal Birth of the Messiah as well as its fulfillment at the Annunciation. Father walks us throu…

Luke 1:26-38 The Birth of Jesus Foretold

December 20th 2014
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by GABY HUNDZA
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David, The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel when to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
 
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
 
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered, “May your word to me be fulfilled.” The the angel left her.
Mary is the perfect example of how we should accept God’s plan willingly. The plan we create for ourselves and the plan He has for us are not always the same, but the Lord’s plan for us will always lead us to greater things than our own plan will. The thing is we always know what our plans for ourselves are, but the Lord’s plan is only known to Him until He chooses to reveal it to us – this is why it is so hard for us to abandon our plan for His. He blesses us with incredible opportunities, and He will always desire us to follow him. It’s up to us whether we will walk with him or walk away from him.
At times, God places us in situations that make us uneasy or anxious, but with the Holy Spirit we can find peace in where God is guiding us. We may not feel ready for what God is calling us to, but He will never give us more than we can handle. We should always let Him be our guide, because He wants what is best for us. There is nothing to be afraid of when we have such a caring and protective Father watching over us. He will always be with us no matter what.
Change can be scary; we get comfortable with the way things are, but we cannot stop moving forward. The Lord never rests. He never ceases to provide what is best for us, and sometimes that requires us to sacrifice. This sacrifice is not meant to hurt us, rather protect us and lead us to something better. We always need to put our trust in the Lord and let Him have control – He will only send us blessings. When we are called to make a change in our lives, we should never be afraid; as verse 37 says, “For no word from God will ever fail.” He will never forsake or abandon us, and He wishes the best for all of his beautiful children.
We cannot fail when we are guided by the Lord.

Gaby Hundza is a student at a local Catholic high school. She will be confirmed in the Catholic Church this coming Easter.  Gaby is wonderful young lady who loves the Lord with all her heart.

Dec 20 – Homily: Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

Dec 20 – Homily: Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

The devil fooled all of us once, in the person of Eve, with regard to the first death. Let us not allow him to fool us again with regard to the second death. Ave Maria! Mass: Weekdays of Advent…
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Dec 20 – Homily: O Key of David

Fr. Alan reflects on the O Antiphon of today “O Key of David” and how Jesus is the rightful heir of King David through Joseph and Mary and how the Key of David which allows Jesus and his apostles…
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Lk 1:5-25 T’is the Season for No Reason

December 19 2014(Click here for readings)In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah…the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard.  Your wife Elizabe…

Dec 18 – Homily: On the Gospel for December 18th

Father tells us that the Gospel passage for December 18th emphasizes Our Lady’s Virginity, which testifies to the Divinity of Her Son, and he shows how this Gospel speaks of the two virtues…
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