28 Jan 2018

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

At the time appointed, Christ came forth from the Father and showed himself in this external word, first as its creator, then as its teacher, the revealer of secrets, the mediator . . . and the express image of his person.
—John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

To believe in the relevance of God is to believe in the presence of prophets among us who show the relevance of his Word. To believe in the faithfulness of God and in his church is to believe that he will not let it fall asleep, be overwhelmed, lose its vigor and the dynamism of its hope.
—Jésus-Maria Asurmendi

21 Jan 2018

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

God’s will is to save us, and nothing pleases God more than our coming back to God with true repentance.
—Maximus the Confessor (c. 580-662)

Repentance is not an emotion. It is not feeling sorry for your sins. It is a decision. It is deciding that you have been wrong in supposing that you could manage your own life and be your own god . . . . Repentance is a realization that what God wants from you and what you want from God are not going to be achieved by doing the same old things, thinking the same old thoughts.
—Eugene Peterson

14 Jan 2018

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

John points to [Jesus] and says: “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” [Jesus’] taking away sin is still going on, he is taking it away from every individual in the world, till sin be taken away from the whole world, and the Savior deliver the Kingdom prepared and completed to the Father.
—Origen (182-251)

Vocation doesn’t come from willfulness. It comes from listening. I must listen to my life and try to understand what it is truly about . . . or my life will never represent anything real in the world, no matter how earnest my expectations.
—Parker Palmer

7 Jan 2018

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Cycle B

Today the Magi gaze in deep wonder at what they see: heaven on earth, earth in heaven, a human being in God, God in a human being, one whom the whole universe cannot contain now enclosed in a tiny body.
—Saint Peter Chrysologus

The day on which Christ first showed himself . . . as the savior of the world should be held in holy reverence by us. We should experience in our hearts the same joy as the three wise men felt when the sign of the new star led them into the presence of the king of heaven and earth, and they gazed in adoration upon the one in whose promised coming they had put their faith.
—Leo the Great (c. 400-461)

31 Dec 2017

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Cycle B

It is necessary to go back to seeing the family as the sanctuary of life. The family is indeed sacred: It is the place in which life—the gift of God—can be properly welcomed and protected against the many attacks to which it is exposed, and can develop in accordance with what constitutes authentic human growth.
—Pope John Paul II in Centesimus Annus, 1991

Jesus is the only person in recorded history whose parents thought he was a child of God rather than their own creative project and possession.
—Polly Berrien Berends in Gently Lead

24 Dec 2017

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle B

Consider what a dignity is ours, and what a likeness there is between us and Mary. Mary conceived Christ in her womb, and we bear him about in our hearts. 
—Saint Peter Damian (1007-1072)

She who is the mother of Christ is the mother of our wisdom, mother of our righteousness, mother of our sanctification, mother of our redemption.
—Saint Aelred of Rievaulx (1110?-1167)

17 Dec 2017

Third Sunday of Advent, Cycle B

John is the voice, but the Lord is the Word who was in the beginning. John is the voice that lasts for a time; from the beginning Christ is the Word who lives for ever. 
—Saint Augustine

The prodigious expanses of time that preceded the first Christmas were not empty of Christ; they were imbued with the influx of his power. 
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955)

10 Dec 2017

Second Sunday of Advent, Cycle B

Jesus my Lord has come, then. He has smoothed out your rough places and changed your disorderly ways into level paths, making in you an unimpeded road, a road that is absolutely clear, so that God the Father may walk in you and Christ the Lord make his dwelling in you and say: My Father and I will come and make our home in them. 
—Origen (183-253)

Beneath an outward appearance of indifference, in the heart of every person there is a will to live in community and a thirst for justice and peace. 
—Pope Paul VI

3 Dec 2017

First Sunday of Advent, Cycle B

Our God will come openly; our God will come and will not keep silent. The first coming of Christ the Lord, God’s Son and our God, was in obscurity; the second will be in the sight of the whole world.
—Saint Augustine

Love him who loved you when he was a child and who suffered cold for you and wept in the manger for you. . . . And as he grew older, his love grew too and was sown in the works which he did among us. As his body grew, his trials grew, his pains and tortures and crosses. Love, then, him who first loved you and loves you now in heaven.
—Saint John of Avila (1500-1569)

Psychology says, “Let go.” Spirituality says, “Wake up.” In both cases there is a withdrawal from the busyness of daily life (our dream state) and a waking up to the subconscious and spiritual depths of ourselves.
—Alfred McBride, O. Praem., The Priest