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“Lord, it is good for us to be here.” Although we all certainly understand and sympathize with the desire of St. Peter to build three tents and so have the Savior and His prophets remain here forever, yet we know that the time had arrived not to enjoy Christ’s glory but to undergo His sacred Passion. Nor was it the time to see His divinity until the Apostles had first learned to suffer with His humanity.
Queen Esther was a uniquely pleasing person to behold. We hear this repeatedly throughout her story and, ultimately, are told that she “found grace and favor in the eyes of all who saw her.”
The first Sunday of Lent offers one of the shortest texts for a Gospel in the whole liturgical year. It is only sixty-four words. St. Mark’s account of the Temptation in the Desert takes just two verses and is about as succinct as one can be. Now, I am not the evangelist Mark. So don’t expect a short sermon. Settle in. And listen in.
Novena to Our Lady
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