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The First Sunday of Lent

In the Our Father, we say ‘Lead us not into temptation’, and clearly the prayer is needed because in today’s Gospel, on the Sunday of Temptations, we find the Spirit leading no less a person than the Son of God himself into the desert precisely in order to be tempted. And there is something very strange here.

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The Presentation of the Lord

Jesus Christ is presented in the Temple, even as He is, Himself, the perfect temple of God.

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Mary Mother of God

When He looked up at her face smiling at Him, the mirror neurons in His infant brain fired. And then He tried to smile like her and they fired again.

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Why do we need Christmas?

This is not the question of why the Child deserves it, but rather why do we need to do this? What is it in us that cannot count the year as complete unless we celebrate this holy day?

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Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe

This December, we honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, beloved Patroness of the Americas, and ask for our spiritual mother for her continued protection and intercession in our own lives. ‍

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Foolishness for God

Fr. Abbot's homily in thanksgiving for members of the Abbot's Circle.

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Let Us Watch For The Lord

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Let Our Faith Be Awakened

Christ, in His tremendous free gift of the liturgy, given for our consolation, for our right up-building (or edification), for our correct formation of those acts we must necessarily give back to Him—our religion—, He has given us this day at least the single lesson of learning to listen, to long for, to hope for that one thing just out of sight.

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Holy Souls Novena

Praying for the dead is an important work of mercy, and a meaningful reminder of own mortality. In this Novena, Fr. Victor guides us through short, thoughtful reflections on our relationship (and obligation!) to the dead.

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"The Lord is with You"

“Mary knew that the acceptance of her queenship was perfectly compatible with her own lowly circumstances.”

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Sacred Heart of Jesus

There is no sorrow we can feel that the Sacred Heart does not want to alleviate for us. 

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Homily: Anniversary of the Dedication of the Abbey Church

The Church is so profound a mystery that no one image fully plumbs it depths and explains it exhaustively. Each image has its own aspect to emphasize and bring to light in ways the others do not.

The Good Shepherd

The mystery of our Blessed Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection is so central to our faith, such an immovable foundation upon which everything else is based, that He spoke of it not only openly once, twice, and a third time at least, but He also alluded to it in riddles and images, so that by uncovering the truth beneath the veil the hearts of His disciples might be the more confirmed in their conviction that what He had said in plain words was true indeed.

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