Spirituality

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Homily 3rd Sunday of Easter 2023

"What are you discussing as you walk along?" They stopped, looking downcast.

Fixing Your Gaze on Eternity

An Easter message from Abbot Hayes, O.Praem.

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The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Worthy and fruitful holy communions increase our faith in the rising of Christ and the hope of our own rising on the last day. Such faith answers the deepest need of the human heart; such belief is itself a witness and proclamation—heart speaking to heart, deep calling on deep.

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Helping Him Die

It was in this Gospel, the Passion according to John, that we heard that the Mother of Jesus stood at the foot of the cross, so close that He could speak to her, in an agonizing rasp, and expect to be heard. Ask yourself for a moment, How is it possible that any mother in such a situation could actually stand?!

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Holy Saturday: A Blessed Night, A Glorious Night

Truly this is a blessed night, a glorious night, when the catastrophic fall of mankind in Adam is revealed in the New Adam to be a happy fault. This is the night whose wonder gleams as bright as the day. 

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Good Friday: No Answer

We have no excuse for our ungrateful rejection of His kindness. The liturgy’s only answer to His reproaches is to beg for mercy, from the Greek East to the Latin West

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Holy Thursday: As He Has Loved Us

“A new commandment I give you: love one another…” For this to make sense, we must love ourselves, and love ourselves rightly.

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Blood of Christ, Save Us

The Blood of Christ is a mystery of total victory over all that could trouble us in life. This Blood is the hope of the penitent, the relief of the burdened, the peace and tenderness of hearts, our solace in sorrow, and will be finally our consolation when we are dying.

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Runaround Answers

"Do you want to be healed?" Our Lord’s simple question is unassumingly aimed at helping this man in the most pertinent difficulty that he has been facing.

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To Cross Over To Christ's Side

Lent is a journey and ultimately a journey to cross over to Christ’s side.

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The Forgiving, Life-Giving Waters

Those who are steeped in satisfying their desires for the pleasures of this world have inflicted upon themselves their own worst punishment.

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The Fruit of His Kingdom

He expects us to bear fruit that befits His Kingdom. This fruit depends on how we receive God's will into our lives.

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Preparing for a Happy Death

The very structure of the daily prayers in an abbey helps remind the religious of impending death. We have to foresee this moment by preparing well, being vigilant, ready.

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