Handel’s Advent Messiah: For Unto Us A Son Is Given

The culmination of the Advent portions of Handel’s Advent Messiah.  Go here to listen to the earlier portions.   Handel heralds the coming of Christ with the immortal words of Isaiah Chapter 9, verse 6: For unto us a child

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Video Clip Worth Watching: Battle of the Bulge Sermon

A film clip from Battleground (1949), a rousing tribute to the heroic stand of the 101st Airborne at Bastogne at Christmas 1944, which helped turn the tide of the Battle of the Bulge. Seventy-one years ago on December 16, 1944 the Germans

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Christ as the Greatest Black Swan: At the Center of History

“I am a historian, I am not a believer.  But I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history.  Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.”

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Fifty Years of Linus Explaining the Meaning of Christmas

As an explanation of why we celebrate Christmas each year, the above video is superb and concise. The words of Linus are of course taken from the Gospel of Saint Luke: And there were in the same country shepherds abiding

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Advent Sermons of Saint Thomas Aquinas-Fourth Sunday in Advent

  The Angelic Doctor takes us to the doorstep of Christmas in this final sermon for Advent:   “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men.” — Philip, iv. 4,

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Messianic Prophecies: Haggai 2: 6-8

  Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies for this year, a series which we began in Advent 2011 and continued in 2102 and 2013, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here, here, here ,

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Advent Sermons of Saint Thomas Aquinas-Third Sunday in Advent

In the footsteps of the Dumb Ox, we come to the Third Sunday in Advent:   Now, when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ,” &c. — S. Matt. xi. 2-4.       IN the preceding

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Messianic Prophecies: Isaiah 50:6

  Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies for this year, which we began in Advent 2011 and continued in 2102 and 2013, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here, here, here , here , 

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Advent Sermons of Saint Thomas Aquinas-Second Sunday in Advent

    Our progress through Advent continues with the Angelic Doctor as our guide: “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning.” Rom. xv. 4. THE Apostle has taught us on the preceding Sunday to arise from

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Linus, and Saint Luke, Say It All

As an explanation of why we celebrate Christmas each year, the above video is superb and concise. The words of Linus are of course taken from the Gospel of Saint Luke: And there were in the same country shepherds abiding

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Messianic Prophesies: Jeremiah 23: 5-6

    Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies for this year, which we began in Advent 2011 and continued in 2102 and 2013, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here, here, here , here

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Advent Sermons of Saint Thomas Aquinas-First Sunday in Advent

I can think of no finer guide for us as we proceed through Advent this year than the Angelic Doctor.  Here is a sermon he wrote for the First Sunday in Advent: “Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek,” &c.

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Pope Paul VI and the Smoke of Satan

  (The day of the beatification of Pope Paul VI seems like a good day to repost this post.) I have long heard about Pope Paul VI having referred to the “smoke of Satan” having entered the Church.  Usually most references to

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God With Us

  Something for the weekend.  As Advent draws to a close Veni, Veni, Emmanuel seems appropriate.  The words are from the ninth century and the music from a fifteenth century French melody. A rendition by Mannheim Steamroller:

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The Bishop’s Wife

Continuing our look at Advent and Christmas movies:  The Bishop’s Wife from 1947.    David Niven is an Episcopalian Bishop of a struggling diocese;  Loretta Young (ironically one of the more devout Catholics in the Hollywood of her time) is his wife;

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Advent and Confession

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works. Saint Augustine     I went to Confession with my bride tonight.  I always think we must give an interesting contrast to the priest as we confess seriatim.  My

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Advent and Anti-Christ, Part I

    (I originally posted these sermons back in 2009 when the readership of the blog was quite smaller.  Time to do so again.  The Anti-Christ would seem at first blush to be a theme for the end of the liturgical

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Messianic Prophecies: Isaiah 60: 1-6

  Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies which we began last Advent, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here, here, here and here , we come to Isaiah 60: 1-6. [1] Arise, be enlightened,

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Messianic Prophecies: Jonah 2:1

A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign: and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. And he left them, and went away. Matthew 16:4   Continuing our Advent look at Messianic

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Messianic Prophecies: Malachi 3:1-5

Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies which we began last Advent, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here, here and here, we look today at Malachi 3: 1-5.   [1] Behold I

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Messianic Prophecies: Zechariah 9:9-10

    Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies which we began last Advent, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here, and here, we come to Zechariah 9:9-10 : [9] Rejoice greatly, O daughter

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel

  Something for the weekend.  Tomorrow Advent gets under way and to rush it a bit we have my favorite version of O Come O Come Emmanuel, which has always sounded to me as if a group of Zealots were

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Messianic Prophecies: Isaiah 7: 11-16 and 9: 1-7

Something for the weekend.  Lo How a Rose Ere Blooming.  Continuing on with our Advent examination of major Messianic prophecies, we come to Isaiah 7: 11-16: 11 Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the 

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Messianic Prophecies: Wisdom 2: 12-20

      Something for the weekend.  O Come, O Come Emmanuel.  We start Advent tomorrow, and my thoughts have been turning to the many messianic prophecies in the Old Testament that are applicable to Christ.  I do not think

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Advent: God So Loved The World

Advent might be summarized by John 3:16:   “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” In daily life it is often easy to

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Newman: Reflections at the Beginning of Advent

  “Thine eyes shall see the King in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.” Isaiah xxxiii. 17.  YEAR after year, as it passes, brings us the same warnings again and again, and none perhaps

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Advent and Anti-Christ, Part IV

The fourth and final part of my presentation of the four sermons on the Anti-Christ delivered by John Henry Cardinal Newman before his conversion during Advent in 1835.  Part I is here, part II is here and Part III is

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Handel's Advent Messiah, Part II

Something for the weekend.  The second part of the Advent portions of Handel’s Messiah.   The first part is here.

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Pray for the Unemployed this Advent and Christmas

In my brief life on earth I have not experienced such high unemployment amongst my family and friends this year than ever before.  As each week passes I hear of another friend or acquaintance who has lost his or her

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The Claremont Reviews Advent Interview with Fr. James V. Schall

Since 2002 Ken Masugi, a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute and lecturer in Government at Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC, has conducted Advent interviews with James V. Schall, S.J., author of over thirty books on political theory and theology.

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Advent and Anti-Christ, Part II

    Part II of my presentation of the four sermons on the Anti-Christ given by John Henry Cardinal Newman during Advent in 1835 before his conversion.  Part I is here. In this second sermon Newman concentrates on what we

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Ole Timey Country Simple Christmas

I pray and hope that your Advent is going well. In the meantime, enjoy this little clip in reminiscing a much more simpler time.

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Advent and Anti-Christ, Part I

Prior to his conversion to Catholicism, John Henry Cardinal Newman, soon to be Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman,  preached in 1835 a series of Advent Sermons on the Anti-Christ.  I have always found them extremely intriguing, and I am going to present them on

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