Merry Christmas and Happy New Year: Feast of the Holy Family

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! I hope the new year will bring you many blessings. It’s been awhile since my last post, and since we just celebrated the Feast of the Holy Family, I thought I would share the message I gave at last Sunday’s Mass: Continue reading

Can Mary and the Saints hear our prayers?

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For those persons who have gone on to heaven, can they hear our petitions and offer those prayers to Jesus? If so, what about Mary the mother of God; how would she be able to hear all those prayers of intersession coming from thousands of people at the same time? Wouldn’t she have to have some omnipresence about herself? Continue reading

The Ultimate Gift of Christmas

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Christmas is a very exciting time of year, especially for children. They are focused on all the gifts they will receive. Adults also get excited about seeing the joy in the eyes of those children as they receive those gifts. But if you ask my parents, they probably weren’t too excited when my siblings and I would wake them up at 4am on Christmas morning. As children, we couldn’t wait to run to the living room and see what Santa had brought us. Of course, mom and dad would make us go back to bed for a couple of more hours so they could get a little more sleep. We on the other hand, were too excited to sleep. Continue reading

Mary is the “Ark of the New Covenant”

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Have you ever seen the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark?” Harrison Ford plays a character named “Indiana Jones.” He sets out to find the lost “Ark of the Covenant.” This Ark is refereed to in the Old Testament of the Bible. God told Mosses to build an Ark (Ex 25:10), which was a box made and covered with gold. This box was to hold three things: the written word of God on the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments; the budded rod of Aaron, signifying his role as high priest; and a pot of manna, the mysterious “bread from heaven” which God gave to the Jews in the wilderness.

Now, why is it that Mary is given the title “Ark of the Covenant?” Continue reading

Can a person be sinless?

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Besides Jesus Christ, have there been other people, such as His Mother Mary, or others who have been or has the possibility of being sinless? We know that Jesus was the only one sinless by nature, but what about everyone else? Continue reading

Perpetual Virginity of Mary

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The Catholic Church says, “The deepening of faith in the virginal motherhood led the Church to confess Mary’s real and perpetual virginity even in the act of giving birth to the Son of God made man. In fact, Christ’s birth “did not diminish his mother’s virginal integrity but sanctified it.” And so the liturgy of the Church celebrates Mary as Aeiparthenos, the “Ever-virgin” (CCC #499).”

Did Mary, the mother of God, have other children besides Jesus? And if so, how could she be a virgin her entire life? In the Gospel of Matthew 1:21-25, it speaks about an angel coming to Joseph Continue reading

Immaculate Conception of Mary

th[5] Since we just celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, I thought I would explain what we believe about it. Sometimes the doctrine of the “Immaculate Conception” is wrongly refered to as Christ’s conception in Mary’s womb (the Virgin Birth). It’s not about Jesus’ birth, but the doctrine states that Mary, unlike the rest of humanity, was concieved in her mothers womb without the stain of original sin so that she could be the spotless vessel to bring the sinless Lamb of God (Jesus Christ) into the world. Continue reading