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    Reading 1 Is 35:1-10 The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom. They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song. The glory of Lebanon will be given to them, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; They will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God. Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak, Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; With divine recompense he comes to save you. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; Then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing. Streams will burst forth in the desert, and rivers in the steppe. The burning sands will become pools, and the thirsty ground, springs of water; The abode where jackals lurk will be a marsh for the reed and papyrus. A highway will be there, called the holy way; No one unclean may pass over it, nor fools go astray on it. No lion will be there, nor beast of prey go up to be met upon it. It is for those with a journey to make, and on it the redeemed will walk. Those whom the LORD has ransomed will return and enter Zion singing, crowned with everlasting joy; They will meet with joy and gladness, sorrow and mourning will flee. Responsorial Psalm Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 R. (Isaiah 35:4f) Our God will come to save us! I will hear what God proclaims; the LORD –for he proclaims peace to his people. Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him, glory dwelling in our land. R. Our God will come to save us! Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven. R. Our God will come to save us! The LORD himself will give his benefits; our land shall yield its increase. Justice shall walk before him, and salvation, along the way of his steps. R. Our God will come to save us! Alleluia R. Alleluia, alleluia. Behold the king will come, the Lord of the earth, and he himself will lift the yoke of our captivity. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 5:17-26 One day as Jesus was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there, and the power of the Lord was with him for healing. And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence. But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "As for you, your sins are forgiven." Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask themselves, "Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who but God alone can forgive sins?" Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply, "What are you thinking in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"– he said to the one who was paralyzed, "I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home." He stood up immediately before them, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God. Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God, and, struck with awe, they said, "We have seen incredible things today." - - - Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner. source
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  5. 2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    From the American Cassinese website: 23 Sep 2017 Solemn Vows Brother Charles McDaniels, O.S.B. made his solemn profession of monastic vows at Assumption Abbey in Richardton, North Dakota.
  6. Christmas Spirit

    Days off work. The days off can’t come soon enough.
  7. Jerusalem as Capitol

    If we look at the Jews as rightful heirs to the Holy Land, then let’s hand over the entire North American continent to the indigenous people. It’s no longer just theirs. We all need to share it. Just as the Jews need to share Jerusalem.
  8. Medjugore pilgrimages

    What a joke. As if they were ever eliminated.
  9. 2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    At St. Benedict's Abbey (Benedictine monks) in Atchison, Kansas on December 8th, feast of the Immaculate Conception: 2 postulants entered the novitiate - Brothers Florian and Jerome 1 novice professed first vows - Brother Pius 2 men professed solemn vows - Br. Placidus and Father Jay
  10. Drop a word, keep a word

    Day laborer
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  12. Jerusalem as Capitol

    The thing is, The Jews have become an archetype, just as nice black person has. The Jews are the persecuted, the hated. Right now, Syrians are Jews just as much as German Jews during WW2. Jews as a people have had a hard history, but what we should draw from that is solidarity with all Jews all nice black people, regardless of race or religion.
  13. Drop a word, keep a word

    Day tripper
  14. Christmas Spirit

    What puts you in the Christmas spirit? The music? The lights? The homilies? The candles?
  15. For those who defend Trump

    do you advocate the same idea for rape,child molestation, murder,sexual abuse,assault? I mean whats the difference between these and abortion when it comes to your point. You say we we shouldn't make it illegal, we should work on changing hearts and minds and make people not want to have abortions. So if your being consistant you should have the same views about all these things I mentioned above. If your not advocating making murder, rape, child molestation, sexual abuse and assault not be made illegal and just trying to change hearts and minds, why are you contradicting yourself? Why is one thing ok to be made illegal but not another?
  16. Medjugore pilgrimages

    "Sudden-ish change" seems to describe just about everything this pontificate has done.
  17. Jerusalem as Capitol

    The Muslims have many countries. The Palestinians could too if they fundamentally were not fixated and committed to the elimination of the Jewish people. At this point in history, the Western world has learned from experience, and is guilty of, ignoring the plight of the Jews when they are targeted for elimination. It’s not like Israel was carved out of eastern Australia.
  18. EWTN's Fr. Andrew Apostoli

    Please pray for Fr. Apostoli's health. He needs you now.
  19. Private Vows in The Laity/Spirituality

    The following quotation from the Letter to the Philippians contains tonight's Reading at Vespers:
  20. Canadian Vocations

    Hey I'm not discerning north of the border! But I visited an order briefly near Ottawa - Queenship of Mary. They're new and have so many young sisters and most likely people discerning with them! Reach out and see!!
  21. Second Sunday of Advent

    Reading 1 Is 40:1-5, 9-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated; indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD double for all her sins. A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low; the rugged land shall be made a plain, the rough country, a broad valley. Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken. Go up on to a high mountain, Zion, herald of glad tidings; cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news! Fear not to cry out and say to the cities of Judah: Here is your God! Here comes with power the Lord GOD, who rules by his strong arm; here is his reward with him, his recompense before him. Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care. Responsorial Psalm Ps 85:9-10-11-12, 13-14 R. (8) Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation. I will hear what God proclaims; the LORD—for he proclaims peace to his people. Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him, glory dwelling in our land. R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation. Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven. R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation. The LORD himself will give his benefits; our land shall yield its increase. Justice shall walk before him, and prepare the way of his steps. R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation. Reading 2 2 Pt 3:8-14 Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard "delay," but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar and the elements will be dissolved by fire, and the earth and everything done on it will be found out. Since everything is to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be, conducting yourselves in holiness and devotion, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved in flames and the elements melted by fire. But according to his promise we await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace. Alleluia Lk 3:4, 6 R. Alleluia, alleluia. Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths: All flesh shall see the salvation of God. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Mk 1:1-8 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert: "Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths." John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. People of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins. John was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He fed on locusts and wild honey. And this is what he proclaimed: "One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." - - - Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner. source
  22. For those who defend Trump

    In the past, the government punished the doctors and had the power to close the facilities that provided abortions.
  23. Canadian Vocations

    Hi from "North of the border" as well. I'm not discerning but I'm accompanying some Canadians in discernment. I'd say that I don't think there is a dearth of "sisters-in-discernment" in Canada although the disproportion of population versus territory makes feel that way. I believe there is a dearth of "Canadian-options-for-discerners" though. Blessings and prayers for you.
  24. Private Vows in The Laity/Spirituality

    Aleteia https://aleteia.org/2017/12/09/lexi-walkers-enchanting-reimagined-mash-up-of-ave-maria-and-o-holy-night/?utm_campaign=NL_en&utm_source=daily_newsletter&utm_medium=mail&utm_content=NL_en Music Lexi Walker’s enchanting reimagined mash-up of “Ave Maria” and “O Holy Night” Her last note will leave you breathless. Lexi Walker joined The Piano Guys for this mind blowing reimagining of “Ave Maria”‘s melody with the lyrics of “O Holy Night.” Of course, the melody for “O Holy Night” makes an appearance at the end, because why wouldn’t you want that beautiful high note? At just 15 years old, Lexi gives a mind-blowing performance and, with effortless skill, makes her way through the difficult melody, which left us breathless by the end. The Piano Guys describe the inspiration behind this arrangement on YouTube: O Holy Night has graced Christmas for 170 years since its inception. It has earned a place among the greatest carols of all time. But such fame can breed vapid familiarity. 170 years of airtime can acclimate the ear so much that we may not feel the Holiness of O Holy Night as perhaps we once did. Unless, perhaps, its transcendent lyrics were cast into a new mold? A mold created by, none other than, J.S. Bach. The Piano Guys are an American musical group consisting of a pianist, cellist, videographer, and music producer. The group originated as a social media strategy to promote one of the members’ piano store, but the group found they worked so well together that they began to release music videos. In August, 2016, they surpassed 1 billion views of their videos on YouTube. They have released seven studio albums.
  25. Canadian Vocations

    Welcome! Not Canadian but I will be praying for you. God Bless TT
  26. Medjugore pilgrimages

    Not wanting to start an almighty row in here, but seems that Medjugore pilgrimages are back with approval. This seems a sudden-ish change as there had seemed to be criticism and legal disapproval for formal pilgrimage. See here: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/12/08/official-pilgrimages-to-medjugorje-are-now-permitted-says-popes-envoy/
  27. For those who defend Trump

    You're never going to change everyone's heart & meanwhile millions are being murdered!! It MUST be illegal. And yes, we will continue to change hearts and minds. Btw, Jesus never spoke against having good politicians.
  28. Drop a word, keep a word

    wedding day
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