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Father Bryan P. Babick

A throw-away spirituality

In the early days of Christianity, believers expected the return of the Lord at any moment. His return was synonymous with the end of the world. It’s a sad reality that it is so easy to live in 2013 so busily that we may not think about His return to us. As the liturgical year […]

The great inclusion

One of the major pushes of the modern age is inclusion. This is nothing new. The Prophet Isaiah reminds us on the 21st Sunday of the year that the Lord comes to gather “nations of every language.” Even the Gentiles, or the non-Jewish-chosen-ones of the earth will take their place among the priesthood. In Biblical […]

Weekly is Godly

Sometimes it’s good to look back at the recent past to gain a refined sense of where we are headed. The last few Sundays were marked by celebrating central Christian teachings. Seemingly random, there is a possible link between them. On Ascension Day, we are reminded how Jesus returned to heaven. The interesting thing here […]

The Holy Spirit

The Easter Season gradually builds toward a crescendo. The Resurrected Lord prepares the Apostles for His ascension into heaven, but assures them that the new creation He had promised in the kingdom will be given through them. On the sixth Sunday of Easter we hear Our Lord’s words: “whoever loves me keeps my word, and […]

Why ‘Easter’?

One tactic that modern secular, progressive, anti-Catholic, agnostic, atheistic, outright angry celebrities employ is to ridicule away the names of Christian festivals by appealing to their supposed ancient pagan origins. They tell us, for instance, that our celebration of Easter is nothing other than the celebration of an ancient Germanic-Anglo Saxon fertility goddess named Eostre […]

Expectations can be blinding

The first Ordinary Sundays of the Liturgical year focus on the initiation of Jesus’ public ministry, which begin after His Baptism.  We hear from St. Luke’s recollection of the time when Jesus entered the synagogue. The Lord was handed a scroll from which to proclaim God’s Word. The people are amazed because Jesus applies Isaiah’s […]

The Baptism of the Lord

The Christmas season ends and Ordinary Time begins with a celebration of the Baptism of the Lord. The rich decorations and hymns of Christmas cheer give way to a celebration of the adult Christ entering the Jordan River to be called “my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” by a voice from heaven. […]

Advent hope

The Liturgical year begins much as it ended. With the last few Sundays of the year, the Church offers for our prayer Scripture passages about the end of the world and the role that Christ plays as King of the universe. Advent begins this year on Dec. 2 with a similar theme. It wouldn’t be […]

Contradictions answered by faith

After examining the new translation of the Roman Missal for over a year, it seems clear that each word we use in celebrating the Paschal Mystery has a deep meaning in our spiritual journey. Since the words of the Mass are primarily Scriptural, the same is true for the Biblical passages we hear proclaimed during […]

Thanks be to God

Before leaving the sacred gathering, all present say, “Thanks be to God!” In this way the Mass ends very much where it begins, with thanks. St. Paul urges the Ephesians to sing God’s praises to one another. When we first gather for Mass, then, we sing about all of God’s praiseworthy attributes — His creation, […]

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