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Red Mass Homily, Holy Rosary Cathedral Vancouver, January 16, 2014 Archbishop J.M. Miller, CSB Dear brother priests, dear members of the St. Thomas More Guild: lawyers and their co-workers, members of the judiciary, and law students; dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Introduction Today’s sober readings speak of “sharing Christ’s sufferings” (1 Pet 4:13), while ...read more
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Sunday, January 19, 2014 In today’s Gospel passage (John 1:29-34), the figure of John the Baptist appears once again almost as if to send us back to Advent…to look carefully at the evidence of the Baptizer and of Jesus, and to make some decisions about our own ...read more
Feast of the Baptism of the Lord – Sunday, January 12, 2014 In 2009, Salt + Light Television produced a magnificent documentary, “Within Your Gates,” on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s historic pilgrimage to Jordan and Israel.  Among the moving scenes in the film are the Holy Father’s visit, along with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and ...read more
Solemnity of the Epiphany – Sunday, January 5, 2014 The word “epiphany” means “to show forth.”  Epiphanies, both large and small, tend to be private events- yet events with great significance for the public.  Trying to share the details with another of an epiphany is fraught with complications.  The words are never quite right, and ...read more
Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God – January 1, 2014 The Jewish New Year The Jewish Feast of Rosh Hashanah, meaning literally the “beginning of the year,” occurs on the first of the Hebrew month Tishre and inaugurates the solemn Jewish season which concludes with Yom Kippur.  In the Bible, the Jewish New Year ...read more
Feast of the Holy Family – Sunday, December 29, 2013 Today’s readings for the Feast of the Holy Family take up the tension between rights and obligations.  Our Scripture texts maintain that obligations have primacy over rights. Hence the truly human, genuinely Christian priority is not so much what others can do for me but rather ...read more
  The Nativity of the Lord, Vigil Mass – Wednesday, December 25, 2013 The message of Christmas takes our breath away every year and continues to stagger the imagination: the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the only begotten Son of the Father, the eternal Word, our Creator wills to clothe himself in our nature, ...read more
The Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A – December 22nd, 2013 On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we listen attentively to the words of the prophet Isaiah, to the dream of Joseph, and the promise of the eternal God that takes flesh in the womb of the Virgin. The birth of Jesus into human history ...read more
The Third Sunday of Advent, Year A – December 15th, 2013 In his moving homily for the Inauguration of his Petrine Ministry as Bishop of Rome on April 24, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI spoke these words: The pastor must be inspired by Christ’s holy zeal: for him it is not a matter of indifference that ...read more
The Second Sunday of Advent, Year A – December 8th, 2013 In today’s Scripture readings, two of the three outstanding Advent guides (Isaiah, John the Baptist and Mary) show us the proper attitude to assume as we prepare to welcome the Saviour of the world.  First of all, Isaiah, the prophet of consolation and singer ...read more