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Manifestation of the Divine

Posted January 6, 2017 at 12:00 am

“We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage … They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage.” (Mt 2: 2, 10-11, Gospel excerpt, Epiphany Sunday)

“I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and remain upon him … Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.” (Jn 1:32, Gospel excerpt, 2nd Sunday on Ordinary Time)

These two Scripture passages share a commonality. Both describe an appearance of the divine in space and time, also known as an Epiphany, “A Concise Dictionary of Theology.” The term “theophany” is another term used to explain a

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    Prayer After An Election

    God of all nations,

    Father of the human family,

    we give you thanks for the freedom we exercise and the many blessings of democracy we enjoy in these United States of America.

    We ask for your protection and guidance for all who devote themselves to the common good, working for justice and peace at home and around the world.

    We lift up all our duly

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    A season of preparation

    House of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD! (Is 2:5)

    Our new liturgical year begins with a mindset of awakening, harmonizing and preparing. The readings from Isaiah, St. Paul and the Gospel of Matthew open our minds and hearts as we journey through Advent with our sights fixed on the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

    Awakening

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    The Catholic Commentator

    Feeling a bit feverish? Or the stone you are trying to shape into something artistic is not cooperating?

    Perhaps a prayer to St. Castorius, who is the patron saint of sculptors, fever and cattle, might be in order.

    Legend plays a large role in the life and even death of St. Castorius, who is know as one of the “four

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    Aging can be breathtaking journey

    The Catholic Commentator

    Faith allows people to gracefully let go of their attachment to their younger life so they can grab God’s gifts for them as they grow older and closer to him. Sister Janet Franklin CSJ will speak on “The Spirituality of Aging” at the conference, “Family Choices: Embracing Body, Mind and Spirit in Dementia Care,” on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway in Baton

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    Summer no vacation from God

    The Catholic Commentator

    Summer’s leisurely pace may cause people’s thoughts to “drift with the tide” to the streets of Italy, the beaches of Aruba or the redwoods of the Sequoia National Forest. Even during Mass, the rhythm of the music and liturgical prayers and emphasis on the beauty of God’s creation may cause their minds to walk out the door to explore and enjoy that beauty.

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    Community garden reaping social benefits

    The Catholic Commentator

    St. Jean Vianney Church’s new community garden covers just about everything described in its mission as a church.

    Parishioners of St. Jean Vianney Church in Baton Rouge planted and maintain a community garden which they hope to use to feed those who do not have access to fresh produce. Photos by Barbara Chenevert | The Catholic Commentator

     

     

    The produce from “Our Father’s Garden” will be used to feed the less fortunate;

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