One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. The verse before the Gospel presents to us a reminder of the spirit of Lent, i.e., the word of God is spiritual food, but it cannot be “assimilated” without repentance (therefore, conversion) and faith. Thus, we…

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There is, probably, no more appropriate psalm for today’s memorial of Saint Agnes than Psalm 40, which the liturgy presents us with for reflection: Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will. Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,    but ears open to obedience you gave me.Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not;    then…

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Today’s first reading is taken from the book of the Song of Songs: “Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one, and come! … Let me see you, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet, and you are lovely.” Is this language, and these words of someone who is in love, appropriate for Advent? If we…

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