The Baptist and the Second Sunday of Advent

Angelus, Second Sunday of Advent, 7 December 2003 1. “Prepare the way of the Lord, clear him a straight path” (Lk 3: 4). This invitation of St John the Baptist resounds strongly on this Second Sunday of Advent. It is a prophetic cry that continues to resound through...

Faith in the Body and Blood of Christ

Does it sound “off” to say that Christ waits for us, hidden in the tabernacle in church? He abides in every Catholic cathedral, basilica, parish, and other repositories where the Sacred Eucharist is reserved with reverence and awe. From the tabernacle, the repository...

Ambrose for Bishop

Ambrose (340 – 397) was a layman, not even yet baptized when in 374, as Governor of Aemilia-Liguria in northern Italy, he went to a church to quell a conflict between Arians and Catholics over the choice of the next bishop. As the cultured and educated Ambrose, well...