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Et Reliqua

Check the Dean’s sermons and reflections from past Sundays and holydays.

The name Et Reliqua is taken from the Office of Matins, in which the commentary by the Church Fathers on the Gospel of the day is preceded by part of the Gospel itself.  Rather than read the Gospel in its entirety, only the first sentence is included, followed by the words, Et Reliqua, translated into English as “And so on and that which followeth.”

A painting of a man plowing a field.
Sexagesima Sunday

Good Seed Bearing Fruit

Throughout the ages, God has raised up men—learned doctors of the Church who fought against the errors of their times; or sometimes martyrs whose blood injected the Church with renewed life and who inspired the rest of us ordinary Christians with their courage and example. For the sixty or so

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Sexagesima Sunday

Time To Sow The Seed

It’s a very strange thing, when you think about it… When we’re presented with something truly wonderful, something that will transform our lives into one of peace and happiness, something that will ensure a blissful future that can never be disrupted or lost, we don’t immediately rush to take advantage

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Septuagesima Sunday

The Right Shoes For The Job

One of the most popular games that they play at children’s parties in England is called the sack race.  Like any other race, the purpose is to see who can get to the finish line first.  The only difference is that all the competitors are wearing a large sack over

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Septuagesima Sunday

Counting Our Losses

As we begin the season of Shrovetide, our annual preparation for Lent, we are invited to reflect on the inner workings of our soul and make sure they’re up to speed.  We search within, contemplating what we find, and holding up our deepest thoughts, dreams and fears to the light

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3rd Sunday after Epiphany

Children Of The Kingdom

We have a tendency to treat Holy Scripture like any other book.  We read the Gospel as though it was just someone telling us a story.  A true story, to be sure, but merely the retelling of events that happened in the past and which are supposed to have some

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3rd Sunday after Epiphany

Thou Shalt Not Kill

We all learned the Ten Commandments when we were children.  We can find them in our catechism, our moral theology manuals, and of course, in the Scriptural Book of Exodus.  They were written by none other than God himself, miraculously engraved upon two tablets of stone and presented to Moses. 

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A painting of jesus pouring water into a pot.
2nd Sunday after Epiphany

Nothing Is Impossible

One of the most prominent features of the liturgical Advent season is the formidable presence of one man in particular, St. John the Baptist.  He is the “voice crying in the wilderness”, the man sent by God to “prepare the way of the Lord”.  He is the prophet who, according

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2nd Sunday after Epiphany

A New Advent?

One of the most prominent features of the liturgical Advent season is the formidable presence of one man in particular, St. John the Baptist.  He is the “voice crying in the wilderness”, the man sent by God to “prepare the way of the Lord”.  He is the prophet who, according

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2nd Sunday after Epiphany

My Father’s Business

The Gospel story today is simple enough.  It’s been twelve years since the Christchild was born in Bethlehem, and Mary and Joseph have decided he’s old enough to make the pilgrimage with them to the Holy City of Jerusalem.  Afterwards on the way home, thinking their Son was with other

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2nd Sunday after Epiphany

Moving On…

The problem with the holidays is that sooner or later they must come to an end.  That gradual realization that we are transitioning from the joys of the Christmas season into the drab months of winter affect our general mood as we grit our teeth and settle back down to

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Sunday in Christmas Octave

Our First Resolution

It’s the last day of 2023, and we should be looking forward to all the good things, real and imaginary, that the New Year will bring.  We may be a little hesitant in placing too much hope that such good things will actually happen, but we hope nonetheless.  We are,

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Sunday in Christmas Octave

A Liturgical Christmas

You’ve all noticed, I’m sure, the similarity between this week’s schedule and last week’s, with Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on the same day as usual, both of them holydays of obligation, calling us to Mass this year two days running for two weeks in a row.  It’s

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A christmas tree is lit up in the snow.
Christmas Day

O Tannenbaum

I like old movies.  There’s something comforting about those old black and white celluloid trips to the past, to a better time when people were nice to each other and nearly all believed in God and went to church on Sundays.  They’re especially reassuring around this time of year.  From

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Christmas Eve

Seeing Is Believing?

There’s been a lot of doubting and worrying going on this past week.  On Thursday, we had the feastday of Doubting Thomas, the Apostle who couldn’t believe in the Resurrection until he actually saw our Lord, complete with all the wounds of his crucifixion.  Now today it’s the turn of

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Christmas Eve

The Height Of Expectation

Do you remember Christmas Eve when you were a little child?  The almost overwhelming feeling of expectation you had as you went to bed that night, forcing yourself to go to sleep in spite of your excitement, fearful lest you be caught awake by Santa and deprived of all the

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3rd Sunday in Advent

From Now Until Christmas

Today is December 17, the date that marks the start of Sapientiatide.  This liturgical season is the final lead-up to Christmas and includes the three Ember Days we’ll be observing this coming week.  A fourth day of fasting and abstinence, Christmas Eve, also falls during Sapientiatide, although this year it

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A black and white photo of a dinosaur in the water.
2nd Sunday in Advent

Seeing What We Want To See

Many psychological experiments have  been conducted that show that people see what they want to see.  We have an extraordinary ability, or maybe it’s a disability, to blot out things we don’t understand in favor of what we expect.  We are quite happy to accept without question the routine, normal

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A painting of an angel standing in front of a door.
2nd Sunday in Advent

Gabriel’s Message

At first glance, the hymn on the back of today’s bulletin may seem out of place during Advent, this joyful time of anticipation.  It starts out okay, with the first stanza bringing to mind the Annunciation, the message delivered to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she has been chosen to

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A statue of the virgin mary in a cave.
Immaculate Conception

Exaltation Of The Humble And Meek

Are we proud of being traditional Catholics?  That’s kind of a loaded question, and you’d probably have to think twice before you answer accurately.  It all depends on what we mean by the word ‘proud’.  Pride is undoubtedly the worst of the seven deadly sins, the sin of superiority that

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A painting of jesus surrounded by angels.
Advent Sunday

Our Redemption Draweth Nigh

At first glance, there may seem to be very little difference between today’s Gospel and last Sunday’s.  Both deal with the same event, namely, the terrible revolt of nature at the end of the world, with signs in the sun, and the moon, and the stars, men’s hearts failing them

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