Magnificat

My soul doth magnify the Lord: and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Hosanna to the Lord. Hosanna O my soul. O my soul does magnify. Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Holy is His name, alleluia. Hosanna, O my soul. My soul does magnify the...

The Blessed Woman

Imprisoned for his opposition to Hitler, Father Alfred Delp wrote “The Shaking Reality of Advent,” from which the following is an excerpt, in a Nazi prison shortly before he was executed in 1945. She is the most comforting of all the Advent figures....

Bearing the Joy-Light

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior… for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.” —Luke 1:46-49 The watchword for this third week of Advent is “rejoice,” and it is connected with Mary...

The Beating of Your Heart

The house lights go off and the footlights come on. Even the chattiest stop chattering as they wait in darkness for the curtain to rise. In the orchestra pit, the violin bows are poised. The conductor has raised his baton. In the silence of a midwinter dusk there is...

The One Who Cries in the Wilderness

Imprisoned for his opposition to Hitler, Father Alfred Delp wrote “The Shaking Reality of Advent,” from which the following is an excerpt, in a Nazi prison shortly before he was executed in 1945. Woe to an age when the voices of those who cry in the...

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