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9/11 Reflection on the Incarnation

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 9/11/18

When we contemplate the life of Christ, we perhaps form images in our mind that are very sanitary, idyllic almost romantic. For example, during Christmas we are bombarded with manger scenes that present the Holy Family in a cave or stable that is beautiful and might even make the ... Read More »

Green Scapular

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 9/07/18

GREEN SCAPULAR MASS

The Green Scapular, called by Our Lady, “The Badge of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,” was given to the world by the Blessed Virgin Mary through a series of apparitions to Sister Justine Bisqueyburo, a Daughter of Charity, in the early 1840’s in Paris, France. On ... Read More »

Nature of Religion

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 9/05/18

How many of you have ever heard someone in complaining about organized religion say…I am not religious but I am spiritual? The word religion comes from the Latin word “Re-Ligare”. “Ligare” means “to bind” or to “connect”.  Adding the “re” before “ligare” causes the word to mean “Re-Bind” or ... Read More »

That Word "Submission"

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 8/30/18

Perhaps no Scripture passage raises the eyebrows of listeners higher than today’s Second Reading from Saint Paul. Once this verse enters into our heads whatever follows next is tuned out.  Yet if we dare strain our attention to the entirety of the text, we will begin to recognize that ... Read More »

The Bride of Hope

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 8/28/18

Earlier this week, I had the unfortunate experience of scrolling through Face Book after news coming out of Pennsylvania broke. What made the posts even more disturbing is that they were from friends.  One in particular demanded that if you were a part of the Catholic Church, you had ... Read More »

Queenship of Mary

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 8/22/18

“And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.” Anyone who has ever had a bedtime story read to them, when they hear the word “kingdom” immediately imagines kings and queens, ... Read More »

Remedy for all evil: The Beauty of Woman

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 8/20/18

It is quite the divine compliment that wisdom is referred to in feminine terms…building her house…And a house is only a home because of the people who live and love there…and there is no stronger presence of love or builder of a stable home than a woman.

Women and ... Read More »

Assuming our Beauty

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 8/15/18

Assuming our Beauty

“God’s Temple in Heaven was opened, and the ark of the covenant could be seen in the Temple.”

As impressive as the Jerusalem Temple was in its hey-day of Jewish worship…and as impressive as any House of Worship may be, this Christian Temple we gather in ... Read More »

Honoring Parents and Grandparents

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 7/24/18

I will appoint shepherds for them who will shepherd them so that they need no longer fear and tremble… Israel shall dwell in security.

I cannot imagine anything worse for a child that to live in a constant state of fear. Besides food and shelter, I cannot think of ... Read More »

Modern Need for St. Mary Magdalene

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 7/23/18

The Arch-Virgin Mary Magdalene

Many people today insist that every time we identify St. Mary Magdalene as a reformed prostitute we marginalize her. And/or share the view that identified as the woman caught in adultery, it is an attempt to oppress women. There are a number of books dedicated ... Read More »