What’s In a Name? The O’ Antiphons

The titles of Christ in the O Antiphons have been invoked by the Church for at least 1,300 years. The Medieval monasteries would ring their largest bell as the choirs of monks intoned Mary’s Magnificat and these Advent antiphons. All seven can be found in the oracles of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, who gives us many memorable images […]

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God is Calling You to a Deeper Relationship with Him  Who were the prophets, what was their message, and what do they have to do with us?If we consider that God is the divine Bridegroom and the Church is his Bride, then the prophets can be seen as “spiritual marriage counselors.” They afflict the comfortable  […]

“Evangelization: Marian Style” Free Webinar

If you missed our free webinar  “Evangelization: Marian-style” on Wednesday, October 22nd at 7 PM EST you can watch the archived version HERE. In his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis proposes a Marian style of evangelization, noting how Our Lady models the life of a missionary disciple for all of us. In this new […]

Meet the Messengers: Ezekiel

A Watchman for God’s People Any student of the prophets knows that they had a tough row to hoe. (Sorry, my Idaho farm boy language sometimes slips in.) Their audiences often rejected them, even tried to kill them. When we reach the prophet Ezekiel, Judah has been exiled to Babylon. Our prophet was among the […]

Meet the Messengers: Jonah

Pride and Prejudice To call Jonah a reluctant prophet would be a gross understatement. He literally runs in the opposite direction of his calling to preach repentance to the Ninevites. At one level, it’s hard to blame him. Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, one of the hated enemies of God’s people. At first glance, […]

Meet the Messengers: Jeremiah

A Prophet of Hope If there was ever a man that would have every reason to be without hope it would be the prophet Jeremiah. He’s called “the weeping prophet” for a reason. Called by God when just a teenager (Jeremiah 1:5-7), our prophet was roundly rejected and maligned by his own people, forsaken by […]

Meet the Messengers: Isaiah

Here I am! Send me!” When it comes to the Old Testament prophets, one could argue that Isaiah is without peer. He’s been called by many “the Fifth Gospel” because his prophecies predict so many aspects of the life of Jesus, from his birth to his enthronement in heaven. He is quoted over 90 times […]

Meet the Messengers: Hosea

In this first post, we will meet the messenger Hosea. Our prophet lived in the 8th century BC, during the reign of King Jeroboam II. His audience was the Northern Kingdom who had abandoned covenant faithfulness with the Lord. Their spiritual lives were marked by idolatry, injustice and oppression of the poor. God’s first command […]

What did Elijah hear after the wind, earthquake and fire? Maybe nothing.

The lectionary says Elijah heard “a tiny whispering sound,” the RSV translates it “the still small voice.”  What was it that Elijah heard on Mount Horeb?  It turns out, maybe nothing. That’s right.  Utter and complete silence. Let me explain. This Sunday, our first reading is the famous story of Elijah’s encounter with God on Mount […]