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Sermons to the Papal Household - Advent

  • “BORN OF A WOMAN” - Third Meditation for Advent 2021

    • Friday December 17th, 2021

    “When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman.” In this final meditation, I would like to focus on the meaning and the importance of this last phrase “born of a woman”, especially because of its relevance to the solemnity of Christmas which we are preparing to celebrate. In[...]

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  • “GOD SENT INTO OUR HEARTS THE SPIRIT OF HIS SON” - Second Meditation for Advent 2021

    • Friday December 10th, 2021

    In 1882, the archaeologist William M. Ramsay discovered an ancient Greek inscription at Hieropolis in Phrygia. The artifact was donated by Sultan Abdul Hamid to Pope Leo XIII in 1892, on the occasion of his jubilee. From the Lateran Museum, it later passed to the Pius-Christian Museum. The epitaph – described by historians as “the[...]

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  • “GOD SENT HIS SON THAT WE MIGHT BE ADOPTED AS GOD’S CHILDREN” - First Meditation for Advent 2021

    • Friday December 3rd, 2021

    Last Lent I tried to shed some light on the danger of living “etsi Christus non daretur,” that is, “as if Christ had never existed.” Continuing this line of thought, in this year’s Advent meditations I would like to call attention to another analogous danger: that of living “as if the Church were nothing more[...]

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  • ‘HE MADE HIS DWELLING AMONG US’ - Third Homily of Advent 2020

    • Friday December 18th, 2020

    “There is one among you whom you do not recognize”. This is the sad cry of John the Baptist heard in the Gospel of the Third Sunday of Advent that we would like to let resonate in this last meeting before Christmas. In his memorable Urbi et orbi message on March 27th in Saint Peter’s[...]

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  • “WE PROCLAIM TO YOU ETERNAL LIFE” [1 Jn 1:2] - second Homily of Advent 2020

    • Friday December 11th, 2020

    “Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God” (Is 40:1). It is with these words of Isaiah that the first reading of the Second Sunday of Advent began. They amount to an invitation, indeed a command, perpetually relevant, addressed to the pastors and preachers of the Church. Today we want to take to heart[...]

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