Christians believe that, forty days after his Resurrection, Jesus “was carried up into heaven” (Lk 24:51). We call this his Ascension. The Christian tradition also holds that Mary, his mother, “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into…
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At Mass, after the Scripture readings and homily, the Creed is professed. “I believe in God, the Father Almighty,” and so on. The Creed was not always…
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In the Gospels, Jesus teaches us the Our Father prayer, where we ask God to “give us this day our daily bread” (Mt 6:11; Lk 11:3). That phrase “daily…
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The Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds we use at Mass, in Latin, begin with credo — “I believe.” This is where the word “creed” comes from. But this might seem…
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Jesus was a preacher. The Gospels show him preaching in the synagogues, on mountains, on plains, and in the Temple. He says he “was sent for this” ― to…
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The General Instruction of the Roman Missal points out that, just before the Gospel is proclaimed ― as the lector says: “a reading from the Holy Gospel…
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We often forget that God has a name ― a personal name, like you and I have a name. In the third chapter of the Book of Exodus, Moses asked God about it…
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God is present at Mass. This is the heart of Christian worship. We make big claims about it. Indeed, the Christian tradition asserts that, in the…
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