In every age and in every culture, people seek God just as the Three Kings did and, in every age, with the help of the Holy Spirit, they find him in the surprising humility of a baby born in a manger, Pope Francis said.
“Faith and reason are like two people who love each other deeply, who cannot live without each other, and who were intimately made for one another, so much so that they cannot be considered separate from one another and cannot reach their goals separately.”
— Archbishop Gerhard L. Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and coordinator of a project to publish the complete works of Joseph Ratzinger-Pope Benedict XVI, on Jan. 11 highlighting a key teaching of the pope that faith and reason go hand in hand
The good news of the birth of Jesus and the salvation he brings is intended not only for the people of Israel, but for all people everywhere. And, the appearance of the star to the Magi is one of the first Gospel indicators of the universality of salvation.
This Sunday, we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany. The word “epiphany” literally means “revelation” or “manifestation.” It calls to mind the image of a curtain being yanked aside, unveiling a work of art to the public for the very first time. Or, it is like the world premiere of a highly anticipated film like “The Hobbit.”
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About 400 people lined up Dec. 30 at Church of the Epiphany in Coon Rapids for the beginning of the 11 a.m. reviewal and 24-hour vigil of Father Bernard Reiser, 86, the founding pastor of the parish who served there from 1964 to 2001.
Vigil/wake service will be Dec. 30 at Epiphany Church. The funeral Mass is 11 a.m., Dec. 31 at the church.
Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, marks the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, which in 2011 is not a holy day of obligation because it falls on a Saturday.