Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world. - James 1:27
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Diocese of Monterey

January 10, 2010 | Sacred Heart Church

And two great things happen for us on this last holy day of Christmas. First, water goes through a conversion. Water that had been so cruel to the human grace in the great flood. Today Jesus enters the water, very much like Jesus enters your mouth at holy communion — and the water … changes. It becomes the benefactor of the human race, the sacramental, the primordial way our sins are washed away and we get grafted, welded, fused forever to the Savior. The great mosaic at St. Mark’s in Venice shows Jesus putting his foot in the water, and simultaneously, all upstream and downstream, fish jump, animals frolic, vegetation flourishes. Catholics love water and are holy water people […]

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