Br. Matthew Wanner

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Solid Armor, Trained Arrows: Persevering in the Desert of the Conquering Christ

Lent is not only a time of bodily affliction and psychological combat; it is a time of continual victory for those who hold onto the victorious head and commander—Christ Jesus. As St. Ephrem the Syrian explains: Samson killed many with the jawbone of an ass, but the serpent killed the…


The Second Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar

One of the first challenges that we face when meditating on the Second Sorrowful Mystery is that the Gospels only provide a minimal amount of explicit content to focus upon. John merely records a single sentence: “Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him” (John 19:1). While commenting on this passage,…


The Third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity

“Who has performed and done this, calling the generations from the beginning? I, the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am He.” (Isaiah 41:4) Secrets are attractive, especially deep and life-changing ones. When we hear that a mystery is going to be revealed, we immediately perk up our…