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Reflections for Sunday, September 25, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, September 25, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Amos 6:1, 4-7 2nd Reading: 1 Timothy 6:11-16 Responsorial: Psalm 146:7-10 Gospel: Luke 16:19-31 Responding to God’s Call and Mission for Our Lives Lying at his door was a poor man. (Luke 16:20) Some theologians believe that few will go to heaven. Other […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 18, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, September 18, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Amos 8:4-7 2nd Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-8 Responsorial: Psalm 113:1-2, 4-8 Gospel: Luke 16:1-13 Being Generous Stewards of God’s Gifts and Graces No servant can serve two masters. (Luke 16:13) Have you heard about the dying man who won the lottery? Concerned that […]

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
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The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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CONSTANTINE was still wavering between Christianity and idolatry when a luminous cross appeared to him in the heavens, bearing the inscription, “In this sign shalt thou conquer.” He became a Christian, and triumphed over his enemies, who were at the same time the enemies of the Faith. A few years later, his saintly mother having […]

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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THE birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary announced joy and the near approach of salvation to the lost world. Mary was brought forth in the world not like other children of Adam, infected with the loathsome contagion of sin, but pure, holy, beautiful, and glorious, adorned with all the most precious graces which became her […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 11, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, September 11, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 2nd Reading: 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Responsorial: Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19 Gospel: Luke 15:1-32 Forgiving Others as God has Forgiven Us This man welcomes sinners. (Luke 15:2) Fifteen years ago today, we saw the twin towers at the World Trade […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 4, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, September 4, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Wisdom 9:13-18 2nd Reading: Philemon 9-10, 12-17 Responsorial: Psalm 90:3-6, 12-17 Gospel: Luke 14:25-33 Answering Jesus Call to Follow Him No Matter What the Cost Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost? (Luke […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 28, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, August 28, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 2nd Reading: Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24 Responsorial: Psalm 68:4-7, 10-11-2 Gospel: Luke 14:1, 7-14 Making Jesus the Center of Your Life A more distinguished guest . . . (Luke 14:8) In the second century AD, the scientist/astronomer Claudius Ptolemy presented […]

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Reflections for Sunday, August 21, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, August 21, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 66:18-21 2nd Reading: Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13 Responsorial: Psalm 117:1-2 Gospel: Luke 13:22-30 Receiving God’s Life-giving and Purifying Discipline God treats you as sons. (Hebrews 12:7) “Relationship.” The dictionary defines this word as “the way in which two or more people talk to, […]

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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IN this festival the Church commemorates the happy departure from life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and her translation into the kingdom of her Son, in which she received from Him a crown of immortal glory, and a throne above all the other Saints and heavenly spirits. After Christ, as the triumphant Conqueror of death […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 14, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, August 14, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 2nd Reading: Hebrews 12:1-4 Responsorial: Psalm 40:2-4, 18 Gospel: Luke 12:49-53 What Does It Mean to Fix Our Eyes on Jesus? . . . keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus. (Hebrews 12:2) At one point during the Israelites’ journey to […]

St. Teresa, Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
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St. Teresa, Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

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St. Teresa was canonized in 1998.  “We bow down before the testimony of the life and death of Edith Stein, an outstanding daughter of Israel and at the same time a daughter of the Carmelite Order, Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, a personality who united within her rich life a dramatic synthesis of our […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 7, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, August 7, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Wisdom 18:6-9 2nd Reading: Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 Responsorial: Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-22 Gospel: Luke 12:32-48 Growing in Faith and “the realization of what is hoped for” Faith is the realization of what is hoped for. (Hebrews 11:1) Famous people who excel in their […]

Reflections For Sunday, July 31, 2016
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Reflections For Sunday, July 31, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23 2nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-5,9-11 Responsorial: Psalm 90:3-6,12-14,17 Gospel: Luke 12:13-21 Seeing Our Lord in All Things Christ is all and in all. (Colossians 3:11) This concept of Christ being “in all” is a central aspect of Jesuit spirituality. The founder […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 24, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, July 24, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 18:20-32 2nd Reading: Colossians 2:12-14 Responsorial: Psalm 138:1-3,6-8 Gospel: Luke 11:1-13 Deepening Our Relationship with Our Heavenly Father through Prayer He will get up to give him whatever he needs. (Luke 11:8) Imagine the situation: you are traveling through ancient Palestine and […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 17, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, July 17, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 18:1-10 2nd Reading: Colossians 1:24-28 Responsorial: Psalm 15:2-5 Gospel: Luke 10:38-42 What Does it Mean to Have “Christ in You, the Hope for Glory” Christ in you, the hope for glory. (Colossians 1:27) There are three ways to look at these words: […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 10, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, July 10, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Deuteronomy 30:10-14 2nd Reading: Colossians 1:15-20 Responsorial: Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36-377 Gospel: Luke 10:25-37 Loving God & Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself, The Heart of the Gospel Message You shall love . . . your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27) Think […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 3, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, July 3, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 66:10-14 2nd Reading: Galatians 6:14-18 Responsorial: Psalm 66:1-7, 16, 20 Gospel: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 Signs That We Are Heaven Bound Rejoice because your names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:20) Let’s take a moment right now to rejoice. We live in a […]

St. John the Baptist
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St. John the Baptist

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THE birth of St. John was foretold by an angel of the Lord to his father, Zachary, who was offering incense in the Temple. It was the office of St. John to prepare the way for Christ, and before he was born into the world he began to live for the Incarnate God. Even in […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 26, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, June 26, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 1 Kings 19:16, 19-21 2nd Reading: Galatians 5:1, 13-18 Responsorial: Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11 Gospel: Luke 9:51-62 Winning the Battle for Our Minds For freedom Christ set us free. (Galatians 5:1) Did you know that a battle is going on in your mind […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 19, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, June 19, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1 2nd Reading: Galatians 3:26-29 Responsorial: Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9 Gospel: Luke 9:18-24 Saying Yes to Jesus’ Call to Follow Him Follow me. (Luke 9:23) Did you ever go off on adventures when you were a child? Perhaps you journeyed into the […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 12, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, June 12, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 12:7-10, 13 2nd Reading: Galatians 2:16, 19-21 Responsorial: Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11 Gospel: Luke 7:36–8:3 Receiving the Lord’s Overwhelming Mercy and Forgiveness I have sinned against the Lord. (2 Samuel 12:13) Sometimes our decision making is bad, and sometimes it’s […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 5, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, June 5, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 1 Kings 17:17-24 2nd Reading: Galatians 1:11-19 Responsorial: Psalm 30:2; 4-6; 11-13 Gospel: Luke 7:11-17 Seeking and Experiencing Revelation from God It came through a revelation. (Galatians 1:12) One of the great joys in life is receiving what St. Paul called “revelation” from […]

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
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The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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St. Margaret Mary’s parents, Claude Alacoque and Philiberte Lamyn, were distinguished less for temporal possessions than for their virtue, which gave them an honorable position. From early childhood Margaret showed intense love for the Blessed Sacrament, and preferred silence and prayer to childish amusements. The death of her father and the injustice of a relative […]

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