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Reflections for Sunday, April 23, 2017: Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, April 23, 2017: Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 2:42-47 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9 Responsorial: Psalm 118: 2-4, 13-15, 22-24 Gospel: John 20: 19-31 Rejoicing in God’s Divine Mercy and Great Love Rejoice. (1 Peter 1:8) Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. It’s a special day for us to reflect on […]

Easter Sunday
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Easter Sunday

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The resurrection of the dead is one of the most consoling truths of Christianity.  To die forever would be the most terrible of all destinies.  The plant and the animal, unendowed with reason, die, never to live again; but they have not, at least, any apprehension as to what death is.  To die is to […]

Holy Saturday
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Holy Saturday

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Good Friday
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Good Friday

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Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross about midday, expired thereon in the afternoon, and was taken down in the evening toward sunset, or the sixth hour. According to the language of St. Paul, thus did He, by His blood, pacify heaven and earth. If this form of expression convey not simply the reconciliation of […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 16, 2017: Easter Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, April 16, 2017: Easter Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 10:34, 37-43 2nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 Responsorial: Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 Gospel: John 20:1-9 He is Risen!! I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. (Psalm 118:17) Jesus, you are the risen Lord, and all creation sings […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 9, 2017: Palm Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, April 9, 2017: Palm Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings:    1st Reading:   Isaiah 50:4-7                            2nd Reading: Philippians 2:6-11    Responsorial: Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24   Gospel:           Matthew 26:14–27:66 (or Matthew 27:11-54) Deepening Our Faith in the Triumph of the Cross Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, and gave up his spirit. (Matthew […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 2, 2017: 5th Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, April 2, 2017: 5th Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading:     Ezekiel 37:12-14                 2nd Reading:       Romans 8:8-11 Responsorial:   Psalm 130:1-8                     Gospel:                 John 11:1-45 Growing in Faith and Trust in the Lord So they took away the stone. (John 11:41) Raising Lazarus from the dead was one of the most amazing miracles Jesus […]

Sins of Ignorance and Weakness: Part I
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Sins of Ignorance and Weakness: Part I

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Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman draws on the following words from Scripture to preach on the need for a constant spiritual renewal: “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” Heb. x. 22. As he […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 26, 2017: 4th Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 26, 2017: 4th Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13 2nd Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14 Responsorial: Psalm 23:1-6 Gospel: John 9:1-41 Encountering Jesus and Responding to His Healing Love Do you believe in the Son of Man? (John 9:35) Like last Sunday’s Gospel reading about the woman at the […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 19, 2017: 3rd Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 19, 2017: 3rd Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Exodus 17:3-7 2nd Reading: Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 Responsorial: Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9 Gospel: John 4:5-42 Being Filled with the Living Water of the Holy Spirit Come see a man who told me everything I have done. (John 4:29) Nobody likes admitting their sins. Whether […]

Let Yourself be Drawn into the Wonders of Heaven
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Let Yourself be Drawn into the Wonders of Heaven

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While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Matthew 17:109 When we moved my mom into assisted living, my sister Annie and I cleaned out a […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 12, 2017: 2nd Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 12, 2017: 2nd Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 12:1-4 2nd Reading: 2 Timothy 1:8-10 Responsorial: Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22 Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9 Glorifying the Lord through Our Lenten Exercises This is my beloved Son. (Matthew 17:5) Jesus’ Transfiguration was one of the most magnificent displays of God’s glory the world […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 5th, 2017 1st Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 5th, 2017 1st Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7 2nd Reading: Romans 5:12-19 Responsorial: Psalm 51:3-6, 12-13, 17 Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11 Overcoming Temptation by Turning to the Lord Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. (Matthew 4:1) Today’s readings show us […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 26, 2017 8th: Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 26, 2017 8th: Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 49:14-15 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 Responsorial: Psalm 62:2-3, 6-9 Gospel: Matthew 6:24-34 Knowing and Experiencing God’s Great Love and Faithfulness Even should she forget, I will never forget you. (Isaiah 49:15) What a spectacular word from God! How did Isaiah come […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 19, 2017: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 19, 2017: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 Responsorial: Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13-34 Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48 Godly Perfection, Loving and Forgiving our Enemies Love your enemies. (Matthew 5:44) Can you picture getting to heaven, and the first person you meet is the […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 12, 2017: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 12, 2017: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Sirach 15:15-20 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:6-10 Responsorial: Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34 Gospel: Matthew 5:17-37 Responding to God’s Plan for Our Lives We speak God’s wisdom . . . for our glory. (1 Corinthians 2:7) St. Paul had a special talent for […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 5, 2017: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 5, 2017: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 58:7-10 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 Responsorial: Psalm 112:4-9 Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16 The Importance of Letting Your Light Shine before Others Your light must shine before others. (Matthew 5:16) Mahatma Gandhi once told a Christian friend, “I like your Christ, but I […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 29, 2017: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, January 29, 2017: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 Responsorial: Psalm 146:6-10 Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12 Rejoicing in the Lord’s Great Love and Faithfulness Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. (Matthew 5:12) Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount has been […]

Meditations for Sunday, January 22, 2017: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Meditations for Sunday, January 22, 2017: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 8:23–9:3 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17 Responsorial: Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14 Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23 The Power of Unity and Love in Healing Divisions in Churches and Families I urge . . . that you be united. (1 Corinthians 1:10) At the […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 15, 2017: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, January 15, 2017: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 Responsorial: Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10 Gospel: John 1:29-34 Seeing Jesus More Clearly, A Work of the Holy Spirit Behold, the Lamb of God. (John 1:29) Every Sunday, just before we receive the Eucharist, the priest […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 8, 2017: The Epiphany of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, January 8, 2017: The Epiphany of the Lord

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6 2nd Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6 Responsorial: Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13 Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12 The Importance of Listening to and Being Guided by the Holy Spirit The star that they had seen at its rising preceded them. (Matthew 2:9) The Magi certainly […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 1, 2017 Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
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Reflections for Sunday, January 1, 2017 Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Numbers 6:22-27 2nd Reading: Galatians 4:4-7 Responsorial: Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8 Gospel: Luke 2:16-21 Joining Mary in Pondering and Praising the Lord Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. (Luke 2:19) On this New Year’s Day, you might say, […]

Feast of the Holy Family
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Feast of the Holy Family

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Every year right after Christmas, we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family.  There is an important reason for this.  It’s easy to think the “incarnation” means God took on a human body, that he appeared in human flesh. But there is much more to it than that.  In Jesus, God unites himself entirely with […]

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Jospeh
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The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Jospeh

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As we follow the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, let us fix our gaze on Jesus, Mary and Joseph and adore the mystery of a God who chose to be born of a woman, the Blessed Virgin, and to enter this world in the way common to all humankind. By so doing he sanctified the […]

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