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Reflections for Sunday, August 20, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, August 20, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading:       Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Responsorial:    Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8 2nd Reading:     Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 Gospel:               Matthew 15:21-28          Making Our Homes a House of Prayer My house shall be called a house of prayer. (Isaiah 56:7) Around the year AD 350, a popular […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 13, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, August 13, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 1 Kings 19:9, 11-13 Responsorial: Psalm 85:9-14 2nd Reading: Romans 9:1-5 Gospel: Matthew 14:22-23 Being Bold in Following the Lord and Serving Him O you of little faith. (Matthew 14:31) Have you ever seen a toddler take a few wobbly steps and then […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 6, 2017: The Transfiguration of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, August 6, 2017: The Transfiguration of the Lord

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings:        1st Reading:       Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14                 Responsorial:   Psalm 97:1-2,5-6,9        2nd Reading:      2 Peter 1:16-19                       Gospel:             Matthew 17:1-9 He was transfigured before them. (Matthew 17:2) A radiant Messiah, an out-of-body experience, time-traveling superstars from the past, and talking clouds—the transfiguration is one of the […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 30, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, July 30, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 Responsorial: Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-130 2nd Reading: Romans 8: 8:28-30 Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52 What It Means to Treasure the Kingdom of Heaven The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field. (Matthew 13:44) Who would […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 16, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, July 16, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 55:10-11 2nd Reading: Romans 8:18-23 Responsorial: Psalm 65:10-14 Gospel: Matthew 13:1-23 Bearing Fruit in Our Lives through Humble, Faithful, and Repentant Hearts My word shall not return to me void. (Isaiah 55:11) In today’s Gospel, Jesus uses the image of seed sown […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 9, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, July 9, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Zechariah 9:9-10 2nd Reading: Romans 8:9, 11-13 Responsorial: Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14 Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30 Following Jesus with New Zeal and Childlike Faith You have revealed them to little ones. (Matthew 11:25) Life is an adventure for little children. Give a young boy […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 2, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, July 2, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16 2nd Reading: Romans 6:3-4, 8-11 Responsorial: Psalm 89:2-3, 16-19 Gospel: Matthew 10:37-42 Being a Generous Giver to Reflect God’s Generosity to Others Can something be done for her? (2 Kings 4:14) In a farewell speech at the end of […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 25, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, June 25, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 20:10-13 2nd Reading: Romans 5:12-15 Responsorial: Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35 Gospel: Matthew 10:26-33 Experiencing Jesus’ Love and Mercy, and Loving Him in Return Whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father. (Matthew 10:33) Most of Jesus’ words […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 18, 2017: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
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Reflections for Sunday, June 18, 2017: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings:    1st Reading:   Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16             2nd Reading:   1 Corinthians 10:16-17     Responsorial: Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20                Gospel:             John 6:51-58 Joyfully Receiving the Gift of Jesus’ Body and Blood in the Eucharist I am the living bread. (John 6:51) Every time Mass is celebrated, a miracle […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 11, 2017: The Holy Trinity
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Reflections for Sunday, June 11, 2017: The Holy Trinity

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading:   Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9 2nd Reading:   2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Responsorial: (Psalm) Daniel 3:52-56 Gospel:            John 3:16-18 Worshipping and Adoring God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 4, 2017: Pentecost Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, June 4, 2017: Pentecost Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading:   Acts 2:1-11 2nd Reading:   1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 Responsorial: Psalm 104:1,24, 29-31, 34 Gospel:        John 20:19-23 Celebrating Pentecost, The Birthday of the Church They were all filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:4) At his son’s twenty-first birthday party, the proud father began […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 28, 2017: The Ascension of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, May 28, 2017: The Ascension of the Lord

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 1:1-11 2nd Reading: Ephesians 1:17-23 Responsorial: Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9 Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20 Jesus, Seated at the Right Hand of the Father, is Worthy of Our Praise . . far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion, and every name that is named […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 21, 2017: Sixth Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, May 21, 2017: Sixth Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 3:15-18 Responsorial: Psalm 66:1-7, 16, 20 Gospel: John 14:15-21 Resisting Satan’s Temptations and Harassments There was great joy in that city. (Acts 8:8) Today’s first reading tells us three things: evil exists (Acts 8:7); we have […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 14, 2017: Fifth Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, May 14, 2017: Fifth Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 6:1-7 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-9 Responsorial: Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19 Gospel: John 14:1-12 Trusting in the Lord’s Great Love during Difficult Times Do not let your hearts be troubled. (John 14:1) There is no way anyone in the upper room was […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 7, 2017: Fourth Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, May 7, 2017: Fourth Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 2:14, 36-41 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 2:20-25 Responsorial: Psalm 23:1-6 Gospel: John 10:1-10 What It Means to be “Cut to the Heart” by the Gospel Message They were cut to the heart. (Acts 2:37) Here it was, Peter’s very first sermon, and […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 30, 2017 Third Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, April 30, 2017 Third Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 2:1-14, 22-33 2nd Reading: 1:17-21 Responsorial: Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11 Gospel: Luke 24:13-35 Knowing Jesus More Deeply through Reading and Reflecting on Scriptures Their eyes were opened and they recognized him. (Luke 24:31) Don’t you wish you could have been there when […]

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 […]

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