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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 […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 25, 2016 - The Nativity of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, December 25, 2016 – The Nativity of the Lord

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 52:7-10 2nd Reading: Hebrews 1:1-6 Responsorial: Psalm 98:1-6 Gospel: John 1:1-18 Seeing God’s Humility and His Plan for Us in the Birth of Jesus The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. (John 1:14) The date: December 1223. The place: […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 18, 2016 Fourth Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for Sunday, December 18, 2016 Fourth Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 7:10-14 2nd Reading: Romans 1:1-7 Responsorial: Psalm 24:1-6 Gospel: Matthew 1:18-24 Allowing the Coming of Emmanuel, God with Us, to Change Our Lives They shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” (Matthew 1:23) “Emmanuel.” You can imagine what that […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 11, 2016, Third Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for Sunday, December 11, 2016, Third Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 35:1-6, 10 2nd Reading: James 5:7-10 Responsorial: Psalm 146:6-10 Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11 Activating Your Spiritual Instincts They will see the glory of the Lord. (Isaiah 35:2) Do you want to see “the glory of the Lord” this Advent? Of course you do! […]

St. Nicholas, Bishop
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St. Nicholas, Bishop

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ST. NICHOLAS, the patron Saint of Russia, was born toward the end of the third century. His uncle, the Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, ordained him priest, and appointed him abbot of a monastery; and on the death of the archbishop he was elected to the vacant see. Throughout his life he retained the bright […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 4, 2016, Second Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for Sunday, December 4, 2016, Second Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10 2nd Reading: Romans 15:4-9 Responsorial: Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12 Being Baptized with the Holy Spirit and Fire He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Matthew 3:11) In his Letter to the Romans, St. Paul […]

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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RELIGIOUS parents never fail by devout prayer to consecrate their children to the divine service and love, both before and after their birth. Some amongst the Jews, not content with this general consecration of their children, offered them to God in their infancy, by the hands of the priests in the Temple, to be lodged […]

Feast of Christ the King
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Feast of Christ the King

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34th Sunday in Ordinary Time, From the dawn of civilization, kings have dreamed of possessing a world-wide dominion, a universal kingdom that would last forever.  Some have come close to conquering much of the known world: Alexander, Genghis Khan, Augustus Caesar, to name a few.  And some kingdoms have lasted a very long time, such […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 20, 2016: Christ the King
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Reflections for Sunday, November 20, 2016: Christ the King

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-3 2nd Reading: Colossians 1:12-20 Responsorial: Psalm 122:1-5 Gospel: Luke 23:35-43 The Preeminence of Jesus Christ Our King Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. (Luke 23:42) At the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, you will […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 13, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, November 13, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Malachi 3:19-20 2nd Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12 Responsorial: Psalm 98:5-9 Gospel: Luke 21:5-19 Living a Simple Life Fixed on the Lord We did not act in a disorderly way among you. (2 Thessalonians 3:7) The Thessalonian church was in a state of confusion […]

Dedication of the Lateran Bacilica in Rome.
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Dedication of the Lateran Bacilica in Rome.

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Dedicated in 324, AD, the Lateran Basilica is the oldest and ranks first among the four Papal Basilicas or major basilicas of Rome. It claims the title of ecumenical mother church (mother church of the whole inhabited world) among Catholics. As the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, containing the papal throne (Cathedra Romana), it […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 6, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, November 6, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14 2nd Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5 Responsorial: Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15 Gospel: Luke 20:27-38 Living as a New Creation in Christ The Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3) […]

All Souls Day
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All Souls Day

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THE Church teaches us that the souls of the just who have left this world soiled with the stain of venial sin remain for a time in a place of expiation, where they suffer such punishment as may be due to their offences. It is a matter of faith that these suffering souls are relieved […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 30, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, October 30, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Wisdom 11:22–12:2 2nd Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1:11–2:2 Responsorial: Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14 Gospel: Luke 19:1-10 Opening Ourselves to God’s Transforming Love and Mercy The Lord is gracious and merciful. (Psalm 145:8) From the general audience of Pope Francis, January 13, 2016: “In Sacred […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 23, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, October 23, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 2nd Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Responsorial: Psalm 34:2-3, 17-19, 23 Gospel: Luke 18:9-14 Living a Life Grounded on God’s Love, Not on Judging Others I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity. (Luke 18:11) Have […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 16, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, October 16, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Exodus 17:8-13 2nd Reading: 2 Timothy 3:14–4:2 Responsorial: Psalm 121:1-8 Gospel: Luke 18:1-8 Being Vigilant, Persistent, and Faithful in Prayer When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth? (Luke 18:8) What a peculiar way to end this parable! Why […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 9, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, October 9, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Kings 5:14-17 2nd Reading: 2 Timothy 2:8-13 Responsorial: Psalm 98:1-4 Gospel: Luke 17: 11-19 Allowing Jesus to Bring Wholeness and Healing To Our Lives I will no longer offer holocaust or sacrifice to any other god except to the Lord. (2 Kings […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 2, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, October 2, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4 2nd Reading: 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14 Responsorial: Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9 Gospel: Luke 17:5-10 Living as “Unprofitable Servants” of the Lord We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do. (Luke 17:10) Didn’t Jesus call us his […]

St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, Archangels
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St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, Archangels

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“MI-CA-EL,” or “Who is like to God?” Such was the cry of the great Archangel when he smote the rebel Lucifer in the conflict of the heavenly hosts, and from that hour he has been known as “Michael,” the captain of the armies of God, the type of divine fortitude, the champion of every faithful […]

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