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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 […]

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin
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The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin

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THE angel Gabriel, in the mystery of the Annunciation, informed the Mother of God that her cousin Elizabeth had miraculously conceived, and was then pregnant with a son who was to be the precursor of the Messias. The Blessed Virgin out of humility concealed the wonderful dignity to which she was raised by the incarnation […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 29, 2016 The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
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Reflections for Sunday, May 29, 2016 The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 14:18-20 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Responsorial:  Psalm 110:1-4 Gospel: Luke 9:11-175   The Transforming Power of Receiving Christ in the Eucharist They all ate and were satisfied. And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets. (Luke […]

The Most Holy Trinity (Trinity Sunday)
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The Most Holy Trinity (Trinity Sunday)

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The Holy Trinity is the one true God in three Persons, equal in all things and co-eternal.  The Father gives being to the Son, and the Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and the Son. St. Anselm has endeavored to explain this most impenetrable of mysteries, and proceeding from a single point of view only, […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 22, 2016 The Most Holy Trinity (Solemnity)
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Reflections for Sunday, May 22, 2016 The Most Holy Trinity (Solemnity)

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading:    Proverbs 8:22-31 2nd Reading:     Romans 5:1-5 Responsorial:   Psalm 8:4-9 Gospel:               John 16:12-15 Placing Our Trust in the Love of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit I have much more to tell you. (John 16:12) Imagine you’re deep in conversation with a close […]

The Difference the Spirit Makes
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The Difference the Spirit Makes

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As a teen, I thought the clergy were supposed to do everything. We laity were just called to pray, pay, and obey. Oh yes, and keep the commandments, of course. The original 10 seemed overwhelming enough. Then I discovered the Sermon on the Mount and nearly passed out. Perhaps this is why many inactive Catholics […]

Pentecost (Whit Sunday)
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Pentecost (Whit Sunday)

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Fifty days after Easter the apostles and disciples of Jesus were assembled in an upper chamber, engaged in prayer, according to the recommendation of the divine Master. They awaited the accomplishment of the promise He had made to them, of sending them a Comforting Spirit, the Paraclete, Who should teach them all things. Lo! a […]

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