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Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 18, 2019
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 18, 2019

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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 18, 2019: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, August 18, 2019: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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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 Saying Yes to God’s Call to Be an Instrument of His Peace and Reconciliation Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? (Luke 12:51) […]

The Assumption of Mary for Converts and non-Catholics
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The Assumption of Mary for Converts and non-Catholics

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Mary was assumed into heaven. It’s one of the more difficult teachings for converts to grasp. But there are ways to approach the Assumption so that non-Catholics may come to believe. In 1995, I wrote an article for Protestant newspapers called “Trends in Christian Fiction” which considered the possibility that a Christian fiction book might […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 11, 2019
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 11, 2019

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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 11, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, August 11, 2019

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Wisdom 18:6-9 Responsorial: Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-22 2nd Reading: Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 Gospel: Luke 12:32-48 Experiencing the Presence of the Lord in Our Day-to-Day Lives Be . . . ready. (Luke 12:36) Are you ready? The servants in […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 4, 2019, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 4, 2019, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 4, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, August 4, 2019

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 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 Experiencing the Presence of the Lord in Our Day-to-Day Lives Vanity of vanities! (Ecclesiastes 1:2) Ecclesiastes is one of the most puzzling […]

 First Five Saturdays 
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 First Five Saturdays 

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If ever there was a good time to make reparation for the offenses to the Blessed Mother, now would be a good time.  Even if you have already made the Five First Saturdays, it’s something we can do again and again. At Fatima, through the Blessed Mother’s apparitions to the 3 shepherd children, the devotion […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 28, 2019: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, July 28, 2019: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 18:20-32 Responsorial: Psalm 138:1-3,6-8 2nd Reading: Colossians 2:12-14 Gospel: Luke 11:1-13 Confidently Approaching Our Heavenly Father, Who Loves Us Teach us to pray. (Luke 11:1) We human beings are big on “how to,” aren’t we? Search on the Internet, and you will […]

Get to Know St. Anne, Your Our Grandmother in Heaven
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Get to Know St. Anne, Your Our Grandmother in Heaven

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Years ago, I attended a non-Catholic, Christian event with a couple of my teens at our civic center. It was called “The Fire” and was an all-out, sing-and-praise-your-heart-out-for-the- Lord evening. But in the midst of thousands of people, a feeling of emptiness unexpectedly came upon me. I felt the absence of those that were missing: […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 21, 2019: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, July 21, 2019: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 18:1-10 Responsorial: Psalm 15:2-5 2nd Reading: Colossians 1:24-28 Gospel: Luke 10:38-42 Spending Quality Time with the Lord at His Feet Listening to Him Speak (Luke 10:49) Martha, Martha . . .(Luke 10:41) Have you ever been so absorbed in a task that […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: July 21, 2019
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: July 21, 2019

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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 14, 2019: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, July 14, 2019: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Deuteronomy 30:10-14 Responsorial: Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36-37 2nd Reading: Colossians 1:15-20 Gospel: Luke 10:25-37 What Does It Mean to “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself” Who is my neighbor? (Luke 10:29) As much as we might fault this scribe for trying to […]

Hard to Imagine the Afterlife?
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Hard to Imagine the Afterlife?

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I know. St. Paul had the same problem though, “no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:10). Right now our knowledge of God is conceptual, we use analogies from this created world to speak of the Totally Other: […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 7, 2019: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, July 7, 2019: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 66:10-14 Responsorial: Psalm 66:1-7, 16, 20 2nd Reading: Galatians 6:14-18 Gospel: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 Keeping Our Eyes Fixed on the Lord and His Call — Not Our Past May I never boast except in the cross. (Galatians 6:14) The church in Galatia […]

The 4th of July, Human Dignity, and the Catholic Church
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The 4th of July, Human Dignity, and the Catholic Church

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Fireworks.  Baseball games.  Picnics.  This is what the 4th of July means to most Americans today.  But July 4th, 1776, was a very solemn day for the 55 men who affixed their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.  For in so doing, they were risking their lives and fortunes to defend the proposition that “all […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 30, 2019: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, June 30, 2019: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 1 Kings 19:16, 19-21 Responsorial: Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11 2nd Reading: Galatians 5:1, 13-18 Gospel: Luke 9:51-62 Keeping Our Eyes Fixed on the Lord and His Call — Not Our Past No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to […]

Sunday, June 23, 2019: Corpus Christi
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Sunday, June 23, 2019: 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 9:11-17 Experiencing the Lord’s Blessings and Presence More Deeply in the Eucharist As the day was drawing to a close . . . (Luke 9:12) Why did Jesus keep the people […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 16, 2019: The Most Holy Trinity
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Reflections for Sunday, June 16, 2019: The Most Holy Trinity

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Proverbs 8:22-31 Responsorial: Psalm 8:4-9 2nd Reading: Romans 5:1-5 Gospel: John 16:12-15 Deepening Your Relationship with the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit Everything that the Father has is mine. (John 16:15) What if someone asked you to explain the doctrine of the […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 9, 2019: Pentecost Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, June 9, 2019: Pentecost Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Acts 2:1-11 Responsorial: Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 Gospel: John 20:19-23 Pentecost, Celebrating the Gift of the Holy Spirit and Jesus’ Call for Our Lives As the Father has sent me, so I send you. (John 20:21) […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: The Solemnity of Pentecost
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: The Solemnity of Pentecost

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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 26, 2019: Sixth Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, May 26, 2019: Sixth Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 Responsorial: Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8 2nd Reading: Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23 Gospel: John 14:23-29 Receiving Jesus’ Gift of Peace and Giving it to Others My peace I give to you. (John 14:27) Wouldn’t you like a little more peace in your […]

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