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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 […]

Making 2021 Great
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Making 2021 Great

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Perceptions of 2020 If we step back and take a look at 2020, there were many blessings for all of us.  Yes, there were challenging times, and devastation for so many and our prayers go out to all, but the closeness we have gained in family-time is amazing to ponder. Of course, there have been […]

20 Ways to a Holy Christmas Through Advent
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20 Ways to a Holy Christmas Through Advent

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My best Christmases have been those with good Advents beginning with making time with our Savior a priority. It’s not the kind of time that gets checked off a list but the kind where we are infused with love and peace — the true spirit of Advent. This season is a time to set aside […]

Reflections for Sunday, November22: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
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Reflections for Sunday, November22: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings:1st Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 Responsorial: Psalm 23:1-3, 5-62nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46 What Does it Take to Inherit the Kingdom of God? Inherit the kingdom. (Matthew 25:34) Today, on the feast of Christ the King, we celebrate Jesus’ sovereignty over all […]

Christ the King & Last Judgment
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Christ the King & Last Judgment

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On the final Sunday in the liturgical year, it is time to remember things that we’d prefer to forget. For starters, we recall that there is an infinite qualitative difference between God and us. He is immortal and infinite. We are not. Each one of us will come to our individual end. But so will […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 15, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, November 15, 2020

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33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group DiscussionMass Readings:1st Reading: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 Responsorial: Psalm 128:1-52nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30 Being Alert, Awake, and Ready to Meet the Lord When He Comes A man . . . called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 1, 2020: All Saints Day
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Reflections for Sunday, November 1, 2020: All Saints Day

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings:1st Reading Revelations 7:2-4, 9-14 Responsorial: Psalm 24:1-62nd Reading: 1 John 3:1-3 Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12 Honoring the Great Cloud of Witnesses in Heaven Blessed are you. (Matthew 5:11) Stroll the halls of any maternity ward, and you’ll see parents beaming with happiness over the birth of […]

All Saints Day -- Because We Were Created for Something Better!
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All Saints Day — Because We Were Created for Something Better!

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For all of us All Saints Day raises some serious questions. We were created to become saints, to serve God and give Him glory. We are supposed to bring His love to a world that is hurting.  People should see Jesus in us.    That is the purpose of all of us. So we all have to ask ourselves some […]

Stevie Nicks vs Pope Leo on Freedom
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Stevie Nicks vs Pope Leo on Freedom

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In a recent interview with The Guardian, Rocker Stevie Nicks revealed her confusion to think that sex, drugs and rock and roll were greater than her baby. She ended her child’s life in 1979 while dating Don Henley of The Eagles. “There’s just no way that I could have had a child then, working as hard as […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 25, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, October 25, 2020

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30th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings:1st Reading: Exodus 22:20-26 Responsorial: Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 512nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40 What Does it Mean to Love God and Neighbor? Love the Lord. . . . Love your neighbor. (Matthew 22:37, 39) What a rough day! From […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 11, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, October 11, 2020

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28 th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10 Responsorial: Psalm 23:1-6 2nd Reading: Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 Accepting God’s Invitation to Jesus’ Wedding Banquet Many are invited, but few are chosen. (Matthew 22:14) Does this sentence give you a chill? Maybe […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 4, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, October 4, 2020

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27th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 5:1-7 Responsorial: Psalm 80:9,12-16,19-20 2nd Reading: Philippians 4:6-9 Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43 Allowing God to Nourish Us as His Vineyard and Bear Fruit For Him Let me now sing of my friend . . . concerning his vineyard. (Isaiah […]

Evangelizing Made Easy by God
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Evangelizing Made Easy by God

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For those not walking with Our Lord, coincidences are a marvel. People gush: What are the odds?  But for Christians who walk with the Lord, we are not amazed at the odds; we are amazed at God. One way I have opened the door to God acting in my life is that before taking a […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 20, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, September 20, 2020

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25th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 55:6-9 Responsorial: Psalm 145: 2-3, 8-9, 17-18 2nd Reading: Philippians 1:20-24, 27 Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16 Being Grateful That God’s Ways Are Far Above Our Own My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways. (Isaiah […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 6, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, September 6, 2020

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23 rd Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Ezekiel 33:7-9 Responsorial: Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9 2nd Reading: Romans 13:8-10 Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20 Answering God’s Call to Be Watchmen for Our Families You . . . I have appointed watchman. (Ezekiel 33:7) Just as God appointed Ezekiel […]

The First Five Saturdays Can Help Us Now
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The First Five Saturdays Can Help Us Now

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There is a lot to fret over in our culture but there is also a lot at our disposal to fight against it. One very powerful action we can take is the First Five Saturday devotion. If you have never done it before, I encourage you to do it now and stick with it.  The […]

Miraculous ‘Fatima’ Story Comes to Big Screen
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Miraculous ‘Fatima’ Story Comes to Big Screen

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The apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal have drawn more attention than any other Church-approved Marian apparition. The appearances of the Blessed Mother and the “Miracle of the Sun” happened 103 years ago and was witnessed by an estimated 60,000 people, even non-believers. The new Fatima move opening in theaters August 28, tells […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 23, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, August 23, 2020

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21st Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 22:19-23 Responsorial: Psalm 138:1-3, 6,8 2nd Reading: Romans 11:33-36 Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20 Making Our Homes a House of Prayer He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. (Isaiah 22:21) Master of the palace: it was a […]

Old Testament Roots of Peter and the Keys
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Old Testament Roots of Peter and the Keys

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“More Catholic than the Pope.” There is nothing more quintessentially Catholic than the Papacy.  When we think “Catholic,” we think Rome, the Vatican, the dome of St. Peter’s. But the roots of the papacy actually go back to Jerusalem and the messiah-kings who ruled there. Like most heads of state, David and his descendants, the […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 16, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, August 16, 2020

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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time 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 15:21-2 Making Our Homes a House of Prayer My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. (Isaiah 56:7) All of […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 9, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, August 9, 2020

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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 Worshipping the One True God at Mass Theirs [is] the worship. (Romans 9:3) Paul begins his long meditation on the mystery of Israel’s rejection of Christ by listing some […]

10 Ways to Find Peace in Troubled Times
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10 Ways to Find Peace in Troubled Times

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“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid,” (John 14:27). Within those words of comfort is the key: not as the world gives. And so with the assurance of our faith, […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 26, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, July 26, 2020

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17th Sunday of Ordinary Time 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 8:28-30 Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52 Jesus Christ, the True Pearl of Great Price The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. (Matthew 13:45) […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 12, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, July 12, 2020

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15th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 55:10-11 Responsorial: Psalm 65:10-14 2nd Reading: Romans 8:18-23 Gospel: Matthew 13:1-23 Listening to and Putting into Practice Jesus Words and Teachings You shall indeed hear but not understand. (Matthew 13:14) Any parent can tell you what it’s […]