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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 […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 5, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, July 5, 2020

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14th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Zechariah 9:9-10 Responsorial: Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14 2nd Reading: Romans 8:9, 11-13 Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30 What Does It Mean to be Baptized into Jesus’ Death and Resurrection? We are not debtors to the flesh. (Romans 8:12) Whether it’s […]

Birth of John the Baptist
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Birth of John the Baptist

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On December the 25th, we celebrate the big one—the birthday of Jesus, the Word of God made flesh.  The Church actually does not celebrate the birthday of the saints, except that of Jesus’ mother.  Generally, their special day in the calendar is the date of their death, their entry into eternal life.  But there is […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 21, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, June 21, 2020

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12th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 20:10-13 Responsorial: Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35 2nd Reading: Romans 5:12-15 Gospel: Matthew 10:26-33 Staying Close to the Lord and Allowing His Love to Shape Our Hearts My persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph. (Jeremiah 20:11) […]

The Immaculate Heart of Mary
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The Immaculate Heart of Mary

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St. John Eudes was responsible for activating the devotion to Our Lady’s Heart and giving it the stimulus which grew into this modern feast. In 1942, Pope Pius XII confided the whole human race to the care of Mary’s Immaculate Heart in a solemn act of dedication, and established the feast celebrated today. The devotion […]

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Reflections for Sunday, June 14, 2020: Corpus Christi

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16 Responsorial: Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 Gospel: John 6:51-58 Knowing and Experiencing the Love, Mercy, and Kindness of the Holy Trinity My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. (John 6:55) Have you ever […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 7, 2020: The Most Holy Trinity
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Reflections for Sunday, June 7, 2020: The Most Holy Trinity

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9 Responsorial: (Psalm) Daniel 3:52-56 2nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Gospel: John 3:16-18 Knowing and Experiencing the Love, Mercy, and Kindness of the Holy Trinity The Lord . . . proclaimed his name. (Exodus 34:5) Have you ever wondered why the […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 31, 2020: Pentecost Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, May 31, 2020: 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 Receiving More of the Holy Spirit’s Power and the Gifts of the Spirit They were all filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:4) Before Jesus ascended […]

Recognizing God's Presence
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Recognizing God’s Presence

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Recognizing God in Small Moments Recognizing God in the everyday moments are an art.  Whether we are young, somewhere in the middle or old.  Life has its slow times and the busy times.  I think having eyes to see “His hand” in all we do is something that take patience! Think for a moment about […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 24, 2020: The Ascension of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, May 24, 2020: 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 Responsorial: Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9 2nd Reading: Ephesians 1:17-23 Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20 Being Used by Jesus to Help Build the Kingdom of God Are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel? (Acts 1:6) Amazing. After three years of […]

Life Changing Marian Apparitions
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Life Changing Marian Apparitions

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To know the Virgin Mary is to love her. One way we can get to know her better is through her visits from Heaven to Earth. Marian apparitions are simply ‘private revelations’ illuminating aspects of faith but not revealing new ones since, according to Catholic doctrine, the age of public revelation ended with John, the last […]