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Reflections for Sunday, September 24, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, September 24, 2017

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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 Understanding God’s Justice Compared to Our Human Sense of Justice I will give you what is just. (Matthew 20:4) Let’s talk about justice. The landowner in Jesus’ […]

The Saint Children of Fatima Bring Their Message To Washington, D.C.
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The Saint Children of Fatima Bring Their Message To Washington, D.C.

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The first-ever visit of the UN Pilgrim Statue of Fatima to the U.S. capital last week reminded Washingtonians that politics demands principles, and principled leaders. The United Nations Pilgrim Statue of Fatima spent two days at the Shrine of St. John Paul II, accompanied by the relics of two of the visionary children, newly canonized […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 17, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, September 17, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Sirach 27:30–28:7 Responsorial: Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12 2nd Reading: Romans 14:7-9 Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35 Responding to God’s Boundless Mercy and Love How often must I forgive? (Matthew 18:21) In his very first Sunday homily as the Holy Father, Pope Francis proclaimed, “This is the […]

Pope to Visit Colombia at Crucial Moment in Country’s History
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Pope to Visit Colombia at Crucial Moment in Country’s History

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THE NUNCIO in Colombia described the Pope’s Sept. 6-10, 2017 trip to Colombia as “the visit of a friend.” That means, explained Archbishop Ettore Balestrero, that the Pope, “like all friends of the Colombians, will ask some searching questions: What are you doing with your life? Are you really happy? What is the meaning of […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 3, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, September 3, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 20:7-9 Responsorial: Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9 2nd Reading: Romans 12:1-2 Gospel: Matthew 16:21-27 The Importance of Reasoning in Faith or Thinking as God Does You are thinking . . . (Matthew 16:23) Poor Peter! He had just confessed that Jesus was the “Messiah, […]

In Aleppo’s St. Louis Hospital, Wounds are Healing
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In Aleppo’s St. Louis Hospital, Wounds are Healing

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By Josue Villalón St. LOUIS HOSPITAL, run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition, is located in the city district of Ismailie, in the western part of Aleppo. It is one of the few medical facilities that was left standing in the northern Syrian metropolis after bomb attacks on the city came to […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 20, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, August 20, 2017

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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 15:21-28          Making Our Homes a House of Prayer My house shall be called a house of prayer. (Isaiah 56:7) Around the year AD 350, a popular […]

Solemnity of the Assumption
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Solemnity of the Assumption

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I once asked a college theology class if anyone could explain the doctrine of the Assumption.  A student replied, “Yeah, that’s the teaching whereby the Catholic Church ‘assumes’ that Mary is in heaven.” There’s a bit more to it than that.  The Church does not just “assume” that any canonized saint in is in heaven.  […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 13, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, August 13, 2017

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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 Being Bold in Following the Lord and Serving Him O you of little faith. (Matthew 14:31) Have you ever seen a toddler take a few wobbly steps and then […]

Blessed Doughnuts
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Blessed Doughnuts

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What is the deal with Catholics and doughnuts? I have memories of being bribed by doughnuts through much of my young and snarky life, to either behave in or attend extra masses. My father was successful at getting all five kids to join him at daily mass in the sacred summertime with simply a nod […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 6, 2017: The Transfiguration of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, August 6, 2017: The Transfiguration of the Lord

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings:        1st Reading:       Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14                 Responsorial:   Psalm 97:1-2,5-6,9        2nd Reading:      2 Peter 1:16-19                       Gospel:             Matthew 17:1-9 He was transfigured before them. (Matthew 17:2) A radiant Messiah, an out-of-body experience, time-traveling superstars from the past, and talking clouds—the transfiguration is one of the […]

What is Our Purpose?
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What is Our Purpose?

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At the beginning of the Baltimore Catechism we are asked the question: Why did God Make me? To know him, to love Him and to serve Him so that we may be happy with Him in Heaven. These words, which are a distillation of Catholic Theology are seldom used these days, but remain the essence […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 30, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, July 30, 2017

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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: 8:28-30 Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52 What It Means to Treasure the Kingdom of Heaven The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field. (Matthew 13:44) Who would […]

25 Life-Changing Questions from the Gospels
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25 Life-Changing Questions from the Gospels

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“Good teachers provide good answers, but exceptional teachers ask great questions.” In the Gospels, Jesus asks over 100 questions. Allan F. Wright, academic dean for evangelization at St. Paul Inside the Walls and an adjunct professor of biblical studies at Seton Hall University, chooses 25 of these questions to dissect and reflect on in 25 […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 16, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, July 16, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 55:10-11 2nd Reading: Romans 8:18-23 Responsorial: Psalm 65:10-14 Gospel: Matthew 13:1-23 Bearing Fruit in Our Lives through Humble, Faithful, and Repentant Hearts My word shall not return to me void. (Isaiah 55:11) In today’s Gospel, Jesus uses the image of seed sown […]

Why Marriage?
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Why Marriage?

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I work full time in marriage ministry. I have the honor to work with excited, newly engaged couples anxious to start the prep process. Their exuberant joy is quite contagious. After gathering the critical contact information, I like to pose deeper questions to ascertain where they are at in their understanding of marriage, and to […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 9, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, July 9, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Zechariah 9:9-10 2nd Reading: Romans 8:9, 11-13 Responsorial: Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14 Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30 Following Jesus with New Zeal and Childlike Faith You have revealed them to little ones. (Matthew 11:25) Life is an adventure for little children. Give a young boy […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 2, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, July 2, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16 2nd Reading: Romans 6:3-4, 8-11 Responsorial: Psalm 89:2-3, 16-19 Gospel: Matthew 10:37-42 Being a Generous Giver to Reflect God’s Generosity to Others Can something be done for her? (2 Kings 4:14) In a farewell speech at the end of […]

A 10-Day Retreat with St. Francis de Sales
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A 10-Day Retreat with St. Francis de Sales

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Lift up Your Heart: A10-Day Retreat with St. Francis de Sales by Rev. John Burns (Ave Maria Press, 2017) is an updated version of St. Francis de Sales’ meditations, originally published in 1609. Fr. Burns discovered these meditations during a time of his own spiritual searching and seeks to share them with a new generation. […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 25, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, June 25, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 20:10-13 2nd Reading: Romans 5:12-15 Responsorial: Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35 Gospel: Matthew 10:26-33 Experiencing Jesus’ Love and Mercy, and Loving Him in Return Whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father. (Matthew 10:33) Most of Jesus’ words […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 18, 2017: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
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Reflections for Sunday, June 18, 2017: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings:    1st Reading:   Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16             2nd Reading:   1 Corinthians 10:16-17     Responsorial: Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20                Gospel:             John 6:51-58 Joyfully Receiving the Gift of Jesus’ Body and Blood in the Eucharist I am the living bread. (John 6:51) Every time Mass is celebrated, a miracle […]

The Principle of Solidarity and U.S. Healthcare: A Closer Look
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The Principle of Solidarity and U.S. Healthcare: A Closer Look

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When members of Congress were debating the Affordable Care Act, many Catholics suggested that the Catholic Principle of Subsidiarity was particularly instructive in the ongoing U.S. healthcare debate.  Although mindful of the many relevant Catholic principles involved in the discussions of U.S. Healthcare (e.g., common good, separation of Church and State, life, primacy of focus […]

Sacred Music “Starter’s Kit” Helps Parishes Sing with the Universal Church
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Sacred Music “Starter’s Kit” Helps Parishes Sing with the Universal Church

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Just how far off the mark is the music at your parish? The question seems unfair, yet the vast majority of parishes in the United States engage in liturgical deviations of the musical variety. Everything from folk music to heavy metal has been heard at Mass, despite having no official approval by the Church. Curiously, […]

The Plot Against Democracy
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The Plot Against Democracy

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There’s no room in the Democrat Party for democrats.

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