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Reflections for Sunday, January 12, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, January 12, 2020

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The Baptism of the Lord Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Responsorial: Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10 2nd Reading: Acts 10:34-38 Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17 Following in Jesus’ Footsteps and Proclaiming the Good News to Others He shall bring forth justice to the nations. (Isaiah 42:1) Today marks the […]

Advent Proclaims That Human Life Matters
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Advent Proclaims That Human Life Matters

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“Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, and entering the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke […]

Advent with King David
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Advent with King David

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My wife and I sat on the couch, the room dark except for a strand of colored lights  wound around the Christmas tree and the flickering candles in the Advent wreath.  We’d just finished reading our Advent reflection and saying the Rosary.  Now we sat together and watched snow swirl outside the window. This time […]

Reflections for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 7:10-14 Responsorial: Psalm 24:1-6 2nd Reading: Romans 1:1-7 Gospel: Matthew 1:18-24 Advent, A Season of Signs of the Coming of Emmanuel, God-with-Us Ask for a sign from the Lord. (Isaiah 7:11) Things were looking bad for King Ahaz of Jerusalem. He was […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 8, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, December 8, 2019

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10 2nd Reading: Romans 15:4-9 Responsorial: Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12 Advent, A Season of Prophesies Being Fulfilled A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse. (Isaiah 11:1) Have you ever seen a Jesse Tree? It’s an ancient […]

The Empowering Depth and Dimension of Christmas
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The Empowering Depth and Dimension of Christmas

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There is more to Christmas than just Christ’s birth. It serves as the beginning of an epic, and Advent is the prologue whereby we prepare for the first spellbinding chapter. There’s a thread running through Christmas that ties into so many other Christological elements, including Christ as Divine Lover, in concert with the poetry of […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 1, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, December 1, 2019

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First Sunday of Advent Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5 2nd Reading: Romans 13:11-14 Responsorial: Psalm 122:1-9 Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44 Advent, A Season of Preparing for Jesus’ Coming You also must be prepared. (Matthew 24:44) This is it—we have lit the first Advent candle. Christmas is less […]

Is Thanksgiving a Time to Evangelize?
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Is Thanksgiving a Time to Evangelize?

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One of the most intriguing aspects of Thanksgiving is that we give thanks around a table of food with people, typically family members, we may not care for. Though this point may be denied by some, it is fact of life that not everyone gets along. Sin, by our own free will can lead us […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 17, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, November 17, 2019

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion          Mass Readings:         1st Reading:       Malachi 3:19-20                        Responsorial:     Psalm 98:5-9         2nd Reading:      2 […]

Best Selling Author All About Life Lessons
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Best Selling Author All About Life Lessons

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During adoration, Anthony DeStefano picked up the Bible and read the parable about the grain of wheat that falls to the ground and must die before it grows. It is about letting go of fear and trusting God to do great things for our life. But first, we must surrender and give control to God. […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 10, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, November 10, 2019

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14 Responsorial: Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15 2nd Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5 Gospel: Luke 20:27-38 Our Hope Comes from the Resurrection to New Life in Christ He is not God of the dead, but of […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 3, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, November 3, 2019

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Wisdom 11:22–12:2 Responsorial: Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14 2nd Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1:11–2:2 Gospel: Luke 19:1-10 Following Jesus Through All of Life’s Circumstances Today salvation has come to this house. (Luke 19:9) Today’s Gospel paints a vivid picture of […]

How Are Your Fridays Going?
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How Are Your Fridays Going?

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What are you doing this Friday? I’m asking about your penance, not that it’s my business, but the business of the Church is something I care about. And it seems that Friday penances largely disappeared along with the long lines outside Brown’s Fish and Chips every Friday. That was the fish restaurant in my neighborhood […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 27, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, October 27, 2019

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 2nd Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Responsorial: Psalm 34:2-3, 17-19, 23 Gospel: Luke 18:9-14 Living a Life Grounded on God’s Love and Mercy, Not on Judging Others I thank you that I am not like […]

Five Funny Stories of Kids at Church
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Five Funny Stories of Kids at Church

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Taking small children to Mass is a penitential activity. Whether you’re trying to keep your child quiet and in the pew, or you’re speed walking down the aisle with a screaming toddler, rest assured, we’ve all been there. Here are five of the best funny stories of kids at church, taken from Be a Happier […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 13, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, October 13, 2019

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Kings 5:14-17 Responsorial: Psalm 98:1-4 2nd Reading: 2 Timothy 2:8-13 Gospel: Luke 17: 11-19 Growing in Faith from Those with a Different Perspective Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God? (Luke 17:18) Today’s […]

Embrace Today!
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Embrace Today!

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“Don’t let the demons of yesterday ruin the blessings of today,” An exorcist once told me during an interview. Exorcists understand how the devil invades lives and steals away peace and holiness. They also know that the people they help have a past they would like to forget and a future that might loom large […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 6, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, October 6, 2019

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4 Responsorial: Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9 2nd Reading: 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14 Gospel: Luke 17:5-10 Waiting in Faith for the Lord to Act If it delays, wait for it. (Habakkuk 2:3) Nobody likes to wait. Whether we […]

Healing Prayer for Divorced and Separated
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Healing Prayer for Divorced and Separated

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St. Raymond Nonnatus is a saint from the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy or the Mercedarian Order and was born in 1204 in Barcelona, Spain. He is called Nonnatus or “not born” referring to his Caesarean section birth. Since his mother died while giving birth to him, Nonnatus is the patron saint […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 29, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, September 29, 2019

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Amos 6:1, 4-7 2nd Reading: 1 Timothy 6:11-16 Responsorial: Psalm 146:7-10 Gospel: Luke 16:19-31 Reaching Out to Those in Need, One by One, As Jesus Did Lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus. (Luke 16:20) How many times do you […]

Keeping Company with Saint Michael the Archangel
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Keeping Company with Saint Michael the Archangel

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Our three year old daughter Liz was in the backseat of the car while my wife was driving.  Mom made a wrong turn. “Grrr,” my wife grumbled, “wrong turn!” From the backseat Liz’s voice chimed: “Recalculating!” That made my wife crack-up.  But while Mom was laughing out loud, Liz didn’t see the humor. “That’s what […]

St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, Archangels
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St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, Archangels

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“MI-CA-EL,” or “Who is like to God?” Such was the cry of the great Archangel when he smote the rebel Lucifer in the conflict of the heavenly hosts, and from that hour he has been known as “Michael,” the captain of the armies of God, the type of divine fortitude, the champion of every faithful […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 15, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, September 15, 2019

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 Responsorial: Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19 2nd Reading: 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Gospel: Luke 15:1-32 The Parable of the Prodigal Son, A Reflection of the Extravagant Mercy of God He ran to his son, embraced him […]

The Victory of the Cross: Turning Terror Upside Down
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The Victory of the Cross: Turning Terror Upside Down

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Terrorism is nothing new.  It’s probably as old as the human race. In fact the cradle of civilization, now Iraq, was the home of the most infamous terrorists of antiquity, the Assyrians.  Their goal was to conquer their neighbors in a way that would minimize initial resistance and subsequent rebellion.  To do this, they knew […]

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