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Reflections for Sunday, April 21, 2019: Easter Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, April 21, 2019: Easter Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 10:34, 37-43 Responsorial: Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 2nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 Gospel: John 20:1-9 Running to Jesus, The Risen Lord They both ran. (John 20:4) When we are sick, we run to the doctor’s. When there is a big sale at a […]

Living Holy Saturday
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Living Holy Saturday

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“For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead.” (John 20:9) On Good Friday, the impossible happened. God Himself was executed by His creatures. On Easter Sunday, this same God, our Lord Jesus Christ, rose from the dead, victorious over the power of the grave. In so doing, […]

Good Friday: God is Dead
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Good Friday: God is Dead

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Behold the wood of the cross, on which has hung our salvation: come let us adore (Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion). As we trod with Jesus the steps to Golgotha that draw Lent to a close, it is worthy to note that these are not the waning days of a dry, tired Lent. Instead, they […]

Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday
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Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday

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On this day we mark the Last Supper and our Lord’s institution of the Holy Eucharist. It was also the night when Judas betrayed Christ, and the eve of our Savior’s passion. Reflection. With what respect, love and ardor ought we to receive this divine food, “which maketh to live forever”!

Taking Palm Sunday into This Holy Week
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Taking Palm Sunday into This Holy Week

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Jesus wanted His Apostles to spend time with Him before He died. Instead they slept. He awaits our visits to Him as He remains imprisoned in the tabernacles of His Churches, but we don’t come. How harsh we are on Judas. Yes, he betrayed our Lord. But have not we done so repeatedly as well? […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 14, 2019: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, April 14, 2019: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7 Responsorial: Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24 2nd Reading: Philippians 2:6-11 Gospel: Luke 22:14-23:56 Journeying with Jesus in His Passion When the hour came . . . (Luke 22:14) One of the best ways to read the story of Jesus’ passion is to […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: 5th Sunday of Lent
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: 5th Sunday of Lent

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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 assist you, parent or godparent, with using the Sunday Mass […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 7, 2019: Fifth Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, April 7, 2019: Fifth Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Isaiah 43:16-21 Responsorial: Psalm 126:1-6 2nd Reading: Philippians 3:8-14 Gospel: John 8:1-11 Encountering God’s Mercy and Giving It to Others Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more. (John 8:11) Wouldn’t you love to know what […]

Faith, Hope, and Love in the Annunciation
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Faith, Hope, and Love in the Annunciation

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One of my most fond memories of my semester in Rome was from our trip to Northern Italy. We visited quite a few museums and beautiful churches, yet one moment that stuck with me was our visit in Florence. After a long and beautiful Tuscan day, several of us went to a bar. Nights like […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: March 20, 2019
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: March 20, 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, March 24, 2019: Third Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 24, 2019: Third Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15 Responsorial: Psalm 103:1-4, 6-8, 11 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12 Gospel: Luke 13:1-9 Our God is “Gracious and Merciful, Slow to Anger and Abounding in Love and Fidelity” (Exodus 34:6) I have witnessed the affliction of my people. (Exodus […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: March 17, 2019
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: March 17, 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, March 17, 2019: Second Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 17, 2019: Second Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 Responsorial: Psalm 27:1, 7-9, 13-14 2nd Reading: Philippians 3:17–4:1 Gospel: Luke 9:28-36 Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus and His Promises Look up. (Genesis 15:5) All three readings today urge us to do one thing: fix our eyes on heaven. In […]

St. Patrick, Bishop
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St. Patrick, Bishop

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IF the virtue of children reflects an honor on their parents, much more justly is the name of St. Patrick rendered illustrious by the innumerable lights of sanctity with which the Church of Ireland shone during many ages, and by the colonies of Saints with which it peopled many foreign countries; for, under God, its […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: March 10, 2019
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: March 10, 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, March 10, 2019: First Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 10, 2019: First Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Deuteronomy 26:4-10 Responsorial: Psalm 91:1-2, 10-15 2nd Reading: Romans 10:8-13 Gospel: Luke 4:1-13 Treating Others as God Does, With Patience, Grace, and Love You will be saved. (Romans 10:9) In today’s second reading, St. Paul tells us that confessing that Jesus is Lord […]

Fasting: A Source of Trial
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Fasting: A Source of Trial

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Lent is a season of prayer and fasting, a time for conversion of the heart. As in all things, the Christian looks to Christ’s example and seeks his grace to be able to follow him. To look to Christ means, first, to see and hear him in the Gospel. We will hear Jesus ask us […]

Are you Crazy? Preparing for Lent?
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Are you Crazy? Preparing for Lent?

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When I was a kid, preparation for Lent meant Mardi Gras. My mother was so good she always looked for fun things to do, also instructional things at the same time, which would help us both to learn and enjoy.  So, at St. Anne’s we would sometimes have candies or cupcakes on Mardi Gras.  Sometimes […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 3, 2019: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, March 3, 2019: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Sirach 27:4-7 Responsorial: Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:54-58 Gospel: Luke 6:39-45 Treating Others as God Does, With Patience, Grace, and Love Remove the wooden beam from your eye first. (Luke 6:42) People love to judge other people and give […]

The Golden Catholic
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The Golden Catholic

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What would you say if someone asked you, “What religion are you?” I bet you’d reply, “I’m Catholic.” But what would you respond if that same person then asked, “What kind of Catholic?” Perhaps you’d respond “Roman Catholic.” Perhaps you’d respond, “A practicing Catholic.” Perhaps you’d be stuck, as I was when I recently asked […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 24, 2019: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 24, 2019: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 Responsorial: Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:45-49 Gospel: Luke 6:27-38 Opening Ourselves in a Deeper Way to God’s Grace Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. (Luke 6:37) Jesus couldn’t have been […]

10 Ways to Use Beauty to Kickstart Your Spiritual Life
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10 Ways to Use Beauty to Kickstart Your Spiritual Life

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The spiritual life has ups and downs. It is during the down times that we especially need help. Using beauty is a way that is less about your efforts and more about the outside making its way to your inside. God gave us our five senses to absorb his beauty so that it can become […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 17, 2019: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 17, 2019: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-8 Responsorial: Psalm 1:1-4, 6 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20 Gospel: Luke 6:17, 20-26 Opening Ourselves in a Deeper Way to God’s Grace Blessed are you who are poor. (Luke 6:20) Who actually wants to embrace a life of poverty, mourning, […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: February 17th, 2019
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: February 17th, 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 […]

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