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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 […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 10, 2020: Fifth Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, May 10, 2020: Fifth Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 6:1-7 Responsorial: Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-9 Gospel: John 14:1-12 Trusting in the Lord’s Great Love during Difficult Times Do not let your hearts be troubled. (John 14:1) Not troubled? That’s hard to imagine! Jesus had just predicted […]

A Mother's Prayer
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A Mother’s Prayer

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I stood by helplessly and watched as a text message received by one of my older children instantly transformed a situation that showed much promise into a state of uncertainty.  My child was visibly disappointed and frustrated.  All I could do was give a reassuring hug and offer some words of consolation.  Throughout my work […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 3, 2020: Fourth Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, May 3, 2020: Fourth Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 2:14, 36-41 Responsorial: Psalm 23:1-6 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 2:20-25 Gospel: John 10:1-10 Following Jesus’ Example by Being A Shepherd for God’s People The shepherd calls his own sheep by name. (John 10:3) Good Shepherd Sunday often brings bucolic scenes to mind. […]

The Good Shepherd and His Abundant Life
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The Good Shepherd and His Abundant Life

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The atheist philosopher of the 19th century, Friedrich Nietzsche, once said: “if Christians want me to believe in their redeemer, they need to look more redeemed.” He was drawing the wrong conclusion from a perceptive observation.  To Nietzsche most Christians looked just as burdened, clueless and lost as everybody else.  When he looked into their […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 26, 2020: Third Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, April 26, 2020: Third Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 2:14, 22-33 Responsorial: Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11 2nd Reading: 1:17-21 Gospel: Luke 24:13-35 Knowing Jesus More Deeply through Reading and Reflecting on Scriptures Hear these words! (Acts 2:14) Have you ever heard the word kerygma? It’s a Greek word that means “the […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 19, 2020: 2nd Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, April 19, 2020: 2nd Sunday of Easter

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Divine Mercy Sunday Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 2:42-47 Responsorial: Psalm 118: 2-4, 13-15, 22-24 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9 Gospel: John 20: 19-31 Rejoicing in God’s Divine Mercy and Love, A Foundation of Our Lives Jesus came . . . and stood in their midst. (John […]

Divine Mercy and Doubting Thomas
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Divine Mercy and Doubting Thomas

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The Gospels tell an incredible story.  A virginal conception.  Miraculous healings.  Even people coming back from the dead.  How are we to know that it’s not all just a fanciful fabrication? There is much evidence for the reliability of the Gospels, but here is one of the strongest bits of evidence I know.  Think for […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 12, 2020: Easter Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, April 12, 2020: 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 Having a Personal Encounter with the Risen Lord during this Easter Season They did not yet understand. (John 20:9) Happy Easter! Christ is risen! Sin is defeated, and […]

Good Friday: The Victory of the Cross
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Good Friday: The Victory of the Cross

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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 […]

Holy Week and Easter Through the Blessed Mother
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Holy Week and Easter Through the Blessed Mother

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Surely, the Blessed Mother would have taken on the suffering of her Son, Jesus Christ if it were possible. That is what loving mothers always wish they could do.  Instead, Mary suffered alongside her Son, because that too is what mothers do. We go to Mary to get closer to Jesus for that very reason. […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 5, 2020: Palm Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, April 5, 2020: Palm Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: Procession Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11 1st Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7 Responsorial: Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24 2nd Reading: Philippians 2:6-11 Gospel: Matthew 26:14–27:66 (or Matthew 27:11-54) Hearing Jesus’ Voice to “Come Out” of Our Tomb of Sin and Come to Him Blessed is he who comes in the […]

Lenten Reflection: What Is Salvation?
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Lenten Reflection: What Is Salvation?

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Shortly before his martyrdom, St. Paul penned a letter to his friend Timothy. The great apostle seems to have known that death was near, and his bittersweet words are imbued with a sense of urgency. St. Paul comforts and commends his young protégé, while exhorting him to sacrifice. “Do not be ashamed of the testimony […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 8, 2020: 2nd Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 8, 2020: 2nd Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion          Mass Readings:           1st Reading:        Genesis 12:1-4                      Responsorial:       Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22         2nd Reading:       2 Timothy […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 1, 2020: 1st Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 1, 2020: 1st Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7 Responsorial: Psalm 51:3-6, 12-13, 17 2nd Reading: Romans 5:12-19 Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11 Staying Faithful to Commitments/Prayer during this Lenten Season of Grace If you are the Son of God . . . (Matthew 4:3, 6) What father would send his […]

Sweet Silence
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Sweet Silence

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Shielding my eyes from the blinding sun, I sensed, rather than heard, a presence to my left as I stood in line waiting to board the plane. His face was about five inches from mine. I could see his lips moving but could hear nothing. Finally I faced him squarely and he repeated himself. “What’s […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 16, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, February 16, 2020

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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Sirach 15:15-20 Responsorial: Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:6-10 Gospel: Matthew 5:17-37 Using Our Free Will to Choose Jesus and Follow Him as Lord and Savior Before man are life and death, . . […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 9, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, February 9, 2020

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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 58:7-10 Responsorial: Psalm 112:4-9 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16 Answering the Lord’s Call, “Your Light Must Shine Before Others” . . . that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. […]

Easy Solutions for Reluctant Evangelizers
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Easy Solutions for Reluctant Evangelizers

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Discomfort does not excuse us from evangelizing. After all, Jesus was uncomfortable on the cross. And if Scripture and the Catholic Catechism of the Church are to be taken seriously, it seems that we have no excuse. “Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist are sacraments of Christian initiation. They ground the common vocation of all Christ’s disciples, […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 2, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, February 2, 2020

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The Presentation of the Lord (Feast) Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Malachi 3:1-4 Responsorial: Psalm 24:7-10 2nd Reading: Hebrews 2:14-18 Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 The Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, A Prophetic Promise Fulfilled This man was . . . awaiting the consolation of Israel. (Luke 2:25) […]

Super Bowl Champion Becomes Champion of God
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Super Bowl Champion Becomes Champion of God

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Elvis Grbac can look back and remember two of his top football achievements. The six-foot-five quarterback was selected to the Pro Bowl while with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2001 and won a Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers in 1994. Despite reaching the pinnacle of the football world, Grbac knows there are more […]

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 […]

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