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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 […]

Visitation Sisters’ Ebook Can Help With Discernment
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Visitation Sisters’ Ebook Can Help With Discernment

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Free Ebook on Salesian Spirituality Every Sunday evening a Visitation Sister gently guides online chatters about their vocational discernment and provides spiritual insights. The discussion is called the “Living Jesus Chat Room,” named after the Visitation Sisters’ motto “Live Jesus.” On this evening, a woman who teaches at an alternative public high school for discipline […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 8, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, September 8, 2019

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Wisdom 9:13-18 Responsorial: Psalm 90:3-6, 12-17 2nd Reading: Philemon 9-10, 12-17 Gospel: Luke 14:25-33 He cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26) Hate your parents? Hate your own life? Carry a cross? That seems awfully harsh! Luke tells us […]

Saving Quacks
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Saving Quacks

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This story happened in our family twenty years ago, but lives on today as a lasting sign of just how powerful our God is. “Dad, may I just peek inside?” ten-year-old Luke Armstrong asked holding a cardboard box. “Wait until we get home,” his dad, Mark, answered. “We’re almost there. I don’t want a bunch […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 1, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, September 1, 2019

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 Responsorial: Psalm 68:4-7, 10-11 2nd Reading: Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24 Gospel: Luke 14:1, 7-14 Opening Our Doors to Others, Beyond Our Comfort Zone When you hold a banquet . . . (Luke 14:13) Doesn’t it […]

Ex-Satanist Converts and Builds Basilica
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Ex-Satanist Converts and Builds Basilica

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It would seem that being raised by devout Catholic parents who prayed the rosary daily would have pointed to a good and holy future for Bartolo Longo. And it did.  Eventually. First, he strayed so far from God that he became a satanic priest. Yet, as far as Bartolo strayed—and it was extreme—he was not beyond […]

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist
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The Beheading of St. John the Baptist

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St. John the Baptist was called by God to be the forerunner of His divine Son. In order to preserve his innocence spotless, and to improve the extraordinary graces which he had received, he was directed by the Holy Ghost to lead an austere and contemplative life in the wilderness, in the continual exercises of […]

Until Death Do We Part
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Until Death Do We Part

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It’s been a roller-coaster kind of year so far, with thrilling highs, unexpected jolts and surprises. At the end of a roller-coaster ride after being yanked to and fro, it just seems to come to an abrupt stop and it’s time to get off. You are not quite sure if you want to ride again […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 18, 2019
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 18, 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, August 18, 2019: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, August 18, 2019: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 2nd Reading: Hebrews 12:1-4 Responsorial: Psalm 40:2-4, 18 Gospel: Luke 12:49-53 Saying Yes to God’s Call to Be an Instrument of His Peace and Reconciliation Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? (Luke 12:51) […]

The Assumption of Mary for Converts and non-Catholics
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The Assumption of Mary for Converts and non-Catholics

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Mary was assumed into heaven. It’s one of the more difficult teachings for converts to grasp. But there are ways to approach the Assumption so that non-Catholics may come to believe. In 1995, I wrote an article for Protestant newspapers called “Trends in Christian Fiction” which considered the possibility that a Christian fiction book might […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 11, 2019
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 11, 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, August 11, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, August 11, 2019

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Wisdom 18:6-9 Responsorial: Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-22 2nd Reading: Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 Gospel: Luke 12:32-48 Experiencing the Presence of the Lord in Our Day-to-Day Lives Be . . . ready. (Luke 12:36) Are you ready? The servants in […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 4, 2019, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 4, 2019, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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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, August 4, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, August 4, 2019

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23 2nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11 Responsorial: Psalm 90:3-6, 12-14, 17 Gospel: Luke 12:13-21 Experiencing the Presence of the Lord in Our Day-to-Day Lives Vanity of vanities! (Ecclesiastes 1:2) Ecclesiastes is one of the most puzzling […]

 First Five Saturdays 
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 First Five Saturdays 

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If ever there was a good time to make reparation for the offenses to the Blessed Mother, now would be a good time.  Even if you have already made the Five First Saturdays, it’s something we can do again and again. At Fatima, through the Blessed Mother’s apparitions to the 3 shepherd children, the devotion […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 28, 2019: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, July 28, 2019: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 18:20-32 Responsorial: Psalm 138:1-3,6-8 2nd Reading: Colossians 2:12-14 Gospel: Luke 11:1-13 Confidently Approaching Our Heavenly Father, Who Loves Us Teach us to pray. (Luke 11:1) We human beings are big on “how to,” aren’t we? Search on the Internet, and you will […]

Get to Know St. Anne, Your Our Grandmother in Heaven
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Get to Know St. Anne, Your Our Grandmother in Heaven

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Years ago, I attended a non-Catholic, Christian event with a couple of my teens at our civic center. It was called “The Fire” and was an all-out, sing-and-praise-your-heart-out-for-the- Lord evening. But in the midst of thousands of people, a feeling of emptiness unexpectedly came upon me. I felt the absence of those that were missing: […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 21, 2019: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, July 21, 2019: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 18:1-10 Responsorial: Psalm 15:2-5 2nd Reading: Colossians 1:24-28 Gospel: Luke 10:38-42 Spending Quality Time with the Lord at His Feet Listening to Him Speak (Luke 10:49) Martha, Martha . . .(Luke 10:41) Have you ever been so absorbed in a task that […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: July 21, 2019
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: July 21, 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, July 14, 2019: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, July 14, 2019: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Deuteronomy 30:10-14 Responsorial: Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36-37 2nd Reading: Colossians 1:15-20 Gospel: Luke 10:25-37 What Does It Mean to “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself” Who is my neighbor? (Luke 10:29) As much as we might fault this scribe for trying to […]

Hard to Imagine the Afterlife?
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Hard to Imagine the Afterlife?

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I know. St. Paul had the same problem though, “no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:10). Right now our knowledge of God is conceptual, we use analogies from this created world to speak of the Totally Other: […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 7, 2019: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, July 7, 2019: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 66:10-14 Responsorial: Psalm 66:1-7, 16, 20 2nd Reading: Galatians 6:14-18 Gospel: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 Keeping Our Eyes Fixed on the Lord and His Call — Not Our Past May I never boast except in the cross. (Galatians 6:14) The church in Galatia […]

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