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Reflections for Sunday, February 18, 2018: First Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, February 18, 2018: First Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 9:8-15 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22 Responsorial: Psalm 25:4-9 Gospel: Mark 1:12-15 Experiencing God’s Forgiveness and Cleansing Power Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation It is . . . an appeal to God for a clear conscience. (1 Peter 3:21) While St. Peter is describing […]

Lent: It's Upon Us
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Lent: It’s Upon Us

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Sober up, people!  How are you going to prepare for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ? The 3 Pillars of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, & Almsgiving Prayer If you’re not already setting aside a specific time every day to pray, you need to.  I am the mother of six little children.  If I can do […]

Shine Your Light with Facebook Friends as a Spiritual Work of Mercy
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Shine Your Light with Facebook Friends as a Spiritual Work of Mercy

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Would go to the lion’s den for your faith? I’m guessing everyone has asked themselves this question. These days, in this country, we are more likely to go to court than the lion’s den. Standing up for our faith is having social and legal consequences, sometimes huge ones. For most of us, it’s about having […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 11, 2018: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 11, 2018: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46 Responsorial: Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1 Gospel: Mark 1:40-45 The Importance of Doing Everything for the Glory of God Brothers and sisters, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory […]

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things! 'Inclusiveness' Ruins Wholesome Event
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This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things! ‘Inclusiveness’ Ruins Wholesome Event

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When I was a kid attending Catholic school, if someone was caught with gum, or candy, a typical response from a teacher who was usually a Dominican nun, would be: “Do you have enough for everyone?” If we had been clever enough to prepare ahead of time, pulling out enough gum or candy for the […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 4, 2018: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 4, 2018: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Job 7:1-4, 6-7 Responsorial: Psalm 147:1-6 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23 Gospel: Mark 1:29-39 I have become all things to all. (1 Corinthians 9:22) Jesus once told his disciples that the road to heaven is narrow and sparsely populated (Matthew 7:14). But […]

Celebrating More Than Just a Groundhog
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Celebrating More Than Just a Groundhog

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What is February 2nd known for? In secular society, it’s ‘Groundhog’s Day.’ While there’s nothing wrong with remembering this little rodent and speculating on whether or not he’ll see his silhouette created by the sun, I’d invite us to go a little deeper. While the sun is a beautiful thing, and certainly necessary for life, […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 28, 2018: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 28, 2018: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Responsorial: Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 Gospel: Mark 1:21-28 Opening Our Hearts to Hear Jesus Speaking to Us A new teaching with authority . . . (Mark 1:27) You know when you see empty words. A celebrity issues […]

Modern Man’s Most Magnificent Mass
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Modern Man’s Most Magnificent Mass

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Which of the two forms of the Roman Rite, as Pope Benedict XVI called them, best encourages active participation, is most emotionally satisfying, and unequivocally equips the worshiper with the graces necessary to confront the modern world? Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s answer may surprise you. In his book Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness: that the Mass of […]

The Value of a Single Human Life
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The Value of a Single Human Life

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David Perry, the father of a son with Down syndrome, writes, “I’ve spent many years now asserting the need to re-order how we ascribe value to diverse human lives.” St. John Paul II, on the other hand, taught: “Even in the midst of difficulties and uncertainties, every person sincerely open to truth and goodness can, […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Reflections for Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Responsorial: Psalm 25:4-9 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 Gospel: Mark 1:14-20 Hearing and Responding to God’s Call to Evangelize Come. (Mark 1:17) Scripture has a way of condensing a lot of information into a few short sentences, and today’s Gospel […]

Dear Struggling Marriages
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Dear Struggling Marriages

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In my work preparing couples for marriage, I have had to account for the unexpected implosion of a marriage where I was once part of the preparation. Sometimes I hear about the troubles first hand, other times when I see one of them meeting with the Nullity Minister. It saddens me every time when those […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 14, 2018
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Reflections for Sunday, January 14, 2018

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19 Responsorial: Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-103 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20 Gospel: John 1:35-42 The Importance of Learning to hear God’s voice and Saying Yes to Him Samuel ran to Eli and said, “Here I am.” (1 Samuel 3:5) […]

A Time for Change
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A Time for Change

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Every person deserves dignity, especially to be recognized as equal creations of God, as we all are. Yet we are created individually and differently, which is a huge part of the challenge presented to us by Jesus in the Second Commandment — to Love our neighbors as ourselves. The only way we are able to […]

Epiphany: The Nations Shall Walk By Your Light
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Epiphany: The Nations Shall Walk By Your Light

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Up until now, all has been quite humble.  A donkey-ride to a dusty town south of Jerusalem.  Hotel rooms all booked up.  Giving birth in a stable and laying the baby in a feed trough instead of a cozy cradle. Into this scene of obscure poverty suddenly bursts an exotic entourage from a far-off land.  […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 7, 2018: The Epiphany of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, January 7, 2018: The Epiphany of the Lord

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6 Responsorial: Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13 2nd Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6 Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12 The Epiphany, A Reminder to Join the Lord in Building his Kingdom Arise! Shine, for your light has come. (Isaiah 60:1) What extravagant promises this reading contains! The […]

Ukraine: ‘Most Important Mission of the Church is to Bring God to the People’
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Ukraine: ‘Most Important Mission of the Church is to Bring God to the People’

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MANY PEOPLE in the Ukraine are destitute, especially older people and families. The armed conflict taking place in the eastern part of the country also continues to claim victims. The suffering Church receives both pastoral and material aid. Nonetheless, the Church should not get so wrapped up in its charitable commitments that it forgets that […]

Mary, Mother of God
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Mary, Mother of God

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The mother of the messiah has been called many things in the last 2000 years –the Virgin Mary, Our Lady, the Blessed Mother. But call her “the Mother of God,” and you’ll see some Christians squirm. This is nothing new. One day in the early fifth century, a priest preached a stirring sermon in the […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 31, 2017: The Holy Family
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Reflections for Sunday, December 31, 2017: The Holy Family

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Sirach 3:2-7, 12-14 Responsorial: Psalm 128:1-5 2nd Reading: Colossians 3:12-21 Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 Becoming Holy Faith-Filled Families, Reflecting God’s Love to One Another The child’s father and mother were amazed. (Luke 2:33) So here we are, on the cusp of a new year. […]

Today's Holy Innocents
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Today’s Holy Innocents

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When one looks at the liturgical calendar, one sees a message the Church is attempting to instill within us.  Right after we erupt with jubilation over the birth of Christ, we meditate over the first martyr, St. Stephen.  He reminds us that this joy has a price, and that price is higher than we could […]

About Those Christmas Animals
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About Those Christmas Animals

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The Classic manger scenes always include cows (or oxen), donkeys (or mules), and sheep. The Egyptian god Apis was a bull who was believed to be a king and who would become a god after his ritual slaughter. The Roman god Consus was a protector of grain, who had an altar underground, and who considered mules […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 24, 2017: Fourth Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for Sunday, December 24, 2017: Fourth Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16 Responsorial: Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29 2nd Reading: Romans 16:25-27 Gospel: Luke 1:26-38 Advent: A Time to Thank the Lord for His Unmerited Grace and Favor You have found favor with God. (Luke 1:30) We all know how […]

Where Did All the Angels Go?
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Where Did All the Angels Go?

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Padre Pio and an Exorcist Talk About Angels While many of us have felt our angel’s presence at times or at least trust that he’s there, what do all the guardian angels do when people turn from God? Are they still on guard? During an interview with Father Patrick, (not his real name) an exorcist […]

A Maternal Heart
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A Maternal Heart

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As I age and have more life behind me than in front of me, I find myself in my deepest emotional hurts identifying most intensely with the Blessed Virgin Mary. Here is the woman who in her own Earthly life experienced so much suffering through her fiat. God designed woman in a particularly ingenious way […]

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