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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 […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 17, 2017: Third Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for Sunday, December 17, 2017: Third Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11 Responsorial: Luke 1:46-50, 53-54 2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28 Responding to the Call to Pray without Ceasing Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) Without ceasing? That sounds impossible, doesn’t it? Take heart! Paul doesn’t really mean […]

Heartfelt and Handmade: The Value of Story in Our Family’s Advent
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Heartfelt and Handmade: The Value of Story in Our Family’s Advent

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To live the meaning of “prepare.” The meaning of “wait.” A tradition as simple as the lighting of the stately lavender tapers, ring of purples and pink, each boy eagerly anticipating leading the nightly prayer. Or reciting the scripture verse. And do they ever read this verse with care, as their first Advent morning utterances […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 10, 2017: Second Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for Sunday, December 10, 2017: Second Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 Responsorial: Psalm 85:9-14 2nd Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-14 Gospel: Mark 1:1-8 Advent, A Time to Open Ourselves to a Deeper Infilling of the Holy Spirit He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit. (Mark 1:8) The Holy Spirit—he makes all […]

Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue, Teach Me How to Pray
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Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue, Teach Me How to Pray

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This title is from the first lines of a poem/prayer I first heard from my Mom as a little boy. This is more an invitation than an article for readers. Please speak your thoughts in comments below about how Mary, today, would teach us how to pray. Imagine if it were possible – Our Lady […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 3, 2017: First Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for Sunday, December 3, 2017: First Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7 Responsorial: Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Gospel: Mark 13:33-37 Advent, A Season of Hope and Expectation Be watchful! Be alert! (Mark 13:33) It’s the First Sunday of Advent, and you have just received an invitation: […]

To Whom Do We Belong?
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To Whom Do We Belong?

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In general, people are born into certain groups based on their personal, social, and cultural surroundings. They also voluntarily join groups based on shared occupations, beliefs, or interests. Membership in these groups influences how people think of themselves and how others think of them. (Science for All Americans, pp. 91–93). We do not choose our […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 26, 2017: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
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Reflections for Sunday, November 26, 2017: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 Responsorial: Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46 The Second Coming of Jesus Christ When the Son of Man comes in his glory . . . (Matthew 25:31) Thinking about the Second Coming of Jesus […]

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 19, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, November 19, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 Responsorial: Psalm 128:1-5 2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30 Joining Jesus in Building his Kingdom Here on Earth When people are saying, “Peace and security,” then sudden disaster comes upon them. (1 Thessalonians 5:3) Today’s readings might […]

<em>The Man Who Invented Christmas</em>: Fiction and Reality Overlap to Tell Dickens' Tale
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The Man Who Invented Christmas: Fiction and Reality Overlap to Tell Dickens’ Tale

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Christmas is the birth of Jesus. And right behind that is Charles Dickens story, A Christmas Carol. For me, anyway. One is the reason for the season and the other is the spirit of the season. The movie The Man Who Invented Christmas, opening in theaters, Friday, November 22, chronicles the story behind the classic […]

They're All With Us
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They’re All With Us

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We as Catholics believe that at death our material bodies are temporarily separated from our non-material souls until the end of time. We believe that at the end of time our bodies will be resurrected and re-united with our souls for eternity. For those who lived righteous lives their reunited bodies and souls will be […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 12, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, November 12, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Wisdom 6:12-16 Responsorial: Psalm 63:2-8 2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13 Being Alert, Awake, and Ready to Meet the Lord When He Comes Those who were ready went into the wedding feast. (Matthew 25:10) Today’s parable of the ten virgins urges […]

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