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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 […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 10, 2019: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 10, 2019: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8 Responsorial: Psalm 138:1-5, 7-8 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Gospel: Luke 5:1-11 Opening Ourselves in a Deeper Way to God’s Grace His grace to me has not been ineffective. (1 Corinthians 15:10) God’s grace seems to be all over today’s readings, […]

New Year Derailed, or Realigned?
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New Year Derailed, or Realigned?

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Not a resolution was in my mind as I hopped on a plane in late December in anticipation of our newest grandson’s arrival. This was number four for mom, and she usually comes early. I wanted to give her plenty of extra buffer room so she could rest easier. Soon the evening came when I […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: February 3rd, 2019
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: February 3rd, 2019

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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, February 3, 2019: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 3, 2019: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 Responsorial: Psalm 71:1-6, 15-17 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:31–13:13 Gospel: Luke 4:21-30 Experiencing Spiritual Renewal through Our Faith in Christ Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8) Many people—scholars and everyday believers alike—consider today’s first reading to be the greatest chapter […]

Being in Love
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Being in Love

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Aristotle observed that all was in motion. Everything was in a process of change. Whatever stage you observed, there was always a prior movement and prior change. Aristotle realized that we could not go back like that forever. At some point we had to come to an originator of all this motion.

Reflections for Sunday, January 20, 2019: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, January 20, 2019: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 62:1-5 Responsorial: Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Gospel: John 2:1-11 Experiencing Spiritual Renewal through Our Faith in Christ Jesus . . . revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him. (John 2:11) Jesus’ first miracle was impressive: he turned water into wine. Because it […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: January 20, 2019
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: January 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 […]

Maria von Trapp, From Atheist to <em>The Sound of Music</em>
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Maria von Trapp, From Atheist to The Sound of Music

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Early on Saturday, March 12, 1938 German tanks and armored vehicles crossed the border into Austria, encountering no resistance. German newspapers printed a phony telegram supposedly from the new Austrian chancellor claiming German troops were necessary to restore order. In reality, it was an aggressive take over. The von Trapp family did not want to stick […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 13, 2019: The Baptism of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, January 13, 2019: The Baptism of the Lord

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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: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 The Baptism of the Lord, The Beginning of Our Salvation, Healing, and Deliverance All were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. (Luke 3:15) The […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 6, 2019: The Epiphany of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, January 6, 2019: 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 Reflecting God’s Love and Care in Our Love and Care for Our Parents They saw the child. (Matthew 2:11) An epiphany is a sudden realization about the nature […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents: December 30th, 2018. 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 […]

Reflections for Sunday, 12.30.2018: Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
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Reflections for Sunday, 12.30.2018: Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 Responsorial: Psalm 128:1-5 2nd Reading: Colossians 3:12-21 Gospel: Luke 2:41-52 Reflecting God’s Love and Care in Our Love and Care for Our Parents Take care of your father when he is old. (Sirach 3:12) Many of us are already living […]

Why <i>Sola Scriptura</i> Still Matters, Part One
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Why Sola Scriptura Still Matters, Part One

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We are now just over 501 and one years since Martin Luther’s posting of his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg Germany, the spark that lit the fire of what many Protestants still proudly call the “Reformation.” The Banner of the “Reformation” Still Flies Given the climate of cooperation and dialogue […]

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