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The Jesus Prayer

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Byzantine Catholics 

The Jesus Prayer brings concentration to the mind and helps detach it from its attraction to and domination by all the surrounding objects of the physical world gained through the senses. It brings us back to a unity with God that existed at the time of our creation when we were created in “Gods image.” It is about liberating the soul from the passions of the body so the mind can act out of God’s will to carry out His commandments of love.

We must recognize, howeve...


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Daily Offering of the Most Precious Blood

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : Daily Meditations 

With a contrite and a pure and loving heart say:

MARY, Immaculate Mother of Jesus, offer, we beseech thee, to the Eternal Father, the Precious Blood of thy Divine Son, to prevent at least one mortal sin from being committed somewhere in the world this day (night). 

"If every night, before we went to sleep," says Father Faber, "we begged our dear Lady to offer up to God the Precious Blood of her Divine Son for grace to hinder one mortal sin somewhere in the world, during that night, an...


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SEVEN OFFERINGS OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : Our Lady's Promise 

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and my Divine Redeemer, for the propagation and exaltation of my dear Mother the Holy Church, for the safety and prosperity of her visible Head, the Holy Roman Pontiff, for the cardinals, bishops and pastors of souls, and for all the ministers of the sanctuary.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without e...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“In him we have redemption … in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.” (Ephesians 1:7-8)

Imagine you have just arrived home after a long day and you fum­ble to unlock the door. When you step in the house you hear an erup­tion of voices calling out “Surprise!” The house is filled with family and friends, balloons, and more food than you’ve ever seen. Suddenly your plans for the evening have changed, and nothing else matters.

This ima...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Do not be afraid.” (Matthew 10:26)

If Jesus were to ask you to do something, as he did when he sent his apostles out to preach and heal, it wouldn’t be unusual to find yourself suddenly afraid. Fear is a natural reaction.

Maybe you’re afraid because you’re having a hard time under­standing what he is asking of you. Or maybe you understand just enough to see potential difficulties or unpleasant consequences. Maybe you feel unprepared and unquali­fied, and s...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 13, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Whoever endures to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 10:22)

There are times when life is a joy­ful sprint, when you sense the wind of the Spirit propelling you along. But there are other times when it feels like a hard slog down a barren, endless road.

If you’re facing the hostility that Jesus mentions in today’s Gospel, you may well feel worn and weary. You may also feel this way if you’re unemployed, deployed, disabled, caregiving, or working two jobs to ma...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 12, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“I fostered them like one who raises an infant to his cheeks.” (Hosea 11:4)

Those of us who have been loved and cared for by our parents have some understanding of what it’s like to receive love from God the Father. Yet we understand even more when we ourselves become parents. Jesus invites us to reflect on this when he asks: “What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? … How much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spir...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 11, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 10:7)

It’s no exaggeration to say that St. Benedict (480–547), whose feast we celebrate today, changed the course of history. At a time when Western society was falling apart, the monas­teries that followed his rule became oases of stability and hope. People were attracted by the monks’ peace­ful presence, and many decided to move to be closer to them. In some cases, whole towns sprang up around these centers of ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 10, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“They were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)

They may not be the most intelli­gent of all God’s creatures, but when it comes to the spiritual life, sheep do have some character traits in com­mon with us. Like us, they know that they depend on their shepherd for their provision and protection. Like us, they are capable of learning how to hear and follow their master’s voice. And again like us, they also tend to wander away f...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 8, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 2, 2012,
They shall know that a prophet has been among them. (Ezekiel 2:5)

We tend to think of a “prophet” as someone who forecasts the future. Of course, some Old Testament prophets did know the future. But being a prophet is a much broader call to proclaim the good news of what God has done, and what he is prepared to do. When you look at it that way, it’s clear that we are all called to be prophets.

Does this sound scary to you? Don’t worry. You have the same Spirit ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 4, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 2, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“They cried out to him.” (Matthew 8:29)

When Jesus entered the region Gadara, two men inexplicably ran toward him, crying out to him. It may have looked similar to the way the disciples had just rushed to Jesus and begged him to save them from a violent storm at sea (Matthew 8:25). But something was very different.

These two men were possessed by demons who saw Jesus as a threat to the hold they had over their victims. By contrast, the disciples saw him as the one...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 2, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 2, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.” (Matthew 8:22)

These words can make us cringe. Does Jesus really expect us to leave the corpses of loved ones to rot while we go off and follow him? Does he really want us to show such callous disregard for our families? Of course not. Jesus used extreme statements like this to make it clear that he wants us to take the call to follow him seriously.

Jesus wasn’t telling this fellow not to bury his father. How could h...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 28, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“The winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” (Matthew 7:27)

The citizens of Jerusalem expe­rienced just such a collapse. After numerous infidelities to God, he permitted Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, to conquer them. He dashed their city to the ground, deposed their king, and dragged him into exile along with all the powerful and skilled people of the land.

In the face of such devastation, there are two equally disastro...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 26, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Enter through the narrow gate.” (Matthew 7:13)

That narrow gate! It’s tighter than the gap between the do’s and don’ts that we’re all familiar with. So you don’t lie, injure or kill—but what about forgiving a person who has grievously hurt you? You steer clear of coveting, cheating, and stealing— but what about giving financially, even though finances are tight? That’s a constricted road, for sure.

And how do you take time to encourage someone else...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 25, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
"Stop judging, that you may not be judged.” (Matthew 7:1)

We find the defendant guilty as charged. The judge’s gavel strikes: Crack! Crack! Crack! Bailiff, take him away. This scene is repeated count­less times on countless television shows. It is splashed over newspaper headlines and is a hot topic in books and blockbuster movies. In case you haven’t noticed, crime-and-punish­ment justice gets a lot of attention. And that side of justice isn’t a bad thing. It...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 23, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“Do not worry.” (Matthew 6:31)

Father, when I think of who you are, I am amazed. You created every­thing, and you have authority and power over all you have made. Yet you call me child, and invite me to call you Father. I can turn to you anytime, anywhere, about anything, and you will hear and answer me. I am never alone, but always in the palm of your hand.

As I go about my day today, Father, I will remember who you are. You order the movement of the stars, you probe the depth of seas, an...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 22, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.” (Matthew 6:22-23)

Jesus spoke these words to a people whose eyes might be drawn occasionally to their neighbor’s house or crops or cattle. But today he speaks them to a people whose eyes are constantly bombarded with images from television, the Internet, billboards, and movies. Because we are subjected to so much visual clut­ter...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 21, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (Matthew 6:8)

What a comfort to know that God understands not only what we want in the heat of the moment but what we truly need! What we need to sustain our human life, yes: “daily bread,” no more, no less. But more fundamentally, what we need to live at peace with each other: divine power to give and receive forgiveness. Even what we need but are unable to achieve on our own: protection and deliverance from the forces that would a...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“Your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” (Matthew 6:4)

Knowing that his time was short, Elijah asked Elisha to request any­thing he wanted. Elisha wasted no time in asking for a “double por­tion” of Elijah’s spirit (2 Kings 2:9). This may sound like a huge request, but not when you consider the true Giver of this gift. Almighty God, the Lord and giver of life, delights in showering his children with gifts. He is so generous that every day he actively looks for ways to bless...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 19, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)

How many times have you heard these words from Jesus, and felt completely helpless? We all have someone in our lives that we simply can’t love or forgive—someone who has hurt us so deeply that we have resigned ourselves to bearing the wound for the rest of our lives.

It is precisely these memories, these fears, even these resentments that the Lord wants to heal. He knows that we will never find the strength to dea...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 16, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 11, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
The Immaculate Heart of Mary

His mother kept all these things in her heart. (Luke 2:51)

Today’s Gospel reading makes it clear that whatever the Immaculate Heart of Mary means, it doesn’t mean that Mary was serene and untroubled. It doesn’t mean that she was devoid of questions about what God was asking of her and how her son’s special vocation was to unfold. The question she asks of Jesus here even sounds like a reproach. Why have you done this to us? We have been very worried about you...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 11, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“Whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.” (Matthew 5:22)

At first glance, these words seem very harsh. Surely Jesus wouldn’t put my anger on the same level as murder! Wouldn’t he understand if I received Communion today, but put off reconciling with my brother or sister for a while longer?

For the answer, we have to look inside our hearts. Anger is a normal human emotion, but as with all other emotions, we should never let it con­trol us. Just a brief look at the ...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 13, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 11, 2012, In : Daily Readings 
“I have not come to abolish but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17)

High jumpers face a daunting task: propelling their entire bodies over a bar that can stand as much as two feet higher than the top of their heads. From the ground, it looks impossible that the soles of anyone’s feet could actually rise above that bar. Yet they do. The bar in today’s reading seems to be set impossibly high, too. Yet Jesus really does mean that he wants us to uphold the whole law. He wants us to live pure and u...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 12, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 11, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13)

The late Pentecostal preacher David du Plessis was once approached by a congregant who complained that people do not seem thirsty for the Lord these days. Without missing a beat, du Plessis replied: “It’s not that they are not thirsty enough. It’s that we are not salty enough!” This reply might take us aback and put us on the defen­sive, but let’s look at it from a differ­ent angle. Instead of thinking about how “unsalty” we m...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 4, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
… so that through them you may come to share in the divine nature.” (2 Peter 1:4)

Imagine you have just received an invitation to a birthday party, baby shower, or wedding from someone close to you. Your heart is filled with excitement as you open the invitation to find out the date and time of the celebration. You eagerly look forward to the event, a time of celebration when your friend isn’t asking much—just that you show up so that you can enjoy the conver-sations, the food, and the...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 3, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 3, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
The Most Holy Trinity

Go, therefore… (Matthew 28:19)

Have you ever started to leave a friend’s house, but then turned turn back to say: “Oh, and one more thing… .” That’s kind of what Jesus does here. Just before he ascends into heaven, he turns to his apostles and tells them one more thing: “Go … and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Teach them. Tell them what you know. Make them students of my life, my Father’s love, and the power of the Spirit. Baptize them...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 2, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 3, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“Keep yourselves in the love of God.” (Jude 21)

That’s quite a tall order, isn’t it? How in the world are we supposed to keep ourselves in God’s love? Isn’t that more something God does for us?

Well, yes and no. It’s true that only God can sustain us. It’s true that we can’t earn God’s love or do anything to make him love us any more—or any less, for that mat­ter. But Jude isn’t telling us to keep working hard to make sure that our Father still loves us. Instead, his wo...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 31, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, June 2, 2012, In : Daily Readings 
The Visitation of Mary

Blessed are you among women! (Luke 1:42)

Don’t you find it remarkable that God chose to bring about his work of redemption through two human babies and their mothers? Jesus was still in Mary’s womb, yet in his presence, Elizabeth and her own unborn son, John, were filled with the Holy Spirit. This scene gives us a glimpse of the immense love of God, who simply can’t wait to share his life with his people. What a fore­shadowing this is of the glory of the risen Chri...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 29, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.” (1 Peter 1:15)

At any other time in the church year, we might find this exhortation intimidating. There’s no way I can be as holy as Jesus, certainly not in every single thing I do! It’s just not humanly possible, no matter how pure my inten­tions and strong my willpower. I can’t possibly eliminate selfishness from my nature. I can’t love the way God loves.

True enough. This...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 28, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Pentecost

Scholars tell us that the first Pentecost took place during the Jewish Feast of Weeks. This was a festival at which the first fruits of the harvest were offered to God in thanksgiving. But on this particular day, instead of giving our first fruits to God, he gave his first fruit—the Holy Spirit—to us.

And what an amazing gift the Spirit has been! It is his power that has kept the church on track, despite human sinfulness, for two millennia. It is his grac...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 28, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 28, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“… A new birth to a living hope.” (1 Peter 1:3)

“Yes,” your doctor says. “The test results confirm it. You are preg­nant.” The excitement you feel on hearing these words is indescribable. You’re having your first child!

As the months progress, you find yourself focusing less on yourself and more on the little person you are carrying. It’s all about the baby now. At fleeting moments you may think about the pain of childbirth or the nighttime feedings...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 25, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, April 26, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

St. Mark

Your brothers and sisters throughout the world undergo the same sufferings. (1 Peter 5:9)

Let’s face it. Suffering is a part of life in this world. No one can escape it, not even the greatest saints. So let’s take the opportunity on this feast of St. Mark, to see how one of the church’s shining lights handled life’s slings and arrows.

Tradition tells us that St. Mark is the same John Mark who accompa­nied Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey. For s...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 22, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, April 23, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“He opened their minds to understand the scriptures.” (Luke 24:45)

We all love to have our minds stretched in new directions. There is nothing more exciting than listen­ing to someone who can open up new horizons in our understanding. This is one way to describe how the apostles must have felt after Jesus appeared and “opened their minds to understand the scriptures” (Luke 24:45). But something more than human learning was going on here.

When Jesus opened the apostles’ m...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 11, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, April 12, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Their eyes were opened.” (Luke 24:31)

Suppose you are an archaeologist who discovers a great city hidden in the jungle for centuries. Or a police detective who finds the crucial clue that will unlock a stubbornly difficult case. Or a scientist who stumbles onto something so amaz­ing that it promises to revolutionize your field. There are few words to describe these moments—except perhaps astounding, extraordinary, and incredible!

The two disciples in today’s Gospel readin...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 5, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, April 6, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 

Holy Thursday

They shall eat its roasted flesh. (Exodus 12:8)

Have you ever wondered why the Israelites had to eat the meat from the Passover lamb they had sacri­ficed? They had already painted the blood of this lamb on their doorposts and lintels. They had already waited breathlessly for the angel of death to pass over them. And it worked. The blood kept them safe and saved them from bondage! So why did they have to take the next step and eat the lamb? Was it just a ceremonial p...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 4, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, April 5, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“My appointed time draws near.” (Matthew 26:18)

We are only two days away from Good Friday. Each year this bitter­sweet occasion moves us to focus on the injustice, humiliation, and the suffering that Jesus endured. At the same time, Jesus’ death can cause us to rejoice as we focus on all the blessings that flow from his cross.

When Jesus said that his appointed time was fast approach­ing, he was preparing his disciples for the sacrifice he was about to make for them—and ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for March 28, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, March 29, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“He … cast them into the white-hot furnace.” (Daniel 3:20)

If we just look at the basic story outline of this tale of Daniel and the fiery furnace, we could easily get lost in the excitement. Nebuchadnezzar is king of almost the entire known world. He commands everyone in his kingdom to worship his statue—and only three men refuse. They assert that only Yahweh, the God of Israel, is worthy of worship and adoration. Nebuchadnezzar has these three men thrown alive into a blaz...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for March 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“If anyone who has been bitten looks at it, he will recover.” (Numbers 21:8)

How wonderful is God’s plan! Centuries before the actual event, God foreshadowed his plan to save his people through the lifting up of his Son on the cross. He was also teaching his people that through repentance, faith, and trust they could be freed from the effects of their sin.

The Israelites had been traveling through the desert for many years; their children—who knew only a nomadic life—wer...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for March 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail.” (Ezekiel 47:12)

In a vision, the prophet Ezekiel saw a stream of water flowing from the Temple in Jerusalem through the Arabah and into the Dead Sea. The Arabah is a geological rift that encompasses the Sea of Galilee at its northern end, the Jordan River in the middle, and the Dead Sea in the south. In this vision, the water flowed into the Dead Sea with such abundance and vitality that it fresh­ened that whole body of stagn...


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Solemnity of St. Joseph: Model of Commitment in Faith and Hope

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, March 19, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
GLADE PARK, CO (Catholic Online) -- On the eve of the Solemnity of Joseph, Husband of Mary, the reading for Evening Prayer I of the Liturgy of the Hours -- the official prayer of the Church in which millions of Catholic faithful around the world unite together in the fellowship of koinonia and ecclesial prayer -- is taken from Colossians:

"Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being. Do it for the Lord rather than for men, since you know full well you will receive an inheritance fr...
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Our Daily Bread Meditation for March 19, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, March 19, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

St. Joseph

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him. (Matthew 1:24)

In a world where so many say, “My will be done,” St. Joseph is a refreshing example of one who said to God, “Thy will be done.” Like his faithful spouse, Mary, Joseph’s yes to God was of great importance in the divine plan. We are blessed that his life was yielded to doing God’s will, no matter what the cost to himself or his reputation.

Joseph’s holiness and obedience were...


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Daily Meditation for March 18, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“God, who is rich in mercy.” (Ephesians 2:4)

Heavenly Father, how great is your love! I am amazed at the depth of your mercy toward me. Your love is perfect and unchanging, and you never take your eyes off of me. You are all I need, for you sustain me with the bread of life and the cup of salvation. You are worthy of all praise and honor and glory!

From the very beginning, Father, your arms have always been open wide, ready to receive me whenever I return to you in repentance a...


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Daily Meditation for March 17, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, March 17, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“The one who humbles him­self will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14)

The Pharisee in this parable came to God with his hands full. He had gathered his fasting, tithing, and obe­dience to the Mosaic law and held them up to the Lord. “See Lord,” he said. “Look at all my goodness.” And God could see it. He couldn’t deny all that the Pharisee presented to him. But there was a problem. This man’s hands were full. He had no room for God’s mercy. Indeed, focused on his own good...


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Daily Meditation for March 16, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, March 17, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“I will love them freely.” (Hosea 14:5)

In Hosea’s time, more than seven centuries before Christ, the north­ern kingdom of Israel was locked in a power struggle with the Assyrian empire. For long years, Israel repeat­edly put its trust in political solutions and military alliances instead of trust­ing in God. Making matters worse, they also began to worship false gods, hoping that these idols would make them more prosperous. Thus, they broke their covenant with God and rem...


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Daily Meditation for March 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, March 15, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“They did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own coun­sels and the stubbornness of their evil hearts, and went backward and not for­ward.” (Jeremiah 7:24, RSV)

The Christian life is sometimes compared to a journey. On a journey, we are headed toward a destination, and we go forward to arrive there. But in this passage, speaking through the prophet Jeremiah, God talks about his people going backward and not forward. They were walking away from their destination...


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Daily Meditation for March 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, March 15, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. (Matthew 5:17)

Imagine being called upon to do something that seems overwhelm­ing, if not downright impossible. It can be quite intimidating to ponder how—or even if—you will do it. But thanks be to God, when you actually got into the project, you found that it wasn’t so hard after all. In fact, it actually became simple! Sometimes, the Christian life is that way.

Jesus lived under the Mosaic law, with its rich layers of observances...


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Daily Meditation for March 13, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“As many as seven times?” (Matthew 18:21)

Peter thought he was being quite generous. Forgiving someone seven times sure does seem like a lot, doesn’t it? The truth is, forgiving repeated offenses goes against our nature. Just look at Jesus’ parable of the unmerciful servant. He had just been forgiven a debt he could never repay, and even in the afterglow of such generosity, he couldn’t find it in himself to forgive a fellow servant a mere pittance.

Jesus ...


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Daily Meditation for March 11, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 11, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“He made a whip of cords and drove them all out of the temple area.” (John 2:15)

Today’s Gospel tells us that Jesus was angry. But just a little more than a week ago, we read how Jesus told us not to get angry. So, did Jesus commit a sin here? Did he lose his temper? Or is there a place for anger?

Maybe St. Paul can help out here. “Be angry,” he wrote, “but do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26). So there is a type of anger that isn’t sinful. In fact, there are times when ange...


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Daily Meditation for March 10, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 11, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“He became angry.” (Luke 15:28)

The prodigal has returned to a red-carpet welcome, and the older son is fuming. But what would he rather have happened to his younger brother?

Did he want to see the scoundrel suffer? To have the door slammed shut in his face? Maybe he hoped to see him humiliated in front of the whole village. Or might he have pre­ferred to hear that his brother had starved to death in a foreign land?

Such mean-spiritedness seems pretty extreme, doesn’t it? B...


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Daily Meditation for March 9, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, March 10, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” (Matthew 21:42)

When we think of cornerstones, we may think of noble figures like Abraham, David, or Jeremiah. We may think of heroic saints like Mother Teresa or John of the Cross. And, of course, we think of Jesus. All of these figures stand out in our imagination as people with almost superhuman talents, skills, and dedication to their causes. But sal­vation history is also filled with the stories of many peop...


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Daily Meditation for March 8, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, March 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“… Like a tree planted near streams of water.” (Psalm 1:3)

Spring may not be here yet, but today is still a good time to think about planting—not flowers and vegetables but yourself. Plant your­self near the river of life, the river that flows from the throne of God (Revelation 22:1). Send roots down deep into the rich soil of faith—soil that will produce life in you.

Do you want to know the best way to do this? Root yourself in the Scriptures. Spend time each day readin...


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Daily Meditation for March 7, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, March 8, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve.” (Matthew 20:28)

Talk about completely missing the point! Jesus lets the apostles in on the biggest news in history—that he was going to die and rise for all sin, and James and John have the nerve to respond by asking for places of honor and glory. It’s a wonder Jesus didn’t bang his head against the wall out of frustration! And the other apostles don’t come off much better. They were “indignant” all right, but ...


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Daily Meditation for March 6, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“You hate discipline; you cast my words behind you… . When you do these things, should I be silent?” (Psalm 50:17,21)

As teenagers, many of us turned a deaf ear to our parents’ advice, cast­ing their warnings behind us. But when we run into challenges down the road, we often find these pearls of wisdom echoing in our memory! “A person is known by the company he keeps.” “To have a friend, you must be a friend.” “Planned deceit is a lie.” “A stitch in time saves...


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Daily Meditation for March 5, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, March 5, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Be merciful.” (Luke 6:36)

Imagine going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and pouring out your heart in repentance, only to have the priest withhold absolution. This sounds absurd, since we know our sincere confession will result in for­giveness from God and his church. At the same time, we can’t expect God to forgive us if we aren’t will­ing to forgive other people. Jesus did tell us: “Forgive and you will be for­given” (Luke 6:37).

But how difficul...


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Daily Meditation for March 4, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 4, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

With these ten words, Paul begins to summarize the points he has been making so far in his Letter to the Romans. In fact, all of chapter 8 can be seen as a summary—a rousing, inspiring conclusion to the expla­nation of the gospel message Paul wrote about in chapters 1 through 7. So let’s take a look at some of these summary points.

First, Paul says that we are no less than beloved, adopted children of G...


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Daily Meditation for March 3, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, March 3, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“He makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45)

Hang on a minute! Isn’t that unfair? Why don’t the good and the just get special treatment? At the very least, the bad and the unjust should get the shorter end of the stick. If God is perfectly just, then shouldn’t that be the way things go? Well, not really. God’s justice encompasses something much more profound than a heavenly balance sheet....


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Byzantine Catholic Rosary

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, March 3, 2012, In : Byzantine Catholics 
Note: This is not urging Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Christians to ‘latinize’ (adopt customs from another Church when they didn’t use them before). However, the Rosary remains a part of us who have come from a tradition where it is common: a veritable school of prayer. For those of us, then, here is a version of this practice nicely adapted to the Byzantine tradition, based on a version devised by Ukrainian Catholic priests of the Basilian Order in the 1950s.
 
In the best Eastern tradi...

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The Rule of the Theotokos (Byzantine Rosary)

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, March 3, 2012, In : Byzantine Catholics 

The Rule of the Theotokos is the Marian Rosary in a form which is indigenous to the Byzantine East, especially the Russian Church. Here is a brief account of its history and significance: 

It is well known that Saint Seraphim of Sarov (1759 – 1833) prayed a form of the Rosary. Saint Seraphim’s Rule of the Theotokos consisted in one hundred and fifty repetitions of the Angelic Salutation, divided into fifteen decades. He said the Our Father only once at the be...

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Daily Meditation for March 2, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, March 3, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.” (Matthew 5:22)

Let’s face it. It’s hard not to get angry—even with those who are closest to us! And yet here Jesus is, telling us to resist sin and turn away from anger. And as difficult as it sounds, it does make sense. After all, our eternal destiny is heaven, where we will live in peace and unity with each other and Almighty God.

But we don’t have to wait until the Second Coming for unity to ...


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Daily Meditation for March 1, 2012

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“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.” (Matthew 7:12)

Most of us probably know this verse as “The Golden Rule.” But the Golden Rule did not originate with Christianity. The idea that we should treat others as we would want to be treated is found in the teachings of many religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. It’s even embraced by those who don’t hold any particular religious beliefs at all. It seems to be something that many under...


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Daily Meditation for February 29, 2012

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“The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time.” (Jonah 3:1)

Jonah wasn’t about to make the same mistake twice. After all, spend­ing a few nights in a fish’s gut can be very persuasive. With a little imagi­nation, you can picture him trudging off in the direction of Nineveh— still dripping with seawater, but now determined to follow the leading of God.

For Jonah, it took radical mea­sures to convince him to respond to God’s call. Let’s hope it doesn...


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Daily Meditation for February 28, 2012

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“If you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” (Matthew 6:15)

Someone causes you to be late for an important meeting. Someone accidentally dents your car while you are stopped at a traffic light. Your husband forgets your birthday. Your son talks back to you in a disrespect­ful manner. In situations like these, you might find it easy to forgive. After all, they are understandable, and no one was hurt too badly.

But what if yo...


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Daily Meditation for February 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, February 27, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Inherit the kingdom pre­pared for you.” (Matthew 25:34)

The sheep are puzzled. “What did we do to deserve such a won­derful thing as the kingdom?” they ask. “When did we ever see you hun­gry, thirsty, naked, sick, or in prison? When did we ever minister to your needs?” (Matthew 25:37-39).

Jesus’ answer is simple: “Do you remember all the times when you served the hungry? When you visited the sick in the hospital? When you donated to the food bank or...


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Daily Meditation for February 26, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 26, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“It is … an appeal to God for a clear conscience.” (1 Peter 3:21)

While St. Peter is describing the Sacrament of Baptism here, he could just as easily be talking about Reconciliation. For what could pos­sibly be a better way to experience a clean conscience than going to con­fession? When we confess our sins, we are forgiven—completely!

But as we all know, the real chal­lenge is keeping our consciences clear after we have received abso­lution. It’s one thi...


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Daily Meditation for February 25, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 26, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Follow me.” (Luke 5:27)

These two words changed every­thing for Levi, for Simon and Andrew, for Philip, for unnamed disciples—and for us. Jesus is not pleading or begging. He is inviting, earnestly and lovingly. Follow him, who is the way, the truth, and the life. Follow him, who is the light in the darkness, the spring of water that never fails, the One who promises to guide you always.

Follow me. Not because you’re par­ticularly good or talented or holy. A...


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Daily Meditation for February 23, 2012

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“If anyone wishest to come after me … ” (Luke 9:23)

Don’t you find it amazing that Jesus Christ, the all-holy Son of God, would give us, mere mortals, a choice? He won’t force us to follow him; he simply calls us and hopes we will respond.

But what is this choice? Is it a choice to live a life of continual suf­fering, of “taking up our cross” day after day by passively accept­ing whatever trials come our way? Not at all! The real choice is to fix our eye...


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Our Daily Bread for February 22, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

An Ordinary Man

Steve was just an ordinary guy. He quietly served in a church I attended years ago. He helped prepare communion, shoveled the church sidewalks in the winter, and mowed the lawn in the summer. He spent time with teenage boys who had no fathers in the home. I often heard him telling people at church in his quiet way how good the Lord was to him. During prayer meeting he didn’t talk much about himself but would ask us to pray for those he was telling about Jesus’ forgive...


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Our Daily Bread for February 21, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

Slacker?

While studying the book of Proverbs in my small-group Bible study, our leader suggested that we change the description of a lazy person from a sluggard to a slacker (6:6,9). Ah, now he was speaking my lingo. I immediately started thinking of all the people I consider to be slackers.

Like the men and women who fail to teach and discipline their children. Or that guy who refuses to help around the house. Or those teenagers who neglect their studies and play Internet games...


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First Week of the Great Fast

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Byzantine Catholics 

February 20-26, 2012

Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise Isaiah 1:15-20 - "When you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.

"Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, t...


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Our Daily Bread for February 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
The Remedy for Fear

In his first inaugural speech in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the newly elected president of the US, addressed a nation that was still reeling from the Great Depression. Hoping to ignite a more optimistic outlook regarding that economic crisis, he declared, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!”

Fear often shows up in our lives when we are at risk of losing something—our wealth, health, reputation, position, safety, family, friends. It reveals our inn...


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Our Daily Bread for February 19, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 19, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

A Word From the Lord

Noted preacher and theologian Helmut Thielicke (1908–1986) endured great opposition from the Nazi regime in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s. Yet he remained committed to proclaiming God’s presence and power in Jesus Christ during a difficult and perplexing time. Scholar Robert Smith said that as Thielicke addressed modern issues and problems in his sermons, “he sought to answer the question, ‘Is there any word from the Lord?’”

Isn’t that w...


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Our Daily Bread for February 18, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

Invite Questions

When I teach, I sometimes use the motto “Question Authority” to get the attention of my students. I am not inviting them to challenge my authority; I am encouraging them to ask me questions. Some education experts say that more learning takes place when teachers answer questions than when they impart information. By nature, we all place a higher value on what we want to know than on what someone wants to tell us.

There is, of course, a place for both types...


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Our Daily Bread for February 17, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

Side by Side

In my family scrapbook is a picture of my daughter at age 4 working next to me, using a toy hammer to repair the siding on the house. Side by side we worked that day; she imitated my every action, absolutely convinced that she too was fixing the house. Rarely have I enjoyed a chore more. In the picture, it’s obvious that she’s enjoying it too.

That photo reminds me that our children mimic most of what they see in us—words and deeds. They also form their imag...


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Our Daily Bread for February 16, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 17, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

Knocked Off Your Feet?

Because I’ve written many articles and a book about dealing with life’s losses, I have the privilege of being introduced to a number of fellow strugglers along life’s journey. One of my new friends is a mom whose 21-year-old daughter died suddenly in 2009, which sent her reeling. She told me, “I feel like an outcast from the normal world. I feel crushed and my soul is in so much pain.”

Indeed the losses that visit us can knock us off our feet—whether a ...


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Our Daily Bread for February 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

MORE, MORE, MORE

Now that my daughter is learning to talk, she has adopted a favorite word: more. She will say “more” and point to toast with jam. She held out her palm and said “More!” when my husband gave her some coins for her piggy bank. She even exclaimed, “More Daddy!” one morning after her father left for work.

Like my little one, many of us look around and call for “more.” Unfortunately, enough is never enough. We need the power of Christ to break the cycle so that w...


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Saint of the Day for February 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Valentine 

Feastday: February 14
Patron of Love, Young People, Happy Marriages
Died: 269

Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce his faith ineffectual, commanded him to be beaten with clubs, and afterwards, to be beheaded, which was executed on February 14, about the year 270....


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Our Daily Bread for February 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
Benefits Of Friendship

Cicero was one of the greatest thinkers of the Roman Empire. He was a skilled orator, lawyer, politician, linguist, and writer. Still today he is quoted for his clear prose and practical wisdom.

For instance, of having friends he wrote: “Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.” He understood the double benefits of friendship along life’s journey.

Nearly a millennium earlier, King Solomon had w...


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Saint of the Day for February 13, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Catherine de Ricci

 Feastday: February 13

St. Catherine was born in Florence in 1522. Her baptismal name was Alexandrina, but she took the name of Catherine upon entering religion. From her earliest infancy she manifested a great love of prayer, and in her sixth year, her father placed her in the convent of Monticelli in Florence, where her aunt, Louisa de Ricci, was a nun. After a brief return home, she entered the convent of the Dominican nuns at Prat in Tuscany, in her fourteenth ye...


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Our Daily Bread for February 13, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
Wings Like A Dove

David sighed, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest” (Ps. 55:6). As for me, I’d build a cabin in the Sawtooths, or take a permanent post in a fire-lookout tower. When life weighs on me, I too yearn to fly away and be at rest.

David wrote freely about his circumstances: Violence, oppression, and strife surrounded him on all sides, stirred up by the disloyalty of an old friend (55:8-14). Fear and terror, pain and trembling, anxiety and r...


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Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, February 13, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
THOUGHT: Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  
–Dorothy Bernard.  
 
Clarence Jordan tells of the day he approached his brother, Robert, an attorney, later a state senator and justice for the Georgia Supreme Court, and asked him as a fellow church member to join the cause of racial understanding.  “Clarence, I can’t do that. You know my political aspirations. Why, if I got involved, I might lose my job, my house, everything I’ve got.”  Clarence replied, “We might lose everythi...
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Our Daily Bread for February 12, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 12, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

Unanswered Prayer

The apostle Paul had one overriding desire: that fellow Jews would embrace the Messiah he had encountered. “I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart,” he said. “For I could wish that I myself were . . . cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers” (Rom. 9:2-3 NIV). Yet in city after city his fellow Jews rejected him and the Christ he preached.

In his most elegant letter, Paul set as his centerpiece (Rom. 9–11) a passionate passage in which he ...


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Our Daily Bread for February 11, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 12, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

A Covenant With My Eyes

Our friend is a computer “techie.” One night when our family was at his house, I noticed a verse taped to his monitor: “I have made a covenant with my eyes” (Job 31:1). Evidently, he understood the potential danger of spending hours alone in front of a computer with easy access to indecent images.

Our friend’s “reminder verse” is a quote from Job, and it continues, “Why then should I look upon a young woman?” Like many of us, Job had p...


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Our Daily Bread for February 10, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 11, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
FLAWED

A well-known actor commented that he enjoyed playing “flawed” characters in movies because people could relate better to an imperfect character. Most of us would agree that it’s easier for us to understand people who aren’t perfect because we know that we are imperfect.

God included stories in the Bible of people who were deceitful, weak, unreliable, and angry. Take Jacob, for example, who deceived his father so that he would receive a blessing (Gen. 27:1-29). Then there wa...


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Saint of the Day for February 8, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 9, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Josephine Bakhita (1868-1947)
When she was nine, Josephine was kidnapped by slave-traders. She was sold and resold for years until an Italian owner freed her. In Italy, she embraced the Faith and converted. A few years later, she became a nun. She was known for her gentle presence and her willingness to perform even the most menial tasks.

Reflections from the Saints

When a person loves another dearly, he desires strongly to be close to the other: therefore, why be afraid to die? Death br...

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Saint of the Day for February 4, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 4, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
St. Joseph of Leonissa (1556-1612)
Joseph was a Capuchin Franciscan missionary to Muslim lands. After being hung above a fire for three days, he escaped and returned home to Italy. There he helped establish hospitals, homeless shelters, and food banks, and ministered in prisons, to the poor, and the sick.

Reflections from the Saints

Every Christian must be a living book wherein one can read the teaching of the gospel.
– St. Joseph of Leonissa

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Saint of the Day for February 3, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 3, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Blaise (3rd century)
Blaise was a physician and bishop. After living in a cave for years, he was cast into prison by pagans. There, he miraculously cured a child who was choking, and ministered to his fellow prisoners. When he challenged the pagans to prove the power of their gods, he was beaten and beheaded.

Reflections from the Saints

Either make Jesus Christ known or die!
– Bl. Marie Rivier

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Saint of the Day for February 2, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 3, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

Saint of the Day

St. Cornelius (1st century)
Cornelius was a pagan centurion of the Roman army stationed at Caesarea. After listening to the preaching of the Apostle Peter, he asked him to baptize his entire family. He was the first known Gentile convert to Christianity, and the first bishop of Caesarea.

Reflections from the Saints

If I were worthy of such a favor from my God, I would ask that he grant me this one miracle: that by His grace He would make of me a good man.
– St. Ansgar

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 2, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 3, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

PERSEVERANCE AND THE PRESENTATION SPIRIT

"He came to the temple now, inspired by the Spirit." –Luke 2:27

"The Holy Spirit was upon" Simeon (Lk 2:25). He had long awaited the consolation of Israel and the coming of the Messiah (Lk 2:25-26). The Holy Spirit had even revealed to Simeon that he would personally see the Christ before he died (Lk 2:26).

The Holy Spirit also was upon Anna. Though Luke's Gospel doesn't explicitly link Anna and the Spirit, it calls her a prophetess (Lk 2:36). She...


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Saint of the Day for February 1, 2012

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St. Brigid of Ireland (453-523)
Brigid was a Christian slave and friend of St. Patrick. As a child, she frequently gave her owner's belongs to the poor. Her owner set her free just to rid himself of her. When her father then arranged for her marriage, she refused and fled to a bishop to make a vow of virginity. She started convents all over Ireland.

Reflections from the Saints

I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of c...

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 29, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 29, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

PROPHET-ABLE

"If a prophet presumes to speak in My name an oracle that I have not commanded him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, he shall die." –Deuteronomy 18:20

If prophets prophesy something God did not tell them to say, they shall die. This makes prophets feel like being quiet. However, if prophets "do not speak out to dissuade the wicked man from his way, he [the wicked man] shall die for his guilt, but [God] will hold [them] responsible for his death" (Ez 33:8). If we ...


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Saint of the Day for January 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 27, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Angela Merici (1474-1540)
At an early age, Angela was a Third-Order Franciscan. She founded two schools for the instruction of young girls in religion, and started the Ursuline Order.

Reflections from the Saints

Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.
– St. Angela Merici

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Saint of the Day for January 25, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 26, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Paul the Apostle (1st century)
Saul was a Jew who hated and persecuted the first Christians. Once, while travelling, he was thrown from his horse, blinded by a light, and given a message from Christ Himself. Profoundly affected by the experience, he converted to Christianity. He was baptized, changed his name to Paul, and began travelling and preaching. He wrote several letters now found in Sacred Scripture. After being imprisoned several times, he was beheaded in Rome.

Reflections from...


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Saint of the Day for January 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Francis was a Doctor of Law before becoming a priest. He later became a bishop. Famous for his sermons and writings, especially The Introduction to the Devout Life, his gentle ways won the hearts of many. He is a Doctor of the Church.

Reflections from the Saints

All of us can attain to Christian virtue and holiness, no matter in what condition of life we live and no matter what our life work may be.
– St. Francis de Sales

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

LET THEM TALK

"David, girt with a linen apron, came dancing before the Lord with abandon." –2 Samuel 6:14

A characteristic of David's life is that he gave himself to "the Lord with abandon" (2 Sm 6:14). David didn't hold back on giving to God, no matter what others said about him.

David was upset that Goliath was insulting God (1 Sm 17:26) and was determined to defend God's honor by fighting the giant. David's brothers "grew angry with David," insulting and belittling him (1 Sm 17:28). ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 23, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, January 23, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
CAN'T CANT

"David was told, 'You cannot enter here.' " –2 Samuel 5:6

Yesterday was the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion. This precipitated the development in the USA of what Pope John Paul II called the "culture of death." We are so entrenched in this culture of death, violence, and the degradation of the human person that it seems impossible to change the situation. We have been told we cannot stop Planned Parenthood, cannot change the "politicall...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 20, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

ARE YOU PRO-CHOICE?

David said: "I decided, 'I will not raise a hand against my lord, for he is the Lord's anointed.' " –1 Samuel 24:11

David spared Saul's life when he had a perfect chance to kill his tormentor. David was a seasoned warrior who had killed many opponents (e.g. see 1 Sm 23:5; 30:17ff). The only reason he held back his hand was because Saul carried the anointing of leadership from God. Saul had been chosen by God (1 Sm 10:1).

Jesus "summoned the men He Himself had decided...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 19, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 20, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

TRUE HUMILITY IS GLADNESS

"Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, for he thought: 'They give David ten thousands, but only thousands to me.' " –1 Samuel 18:8

King Saul won a great victory in battle through the catalyst of young David's courageous defeat of the fierce Goliath. When the cheerleaders greeted the victors with the fight song, Saul was given opening honors and credit for thousands (1 Sm 18:7). Because of his pride, however, all Saul could focus on was that David receive...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 18, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 19, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

"THE SWORD IN THE STONE"

"Blessed be the Lord, my Rock, Who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war." –Psalm 144:1

David killed the giant Goliath with a stone and a sword (1 Sm 17:49, 51). Jesus is "the Stone Which the builders rejected" and "the Keystone of the structure" (Mt 21:42; Ps 118:22). The Holy Spirit, working through the Word of God and prayer (Eph 6:17-18), is the Sword. We will be victorious over giants – such as Planned Parenthood, secular humanism, materialism, rac...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 17, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

"A LIVING SACRIFICE" (Rm 12:1)

"I have come to sacrifice to the Lord." –1 Samuel 16:5

Sacrifice is defined as "a giving up of something for the sake of something or someone else." We Catholics are used to making sacrifices, but do we make our whole life "a living sacrifice," as Jesus would have us do? (Rm 12:1) We can do so by:

  • participating frequently in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, fully aware that we are sacrificially giving our all to Jesus,
  • attending Mass to give back to the...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 16, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

RUNNING A RED LIGHT

"Samuel said to Saul: 'Stop!' " –1 Samuel 15:16

As we begin a new year, the Lord may be saying to us what He said to Saul. He may be saying: "Stop!" The Lord told Saul to stop disobeying Him, stop deceiving himself, and stop hating himself (1 Sm 15:17ff). However, Saul went right through the stop sign. He attempted murder, became involved in the occult, and finally crashed by committing suicide.

Will we go through a stop sign as Saul did? Will we run a red light tell...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, January 16, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

THE SLEEPING GIANT

"Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the Lord where the ark of God was." –1 Samuel 3:3

When Samuel was a child, God's people were spiritually asleep. Their leaders were weak, fat (1 Sm 4:18), lustful (1 Sm 2:22), greedy (1 Sm 2:14ff), and almost blind (1 Sm 3:2). "A revelation of the Lord was uncommon and vision infrequent" (1 Sm 3:1). When God would move and someone occasionally woke up, they were told to go back to sleep (1 Sm 3:6).

The Church, God's people in our ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 13, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, January 14, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

ONE MORE WAY TO REJECT GOD

"He prayed to the Lord, however, Who said in answer: 'Grant the people's every request. It is not you they reject, they are rejecting Me as their King.' " –1 Samuel 8:6-7

The Lord is very concerned about the structures in which we live. He made us to live in certain interconnected ways. So, if we make any unauthorized changes, the whole system gets messed up. For example, the chosen people were called to be a loose federation of tribes with God as their King. Ho...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 12, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 12, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

THE AGONY OF DEFEAT

"It was a disastrous defeat." –1 Samuel 4:10

I've been gazing at a statue of the Pieta. Mary has just suffered a disastrous loss. Before her very eyes, her Son Jesus was brutally tortured and crucified. She stood near His cross (Jn 19:25), pierced with a sword of sorrow (Lk 2:35) far more painful than any spear. Now she is holding the body of her Son, looking heavenward in a gaze of docility tinged with unspeakable suffering. Though Mary suffered a disastrous loss, she...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 10, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

P.U.I.

"In her bitterness she prayed to the Lord, weeping copiously." –1 Samuel 1:10

Hannah was having a bad day. In fact, she was having several bad years. She wept in her bitterness and misery (1 Sm 1:10-11). Even Hannah's prayer became a problem. Eli the priest misunderstood her condition and accused her of Praying "while Under the Influence" of alcohol (see 1 Sm 1:14). Everything seemed to be going wrong for Hannah, but the Lord changed her barrenness into fruitfulness, her weeping in...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 8, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, January 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

WHEN THE STAR FADES...

"We observed His star at its rising..." –Matthew 2:2

In their homeland, the Magi saw a great star at its rising. Greatly impressed, they set out on their journey to follow the star to greet the newborn King at Whom they believed the star pointed. After they had traveled for a time, they could no longer see the star. They were past the point of no return, and were not sure where God was now leading them. But the Magi did not give up on God's leading; they did not qui...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 1, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 1, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

PEACEMAKING

"The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!" –Numbers 6:24-26

For almost fifty years, the popes have been calling us to devote this first day of the year to praying for peace and justice. Few Catholics have listened to the popes, and we have reaped the wages of our disobedience in war and death (see Rm 6:23).

May this New Year's Day be new. May we obey and be peacemakers (se...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 31, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE PAIN AND PROMISE OF FAMILY

"The Child's father and mother were marveling at what was being said about Him." –Luke 2:33

Many people idealize the Holy Family. Because Jesus is God, Mary is immaculate, and Joseph is holy, their family relationships must have been almost perfect. However, that's not the picture the Bible gives us of the Holy Family. The only scene from Jesus' childhood that we are told about is when Mary and Joseph lost Jesus for three days. You can imagine the peasant co...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 29, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 30, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

CHRISTMAS AND DEATH

"It was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not experience death until he had seen the Anointed of the Lord." –Luke 2:26

At Christmas we remember loved ones who have died. These memories may be painful, but we can't help remembering. At Christmas we can experience accelerated growth in our relationship with the Lord. Because of our love for Him, the sting of death can be taken out of our lives (1 Cor 15:55). We no longer dread the memories of past Christma...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

HERODS CAN BECOME "HOLY INNOCENTS"

"...Rachel bewailing her children; no comfort for her, since they are no more." –Matthew 2:18

Why does the Lord permit evil? Why did He allow "the massacre of all the boys two years old and under in Bethlehem and its environs"? (Mt 2:16) One explanation is that He loves the Herods of the world so much and wants to save them all (see 1 Tm 2:4). The suffering of these innocents is the most powerful means in God's plan of salvation for changing the most har...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 27, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD" (Jn 1:1)

"When they hand you over, do not worry about what you will say or how you will say it. When the hour comes, you will be given what you are to say." –Matthew 10:19

Christmas is a celebration of God's Word. On the first day of Christmas, the Church proclaims twelve readings at the various liturgies of the Christmas Masses. On the second day of Christmas we remember St. Stephen, who preached God's Word so powerfully he became the first martyr, and who...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 25, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

'TWAS THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS

"Zechariah his father, filled with the Holy Spirit, uttered this prophecy: 'Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel because He has visited and ransomed His people.' " –Luke 1:67-68

Today may literally be one of the most important days of your life. This is Christmas Eve. The Lord in His love has planned this day for you before He created the world. Today you may be on the threshold of the fulfillment of ancient prophecies in your life. Today is probably a very...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

A DUMB CHRISTMAS?

"At that moment his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God." –Luke 1:64

Are you spiritually dumb? This Christmas, will you talk about your love for Jesus freely and openly? Or are you tongue-tied like Zechariah?

Zechariah's tongue was loosed to praise the Lord when he obeyed the archangel Gabriel by naming his son "John" (Lk 1:63). If you want your tongue loosed, go back to a point in your life where you disobeyed the Lord. You m...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 22, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 22, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

FAITH-PRAISING

"My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds joy in God my Savior." –Luke 1:46-47

Mary's Magnificat (Lk 1:46-55) should be compared with the songs of praise by Hannah (1 Sm 2:1-10) and Zechariah (Lk 1:68-79). While Mary's prophetic praises stand out in many ways, the greatest difference is in their contexts. Hannah praised the Lord at the presentation of Samuel. She had been through the shame of barrenness (1 Sm 1:7). The birth of Samuel had changed all th...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

A COMMON FAITH?

"But now you will be mute – unable to speak – until the day these things take place, because you have not trusted my words. They will all come true in due season." –Luke 1:20

Both Manoah and Zechariah had wives who were "barren and had borne no children" (Jgs 13:2; Lk 1:7). In a message from an angel, God promised each of these men that he would miraculously become a father of a son (Jgs 13:7; Lk 1:13). God also revealed to these men that their sons would be lifelong n...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 18, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, December 19, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"MAN-IFESTED" (Rm 16:26)

"The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you." –Luke 1:35

King David wanted to build a temple for God so the Lord could have a house on earth in which to dwell (2 Sm 7:2ff). God told King David that He never asked for a house on earth (2 Sm 7:7), and besides, no house or temple on earth could contain Him anyway (see 1 Kgs 8:27). In fact, the earth isn't big enough to hold even the books which would have to be written about...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 17, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 17, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

PROPHET-ABLE

"Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary. It was of her that Jesus Who is called the Messiah was born." –Matthew 1:16

The coming of Jesus the Messiah was the fulfillment of hundreds of prophecies over hundreds of years. For example, it was prophesied centuries before Christ that the Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah and the line of David. The coming of Jesus into the world this Christmas is also preceded by prophecy.

We find many "dry bones" in this worl...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 15, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

DON'T RUIN GOD'S PLANS FOR CHRISTMAS

"The Pharisees and the lawyers, on the other hand, by failing to receive his baptism defeated God's plan in their regard." –Luke 7:30

God is all-powerful and all-loving. He wills to love us with an everlasting love (see Jer 31:3). However, God has given us the freedom to defeat His plan in our regard. We can deprive ourselves from receiving God's love by refusing to be baptized in, that is, immersed in repentance (Lk 7:30).

This Christmas season, the...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 13, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

"But afterward he regretted it and went." –Matthew 21:30

We're halfway through Advent and some of us have not even started to prepare the way of the Lord. About two weeks ago, when the Spirit asked us to watch and pray, to fast and give alms, to repent and believe, many refused and said: "No, I will not" (Mt 21:30). Some are beginning to realize they made a terrible mistake and are regretting these past two weeks.

Repent! The Lord is merciful. Decide to enter into...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 12, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, December 12, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE CONQUERING QUEEN-MOTHER

"Blest are you among women and blest is the Fruit of your womb. But who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" –Luke 1:42-43

The title "Guadalupe" is probably a misunderstanding of the Indian word, "Tecoatlaxope," meaning: "she will crush the serpent of stone." This is a prophetic revelation that Mary is "a great sign...a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars" (Rv 12:1). Mary leads all Chr...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 10, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 10, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

PREPARING TO PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS

"Elijah has already come, but they did not recognize him." –Matthew 17:12

The prophetic ministry of Elijah prepared the way for John the Baptizer's prophetic ministry. John prophesied "in the spirit and power of Elijah" (Lk 1:17). Jesus even stated that John "is Elijah" (Mt 11:14). Elijah prepared the way for John, who came to "prepare the way of the Lord" (Mt 3:3).

God prepared the way for His Son's coming for centuries. He sent prophet after prophet....


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 8, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 9, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

WOMAN-LIBERATION

"The woman answered, 'The serpent tricked me into it.' " –Genesis 3:13

In the wake of the first sin, on the worst day in history, the Lord said to the serpent: "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel" (Gn 3:15). God's curse of the serpent is a promise of mercy for us. The woman and the snake will hate each other and be at war. The offspring of the woman will have a decided...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 5, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

SPECIAL EFFECTS

"We have seen incredible things today!" –Luke 5:26

Our society, and our human nature, is fascinated with the sensational. Movie and TV producers understand this, and so they frequently substitute special effects for substance and quality content, knowing that sensationalism attracts people.

The Lord, on the other hand, Whose ways are so high above our ways (Is 55:8-9), focuses on internals rather than on the outward appearance (1 Sm 16:7). He knows that the most spectacu...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 3, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 4, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE LOVE CONNECTION

Jesus "proclaimed the Good News of God's reign, and He cured every sickness and disease. At the sight of the crowds, His heart was moved with pity." –Matthew 9:35-36

In a world of bad news, God's Word is Good News. In His Word today, the Lord promises to answer our prayers, provide all our needs, give us clear direction, make us fruitful, be our light, and heal our wounds (Is 30:19-21, 25-26). The Lord loves us and expresses His love in many personal and practical ways...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 2, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 3, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

LET'S OBEY GOD IN DETAIL

"Jesus warned them sternly, 'See to it that no one knows of this.' But they went off and spread word of Him through the whole area." –Matthew 9:30-31

Jesus healed two blind men, and "warned them sternly" not to let this healing be known (Mt 9:30). It wasn't yet the right time in God's plan to spread the news of Jesus' works. The groundwork for revealing Jesus' identity hadn't yet been fully laid, and without the foundation, misunderstanding could result. Nonethele...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 1, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 2, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

HARD ROCK

"Anyone who hears My words and puts them into practice is like the wise man who built his house on rock." –Matthew 7:24

On this fifth day of Advent, the Church reads to us about "a strong city" (Is 26:1), "a nation of firm purpose" (Is 26:3), and a house "solidly set on rock" (Mt 7:25). God's Word is calling us to be strong, firm, and solid by building our lives on obedience to the Lord, the "eternal Rock" (Is 26:4). If we are totally committed to Jesus and obey His Word, our li...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 1, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

FISH STORY

"Come after Me and I will make you fishers of men." –Matthew 4:19

After Andrew met Jesus, "the first thing he did was seek out his brother Simon and tell him, 'We have found the Messiah!' " (Jn 1:41) With his first cast, Andrew caught not just a man but the fisher of men and women, Simon Peter. Andrew, on his first try at evangelism, caught the man who would later catch three thousand on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41). Moreover, that was just the beginning. Because of this ex...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 29, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE TRUE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

"Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit." –Luke 10:21

God's plan, including His plan for Christmas, is hidden from the learned and the clever, and revealed to the merest children (Lk 10:21). This does not mean that Christmas is for kids. "Merest children" are not people young in age; they are adults who completely depend on the Lord and have become "merest children" by the Spirit (see Mt 18:3). Thus, Christmas is neither for kids nor adults, but for people of any age ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 27, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

HAPPY OLD YEAR!

"I, Daniel, found my spirit anguished within its sheath of flesh, and I was terrified by the visions of my mind." –Daniel 7:15

Today is the last day of the Church year. As we look back over the year or years, we may be confused and even disappointed. The writer of the book of Daniel assures us that the Lord knows beforehand all that has happened or will happen (Dn 7:16). The Lord is in control. Out of respect for our freedom and in His infinite wisdom, He allows things...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 26, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE MAN AND THE BEASTS

"As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a Son of Man coming, on the clouds of heaven." –Daniel 7:13

The writer of the book of Daniel apparently believed that history is not so much human as beastly. Our rulers have been like lions, bears, leopards, or monsters (see Dn 7:3ff). In their power, they were often inhuman. Of course, all governments give the impression of being human, but they don't always act that way (see Dn 7:8). Their behavior shouts...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, November 25, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THANK YOU, JESUS

"May your God, Whom you serve so constantly, save you." –Daniel 6:17

Daniel and Jesus shared several striking things in common. They both were arrested, convicted, and given the death sentence. King Darius unsuccessfully worked to free Daniel (Dn 6:15), while Pontius Pilate was equally unsuccessful in freeing Jesus. Daniel was thrown into a den of lions, and the stone blocking the opening of the den was sealed (Dn 6:18). The stone blocking Jesus' tomb was also sealed (Mt ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 24, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL"

"Suddenly, opposite the lampstand, the fingers of a human hand appeared, writing on the plaster of the wall in the king's palace." –Daniel 5:5

"King Belshazzar gave a great banquet" (Dn 5:1). At this banquet, a hand wrote on the wall. This hand was not part of a body, but was just floating in space. Tomorrow, most of us in the United States will also have a banquet: Thanksgiving dinner. Very likely there will be "handwriting on the wall." For instance, after ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 22, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

INSECURE?

"The great God has revealed to the king what shall be in the future." –Daniel 2:45

The gold Babylonian, silver Median, bronze Persian, and iron Hellenistic kingdoms have crumbled (Dn 2:36ff). The great Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed with not one stone left on another (Lk 21:6). The U.S.A. is a young country which may not grow old. "The world as we know it is passing away" (1 Cor 7:31). "The heavens will vanish with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire" (2 Pt 3:10). ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 21, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

NO-KNOW?

"In any question of wisdom or prudence which the king put to them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his kingdom." –Daniel 1:20

We all need to know things which are humanly impossible to know. We need to know things about the future and about our hearts and those of others. Otherwise, we will make very poor decisions in marriage, work, parenting, ministry, finances, etc. Yet, we can't know the future or the hearts of people (Jer 17:9).

Many...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 20, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, November 21, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

RIGHT

Jesus "will sit upon His royal throne, and all the nations will be assembled before Him. Then He will separate them into two groups." –Matthew 25:31-32

When Christ the King returns in glory at the end of the world and on Judgment Day, we will hear King Jesus say to us one of the following two statements (Mt 25:31). Those whom King Jesus has placed at His right hand will hear the words: "Come. You have My Father's blessing! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of th...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 20, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

YOURDEATH

"All seven died." –Luke 20:31

How will you die? Will it be at your home or at a nursing home? Will you die suddenly or slowly? Will you die in pain or in peace or in both? Will you die alone or surrounded by family and friends? Will you live to see Jesus' Second Coming and thereby not die?

These are good questions. A more important question, however, is: "Will we die as sons and daughters of the resurrection?" (see Lk 20:36) Or will we die in sin (Jn 8:21, 24), spiritually bli...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 18, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 19, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

"Judas and his brothers and the entire congregation of Israel decreed that the days of the dedication of the altar should be observed with joy and gladness on the anniversary." –1 Maccabees 4:59

We remember anniversaries of both good and bad events. The Maccabees celebrated "the anniversary of the day on which the Gentiles had defiled" the Temple (1 Mc 4:54). "On that very day it was reconsecrated with songs, harps, flutes, and cymbals. All the people prostrated themsel...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 17, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, November 18, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE COST OF FAITHFULNESS

"Mattathias answered in a loud voice...'We will not obey the words of the king nor depart from our religion in the slightest degree.' " –1 Maccabees 2:19, 22

Mattathias would not be manipulated or intimidated into compromising his faith. He refused to be a hypocrite and a phony. He refused to be lukewarm and sickening to God (Rv 3:16). For Mattathias to be uncompromised and faithful, he had to flee "to the mountains with his sons, leaving behind in the city ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 16, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 17, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

REAL FAITH

"Seven brothers with their mother were arrested and tortured with whips and scourges by the king." –2 Maccabees 7:1

The members of this family were maimed, scalped, amputated, fried, and murdered one by one while the remaining family members were forced to watch. This family's courage was supernatural. The basis of their courage was faith in God, our Creator and our Resurrection. At his death, the second brother said: "You are depriving us of this present life, but the Kin...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

TREED?

"He first ran on in front, then climbed a sycamore tree which was along Jesus' route, in order to see Him." –Luke 19:4

The world is full of Zacchaeuses: people not so much small of stature (Lk 19:3) as small of heart. We are surrounded by petty, mean-spirited, little people. We are sometimes that way ourselves. We need to see Jesus to become big-hearted, great-souled men and women of God.

Like Zacchaeus, we need a tree to climb so we can see Jesus. We are too petty to see over...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 14, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"I WANT TO SEE"

"Jesus asked him, 'What do you want Me to do for you?' 'Lord,' he answered, 'I want to see.' " –Luke 18:40-41

Spiritual blindness may be more common in our Western culture than spiritual sight. So many have been blinded by secular humanism, "the god of the present age" (2 Cor 4:4). If we are not totally blinded to our condition, we will cry out: "Jesus, Son of David, have pity" on us (Lk 18:38). No matter if we are as blind as the self-righteous Pharisee (Lk 18:9ff), ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 13, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 13, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

USE OR LOSE

"His master said to him, 'Well done! You are an industrious and reliable servant. Since you were dependable in a small matter I will put you in charge of larger affairs. Come, share your master's joy!' " –Matthew 25:21

The Lord expects us to be good stewards not only of the money He has given us, but also of our time, talents, spiritual gifts, and graces. Our greatest responsibility as stewards is to be "servants of Christ and administrators of the mysteries of God" (1 C...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 12, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 12, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE WORD ON DELAY

"Will He delay long over them, do you suppose?" –Luke 18:7

Because the Lord is outside of time, His perspective on timing is far different than ours (see 2 Pt 3:8; Is 55:8-9). In our humanity, we might "consider it 'delay' " on God's part (2 Pt 3:9) when it seems He's doing nothing. However, if God seems to be moving slowly or not at all, it's because He is showing "generous patience" (2 Pt 3:9) either to us or for the sake of others. If He "delays, wait for" Him (H...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 10, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 10, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"ALWAYS PREPARED"

"Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the reign of God would come, [Jesus] replied..." –Luke 17:20

At the end of the world, there will be terrible suffering. Jesus said: "A time will come when you will long to see one day of the Son of Man but will not see it" (Lk 17:22). "Those times will be more distressful than any between God's work of creation and now" (Mk 13:19).

At the end of the world, many will be confused. "They will tell you He is to be found in this p...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 6, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 6, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

LIFE AFTER DEATH

"We would have you be clear about those who sleep in death, brothers." –1 Thessalonians 4:13

We can become clear on life after death by listening to the Church. It has listened to the Spirit, prayed over the Bible, and will give us a clear understanding of life after death.

When we die, we are judged and our spirits immediately go to heaven, hell, or purgatory. Heaven is God's home where we perpetually worship the Holy Trinity, see Jesus face to face, and share pe...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 5, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 5, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

BIG THINGS AND LITTLE THINGS

"If you can trust a man in little things, you can also trust him in greater; while anyone unjust in a slight matter is also unjust in greater." –Luke 16:10

Priscilla and Aquila literally "risked their necks" for the sake of St. Paul and the Gospel (see Rm 16:3-4, RSV-CE). This is no exaggeration; Paul was martyred when Roman soldiers severed his neck. Risking thousands of dollars is a little thing in comparison to risking your life for the Gospel. Paul...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 1, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

HOLINESS,THE HOLY SPIRIT,AND THE HOLY FATHER

"Who are these people all dressed in white? And where have they come from?" –Revelation 7:13

Some of the most important questions in life are: "Will I grow in holiness, go to heaven, and see Jesus face to face?" (see 1 Jn 3:2) "Will I be at the everlasting family reunion in heaven?" "How do I become holy and go to heaven with all the holy ones?"

The Church teaches that we become holy by living the Beatitudes. This comes as quite a shock ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 31, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, October 31, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

A CHRISTIANITY THAT DOESN'T PAY

"No, when you have a reception, invite beggars and the crippled, the lame and the blind. You should be pleased that they cannot repay you." –Luke 14:13-14

How many begging, crippled, lame, or blind people have you had over for supper lately? Most people would probably answer: very few or none. Most Christians in Western culture don't take Jesus' command literally. However, considering the historical and Biblical context of this passage, it is very l...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, October 30, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE MESSAGE, NOT THE MESSENGER

"We thank God constantly that in receiving His message from us you took it, not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God." –1 Thessalonians 2:13

As a teenager, I attended daily Masses said by Father O'Hare (not his real name). His style rubbed me the wrong way; it was hard for me to concentrate on his homilies. God used him to teach me to concentrate on the message, not the messenger (1 Thes 2:13). Here are some words of God from vario...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, October 29, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"A CHOSEN RACE" (1 Pt 2:9)

"He called His disciples and selected twelve of them to be His apostles." –Luke 6:13

Jesus called a number of disciples together and chose twelve of them to be His apostles (Lk 6:13), the ones He would specially form and mold to be the foundation of His Church (Eph 2:20; Rv 21:14). The entire basis for the Church rests on the fact that Jesus selected some for special leadership. This means that the Church is not a democracy, nor did Jesus intend for it to...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, October 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

A "WHOLE" IN MY HEART

"You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart." –Matthew 22:37

We disciples are called to holiness. We are also called to "whole-liness." We are to love God with our whole heart, our whole soul, and our whole mind (Mt 22:37).

It all begins with God's love for us. "The love of God [is] poured out in our hearts" (Rm 5:5). God's poured-out love fills our hearts with love for Him and for others (Mt 22:37). So "we, for our part, love because He first love...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 22, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, October 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

I'M EXHAUSTED FOR HIM

"Why should it exhaust the soil?" –Luke 13:7, RNAB

Most plants pull nutrients out of the soil. Repeated growing of certain crops can literally exhaust the soil over a period of time (see Lk 13:7, RNAB). Every few years, farmers rotate a crop of leguminous plants, which replenish the soil with nutrients, to make the soil more fertile.

Jesus calls us to be good soil, bearing thirty-, sixty-, or a hundredfold for Him (Mk 4:20). Part of being good soil for Jesus ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 21, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, October 22, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

SETTLERS

"When you are going with your opponent to appear before a magistrate, try to settle with him on the way." –Luke 12:58

If we can know the time when it will rain or get hot, we can know the time to settle with our opponent (Lk 12:54-58). The verses which immediately follow this passage indicate that we settle with our opponent by repenting of not bearing fruit, that is, of not leading people to Jesus (Lk 13:3, 5, 6). We either repent of not leading people to Christ or be han...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 20, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, October 21, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

DIVIDE AND CONQUER

"I have come for division." –Luke 12:51

Jesus came to divide families, "three against two and two against three" (Lk 12:52). These divisions are tragic because they are due to the refusal by family members to give their lives to Jesus and love Him.

However, divisions are not all bad. "There may even have to be factions among you for the tried and true to stand out clearly" (1 Cor 11:19). Through divisions, those who are lukewarm in their faith turn cold. And Jes...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, October 20, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

NO LIMITS

"More will be asked of a man to whom more has been entrusted." –Luke 12:48

Jesus has come that we might have abundant life, life to the full (Jn 10:10). He plans to fill our cup to overflowing (Ps 23:5) and lavish the Holy Spirit upon us without measure (Jn 3:34; Ti 3:6), just as He changed water into a huge amount of wine (Jn 2:6ff). God will open the floodgates of heaven to bless us with a superabundance if we obey Him in generous trust (see Mal 3:10).

In view of God's ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 17, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

DAILY BREAD IS DAILY LOVE

"Then I will say to myself: You have blessings in reserve for years to come. Relax! Eat heartily, drink well. Enjoy yourself." –Luke 12:19

Jesus didn't encourage the man who had "blessings in reserve for years to come" (Lk 12:19). Instead, He called him a fool (Lk 12:20). Jesus usually calls us to live from "day to day." He taught us to pray: "Give us today our daily bread" (Mt 6:11). Similarly, after the Exodus the Lord commanded His people not to save th...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 16, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

G.P.

"Grace and peace be yours." –1 Thessalonians 1:1

Paul almost always began his letters by wishing the churches "grace and peace." Grace is the presence and power of God. We need grace because we cannot live for Christ by our natural power. We need God's supernatural power. We accept grace because we have faith in the God of grace, because we have a personal relationship with Him.

Peace in the Bible is not what our culture means by peace. Many people consider peace to be a sens...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, October 16, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 15

First: Romans 4:13,16-18
Resp: Psalm 105:6-9,42-43
Gospel: Luke 12:8-12

FAITH-FULL

"All depends on faith, everything is grace." –Romans 4:16

Because all depends on faith, we pray: "Lord, 'increase our faith' " (Lk 17:5). However, Jesus wondered if He would find any faith on the earth when He would return (Lk 18:8). We must either move mountains by faith or be moved and manipulated by the forces of the mass apostasy preceding Jesus' s...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 14, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, October 15, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 
Mass Readings: October 14
First: Romans 4:1-8
Resp: Psalm 32:1-2,5,11
Gospel: Luke 12:1-7

KNOW JESUS; NO FEAR

"Fear nothing, then." –Luke 12:7

Three-hundred and sixty-five times, once for each day of the year, the Lord commands us in the Bible: "Do not be afraid" (Lk 12:4). Pope John Paul II repeatedly proclaimed, prayed, and prophesied: "Do not be afraid." Although Satan tries to use fear to manipulate and even to enslave us (Heb 2:15), we can overcome the t...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 13, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, October 14, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 13

First: Romans 3:21-30
Resp: Psalm 130:1-6
Gospel: Luke 11:47-54

JUST NOW

"He did so to manifest His own justice." –Romans 3:25

"Just yesterday, I was just just, just as he was." The preceding sentence contains grammatically correct English. It shows the many usages of the word "just." The sentence can be more clearly stated: "As recently as yesterday, I was merely fair, exactly as he was." The English word "just" is just plain confus...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 12, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, October 13, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 12

First: Romans 2:1-11
Resp: Psalm 62:2-3,6-7,9
Gospel: Luke 11:42-46

DOCILITY, NOT HOSTILITY

"Teacher, in speaking this way You insult us too!" –Luke 11:45

Jesus speaks strongly of lifestyle changes in today's Gospel reading. He gives the Pharisees and lawyers a direct warning of the consequences of their hypocrisy and pride (Lk 11:42ff). The lawyers disregarded Jesus' loving and expert warning and claimed He was insulting them (Lk 11...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 10, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 10

First: Romans 1:1-7
Resp: Psalm 98:1-4
Gospel: Luke 11:29-32

STRIVE FOR HOLINESS (Heb 12:14)

"...called to holiness..." –Romans 1:7

We are "called to holiness" (Rm 1:7). The secular culture cherishes the idea that holiness restricts our desires, implying that holy people are not free to do what they "really" want. However, "God has not called us to immorality but to holiness" (1 Thes 4:7). Only the holy "live in freedom – but not a...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 9, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, October 10, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 9

First: Isaiah 25:6-10
Resp: Psalm 23:1-6
Second: Philippians 4:12-14,19-20
Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14

THE ULTIMATE FINANCIAL SECURITY

"My God in turn will supply your needs fully, in a way worthy of His magnificent riches in Christ Jesus." –Philippians 4:19

The Philippians had contributed financially to Paul's ministry on several occasions. Paul called their financial contributions a kindness (Phil 4:14), a share in his hardships (Phil 4:1...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 8, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, October 9, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 8

First: Joel 4:12-21
Resp: Psalm 97:1-2,5-6,11-12
Gospel: Luke 11:27-28

BLEST

" 'Rather,' He replied, 'blest are they who hear the word of God and keep it.' " –Luke 11:28

Because you are hearing and living God's Word, you are more blest than Mary was in being the physical mother of God. However, this does not mean you are more blest than Mary. Mary is blest among women (Lk 1:28, 42) and called blest by all ages (Lk 1:48) not primarily b...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 7, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, October 7, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 7

First: Acts 1:12-14
Resp: Luke 1:46-55
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38

RE-POSSESS THE RE-POSSESSED

"When an unclean spirit has gone out of a man, it wanders through arid wastes searching for a resting-place; failing to find one, it says, 'I will go back to where I came from.' " –Luke 11:24

Pope John Paul II seemed to be preoccupied with what he called the "new evangelization." This means leading to Christ the people of formerly Christian countri...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 6, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, October 7, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 6

First: Malachi 3:13-20
Resp: Psalm 1:1-4,6
Gospel: Luke 11:5-13

SELF-CLEANING OVEN

"Then you will again see the distinction between the just and the wicked; between him who serves God and him who does not serve Him." –Malachi 3:18

In the prophet Malachi's time, prosperity was considered a sign of divine approval. Malachi lamented that evildoers prospered at the expense of those who were just. Malachi wondered why God would bless evil...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 5, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, October 6, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 5

First: Jonah 4:1-11
Resp: Psalm 86:3-6,9-10
Gospel: Luke 11:1-4

WORMING OUR WAY OUT

"I would be better off dead than alive." –Jonah 4:8

Jonah was so despondent that he became suicidal because 120,000 Ninevites repented and were spared destruction. Jonah wanted them to get what they deserved.

The next thing that made Jonah despondent was a worm. He seemed to be more upset by the worm than by spending three days in a fish's belly. He wa...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 4, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 4

First: Sirach 50:1,3-4,6-7
Resp: Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-8,11
Second: Galatians 6:14-18
Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30

BETTERING YOURSELF

"Mary has chosen the better portion and she shall not be deprived of it." –Luke 10:42

In yesterday's Scripture reading, Jesus told us to be good neighbors like the Samaritan who gave hands-on service to the beaten man whom he found on the road (Lk 10:33-36). In today's reading, we meet another good neighbor, Mart...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 3, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 3

First: Jonah 1:1-2:2,11
Resp: Jonah 2:3-5,8
Gospel: Luke 10:25-37

LISTENING TO EVERYBODY BUT...

"This is the word of the Lord that came to Jonah." –Jonah 1:1

Jonah is both strikingly similar and dissimilar to Jesus. Jonah and Jesus are the only two people in the Bible who fell asleep in a boat during a storm (Jon 1:5). Jonah's storm was stopped by "sacrificing" him, throwing him overboard (see Jon 1:14-15). By Jesus' sacrificial death...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 2, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, October 3, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 2

First: Isaiah 5:1-7
Resp: Psalm 80:9,12-16,19-20
Second: Philippians 4:6-9
Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43

REJECTED!

"The Stone Which the builders rejected has become the Keystone of the structure." –Matthew 21:42; Psalm 118:22

It is so easy to reject Jesus. Our lives are like houses (see Mt 7:24). If we have the opportunity to make Jesus the Cornerstone of our lives, but do not do so, then we have rejected Him. If we refuse to provide for an...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 1, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, October 2, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 1

First: Baruch 4:5-12,27-29
Resp: Psalm 69:33-37
Gospel: Luke 10:17-24

"SEEK YE FIRST"

"Turn now ten times the more to seek Him." –Baruch 4:28

Our hearts have been disposed to stray from God (Bar 4:28), that is, we have been tempted to sin. Some of these temptations have been very strong. However, the Lord calls us to seek Him with a zeal ten times stronger than our strongest temptations. When we seek the Lord this zealously, we will h...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, October 1, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 30

First: Baruch 1:15-22
Resp: Psalm 79:1-5,8-9
Gospel: Luke 10:13-16

VOICE LESSONS

"We have been disobedient to the Lord, our God, and only too ready to disregard His voice." –Baruch 1:19

Jesus commented that His sheep "recognize His voice" and "follow Him" (Jn 10:4). Jesus' followers "will not follow a stranger; such a one they will flee, because they do not recognize a stranger's voice" (Jn 10:5).

Sometimes the Lord's voice is not eas...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, September 29, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 28

First: Nehemiah 2:1-8
Resp: Psalm 137:1-6
Gospel: Luke 9:57-62

I SIMPLY LOVE TO REPAIR

"How could I not look sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been eaten out by fire?" –Nehemiah 2:3

Nehemiah was noticeably sad because Jerusalem and its walls needed major repairs. Those promoting devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus have repeatedly emphasized the need for reparation, that is, repairin...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 27, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 27

First: Zechariah 8:20-23
Resp: Psalm 87:1-7
Gospel: Luke 9:51-56

LIGHTEN UP!

"In those days ten men of every nationality, speaking different tongues, shall take hold, yes, take hold of every Jew by the edge of his garment and say, 'Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.' " –Zechariah 8:23

Jesus always attracted people to Himself. The rich, poor, pagans, religious, sinners, and other groups of people flocked to ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 26

First: Zechariah 8:1-8
Resp: Psalm 102:16-21,29,22-23
Gospel: Luke 9:46-50

THE GOD OF THE IMPOSSIBLE

"Even if this should seem impossible in the eyes of the remnant of this people, shall it in those days be impossible in My eyes also, says the Lord of hosts?" –Zechariah 8:6

The people of Jerusalem had been disobeying God for centuries. Zechariah prophesied the impossible: that the people of that city and maybe even our cities would...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, September 26, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 25

First: Ezekiel 18:25-28
Resp: Psalm 25:4-9
Second: Philippians 2:1-11
Gospel: Matthew 21:28-32

"OBEDIENCE IS BETTER..." (1 Sm 15:22)

"Which of the two did what the father wanted?" –Matthew 21:31

We Christians have told God we will obey Him, but many of us haven't. We have persisted in mass disobedience for years. Unbelievers have told God they will not obey Him, but many of them have changed their minds and do what God wants. Jesus ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, September 24, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 24

First: Zechariah 2:5-9,14-15
Resp: Jeremiah 31:10-13
Gospel: Luke 9:43-45

THE CIRCLE OF FIRE

"I will turn their mourning into joy, I will console and gladden them after their sorrows." –Jeremiah 31:13

The chosen people had sinned. Thereby, they had been defeated, debased, and exiled. Jerusalem, its Temple, and the people's lives were in ruins. After generations of degradation, the people could hardly conceive of anything but further...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, September 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 23

First: Galatians 2:19-20
Resp: Psalm 16:1-2,5-8,11
Gospel: Matthew 16:24-27

THE COURAGE TO WORK

"Does it not seem like nothing in your eyes?" –Haggai 2:3

It's discouraging to see how bad things have become. It's discouraging to think that even our best efforts are very inadequate and possibly inferior to what we've done before (see Hg 2:3). It's discouraging to have your best work be overshadowed by the damage inflicted for years b...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 22, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, September 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 22

First: Haggai 1:1-8
Resp: Psalm 149:1-6,9
Gospel: Luke 9:7-9

THE PLEASURES OF GOD

"Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'Consider your ways! Go up into the hill country; bring timber, and build the house that I may take pleasure in it.' " –Haggai 1:7-8

If you asked yourself: "Am I happy?", what would be an honest answer? Many people are more busy than blessed (see Hg 1:6), more stuffed than nourished, and more jaded than exhilarated (see H...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 21, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, September 22, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 21

First: Ephesians 4:1-7,11-13
Resp: Psalm 19:2-5
Gospel: Matthew 9:9-13

I'D LOVE TO ...

"As He moved on, Jesus saw a man named Matthew at his post where taxes were collected. He said to him, 'Follow Me.' " –Matthew 9:9

We hear the Lord knocking on the door and calling us by name (Rv 3:20). We sense something inside drawing us to Jesus. He is still calling today's "Matthews" to follow Him. Nonetheless, we are afraid to say "Yes." We'...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 20, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 20

First: Ezra 6:7-8,12,14-20
Resp: Psalm 122:1-5
Gospel: Luke 8:19-21

CHURCH, SACRIFICE, AND PASSOVER

"They finished the building according to the command of the God of Israel." –Ezra 6:14

For the work on the house of God to be completed, we must build the building, make the sacrifices, and celebrate the Passover (Ezr 6:14, 17, 19). We have usually been successful in physically building the building. We have met in homes, built parish...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 19

First: Ezra 1:1-6
Resp: Psalm 126:1-6
Gospel: Luke 8:16-18

OUTSIDE THE BOX

"The Lord inspired King Cyrus of Persia to issue this proclamation..." –Ezra 1:1

The greatest tragedy in the history of the Jewish people is the fall of Jerusalem and exile to Babylon in 587 B.C. For decades, Jews lived in Babylon with no temple and no hope of liberation. Then King Cyrus became the new king of Persia. Cyrus was a pagan who worshipped the fal...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 18, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, September 19, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 18

First: Isaiah 55:6-9
Resp: Psalm 145:2-3,8-9,17-18
Second: Philippians 1:20-24,27
Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16

LIFE MEANS...

"For, to me, 'life' means Christ." –Philippians 1:21

What does life mean to you? Some of us would answer: "Life" means family, friends, and work. Life means church on Sunday, Thanksgiving dinners, a new car, or a wedding in the family.

Paul doesn't talk like this. He bluntly asserts: "Life" means Christ. Paul had "c...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 17, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, September 17, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 17

First: 1 Timothy 6:13-16
Resp: Psalm 100:1-5
Gospel: Luke 8:4-15

A STIFLING TRIO

"Their progress is stifled by the cares and riches and pleasures of life and they do not mature." –Luke 8:14

Jesus identifies three things that stifle the Word's progress in our lives if we don't surrender them to His lordship:

  1. cares. We are to cast our cares upon Jesus, because He cares for us (1 Pt 5:7). He is more than "able" (Heb 7:25) to deal with o...

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 13, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 13

First: 1 Timothy 3:1-13
Resp: Psalm 101:1-3,5-6
Gospel: Luke 7:11-17

DADS WITH DIGNITY

"He must be a good manager of his own household, keeping his children under control without sacrificing his dignity." –1 Timothy 3:4

A major qualification for a bishop or deacon in the early church was for a man to be a "good manager" of his children (1 Tm 3:4, 12). He had to keep "his children under control without sacrificing his dignity" (1 Tm...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 11, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, September 12, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 11

First: Sirach 27:30-28:9
Resp: Psalm 103:1-4,9-12
Second: Romans 14:7-9
Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

THE STREAM OF MERCY

"Moved with pity, the master let the official go and wrote off the debt." –Matthew 18:27

Al...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 10, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, September 10, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 10

First: 1 Timothy 1:15-17
Resp: Psalm 113:1-7
Gospel: Luke 6:43-49

HEART-BURN

"Each man speaks from his heart's abundance." –Luke 6:45

The next time you encounter someone who is in love, pay close attention to what they say. What do they talk about? They talk incessantly about the person they love. He tells all his friends about how wonderful she is. She says that he's always on her heart. They are speaking from their heart's abunda...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 9, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, September 10, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 9

First: 1 Timothy 1:1-2,12-14
Resp: Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-8,11
Gospel: Luke 6:39-42

EYE-BEAM

"How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove the speck from your eye,' yet fail to see the plank lodged in your own?" –Luke 6:42

St. Paul is a living example of Jesus' parable of a person failing to see the beam in their own eye. Paul describes his pre-conversion years as follows: "I was once a blasphemer, a persecutor, a man filled w...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 7, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 7

First: Colossians 3:1-11
Resp: Psalm 145:2-3,10-13
Gospel: Luke 6:20-26

LUKE TO MATTHEW TO JESUS

"Then, raising His eyes to His disciples, [Jesus] said: 'Blest are you poor.' " –Luke 6:20

In Matthew's Gospel, the Beatitudes are addressed to Jesus' disciples in the third person (Mt 5:3-10). In Luke's Gospel, they are in the second person. Therefore, in Luke, it's harder to assume that the Beatitudes are meant for someone else.

In Matth...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 4, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, September 4, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 4

First: Ezekiel 33:7-9
Resp: Psalm 95:1-2,6-9
Second: Romans 13:8-10
Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20

BIG MOUTH

"If your brother should commit some wrong against you, go and point out his fault, but keep it between the two of you." –Matthew 18:15

If we have been wronged, it's absolutely essential to keep it to ourselves. Only after having talked to the other person are we free to bring someone else into the situation or refer it to the Church...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 2, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, September 2, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 2

First: Colossians 1:15-20
Resp: Psalm 100:2-5
Gospel: Luke 5:33-39
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

COMING FAST

"When the days come that the Groom is removed from their midst, they will surely fast in those days." –Luke 5:35

Jesus taught that ...


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Faithful Marriages and the Primacy of Triune Love

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, September 1, 2011, In : Our Lady's Promise 

FLORIDA (Catholic Online) - Good marriages are the product of genuine love for each other and the Creator.  The true joy of marriage is sharing one's life.  When two people agree to share their entire lives together, they expect better not worse, richer not poorer, and good health not sickness.  Yet all marriages experience a variety of these contrasts.  As problems overtake them, couples need to share their fears, frustrations and failures to establish the honesty that marriage requir...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 31, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, September 1, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 31

First: Colossians 1:1-8
Resp: Psalm 52:10-11
Gospel: Luke 4:38-44

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

HEALING THE MIND

Jesus "stood over her and addressed Himself to the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them." –Luke 4:39...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 30

First: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6,9-11
Resp: Psalm 27:1,4,13-14
Gospel: Luke 4:31-37

BODY BUILD

"Build one another up." –1 Thessalonians 5:11, RSV-CE

I am attending morning Mass in an older church building. Laborers are repairing the roof, and the steady pounding of their hammers makes it difficult to hear the lector as he proclaims today's first reading. Then the lector proclaimed the phrase "build one another up" (see 1 Thes 5:11, RSV-CE...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 29, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, August 29, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 29

First: Jeremiah 1:17-19
Resp: Psalm 71:1-6,15,17
Gospel: Mark 6:17-29
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

HEAD-LINES

"Stand up and tell them all that I command you." –Jeremiah 1:17

John the Baptizer called the religious leaders of his time a "brood...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, August 28, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 28

First: Jeremiah 20:7-9
Resp: Psalm 63:2-6,8-9
Second: Romans 12:1-2
Gospel: Matthew 16:21-27
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

SUPER DUPER

"You duped me, O Lord, and I let myself be duped." –Jeremiah 20:7

God doesn't really dupe us. It just seem...


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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for August 27, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, August 27, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

"Adoration has a valid and solid motive. The Eucharist, in fact, ... differs from the other Sacraments in that it not only produces grace, but permanently contains the very author of grace. When therefore the Church commands us to worship Christ hidden beneath the Eucharistic veils, and to ask him for supernatural and earthly gifts, which we always need, she manifests the living faith wherewith she believes in the presence of her Divine Spouse beneath those veils, shows forth her gr...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 27, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, August 27, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 27

First: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-11
Resp: Psalm 98:1,7-9
Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

TOTAL STEWARDSHIP

" 'Well done! You are an industrious and reliable servant.' " –Matthew 25:21

On Judgment Day, we will be held account...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, August 26, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 26

First: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Resp: Psalm 97:1-2,5-6,10-12
Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

YOU'RE FIRED

"The foolish ones said to the sensible, 'Give us some of your oil. Our torches are going out.' But the sensible ones re...


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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for August 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, August 25, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

In the person of St. Louis IX were the qualities which form a great king, a hero of romance, and a saint! With his death, the century of knights ended. One day a messenger, breathless with haste, burst in upon the king with surprising and exciting news. "Your majesty," he cried, "hasten to the Church! A great miracle is occurring there. A priest is saying holy Mass, and after the consecration, instead of the host there is visible on the altar Jesus Himself in His human figure. Everyb...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, August 25, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 25

First: 1 Thessalonians 3:7-13
Resp: Psalm 90:3-5,12-14,17
Gospel: Matthew 24:42-51

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

THE LAST WORD

"Who is the faithful, farsighted servant whom the Master has put in charge of His household to dispense food at need...


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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for August 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

But anyone who would approach this gracious sacrament while guilty of deadly sin would receive no grace from it, even though such a person would really be receiving me as I am, wholly God, wholly human. But do you know the situation of the soul who receives the sacrament unworthily? She is like a candle that has been doused with water and only hisses when it is brought near the fire. The flame no more than touches it but it goes out and nothing remains but smoke. Just so, this soul ...


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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for August 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

St. Bonaventure tells how Francis of Assisi "burned with love for the Sacrament of our Lord's Body with all his heart, and was lost in wonder at the thought of such condescending love, such loving condescension. He received Holy Communion often and so devoutly that he roused others to devotion too. The presence of the Immaculate Lamb used to take him out of himself, so that he was often lost in ecstasy."

Of this continuing condescension Francis says, "Every day he humbles himself j...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 23

First: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Resp: Psalm 139:1-3,4-6
Gospel: Matthew 23:23-26

GULP!

"You strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!" –Matthew 23:24

The Pharisees have long been gone, but many still swallow camels today. You may be a modern-day Pharisee if:

  • You lead the fight to have kneelers in your church but continue to vote for pro-abortion politicians.
  • You often hint that you want your spouse to lose weight but neglect for months at a...

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 22, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 22

First: Isaiah 9:1-6
Resp: Psalm 113:1-8
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38

THE PROOF IS IN THE FAITH

"We constantly are mindful before our God and Father of the way you are proving your faith, and laboring in love." –1 Thessalonians 1:3

The Christians of Thessalonica were proving their faith so well that their proven faith was celebrated "not only in Macedonia and Achaia" but "throughout every region" (1 Thes 1:8). Could your faith be accurately ca...


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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for August 21, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, August 22, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

Pope St. Pius X had extensive pastoral experience before being elevated to the papacy. The most glorious actions were his decrees urging the frequent reception of Holy Communion and lowering the age for First Holy Communion.

O Most sweet Jesus, who came into this world to give to all souls the life of Your grace, and who, to preserve and increase it in them, willed to be the daily Remedy of their weakness and Food for each day, we humbly beseech You, by Your Heart so burning with l...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 21, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, August 22, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 21

First: Isaiah 22:19-23
Resp: Psalm 138:1-3,6,8
Second: Romans 11:33-36
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

THE KEYS

"I will entrust to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven." –Matthew 16:19

Eliakim was given "the key of th...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 20, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, August 20, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 20

First: Ruth 2:1-3,8-11; 4:13-17
Resp: Psalm 128:1-5
Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

GLEANER-GOD

"Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, but whoever humbles himself shall be exalted." –Matthew 23:12

The Lord will event...


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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for August 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, August 19, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

You should adore our Lord Jesus Christ, who makes himself present to us on the altar, so that we might offer him the homage and adoration we owe. Pray that just as he changes the lower earthly nature of bread and wine into his body and blood he might change and transform also the sluggishness, coldness and dryness of our earthly and arid heat into the fire, tenderness and agility of the holy divine affections and dispositions of his divine and heavenly heart. Then you should remember...


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The Shrine of Our Lady of Einsiedeln holds miraculous statue

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, August 19, 2011, In : Our Lady's Promise 
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The shrine's origins begin in the 9th century, when the monk St. Meinrad arrived to built a hermitage in the wilderness that would later become Einsiedeln. He took with him a miracle-working statue of the Virgin Mary given to him by the Abbess Hildegarde of Zürich. On January 21, 861, two thieves murdered Meinrad for the treasure in the hermitage. According to legend, the killers were caught after two ravens followed them into town and drew attention...
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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for August 18, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, August 19, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

The Blessed Sacrament is God. Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament is simply divine worship. Turn it which way we will, throw the light of love and knowledge now on one side of it, now on another, still the result is the same, the one inexhaustible sweet fact of the Real Presence. In the hands of the priest, behind the crystal of the monstrance, on the tongue of the communicant, now, and for a thousand times, and almost at our will and pleasure, there are the Hands and Feet, the Eyes a...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 18, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, August 19, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 18

First: Judges 11:29-39
Resp: Psalm 40:5,7-10
Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

BAPTISMAL, EUCHARISTIC VICTORY

"Jephthah made a vow to the Lord. 'If You deliver the Ammonites into my power,' he said, 'whoever comes out of th...


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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for August 17, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

In the desert of Sinai, God's caring love supplied the only means of survival for the Chosen People; likewise, through the Holy Eucharist, Jesus has supplied us with all our needs for our journey. Like the Israelites, we need food for our journey. Each day Jesus invites us to the inexhaustible fount of nourishment in the eucharistic banquet.

Each day as we come to join our eternal High priest in celebrating the Eucharist, we are assured that we are not journeying alone, but that Je...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 17, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 17

First: Judges 9:6-15
Resp: Psalm 21:2-7
Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

MERCY WATCH

"Begin with the last group and end with the first." –Matthew 20:8

Let's look at the parable of the laborers through the lens of discipl...


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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for August 16, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

"I do not know," the pastor had said, "whether she will see the Saviour today." This occurs only when she has passed the night in expiatory suffering. Then she can receive an entire host, although ordinarily she swallows a small part with difficulty. The parish Mass was over now and the pastor took his time, even though his little lamb was almost passing away with longing for the sacred food. I almost felt like begging him in sympathy to hurry. First the children were dismissed in o...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 16, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 16

First: Judges 6:11-24
Resp: Psalm 85:9,11-14
Gospel: Matthew 19:23-30
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

"SUNDAY OBLIGATION"

"While his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to save it from the Midianites, the angel of the Lord appeared ...


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The Happy Priest: On This Rock I Will Build My Church

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, August 15, 2011, In : Our Lady's Promise 
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - Next Sunday's gospel passage directs our gaze to Rome, the center of Catholicism.  As Catholics, our identity, meaning and direction only have fulfillment in so far as we are united to the Vicar of Christ, the visible head of the Church.   The challenging times that we live in provides countless opportunities to be heroically faithful to the Magisterium of the Church. 

In order to continue his work on earth and lead all peoples to eternal salvatio...
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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for August 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, August 15, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

Saint Tarcisius, the boy martyr of the Holy Eucharist, is called the Patron Saint of First Communicants.

It was to young Tarcisius that the Blessed Sacrament was entrusted to be carried, as inconspicuously as possible, as Holy Viaticum to imprisoned Christians who had been condemned to death.

One day when Tarcisius refused to show them what he was carrying, a band of pagan Roman ruffians attacked him and beat him with sticks before stoning him to death.

When his assailants turned...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, August 15, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 15

First: Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6,10
Resp: Psalm 45:10-12,16
Second: 1 Corinthians 15:20-27
Gospel: Luke 1:39-56
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

"IN JOYFUL HOPE"

"He has deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places." ...


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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for August 14, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, August 14, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

Saint Maximilian desired to write a book on the teaching of the Church with a chapter entitled "Dogma: The Most Blessed Sacrament", perhaps eventually to be published as a booklet. He wished to write of dogma "in a popular, lively style, illustrating the doctrine with miracles attested by competent witnesses (for example, bearing on the Eucharist)". The constant demands of the apostolate did not permit him to write such a work. But in the material for a book on the Immaculate, we fi...


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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for August 13, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, August 14, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

On 16th September, 1903, the Bishop, Monsignor Dubillard, was carrying the ostensorium. Amongst the last stretchers of the sick was one on which lay the daughter of General Clement. For seventeen years she had suffered most severe pains, and her leg, reduced to a state of inflexibility, had lesions even to the bone. Her doctor and friends said it was folly to expect a cure. Yet she would go to Lourdes. The journey was a real martyrdom. She fainted three times while being conveyed fro...


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Eucharistic Miracles

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

We who hold faithful to what the Roman Catholic Church teaches, believe that Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is truly present in the Most Holy Eucharist.  We believe it on the words of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who promised to give us His flesh to eat and blood to drink, at the lakeside of Galilee (John 6, 48-60), and who fulfilled that promise at the Last Supper (Matt. 26: 26-28; Luke 22: 19-20; Mark 14: 22-24; 1 Cor. 11: 23-25).  We have also the divine, infallible testimon...


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Prayers to Mary, the Blessed Mother of God

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, In : Our Lady's Promise 

PRAYER TO OUR LADY: Remember, O most loving Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, we turn to you, O Virgins of virgins, our Mother. To you we come, before you we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, do not despise our petitions, but in your mercy hear us and answer us. Amen.

PRAYER TO OUR LADY, ASSUMED INTO HEAVEN: Immaculate V...


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Divine Healing

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, In : Our Lady's Promise 

Healing is a complex subject, and depending upon the meanings ascribed to the word "healing", can range from physical to spiritual refreshment and relief to the enlightenment of the entire planet. The word "healing" is related linguistically to the word "wholing", and carries with it the connotation of making something fragmented into something complete. Beginning perhaps with a physical impulse, healing (and "wholing") becomes a spiritual experience meant to reunite us with the inmost...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for March 29, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: March 29

First: Daniel 3:25,34-43
Resp: Psalm 25:4-9
Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35

QUESTIONS ON FORGIVENESS?

"Peter came up and asked Him, 'Lord, when my brother wrongs me, how often must I forgive him? Seven times?' " –Matthew 18:21

Most of us are like Peter. We have many questions about forgiveness.

  1. "How often must I forgive?" Seven times, that is, indefinitely, or, as Jesus emphatically states, seventy times seven times, that is, indefinitely...

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Revelation

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

Rv 1  —  HAPPY HOUR

"Happy is the man who reads this prophetic message, and happy are those who hear it and heed what is written in it, for the appointed time is near!" —1:3

The book of Revelation is addressed to slaves of Jesus Christ. It was written to make us happy. It focuses on Jesus. If we're not happy when we read Revelation, we're not getting the message. This is either because we're not totally committed to Christ, or we don't have our eyes fixed on Him.

Prayer: Jesu...


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Jude

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

Jude   —  HATING THE SIN AND LOVING THE CHURCH

"I was already fully intent on writing you, beloved, about the salvation we share. But now I feel obliged to write and encourage you to fight hard for the faith delivered once for all to the saints." —Jude 3

"Certain individuals have recently wormed their way into your midst" (4). "They pervert the gracious gift of our God to sexual excess and deny Jesus Christ, our only Master and Lord" (4). "These men are blotches on your Christian...


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3 John

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

3 Jn  —  FIGHTING IN CHURCH

"Therefore, if I come I will speak publicly of what he is doing in spreading evil nonsense about us." —10

John wrote to Diotrephes, the leader of a local church, to ask the church to provide hospitality for missionaries from John's community. Diotrephes not only refused to welcome the brothers himself; he even hindered those who wished to do so and expelled them from the church (10). So John told Gaius to defy Diotrephes and provide for the missionarie...


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2 John

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

2 Jn  —  SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE (Eph 4:15)

"In truth I love each of you — and not only I but also all those who have come to know the truth." —1

Love is not the permissiveness of letting everyone do their own thing. "Love is based on the truth" (2). True love is "tough love." We should love people enough to tell them the truth, and even to break off fellowship with them if they do not "remain rooted in the teaching of Christ" (9).

Prayer: Father, may I accept the suffering, s...


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1 John

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

1 Jn 1  —  DO YOU KNOW HIM OR JUST ABOUT HIM?

"God is Light; in Him there is no darkness." —1:5

Some members of John's community did not have a deep personal relationship with Jesus. This left them open to all sorts of confusion and deception from the evil one. Some maintained they had fellowship with Jesus, were free of the guilt of sin, and even that they had never sinned. However, they were liars or self-deceived because they did not know Jesus personally.

Prayer: Jesus, ma...


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2 Peter

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

2 Pt 1  —  FOR SURE

"It was not by way of cleverly concocted myths that we taught you about the coming in power of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we were eyewitnesses of His sovereign majesty." —2 Peter 1:16-17
"Besides, we possess the prophetic message as something altogether reliable." —2 Peter 1:19

Jesus promised He would come back a second time. Seventy years later, He still hadn't returned and many people wondered whether His promise was true. Many people today are also doubtf...


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1 Peter

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

1 Pt 1  —  OBEDIENCE SCHOOL

"By obedience to the truth you have purified yourselves for a genuine love of your brothers." —1 Peter 1:22

Peter described the Christian life as "a life of obedience to Jesus Christ and purification with His blood" (1:2). The church of Peter's time was being made holy through purification and obedience in the midst of suffering.

Prayer: Father, may I express my faith and love by obeying Your commands that I most resist.
Promise: "Praised be the Go...


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James

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

Jas 1  —  LONG DIVISION

"A man's anger does not fulfill God's justice. Strip away all that is filthy, every vicious excess." —James 1:20-21

James' church, like ours, was divided. The worldliness of the church promoted selfishness and division. James lists various steps toward unity:

  1. We should rejoice even in bad circumstances because when our faith is tested this makes for endurance and maturity.
  2. We must ask for God's wisdom to deal with disunity.
  3. "Let the brother in humble circums...

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Hebrews

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

Heb 1  —  "ALWAYS ABLE"

"When He had cleansed us from our sins, He took His seat at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven, as far superior to the angels as the name He has inherited is superior to theirs." —Hebrews 1:3-4

The book of Hebrews was written to encourage Christians who were suffering persecution (13:22). The encouragement given in this book is not superficial but based on the ultimate realities. We have reason to be encouraged because the Son of God has become man, ...


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Philemon

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

Phlm   —  THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

"Perhaps he was separated from you for a while for this reason: that you might possess him forever, no longer as a slave but as more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially dear to me; and how much more to you, since now you will know him both as a man and in the Lord." —Philemon 15-16

The early church changed social structures through evangelization. Paul led Philemon, a slave owner, to the Lord. Later he led Onesimus, Philemon's runaway s...


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Titus

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

Ti 1  —  BLESS THIS MESS

"In his teaching he must hold fast to the authentic message, so that he will be able both to encourage men to follow sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict it." —Titus 1:9

The church of Crete was a mess. Paul said: "There are many irresponsible teachers, especially from among the Jewish converts — men who are empty talkers and deceivers" (1:10). "They are upsetting whole families by teaching things they have no right to teach — and all for...


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2 Timothy

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

2 Tm 1  —  STIR-FRIED

"I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God bestowed when my hands were laid on you. The Spirit God has given us is no cowardly Spirit, but rather One that makes us strong, loving, and wise." —2 Timothy 1:6-7

When Timothy told Paul he was thinking of quitting his ministry in Ephesus, Paul refused to accept Timothy's resignation. He told Timothy to stir up the Holy Spirit in his life and bear his "share of the hardship which the gospel entails" (1:8).

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1 Timothy

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

1 Tm 1  —  CHANGES

"I have a solemn charge to give you, Timothy, my child. This charge is in accordance with the prophecies made in your regard, and I give it to you so that under the inspiration of these prophecies you may fight the good fight and hold fast to faith and a good conscience." —1 Timothy 1:18-19

Paul told Timothy "to stay on in Ephesus in order to warn certain people there against teaching false doctrines" (1:3). The situation was bad but the Lord could change any...


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2 Thessalonians

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2 Thes 1  —  "BLESSED ASSURANCE"

"In God's communities we can boast of your constancy and your faith in persecution and trial." —2 Thessalonians 1:4

Paul wrote to the Thessalonians again because they were suffering more persecution and confusion. He assured them: "You endure these as an expression of God's just judgment, in order to be found worthy of His kingdom — it is for His kingdom you suffer" (1:4-5). The Lord "will provide relief to you who are sorely tried, as well as t...


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1 Thessalonians

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1 Thes 1  —  BEAUTIFUL BABY CHRISTIANS

"Our preaching of the gospel proved not a mere matter of words for you but one of power; it was carried on in the Holy Spirit and out of complete conviction." — 1 Thessalonians 1:5

The Thessalonians were baby-Christians when Paul wrote to them. Paul was praying for them constantly, and they became models "for all the believers of Macedonia and Achaia" (1:7). He wrote: "Throughout every region your faith in God is celebrated" (1:8). The peop...


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Colossians

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Col 1  —  FULL-FILLED

"It pleased God to make absolute fullness reside in Him and, by means of Him, to reconcile everything in His person, both on earth and in the heavens, making peace through the blood of His cross." —Colossians 1:19-20

In Christ is absolute fullness. In Him, we can attain:

  1. "full knowledge" of God's will (1:9),
  2. full sufferings (1:24),
  3. "His word in its fullness" (1:25),
  4. "the full measure of wisdom" (1:28), and
  5. "full assurance" (2:2).

Prayer: Jesus, may I be "compl...


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Philippians

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Phil 1  —  JOY ON DEATH ROW

"I long to be freed from this life and to be with Christ, for that is the far better thing; yet it is more urgent that I remain alive for your sakes." —Philippians 1:23-24

Philippians seems to be a collection of letters for the purpose of encouragement. Paul tells the Philippians that he thinks of them all the time. He thanks God for them and the way they "have all continually helped promote the gospel from the very first day" (1:5). He loves them "w...


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Ephesians

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Eph 1  —  WHO AM I?

"Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has bestowed on us in Christ every spiritual blessing in the heavens!" —Ephesians 1:3

Who are you in Christ? You are a saint and a believer who is chosen to be blameless and full of love. You are an adopted child of God, forgiven of sin, and redeemed through Jesus' blood. You are predestined to praise the Father's glory and to carry out His plan, "namely, to bring all things in the heavens and on e...


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Galatians

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Gal 1  —  CONFUSION OR COMMITMENT?

"Some who wish to alter the gospel of Christ must have confused you." —Galatians 1:7

Paul exclaimed: "Even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel not in accord with the one we delivered to you, let a curse be upon him!" (1:8) Paul emphasized that the gospel he proclaimed was "no mere human invention" but "came by revelation from Jesus Christ" (1:11, 12). If we have first-hand experience of Jesus, we will not be unstable i...


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2 Corinthians

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2 Cor 1  —  MAKING MATTERS WORSE

"If we are afflicted it is for your encouragement and salvation, and when we are consoled it is for your consolation, so that you may endure." —2 Corinthians 1:6

Once again, the Corinthians have Paul beside himself. He writes more to them than to anyone else. They drive him to write his most personal letter. In Asia, Paul was crushed beyond his "strength, even to the point of despairing of life" (1:8). The Corinthians only made matters worse by ...


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1 Corinthians

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1 Cor 1  —  CROSS PURPOSES

"The message of the cross is complete absurdity to those who are headed for ruin, but to us who are experiencing salvation it is the power of God." — 1 Corinthians 1:18

Of all the churches in the Bible, Corinth may have been the most similar to the churches of today. Corinth was sharply divided, bound by sexual sin, and crazy about sports. In His mercy, the Lord richly endowed them "with every gift of speech and knowledge" (1:5). However, they were in...


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ROMANS

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Rm 1  —  ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

"I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God leading everyone who believes in it to salvation, the Jew first, then the Greek." —Romans 1:16

Paul planned to make Rome an evangelistic base for his mission to Spain (15:24). He wrote to the Roman Christians to prepare them for this by promoting unity between the Jewish and Gentile Christians. In the course of expressing the basis of this unity, Paul revealed in depth the fallen condition o...


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ACTS OF THE APOSTOLES

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Acts 1  —  THE UPPER ROOM

"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes down on you; then you are to be My witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, yes, even to the ends of the earth." —1:8

In an upper room, Jesus gave us His body and blood in Holy Communion at the Last Supper. In an upper room, Jesus baptized His disciples with the Holy Spirit. The upper room was a place of prayer. For nine days, "together they devoted themselves to constant prayer" (1:14).

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JOHN

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Jn 1  —  CREATION AND RE-CREATION

"In the beginning was the Word; the Word was in God's presence, and the Word was God." —1:1

God created the world in seven days. Likewise, in seven days (see 1:29, 35, 43; 2:1), Jesus, God's Son, began the re-creation of the world by calling His first disciples and changing the water into wine (2:1ff).

Prayer: Jesus, may I be a new creation and be baptized "with the Holy Spirit" (1:33).
Promise: " 'Rabbi,' said Nathanael, 'You are the Son of G...


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LUKE

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Lk 1  —  MARY, MODEL OF DISCIPLESHIP

"I too have carefully traced the whole sequence of events from the beginning, and have decided to set it in writing for you, Theophilus, so that Your Excellency may see how reliable the instruction was that you received." —1:3-4

In his gospel, Luke teaches us what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. We want to be like Mary and not like Zechariah.

MARY

  1. Overshadowed by Spirit
  2. Faith-filled
  3. Praising
  4. Obedient
  5. Fruitful

ZECHARIAH

  1. Stifling the Spirit
  2. Doub...

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MARK

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Mk 1  —  DIVINE AUTHORITY

"Here begins the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God." —Mark 1:1

Mark's gospel is outlined in the first verse. The first half of the gospel culminates in the recognition of Jesus as the Christ (the Messiah) (8:29). The second half concludes with the centurion declaring: "Clearly this Man was the Son of God!" (15:39)

Mark begins to reveal Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God by focusing on Jesus' authority. He is more powerful than John the Bapt...


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MATTHEW

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Mt 1  —  VIRGIN BIRTH

"A family record of Jesus Christ, Son of David, Son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers." —Matthew 1:1-2

Our heavenly Father has the nerve to begin the New Testament, the greatest revelation of all times, with what appears to be a page from the phone book. His ways are certainly not our ways (Is 55:8). God's meaning here is that all Israelite history leads to the miraculou...


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MALACHI

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The Lord concludes the Old Testament with a special message from the prophet "Malachi," a name which means "My messenger." Malachi warns us to prepare for the Messiah's coming by faithfulness in worship, priesthood, marriage, tithing, and family. If we are serving the Lord in these basic areas of life, we are ready for His final coming. Amen.

Key word    COMINGS
 
Key verse    "Lo, I am sending My messenger to prepare the way before Me; and suddenly there...

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ZECHARIAH

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This book announces a series of dramatic, overwhelming visions. It is a basis for the book of Revelation and prophesies aspects of Jesus' Passion. Zechariah leaves us breathless as he leads us into the depths of God's mysterious plan of salvation. To begin to experience the unique prophetic vocation of Zechariah, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you about these five prophecies of Jesus' Passion (see 9:9; 11:12-13; 12:10; 13:7; 14:3-4). You will experience the fear of the Lord which is t...


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HAGGAI

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Many of the Jews had returned from Babylon to Jerusalem eighteen years before Haggai's prophecies but still had not started to rebuild the temple. Instead, they had remodeled their own homes. Haggai prophesied that the people would be discontent and plagued by tragedies until they made rebuilding the Temple their top priority. So the people began to rebuild the Temple. From the day on which the foundation was laid, God blessed the people. Although the new Temple seemed like nothing ...


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ZEPHANIAH

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Zephaniah prophesied during the years 640-630 B.C. He was one of the few prophets who was immediately successful. His prophecies were part of the great reform of King Josiah of Judah. Zephaniah prophesied the day of destruction for Judah and the nations because of their idolatry. However, a remnant of Judah would be spared. The Lord will rejoice over this remnant and even sing joyfully because of it. Eventually, even the nations will join the remnant in adoring the Lord.

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HABAKKUK

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When Habakkuk saw Judah about to be destroyed, he asked God the perennial question: "Why?" The Lord explained the situation, but Habakkuk had to live by faith. He finally decided to do that and promised God that he would rejoice and exalt in Him no matter what.

Key word    FAITH
 
Key verse    "For though the fig tree blossom not nor fruit be on the vines, though the yield of the olive fail and the terraces produce no nourishment, though the flocks disapp...

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NAHUM

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Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, was nicknamed "the bloody city." It had slaughtered, enslaved, and mutilated its victims by the thousands. Nahum was happy to prophesy its destruction. Reading this book together with the book of Jonah helps us understand why Jonah did not want the Ninevites to repent and be spared.

Key word    VINDICATION
 
Key verse    "The Lord is slow to anger, yet great in power, and the Lord never leaves the guilty unpunished." —1:3...

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MICAH

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Micah, a country boy, prophesied especially against the capital cities of the Northern and Southern kingdoms. He recognized the complicity between political and religious leaders who created a system that manipulated and oppressed the poor through real estate and banking. Despite the gross injustices, Micah had hope; he prophesied that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem and lift up the remnant to restore His people after the nation was destroyed.

Key word    JUSTIC...

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JONAH

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Jonah ran away from God's call because of his unforgiveness toward the Ninevites, who were brutal enemies of the Israelites. The Lord sent a large fish and a little worm to teach Jonah a lesson. The worm may have been more successful than the whale. In the midst of God's jokes, He leaves us with the question: "Is our unwillingness to evangelize rooted in unforgiveness?"

Key word    UNFORGIVENESS
 
Key verse    "This is why I fled at first to Tarshish. I k...

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OBADIAH

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Following Amos and preceding Jonah, Obadiah continues the condemnations from Amos and precedes the vengeance of Jonah by putting forth twenty-one verses of venom. He prophesied that Edom would be destroyed for taking advantage of Judah and oppressing it after the Babylonian exile. This vengeful attitude is in stark contrast with the mercy and forgiveness of the crucified Christ.

Key word    VENGEANCE
 
Key verse    "Because of violence to your brother Jac...

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AMOS

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Amos warned the Northern kingdom of its imminent destruction. It was oppressing the poor and defiling its worship due to its pleasure-seeking life-style. Amos prophesied that almost all of the nation would be destroyed for its sins, although a remnant would be spared.

Key word    JUSTICE
 
Key verse    "So now I will deal with you in My own way, O Israel!" —4:12
 
Command verse    "But if you would offer Me holocausts, then let justice sur...

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JOEL

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Joel considered the natural disaster of a locust plague to be a call to repentance and a preview of the end of the world. If we repent, the Holy Spirit will be poured out on us to prepare us for victory as the world ends.

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Key word    REPENT
 
Key verse    "Yet even now, says the Lord, return to Me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God." —2:12-13
 

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HOSEA

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The Old Testament concludes with the twelve minor prophets. It's best to read them all together, like twelve chapters of one book.

The book of Hosea compares God's love for His people to marrying a harlot. We commit adultery by compromising with the world. The Lord will take us back, if we only repent.

Key word    MARRIAGE
 
Key verse    "I will heal their defection, I will love them freely; for My wrath is turned away from them." —14:5
 
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DANIEL

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The book of Daniel was written during the bitter persecution of the chosen people by Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the Seleucid king. The book assured God's people of victory by the Lord's sovereign power. We are to obey the Lord, not compromise with the world. We are to keep our eyes fixed on God's throne and not man's brutality. "In all this we are more than conquerors because of Him Who has loved us" (Rm 8:37).

Key word    VICTORY
 
Key verse    "As the visi...

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EZEKIEL

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After a dramatic experience of God's glory (chapter 1), Ezekiel prophesied that the Lord would give His people a new heart and a new spirit (chapter 36) in creating a new Jerusalem (chapter 48). Ezekiel's prophecies could make dry bones rattle and rise from the dead (chapter 37). He prophesied about the end of the world (chapters 38-39) and the wonderful heavenly stream (chapter 47). Ezekiel's visions of God and his prophecies are a main source for much of the last book of the Bible...


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BARUCH

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The prophet Baruch wrote hundreds of years after the Babylonian exile. Zerubbabel, Joshua, Ezra, and Nehemiah had attempted to restore the temple, walls, and people of Jerusalem. But the renewal needed renewal. The message is: "Back to the basics"—confessing our sins, living God's word, prophesying to the dry bones (Ez 37), and not compromising with the idols of the world.

Key word    THE BASICS
 
Key verse    "They wept and fasted and prayed before the...

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LAMENTATIONS

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In five laments the author tries to express the utter horror of the fall of Jerusalem. As painful as it is, it's good to relive suffering, pain, and death. When we face the reality of our sins and their devastating effects, we may also discover the reality of Jesus, the Savior.

Key word    LAMENT
 
Key verse    "Come, all you who pass by the way, look and see whether there is any suffering like my suffering, which has been dealt me when the Lord afflicte...

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JEREMIAH

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Jeremiah prophesied for over forty years. The nation seemed to listen to him at first, but later they refused to repent and therefore died in their sins (see Jn 8:21). Jeremiah's message was primarily "violence and outrage" (20:8). He became extremely unpopular and according to tradition was killed by his own people. By worldly standards, he lived and died a failure. By God's standards, Jeremiah was victorious because he was faithful. The Lord still uses Jeremiah to change the heart...


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ISAIAH

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The first part of Isaiah (chapters 1-39) is a call to repentance. Only through repentance can we stand in the presence of the all-holy God. This call was not heard, and as a result, the Israelites were destroyed as a nation and sent into exile in Babylon. The second part of the book (40-66) is a prophecy of restoration. Yet how can a dead nation come to life? How can a scattered and defeated nation be restored? How can sin be atoned for? How can God be just without destroying us? Th...


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SIRACH

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This book is the ultimate expression of Wisdom literature. It takes secular wisdom and puts it in the context of the fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of true wisdom. When we fear the Lord, we can discern the good and bad of secular wisdom. However, without the fear of the Lord, theology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines become mere exercises in futility and confusion. Nothing makes sense or is truly helpful to us, unless we are centered on the Lord.

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WISDOM

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The secular humanism of our day is undermining the Christian faith. In the last century before Christ, many Jewish people were also losing their faith because of the influence of secular humanism. The writer of Wisdom answers the secularists' objections against Judaism and Biblical revelation. Secularists are hung up on death and tragedy. Wisdom shows how these things are not contradictory to the idea of a loving God. God created a world of justice and harmony, but Satan, by using o...


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SONG OF SONGS

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The Christian life is a relationship with the Lord, a total commitment of unconditional love. It is analogous to marriage but much greater. Our relationship with the Lord is the deepest personal relationship possible for a human being.

Key word    LOVE
 
Key verse    "For stern as death is love, relentless as the nether world is devotion; its flames are a blazing fire. Deep waters cannot quench love, nor floods sweep it away. Were one to offer all he owns...

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ECCLESIASTES

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Qoheleth, the writer of Ecclesiastes, convincingly argues that all human activity is meaningless. This book is ultra-depressing, but accurate and realistic, considering it was written before Christ. Life is worth living only because of Jesus' love poured out in His death and resurrection.

Key word    VANITY
 
Key verse    "Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!" —1:2
 
Command verse    "Fear God and k...

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PROVERBS

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This book is an attempt to benefit from secular wisdom by seeing it in the perspective of the fear of the Lord. This book reveals how to live a life pleasing to the Lord, it does not tell us how to receive the power to do it. Only in Christ are we able to live the Proverbs and thereby live a life pleasing to the Lord (see Rm 7:21-25).

Key word    WISDOM
 
Key verse    "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; wisdom and instruction fools despise...

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PSALMS

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The book of Psalms contains some of the greatest words ever written, sung, and prayed. Unlike other books of the Bible, this book is to be read every day of our lives. It is the prayer book of the Church.

The psalms are often lyrics of songs for worship or outlines of liturgical services. When you read the Psalms, try to imagine the movement of the people at worship in the Temple. Also, remember that the Psalms are poetry. Therefore, they are more to be proclaimed than explained. Fi...


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JOB

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Job suffered several catastrophes in one day. His ten children were killed and his fortune lost. Later, he himself was afflicted with severe boils. Job prayed to die. Job's three friends and later, a young man named Elihu, tried to make sense out of Job's sudden destruction. Finally, the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. God's presence overshadowed even Job's terrible sufferings, and Job was rendered speechless. This book does not explain the meaning of suffering; rather, it point...


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2 MACCABEES

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This book recounts many of the same events as 1 Maccabees narrates, but the perspective is different. In 2 Maccabees, there is much greater emphasis on God's intervention than on man's works (see 3:24-30; 10:29-30; 11:8; 15:12-16). Prayer is seen as the major weapon in warfare and not as a supplement to physical force. Because of the resurrection of the dead, the martyrs have a greater victory than the military men. This book is invaluable in helping us understand and practice what ...


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1 MACCABEES

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The Seleucid king, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, gradually introduced and then mandated a secular way of life for the Jewish people. He did this by building a gymnasium and instituting anti-religious laws. Throughout history, secular entertainment and politics have often been used to undermine Christianity. The Maccabees resisted to the point of abandoning their possessions, shedding their blood (see Heb 12:4), and giving up their lives.

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Key word    SECULAR HUMANISM
 

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ESTHER

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This book gives the origins of the Jewish feast of Purim. The word "pur" means "lot," referring to the lot cast by Haman to determine the time for the extermination of the Jews. Haman's plan was dramatically reversed. The Jews were able to destroy their enemies instead of being destroyed. This reversal was due to the fasting, courage, and wisdom of Queen Esther. This supernatural reversal of a plan for destruction into overwhelming victory is celebrated in the feast of Purim and pre...


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JUDITH

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Because the Israelites did not join the Assyrian alliance, the Assyrians attempted to force them to die of thirst. However, the beautiful widow Judith saved the nation by beheading the drunk Holofernes, the commander of the Assyrian army. This again is the Exodus theme. God's people are victorious even in impossible circumstances for the sole reason that they are God's people.

Key word    VICTORY
 
Key verse    "Not for vengeance did the Lord put them in ...

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TOBIT

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Tobit was a faithful Jewish believer in exile. He would often make the trip alone to Jerusalem to worship in the only true Temple. In addition to the loneliness of exile, Tobit suffered when he became a fugitive and all his property was confiscated. He later was blinded and impoverished. Nevertheless, Tobit was faithful to the Lord despite the isolation, loneliness, and suffering.

Tobit prayed that the Lord would kill him and put him out of his misery. Sarah, his future daughter-in-...


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NEHEMIAH

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The walls of Jerusalem were in ruins for over 140 years. Nehemiah fasted, prayed, and obeyed, and the Lord used him to accomplish the monumental task of rebuilding the walls despite constant opposition and harassment. This was all done to make it possible for the Jewish people to engage in the Temple worship and live the holy Law. Nehemiah, Ezra, and the Chronicler knew that the chosen people would be restored in power if only they worshipped the Lord in Spirit and truth (Jn 4:23). ...


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EZRA

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By His sovereign power, the Lord used King Cyrus of Persia to provide for the restoration of the altar and the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. Even after opposition halted the work, the Lord used King Darius of Persia to complete the work.

Although exterior restoration of the Temple was eventually completed, the people were not restored interiorly. A symptom of this was mixed marriages with pagans. The Lord again used a Persian king, Artaxerxes, to send Ezra to Jerusalem. Ezr...


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2 CHRONICLES

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This book concludes that the only hope for the chosen people is Temple worship. Therefore, Solomon's construction and dedication of the Temple is emphasized. However, when the Temple worship was defiled by idol-worship, the nation split, deteriorated, and finally the Northern kingdom was destroyed. There was hope through the renewal of Temple worship under Hezekiah and Josiah. However, both of these kings died tragically. Temple worship was the answer, but who could purify the Templ...


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1 CHRONICLES

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In the late 400s B.C., it was very obvious that the chosen people were weak, scattered, and defeated. The Chronicler exhorted the people to praise the Lord by focusing their attention on the promises God made concerning the Davidic kingship and the Temple worship.

Christianity today is also weak, scattered, and often defeated. Like David, we must bow down and worship the Lord in the power of the Spirit. We will praise our way out of bondage and prison (see Acts 16:25-26).

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2 KINGS

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1 Kings ends on a happy note with the power of God manifested through Elijah. 2 Kings begins with Elijah and Elisha continuing to work wonders. Then we see the unfaithfulness, sin, and idolatry of king after king from both Israel and Judah. Every Israelite king is condemned, and of the kings of Judah only Hezekiah and Josiah are praised without reservation. Eventually, Israel is destroyed by the Assyrians, and Judah by the Babylonians. 2 Kings illustrates one Scriptural promise in a...


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1 KINGS

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This book begins with the glory of Solomon and ends with the glorious works of Elijah. In the middle of this glory, there is a civil war, resulting in the split between the Northern and Southern kingdoms, and the beginning of the end for both kingdoms of the Israelite nation.

The destruction of Solomon's great empire was due to sin. Because of sexual lust (see Sir 47:19), Solomon was unfaithful to the Lord. Later, Jeroboam, the king of the Northern kingdom, committed the almost unp...


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2 SAMUEL

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We obey Yahweh not only by obeying the letter of the law but also by expressing awe, reverence, and fear before the Lord. David showed this in 1 Samuel when he spared his bitter enemy, Saul, because Saul was the Lord's anointed (12:1 ff; 26:1 ff). Out of respect for the Lord, David executed the man who assisted Saul in suicide (1:14-16), commended the men of Jabesh-gilead for burying Saul (2:4-5), mourned over Abner, Saul's general (3:31), executed the murderers of Saul's son, Ishba...


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1 SAMUEL

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This book, as do all the Deuteronomic writings, illustrates the absolute necessity of obedience. If we truly believe in the Lord, we will obey Him. If we truly love Him, we will obey Him (Jn 15:10). Obedience is better than sacrifice (15:22). Through perfect obedience, the one Man, Jesus, saved the whole world and made atonement for all the sins that ever have or will be committed (Rm 5:19). The Christian life is simply "a life of obedience to Jesus Christ" (1 Pt 1:2). Because of di...


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RUTH

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Ruth's husband and father-in-law died. When Naomi, Ruth's mother-in-law, planned to return to Bethlehem, she told Ruth to remain in Moab. Ruth's best chance of survival was to stay in her country where she could have a better opportunity to marry or receive some help. However, Ruth remained loyal to Naomi, although this could have been social and financial suicide. Ruth's faithfulness resulted in her becoming the great-grandmother of King David, from whose family came Jesus, the Mes...


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JUDGES

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

The judges were twelve military leaders whom the Lord raised up in times of crisis. The Israelites were repeatedly in crisis because of their disobedience. They were blessed or cursed in direct relationship to their obedience or disobedience.

Therefore, repent. The Lord has called us to attack the gates of hell (Mt 16:18) and not merely endure a series of crises. You are a conqueror and not just a survivor. Repent! "Yet in all this we are more than conquerors because of Hime Who has...


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JOSHUA

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

The name "Joshua" is the same name as "Jesus." Jesus is our Way into the promised land and the land of promises. The Lord's promises are true despite adverse circumstances and delays. "For the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint; if it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late" (Hab 2:3). To inherit the promises, "keep this book of the law on your lips. Recite it by day and by night, that you may observe carefully all tha...


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DEUTERONOMY

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

Think of collecting excerpts from the greatest sermons of Bishop Sheen, Billy Graham, and Pope John Paul II. What a powerful book that would be! Deuteronomy has collected some of the greatest sermons over hundreds of years so as to motivate God's people to obey Him and thereby enter the promised land. These great exhortations were put in the context of the eve of Moses' death. The great Moses, the liberator of the people from Egypt, was dying at the age of 120. These were his dying ...


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NUMBERS

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 
This book begins and ends with a census (Chapters 1 and 26). The total of the first census was 603,550. In the second census, the final count was 601,730. The book of Numbers draws the conclusion that, after forty years of struggling, the chosen people were worse off than when they started. Numbers is a chronicle of how to endure everything and go nowhere. The final message is that we must worship and obey God or be cursed with frustration, futility, and failure. ...
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LEVITICUS

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 
This book is the center of the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible). It reveals the answer to the problem of our fallen human nature: We must make atonement for our sins through a vicarious sacrifice. Instead of sacrificing ourselves, we can substitute the offerings of animals and cereal. Vicarious sacrifice was eventually the way of our atonement, redemption, justification, and salvation. However, animals can not substitute for human beings, "because it is impossible for the...
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EXODUS

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 
The book of Exodus is not primarily about the Exodus. The plagues and the departure from Egypt are only an introduction to the book's final sixteen chapters, which deal with the Dwelling of God and its furnishings. This emphasis on the dwelling was an Israelite way of saying that the worship of God is the essence and goal of life. We are freed from Egypt's slavery and freed for worship at God's throne in Spirit and in truth (Jn 4:24). ...
Key word    DWELLING (tabernacle)
 

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GENESIS

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

The word "genesis" means "beginning." In this first book of the Bible, the Lord reveals the beginnings of creation, the sabbath, humanity, marriage, sexuality, sin, suffering, murder, and alienation. These beginnings are treated in the first ten chapters. The next forty chapters are concerned with the beginning of the chosen people. After the devastation of the Babylonian exile, the people are going back to their roots to see if they are really the chosen people. If your life has fa...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for March 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, March 28, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: March 28

First: 2 Kings 5:1-5
Resp: Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3-4
Gospel: Luke 4:24-30

PROSPERITY GOSPEL?

"Naaman set out, taking along ten silver talents, six thousand gold pieces, and ten festal garments." –2 Kings 5:5

Naaman, the army commander of Aram, was a leper. He brought a great treasury of wealth (2 Kgs 5:5) to the prophet Elijah, hoping to obtain a cure for his leprosy. Elijah sent his servant Gehazi to tell Naaman to wash seven times in...


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The Bible on Sex

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 27, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

In our secular humanistic society, we see the beauty of sexuality and married love sadly unappreciated. Many "temples of the Holy Spirit" (1 Cor 6:19) are degrading themselves and others by sexual sin. This book is a call to repentance, abundant life, and true sexual freedom. By totally committing our lives to Jesus, the Truth, we will be set free (Jn 8:32).

I dedicate this book to my mother, Mary, and her Immaculate Heart.

THE SANCTITY OF SEX

"That is why a man leaves his...


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Novena of Mary, "The Mother of Forgiveness

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 27, 2011, In : Our Lady's Promise 

NOVENA PRAYER — DAY 1

Heavenly Father, in Jesus' name, and by the power of the Spirit, I thank You for forgiving me of an unimaginable debt of sin. May I accept Your grace to pass on this forgiveness to others (see Mt 18:32-33).

Mary, "the Mother of Forgiveness" help me to recognize my sins, know better the effects of my sins, and realize that I had a part in Jesus' crucifixion and death.

Mary, "the Mother of Forgiveness," pray for me.

Daily Prayer

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Lesson 19: The Seven Sacraments

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 27, 2011, In : Catechism Lessons 

GETTING INTO HEAVEN IS THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS
"Therefore I say to you, be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat, nor for your body, what you shall put on.  Is not the life more than the meat:  and the body more than the raiment?  Behold the birds of the air, for they neither sow, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns:  and your heavenly Father feedeth them.  Are not you of much more value than they?  And which of you by taking thought, can add to his stature one cubi...

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Lesson 18: The Pope, the Vicar of Christ

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 27, 2011, In : Catechism Lessons 
"Jesus saith to them:  But whom do you say that I am?  Simon Peter answered and said:  Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.  And Jesus answering, said to him:  Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona:  because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but My Father Who is in Heaven.  And I say to thee:  That thou art Peter, and upon this Rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.  And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of Heaven.  And wha...

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Lesson 15: Jesus Christ, True God and True Man

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 27, 2011, In : Catechism Lessons 
"Again the high priest asked Him, and said to Him:  Art Thou the Christ the Son of the blessed God?  And Jesus said to him:  I am.  And you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of the power of God, and coming with the clouds of Heaven.  Then the high priest rending his garments, saith:  What need we any further witnesses?  You have heard the blasphemy.  What think you?  Who all condemned Him to be guilty of death."  (Mark 14:61-64)
  1. Who is Jesus Christ?

  2.    Jesus Christ is t...

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Lesson 14: Jesus Christ, Our Savior

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 27, 2011, In : Catechism Lessons 
"For God so loved the world, as to give His only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in Him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.  For God sent not His Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by Him."  (John 3:16-17)
  1. Did God abandon the human race after Adam's sin?

  2.    No, He promised to send a savior into the world and to open again the gates of Heaven.
    "I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed:  She shall cr...

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Lesson 11: Hell

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 27, 2011, In : Catechism Lessons 
"The Son of Man shall send His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all scandals, and them that work iniquity.  And shall cast them into the furnace of fire:  there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."  (Matthew 13:41-42)
  1. What is Hell?

  2.     The place in the next world where the souls of the damned are condemned to suffer forever with the devils.
    "If any one abide not in Me, he shall be cast forth as a branch, and shall wither, and they shall gather him up, and cast him int...

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Lesson 9: Heaven

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 27, 2011, In : Catechism Lessons 
"Behold what manner of charity the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called, and should be the sons of God.  Therefore the world knoweth not us, because it knew not Him.  Dearly beloved, we are now the sons of God; and it hath not yet appeared what we shall be.  We know, that, when He shall appear, we shall be like to Him:  Because we shall see Him as He is."  (1 John 3:1-2)
  1. What is Heaven?

  2.     The place of perfect happiness in the next world.
    "Eye hath not seen, nor ear he...

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Lesson 8: Sanctifying Grace

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 27, 2011, In : Catechism Lessons 
"And Jesus addressed them, and spoke to them again in parables, saying,  "The kingdom of Heaven is likened to a king, who made a marriage for his son...  And the marriage was filled with guests.  And the king went in to see the guests:  And he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment.  And he saith to him:  Friend, how camest thou in hither not having on a wedding garment?  But he was silent.  Then the king said to the waiters:  Bind his hands and feet and cast him into the exter...

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Lesson 7: Human Beings and the Purpose of Life

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 27, 2011, In : Catechism Lessons 
"Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth:  where the rust, and moth consume, and where thieves break through and steal.  But lay up to yourselves treasures in Heaven:  Where neither the rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal.  For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also."   (Matthew 6:19-21)
  1. What is a human being?

  2.     A creature who has a body and soul.
    "Thou hast made him a little less than the angels, thou hast crowned him with glory an...

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for March 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 27, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: March 26

First: Micah 7:14-15,18-20
Resp: Psalm 103:1-4,9-12
Gospel: Luke 15:1-3,11-32

ROBED IN MERCY

"Quick! bring out the finest robe and put it on him." –Luke 15:22

Did you ever notice the similarity between this story of the Prodigal Son (Lk 15:11ff) and Old Testament stories? When Jesus said, "A man had two sons" (Lk 15:11), His Jewish listeners would have latched onto that right away. Adam had two sons, Cain and Abel (Gn 4:1-2). Abra...


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Lesson 6: Angels and Devils

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, March 25, 2011, In : Catechism Lessons 
"And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne, and the living creatures, and the ancients;  and the number of them was thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice:  The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power, and divinity, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and benediction."   (Apocalypse 5:11-12)
  1. What is an angel?

  2.     An angel is a spirit, that is, a creature who does not have a body.
  3. Is an angel a real per...

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Lesson 4: Prayer

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, March 25, 2011, In : Catechism Lessons 

"Ask, and it shall be given you:  seek, and you shall find:  knock, and it shall be opened to you.  For every one that asketh, receiveth:  and he that seeketh, findeth:  and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.  Or what man is there among you, of whom if his son shall ask bread, will he reach him a stone?  Or if he shall ask him a fish, will he reach him a serpent?  If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children:  how much more will your Father who is in Heave...

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Lesson 2: The Bible and Tradition

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, March 25, 2011, In : Catechism Lessons 
"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, last of all in these days hath spoken to us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the world."  (Hebrews 1:1)
  1. What is the Bible?

  2.     A collection of writings which were inspired by God.
    "All scripture, inspired of God, is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice, that the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good wor...

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Lesson 1: Religion

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, March 25, 2011, In : Catechism Lessons 
  1. What is the purpose of these lessons?

  2.     To fill in what is missing in the lives of so many people - the knowledge and practice of true religion.
        "The heart of the wise seeketh instruction:  and the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness."    (Proverbs 15:14).

  3. Why is religion the most important study?

  4.     Because God expects you to know what He has taught and what He wants you to do in this life.
        "Let no man deceive himself:   if any man among you seem to be wise in this world, le...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for March 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, March 25, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

O my daughter! Would that the believers in the holy Catholic faith opened their hardened and stony hearts in order to attain to a true understanding of the sacred and mysterious blessing of the holy Eucharist! If they would only detach themselves, root out and reject their earthly inclinations, and, restraining their passions, apply themselves with living faith to study by the divine light their great happiness in thus possessing their eternal God in the holy Sacrament and in being abl...


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Scriptural Stations of the Cross

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, March 25, 2011, In : Our Lady's Promise 
Most of God's people in America are starving spiritually. Although the spiritual nourishment of God's word and Holy Communion are more available than ever, we starve ourselves because we have become spiritually anorexic. We have indulged our carnal desires and lost our appetite for the things of God (see Prov 13:19; Gal 5:17). The Scriptural Stations of the Cross will feed us spiritually. Several Scripture passages are quoted for each station. We give little or no commentary but let ...
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Life Changing Prayers from the Bible

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, March 24, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 
The Bible is our prayer book. We should not only read the word but also pray it. The Spirit uses the word to teach us how to pray, since we do not know how to pray as we ought (Rm 8:26). The following prayers are guaranteed by God to change lives because they are based on the word. Most of these prayers have been used for several years in evangelistic ministry. They have repeatedly put thousands of people in touch with the life-giving power of God. The prayer of a holy person "availeth much" ...
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HOW TO READ THE BIBLE

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, March 24, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

Have you told yourself a thousand times you were going to read the Bible? Do you fall asleep when you try? Are your bewildered by the Bible, feel lost, and confused? Have you stuffed yourself with the things of the world and become spiritually anorexic so as to have little appetite for the Bible? Then this is the pamphlet for you.

COME, HOLY SPIRIT

"No one knows what lies at the depths of God but the Spirit of God." — 1 Corinthians 2:11

The Bible reveals the depths of God and on...


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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for March 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, March 24, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

One day, having a little more leisure... I was praying before the Blessed Sacrament, when I felt myself wholly penetrated with that Divine Presence, but to such a degree that I lost all thought of myself and of the place where I was, and abandoned myself to this Divine Spirit, yielding up my heart to the power of His love. He made me repose for a long time upon His Sacred Breast, where He disclosed to me the marvels of His love and the inexplicable secrets of His Sacred Heart, which ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for March 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, March 24, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: March 24

First: Jeremiah 17:5-10
Resp: Psalm 1:1-4,6
Gospel: Luke 16:19-31

HEART ATTACK

"More tortuous than all else is the human heart." –Jeremiah 17:9

More tortuous, twisted, and deceitful than all else is the human heart. The human heart is so tortuous that it will repeatedly murder millions of babies in the wombs of their mothers. The human heart is so self-deceived that it will call apathy "innocence," as we let the worst holocaust i...


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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for March 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, March 24, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

Sacrifice is necessary in our lives if we want to realize the tenderness of God's love. Sacrifice is his love in action. God sent Jesus to teach us this love. And you will find out in your own life. Have you ever experienced the joy of loving? Have you ever shared something with the sick, with the lonely, together making something beautiful for God. This is something that has to come from within us. That is why Jesus made himself the Bread of Life–to create that in our life. If it is...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for March 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, March 24, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: March 23

First: Jeremiah 18:18-20
Resp: Psalm 31:5-6,14-16
Gospel: Matthew 20:17-28

CRUCIFYING SELFISHNESS

"It cannot be like that with you." –Matthew 20:26

There is an attitude, a way of reasoning, which comes natural to us. This attitude is steeped in selfishness and is very displeasing to the Lord. It is expressed in the words of Jeremiah's persecutors. They thought this way: "Let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah. It will not mean t...


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