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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jan 24, 2020 | baptism, eternal life, God's love, Jesus, John the Baptist, Mass readings, preparation, reflections
Image by Gerd Altmann from PixabayReadings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6Resp. Psalm Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9,102nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3Gospel: John 1:29-34Now that Jesus has been baptized, John the Baptist continues to witness to Him. We see clearly that God chooses to communicate with us through His prophets before He actually carries out His Will.Since
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Image by Free-Photos from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Genesis 18:20-32Resp. Psalm Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-82nd Reading: Colossians 2:12-14Gospel: Luke 11:1-13Now is the time for mercy. In all righteousness God is both just and merciful. Just, because all wrongdoing and sin must be corrected otherwise there is no justice and merciful, because He chooses
Readings:1st Reading: Proverbs 8:22-31Resp. Psalm Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-92nd Reading: Romans 5:1-5Gospel: John 16:12-15No one can explain the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity — our minds are too small. However, there are some things that we do know.God is Love. True love, not just a sentiment or a mere feeling. St Paul explains what love is and is not. We hear this reading
The Epiphany of the Lord
Readings:1st Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6Resp.: Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-132nd Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12The time has finally come for Jesus to be made manifest to the earth. The first manifestation was to his parents, the second to the shepherds and now all of humanity.The Magi who came from the East, by tradition are called Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. It is a Catholic
Wedding at Cana – Part 1 of 2
Feb 02, 2018 | Cana, Divine Providence, Epiphany, Eucharist, Galilee, God's love, Gospel, humor, Jesus, Mary, miracle, mystery, reflection, wedding
Let’s begin with a little humor: There is a story about a priest named Fr. Murphy who went to visit a family in his small-town parish for a holiday meal. They all had a great dinner during which the wine flowed rather freely. Then it came time for Father to return home.The man hosting the meal said, “Hey Father we still have a half-bottle of wine left from the meal. I’m going to put
What “Inside Out” Leaves Out: Only the Most Important Thing of All - Part 2
Oct 24, 2015 | affection, Commandment, family, film, God, God's love, Holy Spirit, maturity, peace, Pope Francis, prayer, reflection, St. Teresa, thought, young people
In the film Riley, like all adolescents, like all of us, is searching for understanding and guidance and maturity and companionship. All of these benefits come to the human person through prayer. And the One who gives guidance and understanding, who fosters human maturity and offers friendship, is God himself. Teresa says, “He becomes one with our lowliness, transforms us into Himself, and effects
Only God Can Make a Tree
Jun 19, 2015 | Carmel, Carmelite Nuns, Carmelites, celebration, centenary, creation, friars, God, God's love, mass, Mississippi, OCDS, Teresa
If you look out the window of the guest quarters at the Jackson Carmel--in Jackson, MS, that is, in case you're wondering--you'll see standing there on the lawn in front of you a truly magnificent oak tree, assuredly ancient, although quite well preserved, a breathlessly beautiful creature, if ever there was one. Massive in height and width, it spreads