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Eighteenth Stunday in Ordinary Time

Aug 07, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 55:1-3 Resp. Psalm: Psalm 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-182nd Reading: Romans 8:35-39Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21 It is a trick of the devil to try to make us think and believe that nobody loves us – that God does not exist. That God is always ready to punish us and watches our every move so that He can get us back. This is not true at all. God loves us. He gives
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Third Sunday of Easter

Apr 25, 2020
Readings:1st Reading: Acts 2:14, 22-33 Resp. Psalm Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-21 Gospel: Luke 24:13-35 It is interesting that the eyes of the disciples going down the road to Emmaus were not opened until the breaking of the bread. Last week Thomas's eyes were opened when Jesus appeared to the disciples in the locked room. Why the difference?TimingGod
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Easter Reflection

Apr 15, 2020
With Christ's Resurrection God fully reveals the new logic of his Kingdom, a logic that defies worldly values and categories, and transcends human logic. It is a new order of things that is always surprising and uplifting, showing that his love in its apparent weakness and inefficiency is the greatest power in the universe and the only one capable of redeeming all
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Reflections from Mount Carmel Center - March 29, 2020

Apr 08, 2020
I pray you are all well as we continue to face these unprecedented circumstances in our world today. It is our intention at Mt. Carmel Center to stay in communication with all of you by sharing some reflections as we continue this time of both challenge and grace.I know people have different opinions in regards to the restrictions implemented by our civil and religious leaders in response to the pandemic
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Palm Sunday

Apr 08, 2020
Readings: Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11 1st Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7 Resp. Psalm Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 2nd Reading: Philippians 2:6-11 Gospel: Matthew 26:14-27:66 We read from Book of the Prophet Isaiah what would happen to Jesus who is called the Suffering Servant. Bishop Sheen once noted that Jesus, Who is God, and since He is God, was able to forecast what would
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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jan 24, 2020
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
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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jul 31, 2019
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
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Trinity Sunday

Jun 20, 2019
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
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The Epiphany of the Lord

Jan 11, 2019
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
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Wedding at Cana – Part 1 of 2

Feb 02, 2018
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
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What “Inside Out” Leaves Out: Only the Most Important Thing of All - Part 2

Oct 24, 2015
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
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Only God Can Make a Tree

Jun 19, 2015
        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
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