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Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 21, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 Resp. Psalm: Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 3:15-18 Gospel: John 14:15-21 Things aren't always what they seem. Usually if we feel comfortable and our surroundings appeal to us we think that we are in the right place, doing the right thing. On the other hand, we can be tempted to believe that just be cause we are
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Carmelite Marian Spirituality

May 10, 2020
During this month of May dedicated to the most Blessed Virgin Mary, I would like to share a reflection on her, the most remarkable woman in history and our Mother in the order of grace.We Carmelites have a most special bond with Our Lady, since we are the first religious order in the West dedicated to her love and service.[1]  In fact, our official name, Discalced
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Reflection: Suggestions During Quarantine Time

Apr 25, 2020
Greetings in our Risen Lord! We hope and pray you are well. As we continue to live through the new reality of our quarantine time, I would like to share with you some suggestions that may be helpful.• Create a schedule. This can help you to live a balanced life, which is very important especially now that you are spending most or all of your time at home. Following a good schedule can contribute
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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nov 01, 2019
Painting by Barent Fabritius: De Farizeeër en de tollenaar - 1661Readings:1st Reading: Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18Resp. Psalm Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23 2nd Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Gospel: Luke 18:9-14Doing good works in and of themselves is not a guarantee that one is holy or will go to Heaven. This is what the Pharisee seems to think. What is more important is why we do what we
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Twenty-Second Sunday on Ordinary Time

Sep 06, 2019
Image by alessandro bonini from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29Resp. Psalm Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-112nd Reading: Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24aGospel: Luke 14:1, 7-14Humility is one one the main themes that has been in the readings at Sunday Mass this summer. We need to be truthful before God otherwise we cannot make spiritual progress. If we go to the doctor and don't
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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jul 27, 2019
Image by Michael Gaida from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Genesis 18:1-10aResp. Psalm Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 52nd Reading: Colossians 1:24-28Gospel: Luke 10:38-42It sounds strange that St Paul would say that in his flesh he is filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body which is the Church. It sounds like he is saying that Jesus did not do enough by dying
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St. Therese, the Little Flower in My Life

Apr 04, 2014
1939 was an important time in the life of my parents, Irene and Tucker Bowen.They had been married 8 years and had no children but both of them desperately wanted one. Irene had a malformed uterus and so she went to the doctor who worked on her and miracles do happen because she conceived after only one year of treatment. They were both so happy to be able now to have a child. My mother had a good
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Taking us to the very heart of the Gospel

Jan 06, 2014
The greatness of the life and message of St. Thérèse of Lisieux lies in her ability to take us to the very heart of the Gospel in a simple and direct way, accessible to all people. As Bl. John Paul II said when he declared her Doctor of the Church: “The core of her message is actually the mystery itself of God-love.... At the root, on the subject’s part, is the experience of
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