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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: 1st Reading: Sirach 27:4-7 Resp.: Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-162nd Reading: 1st Corinthians 15:54-58Gospel: Luke 6:39-45 In last week's Gospel, the Lord told us not to judge and condemn as if we know everything like He does but in today's Gospel He does give us hints to help us discern.Good trees don't bear rotten fruit; figs are not picked from thorn-bushes; and grapes are not
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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8Resp.: Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-82nd Reading: 1st Corinthians 15:1-11Gospel: Luke 5:1-11 Jesus asked his disciples to put the boat out into deep water. This is symbolic of putting greater trust in God. Since we are not sea creatures, going further into deep water is more dangerous and uncomfortable. I remember a spiritual director
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First Sunday of Advent

Readings:1st Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16Resp.: Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 (1b)2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2Gospel: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36The Advent season has two parts. From the beginning of Advent until December 16, we are concerned with the Second Coming of Christ and the end of the world—the final or general judgement. During the second half we are reminded of
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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:1st Reading: Jeremiah 31:7­9Resp.: Psalm 126:1­2, 2­3, 4­5, 62nd Reading: Hebrews 5:1­6Gospel: Mark 10:46­52As St Teresa said, God places desires in us that He wishes to fulfill. Bartimaeus was asking Jesus to have mercy on him. Many in the crowd rebuked him but he kept on. Finally Jesus took notice of him and called him over. The crowd changed and encouraged
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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: 1st Reading: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20Resp.: Psalm 54: 3-4, 5, 6-8(6b)2nd Reading: James 3:16-4:3Gospel: Mark 9:30-37The reading from St James tells us a lot about what has been happening during the life of the world. So many times we ask for what we think we need but actually don't need those things. He says "You do not possess because you do not ask. You
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What “Inside Out” Leaves Out: Only the Most Important Thing of All - Part 2

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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Lenten Meditations with St. Teresa of Avila at Little Flower Basilica, San Antonio

From Monday March 31st to Friday April 4th the Discalced Carmelite Friars of our San Antonio community gave the parishioners of Little Flower Church a series of lenten meditations based on St. Teresa’s writings. These were offered both in English and Spanish and were well attended by a group of some of our enthusiastic parishioners. The Pastor, Fr. Luis G. Belmonte chose different and very evocative
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St. Therese, the Little Flower in My Life

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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Provincial Retreat 2013

During the week of Oct. 21-25 we had our annual Provincial Retreat at our monastery of Marylake in Little Rock, Arkansas. They were days of prayer, reflexion, quiet rest, and fraternal sharing.We were blessed to have Fr. Gerald Werner, OCD from the California-Arizona Province as our retreat master. He invited us to reflect on the topic of renewal at the levels of the individual friar, the community
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