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Baptism of the Lord

Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7Resp. Psalm Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 9-102nd Reading: Acts 10:34-38Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17 In the second reading St Peter makes it clear that anyone who fears God and acts uprightly is acceptable to Him. Your past or where you come from or anything else do not matter. We only need to strive to be like Jesus who was pleasing to His Father.It's best that we
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Epiphany Sunday

Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6 Resp. Psalm Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-132nd Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12The Light that has been awaited is now here! Unfortunately there are many who do not want to see the light, Jesus Christ, because now this necessitates change.It's one thing to change when we feel like it but quite another issue when we are forced by certain
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Third Sunday of Advent

Image by Alois Grundner from PixabayReadings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10Resp. Psalm Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-102nd Reading: James 5:7-10 Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11 Today is Gaudete Sunday. We use the rose colored vestments and light the rose-colored candle to signify that the darkness will soon be lifted and our Savior will be born. Beginning December 17 through 23 we say the "O Antiphons"
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Second Sunday of Advent

Image by Pezibear from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10Resp. Psalm Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 172nd Reading: Romans 15:4-9Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12Make straight his paths says John the Baptist. But how do we do this? We make his paths straight for Jesus's rebirth in our hearts by preparing. We do this by praying more, going to confession, that is, repenting, and by doing the good things we have
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First Sunday of Advent

Image by Melanie Kirk-Mechtel from PixabayReadings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5 Resp. Psalm Psalm 122:1-9 2nd Reading: Romans 13:11-14 Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44 Happy New Year! Today begins a new liturgical year. Our Church begins the new year differently from the rest of the world on purpose to show us that God's "time" is different than that of the world. I put time in
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Solemnity of Christ the King

Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-3 Resp. Psalm Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5 2nd Reading: Colossians 1:12-20 Gospel: Luke 23:35-43 Long Live Christ the King! Viva Cristo Rey! What are the implications of Christ being our King? It means we are His royal subjects and that we must obey His commands if we choose to be part of His Kingdom and also enjoy the benefits. It is an open
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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Image by Gerd Altmann from PixabayReadings: 1st Reading: Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14 Resp. Psalm Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 9, 15 2nd Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5 Gospel: Luke 20:27-38 As we get closer to the end of the liturgical year, the Church reminds us of the end of our lives. This is why we have the Solemnity of All Saints Day and All Souls Day and also begin to hear about the next
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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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 do.
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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:1st Reading: Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4Resp. Psalm Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-92nd Reading: 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14Gospel: Luke 17:5-10When God tells us something, just as anyone else, He wants us to listen. However, God's word to us has priority. We may not understand what He is saying to us but point is that we take time to listen. We should pay attention to what we say in
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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Print by Gustave Doré illustrating the parable ofthe rich man and Lazarus, from the Gospel of Luke.Public domainReadings:1st Reading: Amos 6:4-7Resp. Psalm Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-102nd Reading: 1 Timothy 6:11-16Gospel: Luke 16:19-31We may wonder why some people seem to "get away" with crimes and not worshiping God as they should. Put another way, why does God allow the weeds
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Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Image by Dominik & Frederike Schneider from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Wisdom 9:13-18bResp. Psalm Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 172nd Reading: Philemon 9-10, 12-17Gospel: Luke 14:25-33God's demands on us are great at times. We either choose Him or the devil, and this is a choice for Him that we have to constantly reaffirm. When Jesus tells us that we have to hate our own blood
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Twenty-Second Sunday on Ordinary Time

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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Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Image by Holger Schué from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Isaiah 66:18-21Resp. Psalm Psalm 117: 1, 22nd Reading: Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13Gospel: Luke 13:22-30Discipline is hard to endure but it is worth the effort when it comes from God. One could say - let's wake up at 4 in the morning every day: it's good discipline. Maybe so, but what is the point? There is a story that a professor once
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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Image by kamal dharshan from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Wisdom 18:6-9Resp. Psalm Psalm 33: 1, 12, 18-19, 20-222nd Reading: Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19Gospel: Luke 12:32-48Today's readings have to do with how we can be blessed. It may not seem apparent at first in the Gospel but a warning is a sign of compassion. If you do this you may end up in a worse state than
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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Image by Gerd Altmann from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:21-23Resp. Psalm Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 172nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11Gospel: Luke 12:13-21The theme of this Sunday's reading is clear: live for God and for Heaven. The things of the earth are passing.In the first reading Qoheleth tells us that all things are vanity.
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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:1st Reading: Deuteronomy 30:10-14Resp. Psalm Psalm 69:14,17,30-31,33-34, 36, 372nd Reading: Colossians 1:15-20Gospel: Luke 10:25-37The theme of the readings today is very simple. Do unto others as you would have God do for you. Follow the commandments. Put God first and love your neighbor as yourself. In stating this there tends to be one person we are apt to forget. We must also love ourselves.
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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:1st Reading: Isaiah 66:10-14cResp. Psalm Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 202nd Reading: Galatians 6:14-18Gospel: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20The time to rejoice is now because God's missionaries are being sent throughout the whole world to preach the good news. This will be frightening at times because there are wolves that stand ready to attack and even worse, wolves in sheep's clothing. But Jesus's mission
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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:1st Reading: 1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21Resp. Psalm Psalm 16:1-2,5, 7-8, 9-10, 112nd Reading: Galatians 5:1, 13-18Gospel: Luke 9:51-62Times change but the truth doesn't change. If the truth did change it wouldn't be the truth! God only tells us what is true. He is incapable of telling any falsehood in any way shape or form. So, it follows that just because even though times change, the truth stays
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Corpus Christi Sunday

Image by James Chan from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Genesis 14:18-20Resp. Psalm Psalm 110:1, 2, 3, 42nd Reading: 1st Corinthians 11:23-26Gospel: Luke 9:11b-17The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is very important because this is how Jesus chooses to sustain and nourish us spiritually and physically. Our bodies taste bread and wine but our spirits taste the Living God.
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Trinity Sunday

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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Pentecost Sunday

Image by Jeff Jacobs from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Acts 2:1-11Resp. Psalm Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 342nd Reading: Romans 8:8-17Gospel: John 14:15-16, 23b-26Come Holy Spirit Fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth.God gives
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Ascension Sunday

Readings:1st Reading: Acts 1:1­11Resp. Psalm Psalm 47:2­3, 6­7, 8­92nd Reading: Ephesians 1:17­23Gospel: Mark 16:15­20Now the disciples will be sent forth: with Jesus's ascent into Heaven and the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, they will be able to carry forth the Great Commission baptizing everyone who wills it and preaching the Gospel.Jesus never told them to be successes or to convince
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Sixth Sunday of Easter

Image by PublicDomainPictures from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Acts 15: 1­2, 22­29Resp. Psalm Psalm 67: 2­3, 5, 6, 82nd Reading: Revelation 21:10­14, 22­23Gospel: John 14:23­29In the first reading, it was said to the Gentiles converting to Christianity that circumcision was no longer necessary, however being told that it was necessary by those from Judea. The Holy Spirit and the
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Divine Mercy Sunday

Image by D Casp from PixabayReadings: 1st Reading: Acts 5:12-16 Resp. Psalm Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 2nd Reading: Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19 Gospel: John 20:19-31I hope all of you plan to receive the Divine Mercy indulgence. To receive the indulgence, you must on Divine Mercy Sunday: Receive Holy CommunionSay the Chaplet of Divine MercyPray for the intentions of the holy
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Palm Sunday

Pietro lorenzetti [Public domain]Readings: At The Procession with Palms: Gospel: Luke 19:28-40 At Mass: 1st Reading: Isaiah 50: 4-7 Resp. Psalm Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-242nd Reading: Philippians 2:6-11 Gospel: Luke 22:14-23:56Too many times we are tempted to listen to what the world says which is not good because the world is under the dominion of Satan. The world cheered
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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Isaak Asknaziy [Public domain]Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 43:16-21Resp.: Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 62nd Reading: Philippians 3:8-14Gospel: John 8:1-11Moses prescribed stoning for those caught in adultery. Jesus did not change the law but gave a new perspective. Jesus does not declare the guilty guiltless nor does he deny that adultery is a sin. God does not look for opportunities to "catch" us
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Fourth Sunday of Lent

Readings: 1st Reading: Joshua 5:9a, 10-12 Resp.: Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 2nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 St Paul says that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. This is certainly true of the prodigal son. As his father said, his son was dead but now he has been restored. While God does not want us to stray away from Him, in letting us stray,
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Third Sunday of Lent

Readings: 1st Reading: Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15Resp.: Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 112nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12Gospel: Luke 13:1-9 In the first reading God tells Moses that He will soon deliver His people. In the Gospel He warns the people that they must be careful because judgement is just around the corner. He warns that since they are in sin, things like what happened to the people
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Second Sunday of Lent

Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18Resp.: Psalm 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-142nd Reading: Philippians 3:17-4:1Gospel: Luke 9:28b-36The Transfiguration of Our Lord took place to give his Apostles hope. Despite what would happen to Jesus during his passion, he appeared greater than the two most important people in the Jewish faith: Moses and Elijah.For us, this should be evidence that Heaven does
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First Sunday of Lent

Readings: 1st Reading: Deuteronomy 26:4-10Resp.: Psalm 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-152nd Reading: Romans 10:8-13 Gospel: Luke 4:1-13 Today's Gospel tells us that the three enemies that we have are the flesh, the world and the devil. When the devil tried to tempt Jesus, Jesus would counter that attack with the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us that when we are tempted, God provides
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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-8 Resp.: Psalm 1:1-2, 3,4, 6 (40:5a) 2nd Reading: 1st Corinthians 15:12, 16-20 Gospel: Luke 6:17, 20-26 Jesus tells us in today's Gospel that there are benefits to doing His Father's Will and of course there are detrimental effects if we choose to go against Him. The Beatitudes represented in Luke differ from those listed in Matthew
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The Baptism of the Lord

Readings:1st Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11Resp.: Psalm 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-302nd Reading: Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7Gospel: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22Now that Jesus's birth has been manifested to the world, His ministry begins. Jesus not only tells us what we should do but he actually does what we should do: he is baptized in the River Jordan.Jesus did not need to be baptized like we do. He did not contract
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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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Joint Jubilee Mass of Religious Profession

At Mt. Carmel Center in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, Fr. Jenaro de la Cruz from Burgos, Spain, celebrated his 60th anniversary of profession, and Fr. Sam Anthony Morello of the Sacred Heart, his 65th of profession. Fr. Jenaro opted to speak briefly a er the Communion silence; Fr. Sam Anthony spoke after the Gospel reading. The following is a summary of Fr. Sam Anthony's Reflections,
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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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Second Sunday of Lent Sunday of Lent

Readings:1st Reading: Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18  Responsorial: 116: 10, 15, 16-17, 18-19  2nd Reading: Romans 8:31b-34 Gospel: Mark 9:2-10The inner circle of Apostles, Peter James and John went up the mountain with Jesus where Jesus was transfigured. Jesus's appearance changed to what He is, light – the Light of the world. What we are called to on this earth is not
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1st Sunday of Lent

Readings:1st Reading: Genesis 9:8-15 Responsorial: Psalm 25: 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22 Gospel: Mark 1:12-15Because of rampant sin, God once destroyed almost all people on the earth by means of a flood. Now He has sent us Jesus to save us from sin by means of his passion death and resurrection. He even sent Jesus to Sheol to preach to the
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Some Aspects of Independence Day - July 4th, Civil Religious Liberty, & Authentic Christian Freedom – Part 2

        Under grace, we Catholic-Christians strive for a deeper development of our human personality in the lights of both reason and revelation (rational thinking and God's Word). We Catholics believe that our human DESTINY has been revealed as GOD ALONE. 'We have no purely natural destiny!' That is our Catholic theological conclusion from the collective data of sacred scripture.
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General Chapter - Saturday, May 9

          Yesterday I vented a bit about the, in my view, silliness that befell the Chapter as it began the process of discussing the Chapter's "working document"--a reminder that such a meeting of friars is in its own way no different than a meeting of, say, the members of a labor union. But today we move on. And so, in
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Holy Thursday and Mandatum

Photo from Master of the Housebook (fl. between 1475 and 1500) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsLast year we put together these different quotes from Our Holy Mother, St. Teresa’s works to use for the Mandatum in Community during this Centenary Year (see attached document).COMMUNITY MANDATUMIN THE LIGHT OF OUR HOLY MOTHER, ST. TERESA OF JESUS ~ "Your attitude should be like that of a servant
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