River of Peace (7/6)
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River of Peace (7/6)

This weekend we hear utterly astonishing words from Isaiah pronounced 800 years before the Messiah’s arrival. These prophetic words are fulfilled perfectly in Christ Jesus the Lord: I will spread prosperity over her like a river, like an overflowing torrent (Isaiah 66:12). The “her” is the new Jerusalem – the Church – which includes each...

July 6, 2019July 6, 2019by
Feast Day: Catherine of Siena (4/29)
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Feast Day: Catherine of Siena (4/29)

It was an especially troublesome time into which Catherine Benincasa was born in 1347. The popes had fled scandal-laden Rome and were leading from Avignon in the south of France.  Our blessed Lord placed upon Catherine’s heart and unmistakable mission to champion urgently needed restoration of Church life. Taking to heart Jesus’ words and actions,...

Throne of the Cross (4/15)
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Throne of the Cross (4/15)

It is from the throne of the Cross that Jesus draws all things to Himself. This week especially avail yourself of the full merits of His sorrowful Passion. Accept His gift first by asking for it. He so deeply desires that you do.

Reflections on the Church Scandal – Part 2
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Reflections on the Church Scandal – Part 2

Jesus then said, “Do you also want to leave?” (John 6:67). Our blessed Lord poises this question to us all and in this moment His words are marked by a particular urgency. 1) From the beginning, the devil has sought to devour and destroy humanity who God dared to fashion in the divine image. Jesus...

August 31, 2018March 28, 2019by
True Love (9/11)
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True Love (9/11)

God made us in His image. Sin soils the divine likeness. It is a powerful display of love when we let others know out of genuine concern for their well-being that their attitudes and actions are trending toward disaster. So, too, are we loved when others charitably correct our faults. Indeed, this is Church as...

September 11, 2017September 11, 2017by
Preaching Notes (Sun) August 27
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Preaching Notes (Sun) August 27

“And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). The biblical word translated “church” is ekklesia. It means (the totality of) those who are called out. Three crucial questions. Who calls? From what...

August 27, 2017August 27, 2017by
The Hope of Heaven
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The Hope of Heaven

Not only is heaven real, but Jesus also wants us to know that He has a place prepared for us. Jesus eagerly expects our arrival! This is the same Risen Lord Jesus who is with us always and with whom an irrevocable friendship has been forged through baptism and strengthened by means of living in...

May 25, 2014May 25, 2014by
CELEBRATING PENTECOST
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CELEBRATING PENTECOST

In the Old Testament, the People of God celebrated a FIFTIETH DAY FEAST.  Known as SHAVOUT, this sacred event commemorated the descent of God’s Law to Moses on Mount Sinai fifty days after the Exodus commenced. Fifty days after the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles and first...

May 20, 2013May 20, 2013by