14th Sunday Ordinary Time [C] July 7, 2019
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14th Sunday Ordinary Time [C] July 7, 2019

Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 Jesus sends His disciples out like sheep among wolves. Humanly speaking such a mission is utterly reckless. Supernaturally, however, our victory has been won by Jesus, the “Lamb that that slain.” BRINGING PEACE TO A WORLD THAT LACKS IT 14 Sunday in Ordinary Time [C] Today’s Gospel recounts Our Blessed Lord Jesus...

July 6, 2019July 6, 2019by
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
EASTER Second Sunday [B] April 8, 2018
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EASTER Second Sunday [B] April 8, 2018

GOSPEL READING / John 20:19-31 The Gospel portrays two appearances of the Risen Lord Jesus. First, the Resurrected Christ appears to the disciples on Easter evening and, then, a week later. He does not wield vengeance for their shameful fleeing and lack of faith but instead extends to each and every one of them perfect peace....

April 4, 2018February 6, 2019by
Seventh Beatitude
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Seventh Beatitude

Blessed the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matthew 5:9). What a twisted, fallen and broken world it is in which we live. Roughly 160 miles long and 2.5 miles wide the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) still divides the Korean Peninsula with millions of troops poised and ready for battle. The world hails...

February 6, 2017February 8, 2017by
God’s Gift of Peace
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God’s Gift of Peace

Real and genuine peace is neither a superficial detente nor some vague sentiment. Properly understood and experienced, peace is God’s gift. Jesus bestows the gift of His presence and power to us which we receive as peace. He says not once by twice to His disciples, “Peace be with you” (John 20:19, 21). Christ’s peace comes...

November 29, 2016November 29, 2016by
Promoting Peace (12/31)
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Promoting Peace (12/31)

The best way to promote peace and justice is by our daring to live today like real children of God.

December 31, 2015December 31, 2015by
Peace is God’s Gift (12/1)
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Peace is God’s Gift (12/1)

“They shall not harm or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea” (Isaiah 11:9). The prophet Isaiah beautifully employs the image a mountain to proclaim the truth that peace, properly understood, is a gift of God, a divine grace. To...

December 2, 2015December 2, 2015by
Prayer for Peace
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Prayer for Peace

Astonishingly reminiscent of the meaning and message of the first Pentecost, last night Pope Francis was joined at the Vatican by the Presidents of Palestine and Israel, Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres, along with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, and delegations representing Jews, Christians and Muslims, all of whom prayed for peace in...

June 9, 2014June 9, 2014by
A Special Prayer for Peace
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A Special Prayer for Peace

With the deeply unnerving events happening in Massachusetts and Texas, I am happy to share with you a prayer for peace from a remarkable disciple of Christ and great citizen of this county. Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini, more commonly called “Mother Cabrini”. is the first United States citizen to be canonized as saint and her...

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