For Your Consideration Today (11/3)
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For Your Consideration Today (11/3)

Below is part of my early morning prayer with Sacred Scripture that I am moved to share with you. “Open the gates,     that the righteous nation that keeps faith may enter in. You keep those in perfect peace     whose mind is stayed on you,     because they trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever,     for the Lord God is...

November 3, 2020November 3, 2020by
Feast of All Souls (11/2)
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Feast of All Souls (11/2)

Our faith is anchored in a blessed resurrection. We profess to be immortals walking through time. Yesterday we contemplated the Church triumphant, heralding the searing love of the saints and imploring their help while we still are this side of heaven. Today we place before us the Church suffering, begging mercy upon the souls in...

November 2, 2020November 2, 2020by
Feast of All Saints – Part 2 (11/1)
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Feast of All Saints – Part 2 (11/1)

We want to become saints but in the easiest way possible. We are all for practicing virtue, but up to a certain point that does not require us to go against the grain. Our advancing in holiness depends going beyond where we currently are. Adversity stretches our faith, hope and love. Without challenge, we will...

November 1, 2020November 1, 2020by
Feast of All Saints – Part 1 (11/1)
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Feast of All Saints – Part 1 (11/1)

Everyone soul in heaven is a saint. The Church formally recognizes a small number of the great multitude. The vast majority, however, are unknown to us. Humble people who lived obscurely in their love of God and love of neighbor, without self-promotion and free from pretention, they simply sought to stay faithful to their baptismal...

November 1, 2020November 1, 2020by
Preaching Notes / (Sun) November 1, 2020
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Preaching Notes / (Sun) November 1, 2020

In today’s Gospel, the “Beatitudes,” Jesus describes both the way already chosen by the ones we honor and sets forth the spiritual habits those of us who remain must acquire and practice in order to one day join the saints (Matthew 5:1-12). What does Jesus mean to be “blessed”? For Jesus, “blessed” is the actual...

November 1, 2020November 1, 2020by
Preaching Notes (Sun) October 25, 2020
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Preaching Notes (Sun) October 25, 2020

“Jesus said: ‘You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.'” (Matthew 22:37-40)...

October 26, 2020October 30, 2020by
A Few Clarifications regarding Pope Francis’ same-sex union opinion (10/22)
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A Few Clarifications regarding Pope Francis’ same-sex union opinion (10/22)

Comments recently opined by Pope Francis regarding same-sex unions have fueled a firestorm of response.  Having received a deluge of questions from parishioners and priests who trying to make sense of what he said in only the first 24 hours, I humbly offer these clarifying points. Church teaching has not been changed; marriage remains a...

October 22, 2020October 22, 2020by
Just Show Up (10/20)
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Just Show Up (10/20)

Intentional disciples know that the most important moment is same every single day: pausing to pray. Sometimes prayer wildly expands my awareness of God in wonderfully personal way. In these moments time stops and distractions cease because I am enveloped by His love and mercy. Prayer is conversation with God. It likens easy sharing between...

October 20, 2020October 20, 2020by
29th Sunday A (10/19/20)
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29th Sunday A (10/19/20)

Matthew 22:15-21 The question asked of Jesus in the Gospel is set as a political trap. By saying “yes” Jesus contradicts the people’s privileged relationship with God and disavows their striving for political freedom. By saying “no” Jesus places Himself on the side of the Zealots who aggressively are seeking liberation against Roman rule. For...

October 18, 2020October 18, 2020by
Little Flower Live Notes – “What Is The Bible?” (10/13)
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Little Flower Live Notes – “What Is The Bible?” (10/13)

Understanding Scripture Fundamental attitude of mind in Scripture – aspiration toward God, love reaching out to Him, the ardent desire to be with Him now and forever – is the only thing enabling us to penetrate its Mystery. Not principally a document to study, but God Himself Whom we encounter You can only come to...

October 14, 2020October 14, 2020by