Preaching Notes (9/20)
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Preaching Notes (9/20)

This is not a lesson on labor relations, but another story Jesus tells us to explain God’s Kingdom. Far too many people live and die without discovering the truth that Jesus’ life, death and resurrection brings salvation to the entire world. Jesus invites everyone to work in His vineyard; that is, God’s Kingdom. God uses...

September 20, 2020September 20, 2020by
Preaching Notes (9/13)
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Preaching Notes (9/13)

If we want God to forgive us, we have to forgive other people for their offenses and hurts against us. Our blessed LORD’S teaching extends to every person and every offence. In today’s Gospel, Saint Peter wonders aloud if this simply goes to far when he asks Jesus: How many times must I forgive another?...

September 14, 2020September 14, 2020by
Humility Anchors Love (9/9)
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Humility Anchors Love (9/9)

To be rooted in love we also must be rooted in humility, as only those who are humble are capable of deeply and faithfully loving God and their neighbor. In this regard, don’t stop at the surface and merely consider material items. Humility must reach down into all places our pride wants to occupy including...

September 9, 2020September 9, 2020by
Webinar Notes – Catholics and the Bible II (9/8)
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Webinar Notes – Catholics and the Bible II (9/8)

In the Bible, God speaks to us in a human way; that is, ways we can understand. It is important to be attentive to what the human writers wanted to affirm and to what God wanted to reveal to us by their words. Thus, we need to take into account the conditions, time and culture...

September 8, 2020September 8, 2020by
FEAST: Birth of Mary (9/8)
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FEAST: Birth of Mary (9/8)

Today we commemorate the birth of Mary. Nothing extraordinary accompanied her birth. The Gospels make no mention of the event. The world took no special notice, merely charging onward with its attention fixed squarely upon other interests. Mary’s birthday gives us cause to consider that what gives heaven cause to rejoice often goes unrecognized by...

September 8, 2020September 8, 2020by
Love’s Reach (9/7)
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Love’s Reach (9/7)

If love was determined by our neighbor’s qualities, on their merits or on their worth, or if it was based on the consolations and benefits we receive from them, then it becomes impossible to extend to everyone. Alas, God says it is based on our neighbor’s proximity to Him and, thus, no one can be...

September 7, 2020September 7, 2020by
God’s Command to Love (9/6)
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God’s Command to Love (9/6)

God insists upon being loved in the neighbor. Intentional disciples display a love for God that is decisively real, concrete, practical and practiced with our neighbor.

September 6, 2020September 6, 2020by
Preaching Notes (9/6)
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Preaching Notes (9/6)

Whenever correcting someone, it important to know from where I have received the authority to say this about the matter concerning me. “Seek first to understand, then be understood.” (7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey). Everyone has a story and it is vital to learn it before rendering judgement. Indeed, I want others...

September 6, 2020September 6, 2020by
Webinar Notes – Catholics and The Bible (9/1)
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Webinar Notes – Catholics and The Bible (9/1)

I. WHAT IS THE BIBLE? Bible = biblos (GK), meaning “book”. It is the Book of Books, a library of sorts containing all that God wants us to know about Him. The BIBLE is the inexhaustible word in which God appears, God speaks, God acts. God’s Presence pervades the book and in it God reveals...

September 2, 2020September 8, 2020by
Preaching Notes (8/9)
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Preaching Notes (8/9)

Asked why they train so rigorously, a Navy SEAL first quipped that when the pressure is on they rise to the occasion is a myth.  In actuality, when the pressure is on we fall back to the level of our training. Hence, the essential reason to train hard – very hard! The Gospel drama of...

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