Mass is the Center (9/17)
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Mass is the Center (9/17)

Mass is the center of the Christian life. Everything else Christian – the prayers we pray, the Scripture we read, the corporal works of mercy we perform, the spiritual disciplines we practice – finds their meaning in the Mass and never apart from it.

September 17, 2019September 17, 2019by
What Is Mass? (9/17)
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What Is Mass? (9/17)

“Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19) At every Mass, God expects us to do something. God expects us to present ourselves as we are ever in need of His power, His grace. It is for each of us at Mass to make self-offerings – offering to God our labors, our joys, our sufferings,...

September 17, 2019September 17, 2019by
God Alone (9/11)
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God Alone (9/11)

“God Alone” is the motto and the title of the collected writings of the popular French priest and author Saint Louis de Montfort (d. 1716). Look to Christ. Resist temptations to elicit affirmation for what you do and recognition for what you accomplish. Furthermore, don’t expect others similarly laboring for Christ to understand you. Don’t worry...

September 11, 2019September 11, 2019by
It’s Hard to be Humble (9/3)
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It’s Hard to be Humble (9/3)

Humility is to charity what the foundation is to a building. Although the foundation is separate from the building, it is essential. The more secure the foundation, the more stable the structure. In this very way humility is the bedrock of Christian life and intentional discipleship. Sometimes God applies a severe mercy to deepen the...

September 3, 2019September 3, 2019by
Martha and Mary II (7/18)
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Martha and Mary II (7/18)

Progress in the interior life leads to sharing love more generously and cheerfully. The contemplative soul becomes the ever more loving soul. When our sights are set squarely on Christ, we meet Him in all our activities.

July 18, 2019July 18, 2019by
Martha and Mary (7/16)
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Martha and Mary (7/16)

This Sunday we will hear the short Gospel account of Jesus visiting Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42). Committed Christians experience increasing desires for solitude and generosity. Committed communities of believers – parishes – witness the same. Sadly, such can be especially difficult to find. Intentional disciples want to pray silently, to sit at the feet...

July 16, 2019July 16, 2019by
Spiritual Pursuit (7/9)
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Spiritual Pursuit (7/9)

The spiritual life likens a child who comes upon a crossroad. The two diverging roads require a decision. Actually the choice remains a daily resolution, even moment to moment. One way leads the soul ever more entirely into the calm and confidence of God’s Kingdom. The other is a riotous self-referential route unable to satisfy....

July 9, 2019July 9, 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
Keeping Faith (7/1)
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Keeping Faith (7/1)

There is nary anything easy about persevering in faith. Saint Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower, writes of her bitter struggle to keep the faith: “I try to live by faith, even though it affords me no consolation. I have made more acts of faith during the past year than in all the rest of my...

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