Preaching Notes (Sun) 2/28
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Preaching Notes (Sun) 2/28

God draws those who belong to Him from the world to Himself. In the account of Jesus’ Transfiguration (Mark 9:2-10), Jesus draws Peter, James and John from the world to Himself – and by extension the whole Church. Why? Because we belong to God. I remember coming of age in a more distinctly Catholic culture...

March 1, 2021March 1, 2021by
Practicing Penance (2/24)
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Practicing Penance (2/24)

Some mistakenly thing penance is a Lent thing. Actually it is a feature presentation of daily living. Typically, many opportunities for practicing penance are baked into our ordinary experience. Jose Maria Escrivá (+1975) offers many practical examples of doing daily penance. Penance is following through on promises to self and others, even though we are...

February 24, 2021February 24, 2021by
FEAST: The Chair of Saint Peter (2/22)
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FEAST: The Chair of Saint Peter (2/22)

“The Lord said to Simon Peter: ‘I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers’ “(Luke 22:32). +++ Today’s feast heightens our love for the Church to which we belong. The “chair” of Peter represents the authority Christ Jesus gave to Peter and...

February 22, 2021February 22, 2021by
First Sunday of Lent (2/21)
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First Sunday of Lent (2/21)

It is impossible to live without temptations. Christian virtue does not rid us of temptations but equips us to overcome them. If God permits us to be tempted, He never allows us us to be tempted beyond our capacity. In every temptation grace is present and available to overcome it. Intentional disciples seek to connect with...

February 21, 2021February 21, 2021by
Ash Wednesday (2/17)
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Ash Wednesday (2/17)

“You are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19). After Adam sinned, God speaks these words to him.  Today we repeat them to every Christian in order to remind us of two central truths: our nothingness and the reality of death. The ashes sprinkled atop our heads have no substance. The slightest movement...

February 16, 2021February 16, 2021by
Nearly Lent 2021 (2/16)
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Nearly Lent 2021 (2/16)

This Lent go deep. Permit divine grace to change you. Resolve to connect daily with Jesus. Don’t worry about feelings or results of personal prayer, just make good on your commitment to converse with God. Simply put, show up.  These special weeks are all about maturing spiritually. Jesus wants you to be more wholeheartedly united...

February 16, 2021February 16, 2021by
Living Together (2/8)
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Living Together (2/8)

At daily Mass, today we begin working our way through the first book of the Bible – the Book of Genesis. It starts with the account of creation. We hear that God crowns all that He has done with humanity whom He fashions in His very own image and likeness. God makes us for Him...

February 8, 2021February 8, 2021by
Preaching Notes (2/7)
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Preaching Notes (2/7)

Intentional disciples cheerfully announce the truth of God’s mercy and the joy of following Christ closely. Grace make this possible. On our part, we first have to want to receive it and, then, permit it to move us to live charity with everyone better.  

February 7, 2021February 7, 2021by
Caring for the Ill and Afflicted (2/4)
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Caring for the Ill and Afflicted (2/4)

Time and again our blessed LORD shows compassion towards people suffering illness and every kind of pain. There are so many wonderful ways we can care for the ill and afflicted in imitation of Jesus! Connecting with them as often as possible and in varied ways. Displaying tenderness that helps to lower their discomfort, anxiety...

February 4, 2021February 4, 2021by
Avoiding Sin (2/1)
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Avoiding Sin (2/1)

I do not like mushrooms. I have no difficulty avoiding them and precious few get through to my stomach. My aversion toward mushrooms provides me with the faintest glimmer of how I adverse I must be toward offending God’s sovereign goodness in my daily living. Intentional disciples display a heightened distaste of missing the mark...

February 1, 2021February 1, 2021by