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...

August 10, 2020August 10, 2020by
Preaching Notes (7/26)
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Preaching Notes (7/26)

Jesus uses two more images to emphasize the ultimate importance of God’s Kingdom (Matthew 13:44-46). The treasure accents God’s unexpected super abundance. We image people mindlessly walking atop the treasure in the field. It is there all along and unrecognized! Finally stumbled upon it represents a sudden and unexpected in-breaking of divine grace. The pearl...

July 27, 2020July 27, 2020by
Respond Positively (7/24)
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Respond Positively (7/24)

God graciously extends to us an invitation for deep, personal relationship with Him. Jesus’ words and actions demand a response. Cultivating daily prayer, practicing charity and living gratefully is the response of an intention disciple.

July 24, 2020July 24, 2020by
Preaching Notes – Sunday 7/19
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Preaching Notes – Sunday 7/19

God’s Word provides the clear pathway toward reducing worry, fear, and anxiety. The natural response to worry is trying to change the negative feelings – agitation, discouragement, edginess, impatience. Merely setting out to feel different fails to resolve the struggle fear causes. Simple biblical steps make possible a supernatural response to these threats to happiness...

July 20, 2020July 20, 2020by
Daily Trials (7/20)
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Daily Trials (7/20)

Every event of each day provides an opportunity to grow in grace and draw closer to Jesus. In times of temptation, Jesus is present, asking me to grasp this chance to imitate Him more closely by following his counsels. Tempted to impatience 50 times a day? “..learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly...

July 20, 2020July 20, 2020by
Preaching Notes (7/12)
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Preaching Notes (7/12)

“…He [Jesus] got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore” (Matthew 13:2). Moving from homes, to the sea shore then into a boat, Jesus leads His followers away from the familiar into the frontier. Jesus deeply desires that we see clearly God’s Kingdom and live in it more...

July 13, 2020July 13, 2020by
Thérèse and Mercy (7/9)
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Thérèse and Mercy (7/9)

God’s mercy is central to the life of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower, as she attests in her autobiography Story of a Soul: “Most of all I imitate the conduct of Magdalene; her astonishing or rather her loving audacity which charms the Heart of Jesus also attracts my own. Yes, I feel it; even...

July 9, 2020July 9, 2020by
Little Flower Live! – Notes (7/7)
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Little Flower Live! – Notes (7/7)

Friends, I am happy to share notes from our weekly our weekly parish webinar “Little Flower Live!” broadcast on Tuesday, July 7 at 8:00PM. Our Coordinator of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Deb Kelleher joined Sister Marilyn Marie to outline our 2020-21 Faith Formation initiative for families with children through Grade 6. Your suggestions, ideas...

July 8, 2020July 8, 2020by