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Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:1st Reading: Deuteronomy 4:1­2, 6­8 Resp.: Psalm 15:2­3, 3­4, 4­5 (1a)2nd Reading: James 1:17­18, 21b­22, 27 Gospel: Mark 7:1­8, 14­15, 21­23Too many times we can be concerned with what we and other people see. In today's readings God is letting us know that what is on the inside is most important. As a people, we
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Nativity of John the Baptist

Readings:1st Reading: Isaiah 49:1-6Resp.:  Psalm 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-152nd Reading: Acts 13:22-26Gospel: Luke 1:57-66, 80John the Baptist is the last of the Old Testament prophets. He heralds the advent of Jesus coming to preach and teach and ultimately die for all our sins. Just as the dawn precedes the day and clouds precede a rainstorm, Jesus was made known to
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Trinity Sunday

[Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsReadings:1st Reading: Deuteronomy 4:32­-34, 39­-40Resp.: Psalm 33:4­5, 6, 18­-19, 20, 222nd Reading: Romans 8:14­-17Gospel: Matthew 28:16­-20The Most Holy Trinity is a mystery. We cannot possibly come near to understanding it completely but we do know some things: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are madly in love
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1st Sunday of Lent

Readings:1st Reading: Genesis 9:8-15 Responsorial: Psalm 25: 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22 Gospel: Mark 1:12-15Because of rampant sin, God once destroyed almost all people on the earth by means of a flood. Now He has sent us Jesus to save us from sin by means of his passion death and resurrection. He even sent Jesus to Sheol to preach to the
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Second Sunday of Advent 'A' Homily – Part 2

John the Baptist          On this Second Sunday of the New Church Year, John the Baptist stands before the ages and us in Chapter 3 of St. Matthew. He shouts out an invitation to repentance. He warns of impending judgment. He exhorts us to find security only int the Lord himself, not in superficial religious identity and external observances:For God can raise up children of
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Second Sunday of Advent 'A' Homily – Part 1

Bernard of Clairvaux          Introduction: How Time flies! Here we are already at the Second Sunday of Advent! And "the world as we know it is passing away" faster than we would like, with ourselves moving right along with it! We move with this Sunday of Advent deeper into the Final Age of the World that announces the absolute End Time, when the Kingdom of God will be definitely
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What “Inside Out” Leaves Out: Only the Most Important Thing of All - Part 2

In the film Riley, like all adolescents, like all of us, is searching for understanding and guidance and maturity and companionship. All of these benefits come to the human person through prayer. And the One who gives guidance and understanding, who fosters human maturity and offers friendship, is God himself. Teresa says, “He becomes one with our lowliness, transforms us into Himself, and effects
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General Chapter - Sunday, May 17

          Today most of the Chapter friars made another Sunday excursion, spending the day first in Medina del Campo, then moving on from there to Segovia--where St. John of the Cross is buried, as you know. But, and here's the rub, I wasn't among them. I simply needed some downtime by myself.          So, I spent
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General Chapter - Friday, May 8

          I don't consider myself old, despite what some say. But I would be willing to use the word "older." Yes, I'll give you that. Indeed, when I look around at the other Chapter friars gathered either in the hall or for meals or mass, something jumps out at me--I certainly am among the older. What is more, it appears as though a generational sea-change
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General Chapter - Tuesday, May 5

          I have yet to adjust to the time change here, which is a 7-hour difference. Thus, I want to sleep in the day and wake at night, like Dracula himself. But this morning the General gave his report to the Chapter, his "State of the Order Report." And though my mind drifted on occasion, and the General's voice sounded every now and then like distant
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