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On Marian Visions

May 24, 2020
As we continue to honor Mary in this month of May I would like share a few words on Marian apparitions or visions[1], a topic I mentioned in my last reflection. I had explained how the relationship of us Carmelites to Our Lady is founded on Sacred Scripture and the Church's teachings more than on these extraordinary phenomena. In this we attempt to live a life similar to hers, which was led by the
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Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 21, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 Resp. Psalm: Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 3:15-18 Gospel: John 14:15-21 Things aren't always what they seem. Usually if we feel comfortable and our surroundings appeal to us we think that we are in the right place, doing the right thing. On the other hand, we can be tempted to believe that just be cause we are
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Palm Sunday

Apr 08, 2020
Readings: Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11 1st Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7 Resp. Psalm Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 2nd Reading: Philippians 2:6-11 Gospel: Matthew 26:14-27:66 We read from Book of the Prophet Isaiah what would happen to Jesus who is called the Suffering Servant. Bishop Sheen once noted that Jesus, Who is God, and since He is God, was able to forecast what would
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Pentecost Sunday

Jun 18, 2019
Image by Jeff Jacobs from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Acts 2:1-11Resp. Psalm Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 342nd Reading: Romans 8:8-17Gospel: John 14:15-16, 23b-26Come Holy Spirit Fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth.God gives
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Ascension Sunday

Jun 04, 2019
Readings:1st Reading: Acts 1:1­11Resp. Psalm Psalm 47:2­3, 6­7, 8­92nd Reading: Ephesians 1:17­23Gospel: Mark 16:15­20Now the disciples will be sent forth: with Jesus's ascent into Heaven and the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, they will be able to carry forth the Great Commission baptizing everyone who wills it and preaching the Gospel.Jesus never told them to be
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Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 31, 2019
Image by PublicDomainPictures from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Acts 15: 1­2, 22­29Resp. Psalm Psalm 67: 2­3, 5, 6, 82nd Reading: Revelation 21:10­14, 22­23Gospel: John 14:23­29In the first reading, it was said to the Gentiles converting to Christianity that circumcision was no longer necessary, however being told that it was necessary by those from Judea.
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Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sep 03, 2018
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

Jun 25, 2018
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

May 27, 2018
[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

Feb 17, 2018
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

Dec 10, 2016
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

Dec 09, 2016
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

Oct 24, 2015
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

May 18, 2015
          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

May 09, 2015
          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

May 07, 2015
          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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