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Homily - Friday 16th Week in Ordinary Time

Jul 30, 2020
James Tissot / Public domainOf the different kinds of soil presented in the parable of the sower I would like to focus on the rocky ground.  This is the person who welcomes the Word of God and it begins to sprout in his heart, but because of lack of perseverance in the face of challenges it cannot grow deep roots and dies.  This is a fairly common scenario.  We have an encounter with
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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jul 19, 2020
Readings:1st Reading: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19vResp. Psalm: Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-162nd Reading: Romans 8:26-27Gospel: Matthew 13:24-43I demand my rights. I want retribution for what I have suffered. You'll pay for this! We've heard something like this before. Well, you know, as Americans, we don't like to suffer injustices. After all, we have the right to a speedy trial, if need be. But what we are hearing
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Carmelite Marian Spirituality

May 10, 2020
During this month of May dedicated to the most Blessed Virgin Mary, I would like to share a reflection on her, the most remarkable woman in history and our Mother in the order of grace.We Carmelites have a most special bond with Our Lady, since we are the first religious order in the West dedicated to her love and service.[1]  In fact, our official name, Discalced
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Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sep 13, 2019
Image by Dominik & Frederike Schneider from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Wisdom 9:13-18bResp. Psalm Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 172nd Reading: Philemon 9-10, 12-17Gospel: Luke 14:25-33God's demands on us are great at times. We either choose Him or the devil, and this is a choice for Him that we have to constantly reaffirm. When Jesus tells us that we have to hate our own blood
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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jul 13, 2019
Readings:1st Reading: Isaiah 66:10-14cResp. Psalm Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 202nd Reading: Galatians 6:14-18Gospel: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20The time to rejoice is now because God's missionaries are being sent throughout the whole world to preach the good news. This will be frightening at times because there are wolves that stand ready to attack and even worse, wolves in sheep's clothing. But Jesus's mission
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Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 23, 2019
Image by Germán R from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Acts 14: 21-27 Resp. Psalm Psalm 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-132nd Reading: Revelation 21:1-5aGospel: John 13:31-33a, 34-35 It is interesting that Jesus said after Judas left (after the Last Supper) that the Son of Man is glorified. It is hard for us to think that Judas's evil deeds could glorify God or any evil deed for that matter. What Jesus
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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Feb 14, 2019
Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8Resp.: Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-82nd Reading: 1st Corinthians 15:1-11Gospel: Luke 5:1-11 Jesus asked his disciples to put the boat out into deep water. This is symbolic of putting greater trust in God. Since we are not sea creatures, going further into deep water is more dangerous and uncomfortable. I remember a spiritual director
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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sep 15, 2018
Readings:1st Reading: Isaiah 50:4c-9aResp.: Psalm 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 (9) 2nd Reading: James 2:14-18Gospel: Mark 8:27-35In today's readings, Jesus is helping us to understand that we live in this world to determine where we will live for eternity. We must follow Jesus as we know, all the way to the Cross. This means that life on earth will be fraught with trials and adversity and unfortunately tragedy
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Wedding at Cana – Part 2 of 2

Feb 20, 2018
Mary and the Mystery of CanaA second very important thing about this gospel is that at the wedding feast at Cana, which symbolized the new Kingdom of grace, the Mother of Jesus was there. Mary’s presence at Cana was not just an aside. She was not there by mistake. She was not there by happenstance.  Notice, the Mary is spoken of in this gospel passage even before Jesus is mentioned.
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Patronage of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Jul 21, 2015
The Mother of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, has been recognized as the Patroness of the Order of Carmel since the 1200’s.  In the Institution of the First Monks [composed in 1391], there is a reference to an ancient tradition that not only recalls the Prophet Elijah as the ‘founder’ of the hermits on Mt. Carmel, but that also recalls that the oratory was named in honor of Mary as
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Homily for Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Jun 12, 2015
"The following homily was given to the friars of the province gathered in San Antonio for our annual provincial assembly on Tuesday, June 9. It is by Fr. Jorge Cabrera, OCD." The readings of the day were FIRST READING 2 Corinthians 1:18-22 Brothers and sisters:As God is faithful, our word to you is not “yes” and “no.”
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Holy Thursday and Mandatum

Apr 03, 2015
Photo from Master of the Housebook (fl. between 1475 and 1500) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsLast year we put together these different quotes from Our Holy Mother, St. Teresa’s works to use for the Mandatum in Community during this Centenary Year (see attached document).COMMUNITY MANDATUMIN THE LIGHT OF OUR HOLY MOTHER, ST. TERESA OF JESUS ~ "Your attitude should be like that of
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