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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Aug 24, 2020
Domenico Ghirlandaio / Public domainReadings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 22:19-23 Resp. Psalm: Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 82nd Reading: Romans 11:33-36Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20 Jesus said, And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. First of all, let us go to the OT and recall that in the Psalms, God
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Reflections from Mount Carmel Center - March 29, 2020

Apr 08, 2020
I pray you are all well as we continue to face these unprecedented circumstances in our world today. It is our intention at Mt. Carmel Center to stay in communication with all of you by sharing some reflections as we continue this time of both challenge and grace.I know people have different opinions in regards to the restrictions implemented by our civil and religious leaders in response to the pandemic
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Third Sunday of Easter

May 09, 2019
Image by Manfred Richter from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41Resp. Psalm Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 132nd Reading: Revelation 5:11-14Gospel: John 21:1-19 Even though very great things can happen in our lives we have a tendency to go back to the mundane. This unfortunately is also true for the great graces that God gives us from time to time. St Peter was doing just this when he decided
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Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nov 04, 2018
Readings:1st Reading: Deuteronomy 6:2­6Resp.: Psalm 18:2­3, 3­4, 47, 512nd Reading: Hebrews 7:23­28Gospel: Mark 12:28b­34 Today's readings are very easy to understand. We know what we are being told but how do we do it? People tell us to be nice, to be good, or to love. What exactly is meant by this? Does being nice mean that I should
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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Oct 02, 2018
Readings:1st Reading: Numbers 11:25-29Resp.: Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14 (9a)2nd Reading: James 5:1-6Gospel: Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 This Sunday's readings remind us that we live for the next world, not for this one. What does it matter if we don't have things in our lives the way we would prefer? If we suffer these losses for the sake of God's Kingdom, that is,
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Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 07, 2018
Readings:1st Reading: Acts 9:26­-31Resp.: Psalm 22:26­-27, 28, 30, 31­-32 (26a) 2nd Reading: 1 John 3:18­-24Gospel: John 15: 1­8There are times that I've asked – why are we doing things this way? And the usual answer was ­ because we've always done it this way. There are at least two responses to that: if its working, lets continue but if we can do better, we need
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Fourth Sunday of Lent 'B'

Mar 11, 2018
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An Aesthetic Moment, A Moment of Grace

Jan 06, 2016
        Recently, while on the road shopping for groceries, I happened to be listening to a classical music station on the radio.  Before the next featured piece was broadcast, a piece for violin, it was announced that this piece the violinist—a woman with the last name of Marcovici—was about to play was a piece originally written for a movie, I’ve
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