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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sep 11, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Ezekiel 33:7-9 Resp. Psalm: Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-92nd Reading: Romans 13:8-10Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20In today's Gospel Peter is praised by Jesus, and the next minute it seems, Jesus is calling Peter Satan. Peter is using worldly understanding and does not want Jesus to suffer on the Cross and for us to eventually do the same. It is not that Jesus wants to see us all
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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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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Aug 13, 2020
Paul Brill / Public domainReadings:1st Reading: 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a Resp. Psalm: Psalm 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-142nd Reading: Romans 9:1-5 Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33 What our readings tell us today is that we have to have faith in God.In the First Reading Elijah searched for God. But before Elijah got to the cave when God spoke to him, he had been traveling
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Eighteenth Stunday in Ordinary Time

Aug 07, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 55:1-3 Resp. Psalm: Psalm 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-182nd Reading: Romans 8:35-39Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21 It is a trick of the devil to try to make us think and believe that nobody loves us – that God does not exist. That God is always ready to punish us and watches our every move so that He can get us back. This is not true at all. God loves us. He gives
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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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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jul 28, 2020
unknown, originally uploaded by User:Alex Bakharev / Public domainReadings:1st Reading: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12Resp. Psalm: Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130 2nd Reading: Romans 8:28-30Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52Today's Gospel is a continuation of last week's Gospel. Last week, Jesus talked about the good plants and the bad weeds. Both will be allowed to grow until harvest time, at which time the
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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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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jul 12, 2020
Readings:1st Reading: Isaiah 55:10-11Resp. Psalm: Psalm 65:10, 11, 12-13, 142nd Reading: Romans 8:18-23Gospel: Matthew 13:1-23In the first reading the prophet Isaiah said that God's Word has an effect. Just as water from Heaven in the form of rain makes the earth fertile and makes plants and trees grow and bear fruit, listening and acting on God's Word will make us grown in the faith, and help the
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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jul 03, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Zechariah 9:9-10Resp. Psalm: Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-142nd Reading: Romans 8:9, 11-13Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30In this time when we hear so much about injustice which has been going on for centuries, we need to remember that we have the remedy: Jesus! In the first reading from Zechariah, we heard that Jesus is a Just Savior and, we also heard a forecast: He will enter
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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jul 01, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16Resp. Psalm: Psalm 89:2-3, 16-17, 18-192nd Reading: Romans 6:3-4, 8-11Gospel: Matthew 10:37-42God always knows what we need before we do. We read that the Prophet Elisha helped the family that provided for him. God is always willing to help us and especially those that provide for His Church and His ministers. He established His Church on earth to give
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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Times

Jun 25, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 20:10-13 Resp. Psalm: Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-352nd Reading: Romans 5:12-15 Gospel: Matthew 10:26-33 The only truly just One is God. We know that when we are judged at the end of our lives, as St. John of the Cross tells us, it will be done in love. Times of examination can be scary, like going to the doctor, evaluations at school or at work, going
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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Jun 12, 2020
Szymon Czechowicz / Public domainReadings: 1st Reading: Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9Resp. Psalm: Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 552nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13Gospel: John 3:16-18God is Love. Jesus, God's only Son is Love and the Holy Spirit is Love. Jesus revealed to us while he was on earth that God is three in One. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Now in technical theological language,
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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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Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 10, 2020
Readings:1st Reading: Acts 6:1-7Resp. Psalm Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-192nd Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-9 Gospel: John 14:1-12 Given the lack of belief among the Apostles it is understandable that Jesus would reassure the people that He has a place awaiting them in Heaven if they listen to Him and do their best. It is never God's
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Easter Reflection

Apr 15, 2020
With Christ's Resurrection God fully reveals the new logic of his Kingdom, a logic that defies worldly values and categories, and transcends human logic. It is a new order of things that is always surprising and uplifting, showing that his love in its apparent weakness and inefficiency is the greatest power in the universe and the only one capable of redeeming all
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Easter Sunday

Apr 14, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Resp. Psalm Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-232nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 Gospel: John 20:1-9 The Lord is risen! Alleluia! We thank the Lord most profusely for the wonders that He has done for us. Even though we celebrate Easter this year in the midst of sadness and concern, we still do thank the Lord because He will rescue all who believe
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Reflections from Mount Carmel Center - April 7, 2020

Apr 14, 2020
I would like to share a few more thoughts about the topic addressed last time, which was the reactions many are having about the bishops' response to the present pandemic. I know there are many brave Catholics who are very much willing to risk their lives in order to receive the Sacraments, and that is very laudable. However, this is not just about the impact that
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Fourth Sunday of Easter

May 16, 2019
Image by analogicus from PixabayReadings: 1st Reading: Acts 13: 14, 43-52Resp. Psalm Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 52nd Reading: Revelation 7:9, 14b-17Gospel: John 10:27-30 In today's Gospel, Jesus is the Shepherd of the sheep. When Jesus calls his sheep, they know what his voice sounds like since he is the Shepherd, so they can respond to Him.Sometimes we might wonder about the Will of God. How do we
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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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Solemnity of Christ the King

Dec 07, 2018
Readings:1st Reading: Daniel 7:13­14Resp.: Psalm 93:1, 1­2, 5 (1a)2nd Reading: Revelation 1:5­8Gospel: John 18:33b­37 The inscription on the top of the Cross on Calvary said Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum ­ Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews. It was written in the three known world languages of the time. There was no mistaking this. The Pharisees complained but Pilate stood
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Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nov 21, 2018
Readings:1st Reading: 1 Kings 17:10­16Resp.: Psalm 146:7, 8­9, 9­102nd Reading: Hebrews 9:24­28Gospel: Mark 12:38­44 The theme of today's readings is generosity. The widow in Zarephath and the poor widow in the Gospel gave to the point of detriment to themselves. Last week we were told to love God with our all, and today two examples are given
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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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Third Sunday of Lent

Mar 06, 2018
Readings:1st Reading: Exodus 20:1­17 Responsorial: 19:8, 9, 10, 112nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:22­25 Gospel: John 2:13­25God has perfect timing. The Israelites were not given the Ten Commandments until the right time. If God is truly God, then everything about Him is perfect. We unfortunately tend not to see this because of our sinfulness. God asks
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Wedding at Cana – Part 1 of 2

Feb 02, 2018
Let’s begin with a little humor: There is a story about a priest named Fr. Murphy who went to visit a family in his small-town parish for a holiday meal. They all had a great dinner during which the wine flowed rather freely. Then it came time for Father to return home.The man hosting the meal said, “Hey Father we still have a half-bottle of wine left from the meal. I’m going to put
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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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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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General Chapter - Tuesday, May 19

May 21, 2015
          Today was the first of two days devoted to the presence and participation of the nuns at the Chapter. It was also the first day since the start of Chapter that the heavens opened and it rained. What is one to make of that? I don't know. But it must mean something.           There are, I believe, 18 sisters
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General Chapter - Monday, May 18

May 21, 2015
          In this morning's first session we returned to the topic of Saturday, namely, formation. The responses submitted by the coetus groups following their discussions Saturday afternoon were summarized for us by the day's moderator. Then the floor was opened for further comment.           You know, that's
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Poem for Holy Saturday

Apr 04, 2015
Here is a poem based on the picture below. We usually read it in Community on Holy Saturday.Behold your MotherBy M. Teresa Margaret (foundress of the Lafayette Carmel)Mother of Sorrows, Mother of CompassionMother of Light-creating Serenity!            Vessel of muted grief, influencing her    slight frame into limp linen sinking to the ground—   
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Lenten Meditations with St. Teresa of Avila at Little Flower Basilica, San Antonio

Apr 14, 2014
From Monday March 31st to Friday April 4th the Discalced Carmelite Friars of our San Antonio community gave the parishioners of Little Flower Church a series of lenten meditations based on St. Teresa’s writings. These were offered both in English and Spanish and were well attended by a group of some of our enthusiastic parishioners. The Pastor, Fr. Luis G. Belmonte chose different and very evocative
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