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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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Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sep 24, 2019
Image by Gerd Altmann from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Amos 8:4-7Resp. Psalm Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-82nd Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-8Gospel: Luke 16:1-13Some people do not understand the Gospel reading about the dishonest steward. Jesus is not telling us to lie or to steal as the dishonest steward did. He is pointing out that the tools or the lengths he went through to ensure that he would
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Twenty-Second Sunday on Ordinary Time

Sep 06, 2019
Image by alessandro bonini from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29Resp. Psalm Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-112nd Reading: Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24aGospel: Luke 14:1, 7-14Humility is one one the main themes that has been in the readings at Sunday Mass this summer. We need to be truthful before God otherwise we cannot make spiritual progress. If we go to the doctor and don't
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First Sunday of Advent

Dec 11, 2018
Readings:1st Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16Resp.: Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 (1b)2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2Gospel: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36The Advent season has two parts. From the beginning of Advent until December 16, we are concerned with the Second Coming of Christ and the end of the world—the final or general judgement. During the second half we are reminded
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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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St. Therese, the Little Flower in My Life

Apr 04, 2014
1939 was an important time in the life of my parents, Irene and Tucker Bowen.They had been married 8 years and had no children but both of them desperately wanted one. Irene had a malformed uterus and so she went to the doctor who worked on her and miracles do happen because she conceived after only one year of treatment. They were both so happy to be able now to have a child. My mother had a good
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