May 2019

Reflection May 31

2019-05-23T20:57:41-05:00May 31st, 2019|Reflections|

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Luke 1: 39-56

Lord, as we celebrate Mary’s Visitation today may we be inspired by her Magnificat in our work for social justice and peace. We pray for the Church throughout the world, that it may be a voice for those who lack even the basic necessities of life, tirelessly serving them and calling for change. Amen.

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Reflection May 30

2019-05-23T20:56:41-05:00May 30th, 2019|Reflections|

The Ascension of the Lord

Luke: 24:46-53

Before Jesus left his friends he gave to them their life direction, he told them what he expected of them. “You are to be my witnesses even to the ends of the earth.”  He made it very clear that we as his followers have a specific purpose in life – namely to share his message of love.

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Reflection May 29

2019-05-23T20:55:21-05:00May 29th, 2019|Reflections|

John 16:12-15

When our thinking mind reaches its limit, God steps in. Truth is not our discovery; it is God’s gift. The nearer we live to Jesus, the better we will know him and the more we become like him and the more he will tell us. Jesus is the revelation of God and we must be the revelation of Jesus.

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Reflection May 28

2019-05-23T20:54:26-05:00May 28th, 2019|Reflections|

Acts 16:22-34

It is interesting that Paul, once a great persecutor of others, is now willing to be the persecuted one, in order to bring God’s peace to the world. Paul has learned the way of Christ Jesus. It is not soft or sentimental, neither is it aggressive or destructive. It is the “way of the cross,” and it leads to life.

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Reflection May 27

2019-05-23T20:53:40-05:00May 27th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Augustine of Canterbury

John 15:26-16:4

As Pope Francis said: “There are people who believe they are righteous, follow the catechism well enough and abide by the Christian faith, but they don’t have the experience of having been saved.” Today we pray that God will help us to respond to injustice and violence with the power of simple charity and respect. Never give up on living the Gospel.

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Reflection May 26

2019-05-23T20:52:46-05:00May 26th, 2019|Reflections|

Sixth Sunday of Easter

John 14:23-29

To be a person of faith does not simply mean believing in God as creator of the universe, but experiencing him as a living presence who walks with us down all the roads of life. What a tremendous difference it would make in our lives if we could translate our faith in God from abstract theory to personal experience. I am confident that everyone reading this believes in God, but I wonder how many of us experience him, as a daily living presence in our lives.

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Reflection May 25

2019-05-23T20:51:58-05:00May 25th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Bede the Venerable, St. Gregory VII, St. M. Magdalene de Pazzi

John 15:18-21

In a TV interview with William F. Buckley, Malcolm Muggeridge told the story of a little old lady who saw a production of Shakespeare’s King Lear and was horrified at how much the main character had to suffer.  When she went to heaven, the old lady met Shakespeare and scolded him for putting King Lear through such tragic pain. “Yes, you’re right, Shakespeare agreed. I could have given him a sedative at the end of Act I but then there would have been no play.” We are called to be witnesses of Jesus’ life in today’s world.  If it is not challenging and painful then we are not doing the job we are supposed to be doing.

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Reflection May 24

2019-05-23T20:51:09-05:00May 24th, 2019|Reflections|

Acts 15:22-31

The delivered letter in this passage gives information, but the personal meeting gives heartfelt reassurance and encouragement. To know that differences have been settled is one thing, but to meet people face to face and to be reassured by them that all is well, that is special. That is the personal touch that truly warms the heart. [Disney Motto- The personal touch is a way of life, a vital ingredient in our success.] It is amazing today how many people will hide behind email or texting to avoided personal contact.

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Reflection May 23

2019-05-22T20:49:06-05:00May 23rd, 2019|Reflections|

John 15:9-11

A true disciple will enrich his or her life by contact with Christ which will make him or her a “fruitful branch.” Also, in doing this, the person will bring glory to God. In this way, God is glorified. It is not we who have chosen God, but God who in His grace has approached us with a call and an offer made out of His love. We are chosen for joy. However hard the Christian way is, it is the way of joy. There is always joy in doing the right thing.

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Reflection May 22

2019-05-21T08:57:53-05:00May 22nd, 2019|Reflections|

St. Rita of Cascia

John 15:1-8

Jesus wants us to bear much fruit, to be unusually productive in our Christian life. This only happens when we are grafted onto the true vine. Christ and his energy flows through our love and compassion and only then we produce much fruit.

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