August 2019

Reflection August 22

2019-08-05T14:32:23-05:00August 22nd, 2019|Reflections|

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Matthew 22:1-14

Today’s story, like the whole Gospel, is a decision story. Will we accept God’s invitation each day to draw closer to him? How interested are we and how committed are we to our faith? Will we make the sacrifice to live the Catholic-Christian life each day? The greatest danger is simply ignoring the invitation.

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Reflection August 21

2019-08-05T14:31:04-05:00August 21st, 2019|Reflections|

St. Pius X

Matthew 20:1-16

My friends, there is an element of unfairness in this world. We sometimes get worse or less than we deserve. This is true. But we sometimes get more or better than we deserve. If we kept score, I suspect we would discover that, for most of us, the balance is in our favor. So maybe today we should all pause for a moment take a look at our lives and not that of others and then thank God for the goodness he has placed in us.

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Reflection August 20

2019-08-05T14:30:04-05:00August 20th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Bernard

Matthew 19:23-30

Riches tend to make us selfish. However much a person has, that person always wants more. The struggle to maintain what we have and to acquire more makes our life a strenuous struggle. Jesus did not say that it was impossible for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Zacchaeus was one of the richest men in Jericho, yet he found the way in. On what are we focused?

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Reflection August 19

2019-08-05T14:28:58-05:00August 19th, 2019|Reflections|

St. John Eudes

Matthew 19:16-22

It becomes very clear in this gospel that the essence of eternal life is not a carefully calculated keeping of the commandments and the rules and the regulations. Eternal life is based on an attitude of loving and sacrificial generosity toward our fellow human beings. We will find eternal life, peace of mind, joy, serenity of heart in sharing God’s attitude of love and care to all those around us.

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Reflection August 18

2019-08-05T14:27:43-05:00August 18th, 2019|Reflections|

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 12:49-53

The Gospel calls us to risk power, prestige and even acceptance for the sake of the “fire” of equality, justice, compassion and reconciliation that every individual possesses by virtue of being a son and daughter of God. We pray today that we may be transformed in the “fire” of God’s selfless love. We need to take on the “risks” of living our baptisms so that we may be sources of healing and the means of peace in our communities.

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Reflection August 17

2019-08-05T14:26:33-05:00August 17th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 19:13-15

It is the gifts of children that we need to rediscover; simplicity, a sense of dependency, humility, lightheartedness, inquisitiveness and any other virtue or trait that you can imagine in a child. Let’s set aside our sophistication and bow our heads to be touched by the hands of Jesus.

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Reflection August 16

2019-08-05T14:25:31-05:00August 16th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Stephen of Hungary

Matthew 19:3-12

My friends, the beginning and foundation of a solid spirituality is to accept myself with all its limitations and to be who I am. So many souls miss their chance of great holiness not because they are in the wrong place and know it, but because they are in the right place and will not admit it.

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Reflection August 15

2019-08-05T14:24:33-05:00August 15th, 2019|Reflections|

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Luke 1:39-56

This Feast of the Assumption of Mary provides a great opportunity for all of us to take a look at our faith. I encourage all of you to continue your life of prayer. Let it be a constant dialogue with the Lord. Don’t ever give up. Pray the Rosary daily. My friends, Mary is our Model, she is the first and most perfect disciple of Jesus.  We need to follow her example of faith and prayer

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Reflection August 14

2019-08-05T14:23:46-05:00August 14th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Maximilian Kolbe

Matthew 18:15-20

God has brought us together into this family for a definite purpose. We are meant to be demonstrating by our life together what God is able to accomplish. We are the church, the family of God, the people whose relationships with each other are a demonstration of the power of the Spirit of God.

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Reflection August 13

2019-08-05T14:22:48-05:00August 13th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

This is an amazing picture of God. He is a God who loves each and every one of us as an individual. God is a patient God. He loves us even when we go astray. God’s love seeks each and every one of us out. God rejoices when we were lost but are now found. And, God’s love protects us. God is the Good Shepherd.

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