August 2021

Reflection for August 31

2021-07-26T14:18:59-05:00August 31st, 2021|Reflections|

What kind of spirit do we have? Is it obvious that we are filled with God’s spirit? Is our relationship with the Lord one that enables us to speak with authority about our life with God and share that with others? Or does our worldly spirit crowd out all that is holy. Are we still intimidated by the world’s standards? Are we concerned about measuring up to the world’s expectations of us? Or are we concerned more about what God expects of us?

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Reflection for August 30

2021-07-26T14:18:12-05:00August 30th, 2021|Reflections|

Let us ask God to anoint us with grace so that we may bring joy to others; that we may help others free themselves from fear, cynicism and hatred; that we may restore hope to those in despair and heal those broken in body and spirit. May our humble generosity and grateful kindness proclaim to all God’s presence in our midst.

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Reflection for August 29

2021-07-26T14:16:44-05:00August 29th, 2021|Reflections|

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

Outward expressions of religious faith and religious faith itself are not one and the same. They do not stand or fall together. Outward expressions change; customs change; traditions change; rituals change. Through it all religious faith abides. We need to be sure that our understanding of religion is not based on mere human tradition. If we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ and deepen the religious faith aspect of our lives, we can be sure that religion will not get disconnected from real life.

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Reflection for August 28

2021-07-26T14:15:20-05:00August 28th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Augustine – Pray for us! – 

In the eyes of Jesus life is an endowment which we hold in trust for God.  And the greatest factor about that endowment is its potential. One of the worst sins that any of us can commit is to treat life like a buried treasure, to hang on to it, to keep it all for ourselves. St. Irenaeus, a wonderful philosopher and theologian in the second century said: “The glory of God is the human person fully alive.”

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Reflection for August 27

2021-07-26T14:13:24-05:00August 27th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Monica – Pray for us! – 

This is a story about ‘divine delay’ not only at the end of our life but all throughout our life. It is a reminder that God does not function according to our clocks and calendars. We cannot put the Almighty on a time schedule. But like those five sensible bridesmaids, we had better be prepared to wait, because no one can predict the day or the hour when the groom will arrive. No one can predict when our prayers will be answered. Divine delays are an expression, not of rejection, but of love. If somehow we can see that, our flame of faith will not go out. We will have the extra oil that enables us to rekindle it and keep it burning during those times when we need it most.

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Reflection for August 26

2021-07-26T14:11:48-05:00August 26th, 2021|Reflections|

The gospel presents life lived with the expectation of God’s return. We see a picture of a servant living faithfully and carefully while he waits for the return of his own master. What is seen is an image of our own life of faith. We are that servant waiting for the final appearing of our Lord. Although we do not know when the master will return, we are called to live as faithful stewards of the life that the master has entrusted to our care.

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Reflection for August 25

2021-07-26T14:09:24-05:00August 25th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Louis – Pray for us! – 

Those who talk a good game never test themselves on the playing field. These are people who love to live in the past and in the future but have no guts to live in the present. Let us pray for ourselves and for one another that we will have the courage to live in the present moment, living a life that is based on faith and not fear.

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Reflection for August 24

2021-07-26T14:07:19-05:00August 24th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Bartholomew – Pray for us! – 

God knows us better than we know ourselves; God sees our thoughts and perspectives before we understand them ourselves. By God’s grace, may we be ‘authentic’ in our living out of God’s Word. Help us to live our faith with integrity so that, in our work to imitate your Son’s spirit of compassion and reconciliation, others may behold your presence in our faithfulness.

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Reflection for August 23

2021-07-26T14:06:00-05:00August 23rd, 2021|Reflections|

St. Rose of Lima – Pray for us! – 

The scribes and Pharisees are damned by Jesus because they are hypocrites; they say one thing but do something else. In other words, they are living contradictions. They make religious observance a farce. They are leaders who do not lead. They convert others to corruption. They are the blind leading the blind in making and keeping promises to God.

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Reflection for August 22

2021-07-26T14:04:17-05:00August 22nd, 2021|Reflections|

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

If our only view of God is through the lens of an institutional Church with human flaws, an institution that at times disappoints, then we will walk away. But when we freely believe in a God from a desire to be consciously and intimately connected to this God, then can this God be believable and will ultimately captivate our hearts and we could never walk away because we will realize he is walking with us.

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