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May 2022

Reflection May 20th

2022-05-12T16:44:51-05:00May 20th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Bernardine of Siena,
Pray for us
John 15:12-17

 

John tells Christians of all times and places that the heart of Christianity is love’s self-forgetfulness and total dedication. John tells us that love has its origin in God. In fact, the person without love does not know God. Paradoxically, it is only by knowing God that we can genuinely love, and it is only by loving that we can come to know God.

Reflection May 14th

2022-05-12T16:29:05-05:00May 14th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Matthias
Pray for us
John 15:9-17

 

Jesus’ unique command is that we love one another as he has loved us. Jesus knew he had to remind us of this because sometimes we function as though we were made for competition rather than love. Jesus has given us the example of a love greater than any other: He laid down his life for us.

Reflection May 13th

2022-05-12T16:26:36-05:00May 13th, 2022|Reflections|

St. John of Avila,
Pray for us
John 14:1-6

 

How can we know the way? Jesus replied in characteristic fashion; “I am the way! Follow the truth that I taught you. Live the life that I showed you. You will get where you are going if you follow the way of love. You will arrive at your destination if you follow the way of sacrifice. Do not worry about the goal. Just follow the way!”

Reflection May 10th

2022-04-26T16:19:45-05:00May 10th, 2022|Reflections|

St. John of Avila,
Pray for us
John 10:22-30

 

It is much easier to discover what a person stands for by reading their actions. We lend our energies to those things we hold dear. There is another version of the adage about actions: “Your actions speak so loud; I can’t hear a word you’re saying.” Nothing speaks louder and clearer than our daily deeds.

Reflection May 3rd

2022-04-26T16:41:07-05:00May 3rd, 2022|Reflections|

Saints Philip and James,
Pray for us
John 14:6-14

 

Philip and James were simple, common, ordinary individuals. Jesus saw something in each one of them, however, if only their potential. We “look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7) What God expects from all of us, whatever our other strengths may be, is faithfulness. Fidelity to Christ is the chief mark of every true disciple..

Reflection May 2nd

2022-04-26T15:46:08-05:00May 2nd, 2022|Reflections|

St. Athanasius,
Pray for us
John 6:22-29

 

Our daily mandate is to see the presence of God in all things, to see beyond this earth to the stars, to have that vision which leads to a true understanding of God’s action and love within us, and we will never grow hungry.

April 2022

Reflection April 25th

2022-04-07T16:17:20-05:00April 25th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Mark
Mark 16:15-20

 

Jesus changes persecutors into proclaimers and doubters into disciples. This is how God works throughout the Scriptures. God takes the nothingness of darkness and chaos and creates a world. In the same way, the Risen Christ makes believers and messengers out of faithless people.

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Reflection April 24th

2022-04-07T16:11:14-05:00April 24th, 2022|Reflections|

Sunday of Divine Mercy
John 20:19-31

 

My friends, if you are ever going to be a skeptic, be an honest one. Do not be ashamed of your doubts. Jesus never suggested that to follow him we had to quit thinking. Instead, he said: “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” I do not think the teachings of Jesus will disintegrate because you have doubts as Thomas. Jesus did not reprimand Thomas. In fact, Jesus invited Thomas to touch his wounds.

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Reflection April 23rd

2022-04-07T16:08:12-05:00April 23rd, 2022|Reflections|

Mark 16:9-15

 

When we look at our limitations, we can become paralyzed with fear and forget that we have all been called to be evangelists. We spread the good news by serving the most basic material and spiritual needs of others, feeding the hungry, clothing he naked, consoling the grieving, or just giving someone a listening ear.

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Reflection April 22nd

2022-04-07T16:04:55-05:00April 22nd, 2022|Reflections|

John 21:1-14

 

After the trauma of Jerusalem, the beauty of the Galilean hills and lakeshore must have calmed the souls of Peter and the other disciples. The work of lowering and hauling in the nets, the rocking of the boat, quieted their frantic minds. And in that ordinary place doing their ordinary work, Jesus came to them. At times we have the same kind of exasperation like that of the apostles. And we too need to go aside for a while to a deserted place, a place that brings us solace and peace and Jesus will meet us also.

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