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August 2022

Reflection August 10th

2022-08-02T15:15:42-05:00August 10th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Lawrence,
Pray for us
John 12:24-26

 

We are not called to suffer like Lawrence although many Christians are still persecuted for their faith. However, we are all called to serve, putting personal interests at the bottom of our agenda. Service is the basis of sainthood and of daily discipleship. So, let us serve one another with a sense of gladness, as Christ and the saints have served us by giving without counting the cost.

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Reflection August 9th

2022-08-02T15:13:30-05:00August 9th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross,
Pray for us
Matthew 18:1-5,10,12-14

 

Matthew’s Jesus hammers home his conviction that greatness in the kingdom of heaven does not hinge on rank or status but on childlikeness. In his society children did not possess any inherent value; they were dependent on others. For Matthew, this is the quality that believers should have toward their God.

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Reflection August 8th

2022-07-26T16:31:00-05:00August 8th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Dominic,
Pray for us
Matthew 17:22-27

 

This Gospel story reminds us that Christianity and good citizenship go hand in hand. The Christian who exempts himself/herself from the duties of good citizenship is not only failing in citizenship, but is also failing in Christianity.

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Reflection August 4th

2022-07-21T11:53:51-05:00August 4th, 2022|Reflections|

St. John Vianney,
Pray for us
Matthew 16:13-23

 

“Get behind me Satan.” Evil is never far away, even when we are at our spiritual best. Evil is deceptive, appearing as its own opposite. Evil is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The only chance we have against the subtlety of evil is to stay near to our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Reflection August 2nd

2022-07-21T11:46:12-05:00August 2nd, 2022|Reflections|

St. Peter Julian Eymard,
Pray for us
Matthew 14:22-36

 

We are called and we are invited to get out of the boat and walk on the water. We are called to be women and men of great faith. We are called to be where Jesus is, and Jesus is not in the boat. All of us have taken a risk to follow Jesus and be known as Christians. Let us ask for the grace to be where Jesus is, not in the security of the boat, but in the water and wherever he will invite us to be. And do not be afraid.

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Reflection August 1st

2022-07-21T11:41:39-05:00August 1st, 2022|Reflections|

St. Alphonsus Liguori,
Pray for us
Matthew 14:13-21

 

The essential elements in this gospel story are gratitude, generosity, and trust. To trust that who we are and what we have to offer other human beings is far more than we could ever imagine and to remember that in all things we must trust in God.

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July 2022

Reflection July 30th

2022-07-05T16:14:29-05:00July 30th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Peter Chrysologus,
Pray for us
Matthew 14: 1-12

 

My friends, are we hearing the Word of God? Are we responding to the Word of God, the word which tells us to open our eyes and see Jesus Christ in one another, to see Jesus Christ in those people who are always critical, to see Jesus Christ in those who think and live differently than we do? This is the challenge of the Word of Jesus. Why do you think it was so easy for Jesus to eat with sinners? Because he saw hope in them and in the world!

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Reflection July 29th

2022-07-05T16:06:02-05:00July 29th, 2022|Reflections|

Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus,
Pray for us
John 11:19-27

 

Martha is an example of a woman whose love for God expressed itself in the service of love. She manifested her love for Jesus by providing him and his disciples a home whenever they were near Jerusalem. Mahalia Jackson, the gospel singer, once said that some folks are so heaven-minded that they are no earthly good. Religion, in other words, that has only a head in the sky and no feet on the ground benefits no one

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Reflection July 26th

2022-07-05T15:54:51-05:00July 26th, 2022|Reflections|

Saints Joachim and Anne,
Pray for us
Matthew 13:36-43

 

Even though there is nothing in the scriptures about Saints Joachim and Ann, their holiness is inferred through Mary, a strong character, a prayerful person with religious devotion. Family love for Jesus and Joseph indicates a loving family of her own. How often do we say that children reflect their parents?
Mary’s parents whose feast we celebrate today, represent all those who live their faith day by day and establish an atmosphere for the coming of Christ into our world.

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Reflection July 25th

2022-07-05T15:51:46-05:00July 25th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint James,
Pray for us
Matthew 20: 20-28

 

What James and John and their mother did not know was that Jesus was about to redefine success. Jesus was about to enter his kingdom and greatness in the kingdom would be a matter of service. Power would be defined by taking up the cross. We have the power for good in our world and in our community, what are we doing with it. We have the power to be positive, and not negative, we have the power to love and show concern, we have the power to be generous. What are we doing with it?

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