November 2019

Reflection for November 21

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Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 

So often, we assume that if an opportunity is presented to us, then we will have many other chances to respond to the same opportunity. However, experience eventually teaches most of us what God had tried to get us to see much earlier: Opportunities are offered and then pass by us never to be offered quite the same way again. Let’s live and act with great urgency in the lives of those we love and ask God to help us reach them for Jesus so their lives and their eternities will not be squandered on what is not peace!

Reflection for November 20

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Let us never forget that sin is not always something bad that we have done. Many times, it is something good that we should have done but did not do. So, in trust and not fear, let us risk using our gifts for others and continue to become what God intended us to be.

Reflection for November 19

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If we believe that Jesus Christ is really and truly present in the Church, then the Church must ever remain a home for everyone where everyone is welcome. The tendency might be to see Church as the home of only a pure and perfect people. Pope Francis said it so well: “This Church with which we should be thinking, is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people.”

Reflection for November 18

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Dedication of Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul – 

Insight is vastly different from physical sight. Among the gifts of the Holy Spirit is discernment, which is insight into the deeper truths and spiritual meanings of our encounters and experiences. How often do I take the journey within, with eyes of faith? There are times when I may be spiritually blind.

Reflection for November 17

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Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

A deep awareness of God’s presence and his loving concern can help calm our fears. “I will fear no evil for you are with me,” says the Psalmist. We need to use our faith in God to fight off our fears. And we do not have to face life’s calamities alone. The entire tone of this reading is that Jesus would be with us through all our problems. He reminded us that through faith in Him nothing could harm us, not even death.

Reflection for November 16

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St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Gertrude – 

“Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” When a team gives up, they might as well go home. My friends we cannot give up. We must keep trusting in God. We are not in this struggle by ourselves. If God is on the side of truth, justice and peace then the fight is far from over. We can take heart; we can keep going even when life seems hopeless. We shall overcome; we shall overcome the temptation to quit but only through praying always!

Reflection for November 15

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St. Albert the Great – 

Jesus today seems to ask us “Why do you waste your time worrying about the second coming? There is so much to do now while you are on the way.” It seems that we Christians have been worshipping Jesus’ journey instead of journeying with him. The first feels very religious, the second just feels human and not glorious at all. How do I journey with those whom I can’t stand, who are overly critical and always complaining?

Reflection for November 14

2019-10-17T14:06:36-05:00November 14th, 2019|Reflections|

Take time today to recall those friends of God and prophets who have enriched your faith. What has Lady Wisdom taught you through them? And how have you passed on her gifts of goodness and holiness, tranquility and generosity, discernment and love for life? Recognize, too, your own place in the unending line of teachers who affect eternity.

Reflection for November 13

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St. Frances Xavier Cabrini – 

Gratitude is an important component in a sound spiritual life as we are aware that we are constantly dependent upon God. Were all ten lepers healed? Yes. Were they all saved? Yes, in the sense that they were rescued from their disease. But not in the sense of drawing close to God in thankfulness and dependence. The nine were saved physically but not spiritually.

Reflection for November 12

2019-10-17T14:04:01-05:00November 12th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Josaphat – 

Jesus reminds us in his parable of the faithful servants that our relationship with God should not fill us with self-righteousness but humble us with gratitude for what God has done for us in our lives. The only meaningful response we can make to God is to try to love others as he loves us. We live and move and have our being only because of the incomprehensible, creative love of God.