November 2019

Reflection for November 25

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St. Catherine of Alexandria – 

People who are sensitive to the needs of others find their own hearts filled with peace and joy. Let’s not be so lost in our own world that we miss the needs of others. A gift only shows our love when we ourselves have had to do without something, or have had to work doubly hard, in order to give it. May our hearts overflow with generosity.

Reflection for November 24

2019-10-17T14:21:32-05:00November 24th, 2019|Reflections|

Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – 

Today, as we end this liturgical year and prepare for Advent and Christmas, let’s face the truth of our lives. As the good thief, are we humble enough to admit our sinfulness and so better recognize Jesus in our midst? Are we still trying to invite Jesus into our kingdom, or are we willing to make the sacrifice to be a member of his Kingdom? We have got to know the Heart of our King and we can only come to this knowledge and understanding by reflecting on the cross.

Reflection for November 23

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Sts. Clement, Columban, Miguel Agustin Pro – 

God is challenging us each day as to how we are living our life in the present moment. When we stop growing in our faith, our life with God, we also tend to forget the reason for living. Life becomes a downward spiral. Life becomes one negative after another and we begin to attack everything and everyone around us. This is what happened with the Sadducees.

Reflection for November 22

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St. Cecilia – 

Jesus had become quite suspect in the eyes of the political and religious leaders of his day. They saw him as a threat to both the political and the religious order. Therefore, they conspired to find a way to destroy him. But the Bible says their hands were tied because he was too popular with the people. The citizens of our land have enormous power over their elected officials. We can tie our leaders’ hands when the majority of us raise our voices on any matter.

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

2019-10-17T14:14:37-05:00November 20th, 2019|Reflections|

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

2019-10-17T14:12:48-05:00November 18th, 2019|Reflections|

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

2019-10-17T14:10:58-05:00November 17th, 2019|Reflections|

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

2019-10-17T14:09:34-05:00November 16th, 2019|Reflections|

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!