October 2019

Reflection for October 13

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Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

How do we live as thankful people; how do we allow Eucharist, this prayer of thanksgiving to come alive for us each day? Does gratitude permeate our lives? Are we thankful only when we compare ourselves with others, or are there times when we are just plain thankful?

Reflection for October 12

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Mary’s greatest blessedness came from the faith she had in her Son, Jesus; a faith we hold in common with her. Being a disciple of Jesus requires that we hear the word of God and allow it to take root in our lives and we, too, can experience this blessedness.

Reflection for October 11

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St. John XXIII – 

If we cannot see God in the ordinary events of life, this does not mean God is absent. More likely, the problem is our faulty spiritual vision. If we see God only in the unusual, we will rarely see God at all. But if we train our eyes to see God in the common events of life, we will meet God every day.

Reflection for October 10

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Busy people don’t like their plans being disrupted, and we soon lose patience when we do not get what we think we need. Discomfort and uncertainty can trigger doubts about God or the temptation to take wrong paths in life. Perseverance is a hallmark of a faith that values God’s judgment more than our own, and draws on the Holy Spirit to see us safely through tough situations.

Reflection for October 9

2019-10-01T12:56:32-05:00October 9th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Denis and Companions – 

In the Gospel Luke reminds us that prayer should not be long and drawn out such as the Gentiles usually prayed. Rather, Jesus makes clear that prayer should be short and to the point. God’s name should be praised, the fullness of the kingdom requested, trust expressed that daily needs and forgiveness will be supplied, and a petition that a final test be avoided.

Reflection for October 8

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Our life is complete when we have a blend of both. St. Theresa of Spain wrote: “To give our Lord a perfect hospitality, it is necessary that Martha and Mary should be joined together. Any approach to the Christian faith that emphasizes listening, thinking and receiving but leaves out doing and achieving will soon become sadly distorted.”

Reflection for October 7

2019-10-01T11:09:05-05:00October 7th, 2019|Reflections|

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary – 

Ditches are where people are left when they’re of no use, when all they have of any value has been stripped from them. Ditches are where people are at the point of giving up but they are having a hard time finding hope in any aspect of their life. Ditches are where people are ignored because others think they are not worth paying attention to. Your kindness, your respect, your willingness to help or listen can be the mercy of God for someone who is broken, battered, left for dead.

Reflection for October 6

2019-10-01T11:05:20-05:00October 6th, 2019|Reflections|

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

Life has a way of doing things that to us seem unfair, occasionally cruel and always demanding. The only healthy answer at that point is to accept life as it really is and deal with it. Jesus is telling us that faith would not make life easier. The purpose of faith is to make us stronger, that we might be equal to the ever-increasing demands of life.

Reflection for October 5

2019-10-01T11:01:54-05:00October 5th, 2019|Reflections|

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos – 

In today’s gospel, the jubilant return of the seventh-two disciples must have warmed Jesus’ heart. They must have been carrying on like little kids. I could just here their excitement. Imagine them telling stories, their eyes wide, voices loud, arms waving as they described the miracles they worked in his name. When was the last time we got that excited about our faith and the things that we could do in Jesus name?

Reflection for October 4

2019-10-01T10:56:03-05:00October 4th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Francis of Assisi – 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.