November 2019

Reflection for November 10

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Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

Our life is a gift from God. Our life is a mission for God. Our life is a companionship with God. When we understand this, it is plain to see why Jesus believed in life after death. It was not simply a logical conclusion that he had carefully thought out. It was a natural outgrowth of what he believed about life. “God is not the God of the dead but of the living. All are alive for him.”

Reflection for November 9

2019-10-17T13:59:15-05:00November 9th, 2019|Reflections|

Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica – 

Fr. Peter Verity in his book Out of the Ordinary states: “The Father, Son and Spirit live in us, not just in a superficial way, but really and truly they make their home in us. God makes a home in us not just for our own well-being and satisfaction. God’s purpose is to bring to fulfillment the salvation and redemption of the world. In other words, this home that is ourselves is God’s base camp from where the world will be transformed.”

Reflection for November 8

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Jesus approaches us and asks, “How much do you owe my heavenly Father?” Everything we have, all that we are and hope to be, we owe to the God who gifts us with eternal life and love. Then Jesus offers us a real deal. “How would it be,” he asks, “if I abolished your debt with a one hundred percent discount? Therefore, God sent me into the world, ‘not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved'”

Reflection for November 7

2019-10-17T10:24:36-05:00November 7th, 2019|Reflections|

When our life seems to crumble, or we feel lost do we ever think that it might be because our prayer life is not what it should be? Do we ever take the time to go in search of whatever it is that is keeping us from a better relationship with God? I find great consolation in the words of St. Paul to Timothy: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am the greatest.”

Reflection for November 6

2019-10-17T10:23:53-05:00November 6th, 2019|Reflections|

A student asked a college instructor,“Can I take a shorter course of studies than the one prescribed?”  “Oh yes.”replied the instructor, “but it all depends on what you want to be.  When God wants to make a giant oak tree, it takes many years.  But when He wants to make a squash, it takes a few months.”Living the gospel is always going to be a challenge to those who prefer not to live the way Jesus asks us to.

Reflection for November 4

2019-10-17T13:50:46-05:00November 4th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Charles Borromeo – 

Jesus was concerned with introducing people to a new way of thinking and living, a way he called the kingdom of God. In that kingdom, absolutely everyone is welcomed to eat and drink, to dance and sing, to witness together to the irrepressible love of God. And guess what? Even you and I are included, so how can we dare exclude anyone else?

Reflection for November 3

2019-10-17T13:48:27-05:00November 3rd, 2019|Reflections|

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

You and I cannot see Jesus with our physical eyes as did Zacchaeus. But we can cultivate an awareness of his presence. We can open our minds to his truth, and we can make room in our hearts for his love. And out of that spiritual friendship can come the transforming experience which Jesus called Salvation.

Reflection for November 2

2019-10-17T13:47:59-05:00November 2nd, 2019|Reflections|

Feast of All Souls – 

Church tradition has always urged prayer for the dead, by offering the celebration of the Eucharist for them: it is the best spiritual help that we can give to their souls, particularly to the most abandoned ones. We entrust to You Lord, the souls of our beloved departed, of those who died without the comfort of the Sacraments or who did not have the opportunity to repent, not even at the end of their life.