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August 2020

Reflection for August 4

2020-07-27T13:44:13-05:00August 4th, 2020|Reflections|

St. John Vianney – 

I think we can all agree that the world we live in is a very image-conscious. No matter how hard we try we cannot change our persona from the outside. The real me is within. Transformation begins in the soul and only then manifests itself in how we live our life each day. In spite of what the Pharisees thought, cleansing our hands can never make our heart clean.

Reflection for August 3

2020-07-27T13:42:27-05:00August 3rd, 2020|Reflections|

It is important to see that Peter did not ask for a promise, for example, “Lord promise me I won’t sink,” but specifically for a command: “Lord if it is you, command me.”  Peter did not ask for a guarantee, just an opportunity. What is our boat of security and comfort? Are we up to a challenge from Jesus?

Reflection for August 2

2020-07-27T13:41:18-05:00August 2nd, 2020|Reflections|

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

Jesus reminds us that whatever little we have, however little we think we have to offer others, can be multiplied by Jesus. The important elements in this whole 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.

Reflection for August 1

2020-07-27T13:39:08-05:00August 1st, 2020|Reflections|

St. Alphonsus Liguori – 

Are we hearing the Word of God? Are we responding to the Word of God, that 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 Christ.

July 2020

Reflection for July 31

2020-07-27T12:54:27-05:00July 31st, 2020|Reflections|

Saint Ignatius of Loyola – 

Have you ever questioned what your life is all about? Granted, our work is very important and occupies a large part of our time but is that all there is to life?  What does our work really mean to us? Do we appreciate the work of others on our behalf?  Do we appreciate what others do for us to make our life a bit easier?  Do we value what we contribute to our world?

Reflection for July 30

2020-07-27T12:52:40-05:00July 30th, 2020|Reflections|

Saint Peter Chrysologus – 

Doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do, must reflect Jesus’ teaching. We visit the sick in the hospital or nursing home because it is the right thing to do. We volunteer at the local soup kitchen because it is the way Jesus taught us to serve the poor. We donate to charities not just because we need a tax write-off but because we have an obligation to practice higher righteousness. This is how we make the Kingdom of God come alive.

Reflection for July 29

2020-07-27T12:51:12-05:00July 29th, 2020|Reflections|

Saint Martha – 

Martha was the practical doer and Mary was the mystical thinker. Our life is complete when we have a blend of both. 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 July 28

2020-07-24T02:23:29-05:00July 28th, 2020|Reflections|

The only possible result of a dedicated campaign to whack away all the weeds in the world or the church would be the absolute destruction of every one of us. Instead, we wait in patience and in hope for the day when God will sort through the harvest, sift through the wheat and weeds in each one of us, and gather us all as forgiven and reconciled into the final harvest.

Reflection for July 27

2020-07-24T02:22:15-05:00July 27th, 2020|Reflections|

Jesus began with a few fishermen, tax collectors, prostitutes, sinners and the Church is everywhere today. By no means are any of us insignificant. It is now up to us to bring about the kingdom. We are to be leavening agents in our world. Through our actions and our words, we can make a difference.  We can be generous instead of selfish, understanding rather than judgmental, cooperative rather than competitive.

Reflection for July 26

2020-07-24T02:20:44-05:00July 26th, 2020|Reflections|

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

If someone could see inside your heart, the real treasury of your life, would they find perishable possessions or people; a husband, a wife, a significant other, a child or children, a brother or sister, a friend? Personal relationships are the greatest riches in life. And in these friendships we reflect a definite kinship with God. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

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