August 2019

Reflection August 15

2019-08-05T14:24:33-05:00August 15th, 2019|Reflections|

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Luke 1:39-56

This Feast of the Assumption of Mary provides a great opportunity for all of us to take a look at our faith. I encourage all of you to continue your life of prayer. Let it be a constant dialogue with the Lord. Don’t ever give up. Pray the Rosary daily. My friends, Mary is our Model, she is the first and most perfect disciple of Jesus.  We need to follow her example of faith and prayer

Reflection August 14

2019-08-05T14:23:46-05:00August 14th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Maximilian Kolbe

Matthew 18:15-20

God has brought us together into this family for a definite purpose. We are meant to be demonstrating by our life together what God is able to accomplish. We are the church, the family of God, the people whose relationships with each other are a demonstration of the power of the Spirit of God.

Reflection August 13

2019-08-05T14:22:48-05:00August 13th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

This is an amazing picture of God. He is a God who loves each and every one of us as an individual. God is a patient God. He loves us even when we go astray. God’s love seeks each and every one of us out. God rejoices when we were lost but are now found. And, God’s love protects us. God is the Good Shepherd.

Reflection August 12

2019-08-05T14:22:09-05:00August 12th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Jane Frances de Chantal

Matthew 17:22-27

This story was put into the gospels to tell the Christians, especially the Jewish Christians, that, however unpleasant they might be, the duties of a citizen must be shouldered and accepted. This story is told to tell us that Christianity and good citizenship go hand in hand. The Christian who exempts himself from the duties of good citizenship is not only failing in citizenship, he is also failing in Christianity.

Reflection August 11

2019-08-05T14:21:30-05:00August 11th, 2019|Reflections|

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 12:32-48

We are the servants to whom God has entrusted his “house” for the care of those who serve with us. May we embrace Christ’s spirit of humility and gratitude in order to know the fulfillment of being the “faithful and prudent” servant of the Gospel.

Reflection August 10

2019-08-05T14:15:53-05:00August 10th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Lawrence

John 12:24-26

Most of us are not called to suffer like Lawrence. One story suggests he was slowly grilled over a fire. There are Christians in some parts of the world who are still persecuted for their faith. But we are all called to serve, putting personal interests at the bottom of our agenda. Service is the basis of sainthood and of daily discipleship. So let’s serve one another with a sense of gladness, as Christ and the saints have served us, giving without counting the cost.

Reflection August 9

2019-08-05T14:14:47-05:00August 9th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Matthew 16:24-28

We believe that it is by following Christ that we can find life in its fullness, even though it may mean being willing to give up some of the things that the world values. Happiness cannot be found by itself, but only by seeking the happiness of other people first. It is a gift that follows giving. Jesus gave up everything for our sake. What are we willing to give in response?

Reflection August 8

2019-08-05T14:16:37-05:00August 8th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Dominic

Matthew 16:13-23

“Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me.” Evil can slip into some very tight places. Evil is never far away, even when we are at our spiritual best. Evil is deceptive, appearing as its own opposite. Evil is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The only chance we have against the subtlety of evil is to stay very near to our Lord Jesus Christ in a life of prayer.

Reflection August 7

2019-08-05T14:12:47-05:00August 7th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 15:21-28

How great is our faith in Jesus Christ? I am not asking how often you go to Mass or how many rosaries and novenas you recite or how many pilgrimages you make. But how great is your faith in Jesus Christ? Faith calls for believing, trusting and obeying. Faith challenges us to imagine what our lives would be like if we followed Jesus. Faith invites us to imagine what a different world it would be if we all did the will of God. We all need to think about this during the coming week.

Reflection August 6

2019-08-05T14:17:33-05:00August 6th, 2019|Reflections|

The Transfiguration of the Lord

Luke 9:28-36

The Transfiguration certainly affirmed Jesus as the Son of God but it also had an important message for the disciples and all of us. This transfiguration helped his disciples to see how they can deal with life and suffering, transformed through the power of God’s grace. Remember in what context all this took place. It was while he was at prayer.