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We hope that these reflections will help you grow in your spiritual life and deepen your relationship with the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ. All comments and feedback are appreciated and most welcome.

  • Fifth Sunday of Easter: A solid foundation

    “Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion, a cornerstone, chosen and precious, and whoever believes in it shall not be put to shame” (1 Peter 2:6). A cornerstone lies at the foundation of a building. It is often laid......

  • Consecration of the United States to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, in time of Pandemic

    Pope Francis consecrated the world to the Blessed Virgin Mary earlier this month, at Easter. Similarly, the Bishops of Latin America consecrated their peoples to Our Lady of Guadalupe on Easter. The Bishops of Canada and the United States are also......

  • Christ is Risen!

        Painter Piero della Francesca (c. 1415-1492) was born in modern-day Tuscany. Known as a great mathematician, his paintings are characterized by their serene humanism as well as their use of geometric forms and perspective. This fresco of Christ’s......

  • Ash Wednesday

    It seems macabre to have a special day devoted to reminding people they are going to die. Yet on the surface that appears to be the reason behind Ash Wednesday. “Ashes to ashes and dust to dust” and all that…......

  • A gospel to-do list

    “Your light must shine before others…” (Matthew 5:16). As we launch into this day, many of us have a number of things planned. Our “to do” list looms before our mind’s eye, waiting for us to begin. We do our......

  • United in Mind and Purpose

    “I urge you, brothers and sisters…that all of you agree in what you say…that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose” (1 Corinthians 1:10). For the past fifteen years I have periodically attended one week......

  • A prayer for salvation

    “I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6). When I hear the word “salvation,” my first thought is of a kind of personal benefit, something that......

  • Prayerful pauses

    “Be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains” (James 5:7). I gave......

  • Allowing God to lead

    “Pray for us, so that the word of the Lord may speed forward and be glorified, as it did among you, and that we may be delivered from perverse and wicked people, for not all have faith” (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2).......

  • We lift up our hearts!

    “The Lord lifts up all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down” (Psalm 145:14). At the beginning of the Eucharistic Prayer, there is a brief dialogue between the priest and congregation. In one form, the priest......

  • Our sacred priviledge

    I have neighbors who came here five years ago from a repressive dictatorship. They have overcome many hurdles—learning English, finding their way in our society, and finding employment. I am impressed by their appreciation for our democracy. After they became......

  • What does God look like?

    The conviction that the God of Jesus is a loving and merciful God is very powerful in today’s gospel, featuring three parables to illustrate that conviction. Through the images of a man leaving the 99 sheep to find the lost......

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