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Reflection for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C.

Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Isaiah 66:18-21; Letter to the Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13; Gospel According to Saint Luke 13:22-30 This Sunday in Ordinary Time directs our attention to God’s intention for the salvation of the human race in Jesus … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C

      FIRST READING            Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 In those days, the princes said to the king:  “Jeremiah ought to be put to death; he is demoralizing the soldiers who are left in this city, and all the people, by … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C.

  FIRST READING            Wisdom 18:6-9 The night of the Passover was known beforehand to our fathers, that, with sure knowledge of the oaths in which they put their faith, they might have courage.  Your people awaited the salvation of the … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C

  This Sunday’s Scripture readings provide us with another opportunity to reflect on the fact that “you can’t take it with you,” when one leaves this life. There is certainly purpose and value in our human life, so that is … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C

FIRST READING        Genesis 18:20-32 In those days, the LORD said: “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great, and their sin so grave, that I must go down and see whether or not their actions fully correspond to the … Continue reading

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Suspensions and dismissals as part of the destruction of John Paul II Institute

ROME, July 24, 2019 LifeSiteNews: In what critics see as an attack on the Catholic Church’s moral teaching, the successor of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra at the Institute on Marriage and family founded by John Paul II has been dismissed and the … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C

FIRST READING        Genesis 18:1-10a The LORD appeared to Abraham by the oak of Mamre, as he sat in the entrance of his tent, while the day was growing hot.  Looking up, Abraham saw three men standing nearby.  When he saw … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time–Cycle C

FIRST READING  Deuteronomy 30:10-14 Moses said to the people:  “If only you would heed the voice of the LORD, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this book of the law, when you return to … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C

FIRST READING  Isaiah 66:10-14c Thus says the LORD:  Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her, all you who love her; exult, exult with her, all you who were mourning over her!  Oh, that you may suck fully of … Continue reading

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Reflection for the (transferred) Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord (Corpus Christi), Year C

    On the night before giving His life on the cross, Jesus instituted the Eucharist, the gift of his Body and Blood, in the form of bread and wine, as the perpetual passover sacrifice for his followers. This was … Continue reading

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Reflection for the Solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity – Cycle C.

    Each year on the Sunday following Pentecost, the Church celebrates the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, our belief that God is One and yet Three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, equal in majesty and glory, One … Continue reading

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Reflection for the Solemnity of Pentecost

    The Solemnity of Pentecost is a splendid reminder of the universality of the love God has for us. At Pentecost, fifty days after Easter, the Church celebrates the powerful presence of God in our midst through the gifts … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 6th Sunday of Easter – Cycle C.

FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 15:1-2, 22-29 Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice, you cannot be saved.”  Because there arose no little dissension and debate … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 4th Sunday after Easter – Cycle C

  First Reading Acts of the Apostles 13:14, 43-52 Paul and Barnabas continued on from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia. On the sabbath they entered the synagogue and took their seats. Many Jews and worshipers who were converts to … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Easter – Cycle C.

    First Reading Acts of the Apostles 5:27-32, 40b-41 When the captain and the court officers had brought the apostles in and made them stand before the Sanhedrin, the high priest questioned them, “We gave you strict orders, did … Continue reading

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