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Reflection for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C

      FIRST READING 2 Kings 5:14-17 Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times at the word of Elisha, the man of God. His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child, and he … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C

      Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4; Second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; Gospel According to Saint Luke 17:5-10 “The just man, because of his faith, shall live,” Habakkuk the prophet announces … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Cycle C

    First Reading Amos 6:1a, 4-7 Thus says the Lord the God of hosts: Woe to the complacent in Zion! Lying upon beds of ivory, stretched comfortably on their couches, they eat lambs taken from the flock, and calves … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C

FIRST READING            Amos 8:4-7 Hear this, you who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land!  “When will the new moon be over,” you ask, “that we may sell our grain, and the sabbath, that we may … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time–Cycle C

FIRST READING Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 The LORD said to Moses, “Go down at once to your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt, for they have become depraved. They have soon turned aside from the way I … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C

  First Reading Wisdom 9:13-18b Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the LORD intends? For the deliberations of mortals are timid, and unsure are our plans. For the corruptible body burdens the soul and the earthen … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C

  First Reading Sirach    3:17-18, 20, 28-29 My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with … Continue reading

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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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