Putting the “Practice” in Practicing Catholic

Putting the “Practice” in Practicing Catholic

What does it mean to be firm in your faith? I found myself asking this as I contemplated today’s Gospel selection from Matthew, where Peter walks on water . . . until he doesn’t. Many years ago, I used to work for a retailer of yo-yos and juggling equipment. I would also help behind the scenes with […]

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The subtle lesson of gluttony in ‘manna from heaven’

The subtle lesson of gluttony in ‘manna from heaven’

In our first reading today, the story of how the Israelite people were fed by the “manna from heaven” is recounted. Many will focus on the miracle of God providing real food for his people. But there is another lesson in this story that deals with one of the “seven deadly sins” … the sin of […]

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Manna in the Desert Was a Prelude to the Eucharist

Manna in the Desert Was a Prelude to the Eucharist

The two readings for mass today have to do with hungry people.  The Israelites in the first reading today were actually crying to Moses that they didn’t have any meat or vegetables to eat, like they used to have in Egypt.   It sounds like they were getting more than a little tired of the manna that God […]

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The Example of Saint John the Baptist

The Example of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s Gospel is about the beheading of Saint John the Baptist.  King Herod divorced his first wife and then married Herodias, his brother’s wife, while his brother was still alive.  King Herod had John beheaded for telling him that it wasn’t lawful for him to marry his brother’s wife. Herodias was truly an evil hearted woman […]

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The most holy human that has ever lived

The most holy human that has ever lived

On the memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola, we read about Jesus’ humanity in the gospel. Inspired by the life of Jesus, St. Ignatius was a solder-turned-mystic who desired to live a holy life. Ignatius of Loyal is the founder of the Society of Jesus, often called the Jesuits, I don’t know too much about […]

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Life After My Saint Theresa of Lisieux Rose

Life After My Saint Theresa of Lisieux Rose

Last week Thursday in my reflection on Matthew 13:10-17 I shared with all of you my Saint Theresa of Lisieux rose story (July 23, 2015) , my fervent prayers leading up to its appearance in my life, the newfound wisdom I gained through the experience and the awareness of the power we all hold in […]

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Anxious and Worried: The Lessons of Martha

Anxious and Worried: The Lessons of Martha

Both of the stories from today’s Gospel selections tell about Saint Martha’s encounters with Christ. The one that really makes me stop and think is the second selection, from Luke. In that story, Martha was “burdened with much serving,” so she went to Jesus and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has […]

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