Thursday, 2/11/16 – Your Lenten Plan

Thursday, 2/11/16 – Your Lenten Plan

(Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 1:1-4,6, Luke 9:22-25) What is your plan for Lent, or are you still thinking about it? We know that the Church suggests three areas to consider: almsgiving, prayer and fasting. Maybe we’ve already worked these into our Lenten plan. One caution, however. It is possible to say an extra prayer each day, […]

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Wednesday, 2/10/16 – Why Are Ashes On Our Mind?

Wednesday, 2/10/16 – Why Are Ashes On Our Mind?

(Jl 2:12-18; Ps 51:3-4, 5-6AB, 12-13, 14 and 17; 2 Cor 5:20-6:2; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18) Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Although not a day of holy obligation, for many Catholics – myself included – it’s still treated as a must-attend event, to begin preparing our hearts and minds for the Lenten season. […]

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Tuesday, 2/9/16 – “Can It Be Indeed that God dwells on earth?”

Tuesday, 2/9/16 – “Can It Be Indeed that God dwells on earth?”

(I Kings 8: 22-23, 27-30; Psalm 84; Mark 7: 1-13) “Can it be indeed that God dwells on earth?” That was Solomon’s question as he dedicated the Temple in Jerusalem in today’s first reading. It is a good question for us to ponder today. Until Solomon, God had lived in the Ark of the Covenant […]

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Monday 2/8/2016 – Mad rush to see the power of God

Monday 2/8/2016 – Mad rush to see the power of God

A few days ago, thousands of people lined the streets of Rome to witness the procession of the bodies of two saints – Padre Pio and Leopold Mandic – on their way to St. Peter’s Basilica where they will be on display. Thousands more are expected in the coming days. Why did they come? Were […]

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Sunday, 2/7/16 – Drop the Nets…

Sunday, 2/7/16 – Drop the Nets…

(IS 6:1-2A, 3-8; PS 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-8; 1 COR 15:1-11; LK 5:1-11) 15 years ago, I sat on the Northeast coast of the United States, on a pier in Maine. It was a beautiful August day on the North Atlantic, and as I was up in Maine for training, we took a long lunch […]

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Saturday, 2/6/16 – A Dream, Leadership, and Reality

Saturday, 2/6/16 – A Dream, Leadership, and Reality

(1 Kgs 3:4-13; Ps 119:9-14; Mk 6:30-34) There are three things that stand out in today’s readings for Mass:  a dream, leadership, and the reality of what it actually takes to be a good leader.  In the first reading, King Solomon demonstrates the best traits of a godly leader.  Upon recognizing the great responsibility he was […]

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Friday, 2/5/16 – The Rosary and it’s Power

Friday, 2/5/16 – The Rosary and it’s Power

(Sirach 47:2-11; Psalm 18:31, 47, 50, 51; Mark 6:14-29) Again, as I reflected on today’s readings after praying the Rosary in the Adoration Chapel I tried to discover the message our Church has for us within this particular set of readings. Alone they are powerful. Both our first reading and our Gospel reveal to us […]

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