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After experiencing Divine Mercy, we must become instruments of it

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy) / April 11 Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; 1 John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31 As one reads this Sunday’s Responsorial Psalm, “Let the house of Israel say, ‘His mercy endures forever.’” “Let the house of Aaron say, ‘His mercy endures forever.’” “Let those who fear the Lord […]

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Living the Word: Jesus is not merely king, but our Lord and the Son of God

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion/March 28 (At the procession with palms) Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16 (At the Mass) Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 14:1 — 15:47  My 6-year-old is often impatient with his siblings. Usually, it is during play, when he has imagined a very specific narrative of interaction […]

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If God is merciful, can we be otherwise?

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Fourth Sunday of Lent/March 14 2 Chronicles 36:14-16,19-23; Psalm 137:1-2,3,4-5,6; Ephesians 2:4-10; John 3:14-21 We have a proclivity to make our lives disorderly. We are weak, prone to give into temptation, lacking strong custody over our emotions, and tend toward selfishness. And like a river gnawing at the earth it passes through, the […]

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Lent offers us the opportunity to ponder and sacrifice for what is truly lasting

Shawn Reeves

Living the Word / By Shawn Reeves Second Sunday of Lent / Feb. 28 Genesis 22:1-2,9a,10-13,15-18; Psalm 116:10,15,16-17,18-19; Romans 8:31b-34; Mark 9:2-10 Working with engaged couples, I am sometimes dismayed to see how much more planning and imagination has gone into the wedding day than the marriage. The vast majority of couples I have worked with […]

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Jesus restores the outcast; do we?

Father Dominic Garramone, OSB

By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Feb. 14 Leviticus 13:1-2,44-46; Psalm 32:1-2,5,11; 1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1; Mark 1:40-45 This Sunday’s Gospel is part of Mark’s introduction of Jesus, in which he answers the question asked so often by the crowds seeing his deeds: “Who is this man?” Over the past few weeks, Mark has […]

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An honest, humble look inward before judging could help us . . . and the world

Father Dominic Garramone, OSB

By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 31 Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 95:1-2,6-7,7-9; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28 The gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are referred to as the “synoptic” gospels, a word that comes from the Greek words for “same” and “vision”; the synoptic gospels have a similar viewpoint and style of […]

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God is calling — how will we listen and respond?

Father Dominic Garramone, OSB

By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 17 1 Samuel 3:3b-10,19; Psalm 40:2,4,7-8,8-9,10; 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a,17-20; John 1:35-42 At supper at St. Bede Abbey, we maintain silence, and one of the monks reads from a book chosen by Father Michael, our prior. Earlier this month we were reading selections from a book of […]

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Inspired by the Magi, let’s find a better way ‘home’ after this Christmas

Tim Irwin

“Living the Word” / By Tim Irwin Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord / Jan. 3 Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-11,12-13; Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 The Feast of the Epiphany celebrates the virtues of faith, hope, and love in a unique and unexpected way. The story of the Magi illustrates the lengths that faith-filled people will […]

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Christmas readings: Despite challenges, we can ‘return home’ to love of God

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka

By Bishop Louis Tylka Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas) At the Vigil Mass: Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 89:4-5,16-17,27,29; Acts 13:16-17,22-25; Matthew 1:1-25 Mass During the Night: Isaiah 9:1-6; Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,11-12,13; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14 Mass at Dawn: Isaiah 62:11-12; Psalm 97:1,6,11-12; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:15-20 Mass During the Day: Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98:1,2-3,3-4,5-6; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18 The various readings for the celebration of Christmas given to us […]

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The true meaning of Christmas is revealed when we embrace Jesus

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Fourth Sunday of Advent/Dec. 20 2 Samuel 7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16; Psalm 89:2-3,4-5,27,29; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-28 Jesus poses two key questions to his followers. The first is:  “Who do you say I am?” The Church proclaims its answer in readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The first reading from the Second Book of Samuel […]

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