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Advent a time of waiting, clearing obstacles

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

Living the Word / By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Second Sunday of Advent/Dec. 5 Baruch 5:1-9; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Philippians 1:4-6,8-11; Luke 3:1-6 In the days of the Baal Shem Tov, the saintly founder of this particular tradition of Hassidism, it would happen that he would take his disciples into a quiet spot in the forest. There […]

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Jesus is King, and we must belong not to the world but to His truth and kingdom

Carla Oliver

Living the Word / By Carla Oliver Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe / Nov. 21 Daniel 7:13-14; Psalm 93:1,1-2,5; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33b-37 Praised be Jesus Christ, Now and Forever! As we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, I always reflect on this day with a mix of emotions. Similarly […]

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‘But she has contributed her livelihood…’

Carla Oliver

Living the Word / By Carla Oliver Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Nov. 7 1 Kings 17:10-16; Psalm 146:7,8-9,9-10; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 Oftentimes, I am called back to some of the best advice I’ve received from a priest: “When it comes to reading the Scriptures, read for transformation, not for information.” Implementing this thought into my […]

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Do we see what our heart longs for?

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

Living the Word / By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Oct. 24 Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52 The Gospel of Mark is genius at describing in succinct ways the healing and miracles of Jesus. His words are often few, but the impact is not to be missed. This […]

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Living the Word: The treasure of eternal life is learned through self-giving

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 10 Wisdom 7:7-11; Psalm 90:12-13,14-15,16-17; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30 There was once a revolutionary, who when he was young, prayed to God “Lord, give me the energy to change the world.” As he approached middle-age and realized that half his life was gone without changing a […]

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What keeps us from living as disciples of Jesus?

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 26 Numbers 11:25-29; Psalm 19:8,10,12-13,14; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48 This Sunday’s Gospel explores the question: who speaks authentically on behalf of Jesus? It also offers a stern message concerning those things that might stop us from fully accepting the invitation from Jesus to live as his disciples. The […]

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Answer the invitation to take up our cross and be a person for others

Tim Irwin

Living the Word / By Tim Irwin Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 12 Isaiah 50:4c-9a; Psalm 116:1-2,3-4,5-6,8-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35 This Sunday’s Gospel gives us a lot to think about. It illustrates how the Evangelists shared the events of Jesus’s life in various ways in order to clarify the message. It also illustrates that people […]

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The modern world needs Christians to be credible witnesses, lights to the nations

Father Timothy Hepner

By  Father Timothy Hepner Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time / Aug. 29 Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8; Psalm 15:2-3,3-4,4-5; James 1:17-18,21b-22,27; Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 As the school year has begun, teachers are rediscovering that kid. You know: The kid who is always ready to prove how smart he is by blurting out the answer or going so far as to […]

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Living the Word: Mary is a loving mother in whose arms all are safe

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary / Aug. 15 Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a,10ab; Psalm 45:10,11,12,16; 1 Corinthians 15:20-27; Luke 1:39-56 I will not be preaching to my parish this year on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and ordinarily I would see that as a missed opportunity. […]

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Are we too satisfied to accept what Jesus asks?

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 1 Exodus 16:2-4,12-15; Psalm 78:3-4,23-24,25,25,54; Ephesians 4:17,20-24; John 6:24-35 One of the worst things that can happen to us is that we become satisfied. In the first reading the Israelites complain to Moses, “Would that we had died at the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt, […]

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