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Readings for the next two Sundays offer clues on best way to tend the ‘flock’

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Third Sunday of Easter/April 10 Acts 5:27-32,40b-41; Psalm 30:2,4,5-6,11-12,13; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19 It’s good to look at the Scripture readings for the Third and Fourth Sundays of Easter at the same time because they have much in common, and by examining what they have in common we’ll be able to see […]

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Recognizing God’s love and mercy in the body of Christ – the Church

Father R. Michael Schaab

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord/March 27 Acts 10:34a,37-43; Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8; Sequence: Victimae Paschali Laudes; John 20:1-9 The Church designates the great Feast of Easter as an octave, or eight-day celebration. This means that Easter itself is celebrated as an eight-day-long feast. Every day of the octave is Easter. One indication of this […]

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Will we throw stones or choose another way?

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

Fifth Sunday of Lent/March 13 Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Philippians 3:8-14; John 8:1-11 “If I really had my preference, I would take you to Rwanda to see for yourselves. I was able to stay for four days in a rural village named Gikonko. It is nowhere in a country that is nowhere, and that makes […]

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Repentance is not a single act, it’s a process of turning around, changing

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB   Third Sunday of Lent/Feb. 28 Exodus 3:1-8a,13-15; Psalm 103:1-2,3-4,6-7,8,11; 1 Corinthians 10:1-6,10-12; Luke 13:1-9 As I reflect on the Scriptures for the Third Sunday of Lent, I am reminded of an old American Indian story: “An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. ‘A fight is going on […]

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Lent provides time to find our true identity

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB First Sunday of Lent/Feb. 14 Deuteronomy 26:4-10; Psalm 91:1-2,10-11,12-13,14-15; Romans 10:8-1; Luke 4:1-13 “Don’t tempt me!” Without thinking, these words pop out of the mouths of dieters who are offered a hot fudge sundae or someone who is trying to quit smoking when offered a cigarette. Temptation is at the […]

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Our quiet sacrifices and acts of charity are noticed by God

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner “You are special. You were born for something great.” Children have been told this for a generation. Growing up I remember “all about me” time in school, participation awards, and movies that repeated this message ad nauseam. The problem is that everyone’s uniqueness is the same. The “specialness” the world offers […]

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“Wine” offered now prepares us for eternal banquet

By Father Timothy Hepner Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 17 Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,7-8,9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-11 The first great work of Jesus’ public ministry was the act of the Jewish bridegroom, whose job it is to provide wine for the wedding as Grant Pitre explains in his book, “Jesus the Bridegroom.” Another […]

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John the Baptist’s call for repentance is still relevant, urgent

By: By Father Tom Kelly Second Sunday of Advent/Dec. 6Baruch 5:1-9; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Philippians 1:4-6,8-11; Luke 3:1-6 All four Gospels start their accounts of the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry by describing John the Baptist preparing the way of the Lord. In this Sunday’s Gospel, Luke begins his story with a wide lens by naming […]

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Jesus reigns as King of the Universe who witnesses to the truth

By: By Tim Irwin Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe/Nov. 22Daniel 7:13-14; Psalm 93:1,1-2,4; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33b-37 This Sunday marks the end of the church year with readings that proclaim the end of the church’s mission. The climax of the church’s mission can be found in the answer to Pilate’s […]

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Trust in God places us on the ‘road to blessedness’

Photo Caption: Tim Irwin teaches at Peoria Notre Dame High School, where he chairs the Theology Department. He is a member of St. Mark Parish in Peoria. By: By Tim Irwin Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Nov. 81 Kings 17:10-16; Psalm 146:7,8-9,9-10; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 The readings for the Holy Mass this week revolve around […]

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