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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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We invite Jesus in, but who is He for us?

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Second Sunday of Advent/Dec. 6 Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11; Psalm 85:9-10,11-12,13-14; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8 Advent seems to be somewhat of a lost season, drowned out by the ever-lengthening time dedicated to the secular side of Christmas. These days, Santa just can’t seem to keep his rotund self on this side of Thanksgiving. So, […]

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When we share what we have, we have met Jesus

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe/Nov. 22 Ezekiel 34:11-12,15-17; Psalm 23:1-2,2-3,5-6; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26,28; Matthew 25:31-46 A young boy was walking through the park after attending religion classes. He couldn’t stop thinking about the lesson for that day on Jesus’ parable about the last judgment. What impressed […]

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Wisdom requires deep listening to the whispers of God

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Nov. 8 Wisdom 6:12-16; Psalm 63:2,3-4,5-6,7-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13 Wisdom is a topic that has, on the surface of it, great appeal. Who would not want wisdom? How do I gain wisdom? We can think in our minds of a person who exemplifies it. But what is wisdom? Many years […]

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