Through storms of life, we have opportunities for change, understanding

By: By Shawn Reeves Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time/June 21 Job 38:1,8-11; Psalm 107:23-24,25-26,28-29,30-31; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Mark 4:35-41 My middle son had always loved thunderstorms. Even within that year in which one transitions from “infant” to “toddler,” he would climb upon the couch, eyes poised to see lightning, and gleefully whisper to me, “Thunder!” […]

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We celebrate Corpus Christi because the Eucharist defines us

By: By Msgr. Albert H. Hallin Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)/June 7Exodus 24:3-8; Psalm 116:12-13,15-16,17-18; Hebrews 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16,22-26 The reason that the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is celebrated with appropriate solemnity is to make us “Catholics” remember and reflect on the […]

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Remembering the reason for our hope

By: By Msgr. Stuart Swetland Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 25 Acts 8:5-8,14-17; Psalm 66:1-3,4-5,6-7,20; 1 Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21 (In the Diocese of Peoria, due to the transfer of the celebration of Ascension to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, the epistle and Gospel readings may be taken from the Seventh Sunday of Easter. These […]

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Nothing Catholic happens in the absence of the Holy Spirit

By: By Tim Irwin Solemnity of Pentecost/May 24 Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1,24,29-30,31,34; Galatians 5:16-25 or 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13/Sequence: Veni, Sancte, Spiritus; John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 or John 20:19-23 The church offers a rich selection of readings for the celebration of Pentecost Sunday. Rightly so, as Pentecost celebrates both the beginning of the Catholic […]

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How do we lay down our lives?

By: By Father Tom Kelly Sixth Sunday of Easter/May 10Acts of the Apostles 10:25-26,34-35,44-48; Psalm 98:1,2-3,3-4; 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17 —– In today’s Gospel passage, John puts these words of Jesus to the disciples at the Last Supper: “Love one another as I have loved you.” The “as” carries the message that we must […]

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We are called to extend mercy, not just receive it

By: By Father Tom Kelly Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy)/April 12 Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; 1 John 5:1-6; Sequence: Victimae Paschali Laudes; John 20:19-31 The words from the Gospel passage that jump off the page in my view are, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are […]

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How would we respond to key moments of Christ’s Passion?

By: By Sharon Priester Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion/March 29 (At the procession with palms) Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16 (At Mass) Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 14:1 — 15:47 Here we are at the last stage of our Lenten journey, Palm Sunday and Holy Week, focusing on the climax of the […]

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Each of us is a beneficiary of God’s mercy and love — rejoice!

By: By Sharon Priester Fourth Sunday of Lent/March 15 2 Chronicles 36:14-16,19-23; Psalm 137:1-2,3,4-5,6; Ephesians 2:4-10; John 3:14-21 This Sunday we are a little over halfway through our Lenten journey and looking forward to the celebration of Easter. Like any journey, we sometimes get to a point where we hit a roadblock. Maybe we are […]

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Why listening might be a good Lenten practice to embrace

By: By Sharon Priester Second Sunday of Lent/March 1 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 Just a week and a half ago we entered into the Lenten season. During this 40-day period, the church asks us to focus more on prayer and the reading of Scripture, fasting and almsgiving. We are also called […]

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