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Prayer a powerful weapon in vanquishing temptation

First Sunday of Lent, Feb. 21 Deuteronomy 26:4-10; Psalm 91:1-2,9-10,12-13,14-15; Romans 10:8-13; Luke 4:1-13 This past week, on Ash Wednesday, we were marked with ashes and began our solemn Lenten journey leading us toward the celebration of Easter. This week, the First Sunday of Lent, the Gospel describes how Jesus was tempted in the desert, […]

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Setting our priorities for prayer

By: Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feb. 7 Isaiah 6:1-2a,3-8; Psalm 138:1-2,2-3,4-5,7-8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11 One of my favorite jokes is about the man who was fearful of being late for an important meeting, and as he circled the building looking for a parking space, he prayed, “Lord, I’ll […]

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Look again

By: Fr. Dominic Garramone, OSB Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 24 Nehemiah 8:2-4a,5-6,8-10; Psalm 19:8,9,10,15; 1 Corinthians 12:12-30; Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21 ONE OF the significant ritual changes of the last few decades is the increased reverence shown to the Book of the Gospels at parish Masses. In most parishes at Sunday Mass, the Gospel […]

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Service fosters love, grace

By: Father Dominic Garramone, OSB 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 NOTICE THAT Jesus’ first public miracle in the Gospel of John involves (of all things!) kitchen service. Of course for the evangelist the changing of water into wine has a significance far beyond concern […]

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We’re God’s children now

By: Msgr. Stuart Swetland Baptism of the Lord, Jan. 10 Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7 or Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11; Psalm 29:1-4,9-10 or Psalm 104:1b-2,3-4,24-25,27-28,29-30; Acts 10:34-38 or Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7; Luke 3:15-16,21-22 ONE OF my favorite passages in sacred Scripture is 1 John 3:1-2. It reads “See what love the Father has given us that we should be called […]

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Radiating Jesus

By: Msgr. Stuart Swetland 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 VERY OFTEN our Sunday readings are selected so as to emphasize the “prophecy-fulfillment” mode of reading sacred Scripture. This means that the first reading from the Old Testament is seen to be fulfilled in the proclamation of […]

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An incredible risk

By: Sr. Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 20 Micah 5:1-4a; Psalm 80:2-3,15-16,18-19; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45 I RECENTLY heard a story about a couple who regularly visited an inmate in prison. When it was time for the prisoner to be paroled, the couple, who owned a restaurant, thought about it and decided […]

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The power of one voice

By: Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 6 Baruch 5:1-9; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Philippians 1:4-6,8-11; Luke 3:1-6 VOICES. VOICES. They are all around us! We wake up to voices. We hear voices all day long. We give voice to our own thoughts. What really is a voice except the resonance of a person […]

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Faithful to a great promise

By: By Sr. Rachel Bergschneider, OSB First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 29 Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:4-5,8-9,10,14; 1 Thessalonians 3:12 — 4:2; Luke 21:25-28,34-36 WHO AMONG us has not been overwhelmed with the fragility of a child? When we hold one, we are so careful to do all the right things to insure the safety of […]

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Children of God, just like us

By: By Sharon Priester Solemnity of All Saints, Nov. 1 Revelation 7:2-4,9-14; Psalm 24:1bc-2,3-4ab,5-6; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12a WHO ARE your heroes — those you look up to, want to emulate? Probably as a child you had some heroes — maybe an aunt or an uncle, an older sibling, a favorite baseball player. For […]

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