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Called to love and care for others in resurrection hope

By: By Barbara Roedel Third Sunday of Easter, April 11 Acts 5:27-32,40b-41; Psalm 30:2,4,5-6,11-12,13; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19 I love breakfast. It’s probably my favorite meal of the day. The Gospel rarely speaks of breakfast, but today it does. Imagine the scene. The disciples have been fishing all night. They come in tired and empty-handed. […]

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At Easter we celebrate ‘crowning truth of faith in Christ’

By: By Sharon Priester Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord, April 4Acts 10:34a,27-43; Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8; John 20:1-9 or Luke 24:1-12 or (at an afternoon or evening Mass) Luke 24:13-35 It’s Easter Sunday — the resurrection of Christ. In his Easter address in 2008, Pope Benedict said the resurrection […]

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Lent abounds with opportunities for new life

By: Sharon Priester Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 21Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Philippians 3:8-14; John 8:1-11 As I reflected on the last two Sundays of Lent, four words came to mind: repentance, forgiveness, compassion, mercy. On the third Sunday of Lent, we heard Jesus warning the people that if they didn’t repent, they would perish. […]

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What is God trying to cultivate in us this Lent?

By: Sharon PriesterHeadline: What is God trying to cultivate in us this Lent so we bear fruit? Third Sunday of Lent, March 7Exodus 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 Two-and-a-half weeks ago we were marked with ashes in the sign of the cross and may have heard the words, “Turn away from sin […]

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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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