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We will serve the Lord

By: Fr. Dominic Garramone, OSB Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 23 Joshua 24:1-2a,15-17,18b; Psalm 34:2-3,16-17,18-19,20-21; Ephesians 5:21-32; John 6:60-69 A CLEAR THEME emerges from an examination of the three readings: commitment. In the first reading, Joshua renews the covenant and the people of Israel commit themselves to living according to the Mosaic Law. Husband […]

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‘Lord, we are not worthy’

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 9 1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9; Ephesians 4:30 — 5:2; John 6:41-51 This week we continue our program of renewing our devotion to the Eucharist by looking at the concept of worthiness, and its silent corollary, judgment. We are often […]

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Showing reverence

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 2 Exodus 16:2-4,12-15; Psalm 78:3-4,23-24,25,54; Ephesians 4:17,20-24; John 6:24-35 The Gospel of Mark, which is used in liturgical Year B, is too short to fill all 34 Sundays of Ordinary Time, so we switch to the Bread of Life Discourse from Chapter 6 […]

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The importance of leisure

By: By Msgr. Stuart Swetland Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 19 Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23:1-3,3-4,5,6; Ephesians 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34 “Come away by yourself to a deserted place and rest awhile” (Mark 6:31). “For he (Christ) is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14). “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives […]

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When weakness can be a strength

By: By Msgr. Stuart Swetland Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 5 Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalm 123:1-2,2,3-4; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6 My studentsknow that I am fond of saying “sleep is for the weak.” This expression was drilled into me while I was in training at the Naval Academy. Sleep seemed like a luxury then […]

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Beyond skepticism to trust

By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 28 Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24; Psalm 30:2,4,5-6,11,12,13; 2 Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15; Mark 5:21-43 The Irish love to tell the story of Paddy McGarrity who spent his life bemoaning all the circumstances of life. Nothing would satisfy him. One particularly lovely sunny day the sun burst […]

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Safe from storms

By: Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB 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 Sometime during our lifetime, we all have undoubtedly found ourselves in the midst of a storm. Certainly as children we experienced the fright of storms outside with the security of our parents inside. As […]

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Our very identity

By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), June 14 Exodus 24:3-8; Psalm 116:12-13,15-16,17-18; Hebrews 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16,22-26 I am so taken with the response of the people to Moses in today’s first reading from Exodus. As was their custom, Moses was readying for the […]

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Consumed by fire of Spirit

By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Pentecost Sunday, May 31 (At the Vigil) Genesis 11:1-9 or Exodus 19:3-8a,16-20b or Ezekiel 37:1-14 or Joel 3:1-5; Psalm 104:1-2,24,35,27-28,29,30; Romans 8:22-27; John 7:37-39. (Mass during the day) Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1,24,29-30,31,34; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13 or Galatians 5:16-25; John 20:19-23 or John 15:26-27; 16:12-15. I once heard a Sufi […]

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Messengers of Good News

By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Ascension of the Lord, May 24 Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47:2-3,6-7,8-9; Ephesians 1:17-23 or Ephesians 4:1-13; Mark 16:15-20 These days we find ourselves holding our breath and feeling a bit panicked about the world in which we live. There are so many concerns: the economy, the job fall-out, turmoil in […]

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