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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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Love one another

Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 17 Acts 10:25-26,34-35,44-48; Psalm 98:1,2-3,3-4; 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17 In last week’s Gospel, Jesus described the relationship between himself, his Father and his disciples. Jesus is the true vine, the Father is the vinedresser, and the disciples are the branches. Each branch is from the true vine and subject […]

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Bearing good fruit? Need pruning?

By: By Sharon Priester Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 10 Acts 9:26-31; Psalm 22:26-27,28,30,31-32; 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8 When I was growing up, one of my favorite places in the summer time was under the grape arbor, munching grapes and enjoying the cool, shaded hideaway. Many, many years later, I found out from my […]

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Bearing witness to truth

By: By Sharon Priester Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 3 Acts 4:8-12; Psalm 118:1,8-9,21-23,26,28,29; 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-8 My husband and I recently had the opportunity to spend a week with two of our grandchildren. We all had a good time, playing, laughing, visiting the zoo and searching for shells as we enjoyed the […]

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Saved from the flood of sin

By: By Father Douglas Grandon Third Sunday of Easter, April 26 Acts 3:13-15,17-19; Psalm 4:2,4,7-8,9; 1 John 2:1-5a; Luke 24:35-48 According to The Wall Street Journal, three billionaire brothers in Hong Kong have “just the answer for the rising waters threatening the global economy.” The Kwok brothers have built a life-sized replica of Noah’s ark […]

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Mercy to believe

By: Father Douglas Grandon Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday), April 19 Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; 1 John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31 “Famous atheist now believes in God” was the headline of a Dec. 9, 2004, Associated Press story about the conversion of an Oxford professor, Anthony Flew, from atheism to the belief that God […]

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