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Finding the strength and courage to put into practice the Christian life

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 2 Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8; Psalm 15:2-3,3-4,4-5; James 1:17-18,21b-22,27; Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 Today’s readings tell us about three important concepts: divine wisdom, biblical justice and God’s commandment. Together, they explain the Christian life. In the first reading from Deuteronomy, Moses tells Israel that “this great nation is truly a […]

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Is reading, reflecting on Word of God a part of our personal prayer life?

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 19 Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34:2-3,4-5,6-7; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58 Meister Eckhart was a Dominican who was born in Germany in the 13th century. He was a philosopher, a theologian and a mystic. One quote attributed to him came to mind as I read today’s second reading […]

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Bread of Life teaches truth that endures

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Aug. 5 Exodus 16:2-4,12-15; Psalm 78:3-4,23-24,25,54; Ephesians 4:17,20-24; John 6:24-35 When Jesus walked this earth he was referred to and recognized as “Teacher.” Today we seem to gravitate toward other titles for him, like “Shepherd.” But in the Gospels, even when a title like Shepherd […]

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Where do you go to rest in God’s love?

Father Tom Otto

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 22 Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23:1-3,3-4,5,6; Ephesians 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34 There’s a little detail that pops up over and over again in the four Gospels, almost like a golden thread that reappears throughout a beautiful tapestry. What is that little, easily overlooked detail? It is the fact that Our Lord frequently […]

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Knowing Jesus, not just knowing about Jesus, is key to transforming our hearts

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 8 Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalm 123:1-2,2,3-4; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6a Stories of rejection, no matter their details, are heart wrenching. We have heard too many of these stories lately. People displaced, families unable to find a chance to live together, even individuals curtailed in their quest […]

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Our ‘deserts’ are places where we are transformed into the story God wants

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist/June 24 Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 139:1b-3,13-14ab,14c-15; Acts 13:22-26; Luke 1:57-66,80 Each life God has created is a story. Whether or not we are aware, we tell a story by our words and actions. We may not know the impact or the meaning of […]

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Blame keeps us from partnering with Jesus

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/June 10 Genesis 3:9-15; Psalm 130:1-2,3-4,5-6,7-8; 2 Corinthians 4:13 — 5:1; Mark 3:20-35 The first reading in today’s Scriptures is, in my opinion, one of the most insightful and brilliant passages of the Bible. Every word helps illuminate the dilemma that humanity finds itself in regarding sin […]

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The Holy Trinity may be beyond our understanding, but not beyond faith

Tim Irwin

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity/May 27 Deuteronomy 4:32-34,39-40; Psalm 33:4-5,6,9,18-19,20,22; Romans 8:14-17; Matthew 28:16-20 Christianity is a religion of mysteries and foremost among them is the one we celebrate this week, the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Christians profess that the Triune God is Love. Not just that God acts in loving ways. Rather, […]

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Following Jesus will take us to unexpected places

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord/May 13 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 The next two Sundays recount the most profound change to have ever occurred in the history of Christianity. The departure of Jesus this week and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost next […]

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Church, like a vine, is about connection, communion, and communicating new life

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Fifth Sunday of Easter/April 29 Acts 9:26-31; Psalm 22:26-27,28,30,31-32; 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8 “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) In “The Soul of the Apostolate,” Jean-Baptiste Chautard writes […]

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