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  • elijah's supernatural bread of life food for journey angel eucharist 19th Sunday Ordinary B
    Elijah’s Bread – Food for the Journey

    Somehow, we can all relate to the discouragement and exhaustion of Elijah.  So we need to learn from the solution proposed by God to revitalize and energize him for the long journey he needed to make and the important work he was going to do.  The bread God provided is a figure of a more wondrous bread that is available to us, the Eucharist....

  • bartimaeus outrageous faith 30th Sunday ordinary b
    Bartimaeus – the Blind Beggar with Outrageous Faith

    The story of Bartimaeus, the blind beggar who met Jesus on the road to Jericho, is a dramatic event from the Gospel of Mark that illustrates something very important about the true nature of Christian faith....

  • rich young man mark's gospel solomon wisdom 28th sunday ordinary b
    The Rich Young Man and King Solomon

    Both the Rich Young Man in Mark's Gospel and King Solomon had a very difficult choice to make. In a similar moment of decision, what would be the desire of your heart? Wisdom and adventure, or comfort and convenience? Where do true riches...and security...lie?...

  • augustine st. lawrence laurence deacon martyr august 10 eucharist lord's supper mystery self-gift follow imitate Christ discipleship humility roses lilies ivy violets
    St. Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr – Augustine

    St. Lawrence (also rendered St. Laurence) was one of the seven deacons of the Church of Rome and was martyred under the Emperor Valerian on the 10th of August 258, four days after Pope Sixtus II and his companions. Little is known of the life......

  • Deaf mute healing miracles ephphatha effata compassion 23rd Sunday Ordinary time B
    Jesus’s Miracles – the Deaf Mute & Compassion

    "Ephphatha!" The miracles of Jesus, particularly the story of Jesus' healing of the deaf - mute in the Gospel of Mark, raise a big questions -- did Jesus Christ truly work miracles and if so, was his motivation compassion or glory? For the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B....

  • Eucharist junk food you are what you eat bread of life Word of God 18th sunday B
    Eucharist vs. Junk Food – You Are What You Eat!

    The only miracle recorded in all four gospels was the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Could this be to emphasize the central importance of the spiritual nutrition that Jesus, the Bread of Life, provides for us through the Eucharist? And could it be that a diet of junk food rather than the eucharistic banquet might just be a factor in the spiritual decline we see in the Western World?  A reflection on John 6....

  • Hear O Israel great commandment omission commission love heart 31st Sunday Ordinary B
    Hear, Oh Israel! – Keeping the Great Commandment

    Hear O Israel!  Most have heard of the Great Commandment - to love God with your whole heart and your neighbor as yourself.  But if God is just and salvation depends upon perfect obedience to this command, who can be saved?...

  • marriage divorce annulment marital intimacy all you need is love 27th Sunday ordinary B
    All You Need is Love – Marriage, Divorce & Annulment

    Is annulment just a Catholic Divorce?  This article explains the controversial Roman Catholic position on love as self-giving, marital intimacy, divorce, remarriage & celibacy....

  • st. martha mary July 29 augustine hospitality
    Martha and Mary – Augustine

    Here Augustine reflects on hishat famous incident, recorded in Luke 10, when the Lord comes to the home of Martha and Mary.  Martha busies herself with the details of hospitality, anxious and troubled about many things. Martha represents the battle we all face against the......

  • feast solemnity of assumption of virgin mary august 15 dormition facebook
    Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    The Assumption of the Virgin Mary (called the Dormition in the Christian East) has been celebrated as a solemn feast on August 15 since ancient times. What is the meaning and basis of the dogma and the Solemnity?...

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