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MARY, "SIGN OF SURE HOPE" (<I>LUMEN GENTIUM</I>, 68) - One Bread, One Body, Aug 15, 2018

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Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10 | 1 Corinthians 15:20-27 | Psalm 45:10-12, 16 | Luke 1:39-56

"He has deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places." —Luke 1:52

August 6 and 9 are the anniversaries of the atomic bombings of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. August 9 is the feast of St. Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), who was martyred in a concentration camp. Yesterday we ... More

EAT HIS WORDS - One Bread, One Body, Aug 14, 2018

08/14/2018 - 1:08am
St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe
Ezekiel 2:8—3:4 | Psalm 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131 | Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

"Eat this scroll, then go, speak to the house of Israel." —Ezekiel 3:1

Rebellion against the Lord entails not only doing evil but also refusing to totally consume and be consumed by His callings (Ez 2:8). We must eat the scroll of God's plan for our lives. We must internalize it, digest it, and make it part of ... More

Mother Mary

08/14/2018 - 1:03am

"IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE" - One Bread, One Body, Aug 13, 2018

08/13/2018 - 1:08am
Pope St. Pontian, St. Hippolytus
Ezekiel 1:2-5, 24-28 | Psalm 148:1-2, 11-14 | Matthew 17:22-27

"Then Jesus on entering the house asked, without giving him time to speak: 'What is your opinion, Simon?' " —Matthew 17:25

It was no surprise, except to Peter, that Peter denied Christ three times shortly before Jesus was crucified. Peter had indicated the shallowness of his relationship with the Lord when he:

  • failed to recognize the implications of ... More

Novena of Mary, "The Mother of Forgiveness"

08/13/2018 - 1:03am
It is absolutely necessary for us to accept God's grace to forgive immediately after we have been sinned against. Because we can be sinned against 70 x 7 (Mt 18:22), we usually need to forgive very frequently. Therefore, any time is a good time to pray this novena.

OWNERSHIP AND GRIEF - One Bread, One Body, Aug 12, 2018

08/12/2018 - 1:08am
19th Sunday Ordinary Time
1 Kings 19:4-8 | Ephesians 4:30—5:2 | Psalm 34:2-9 | John 6:41-51

"Do nothing to sadden the Holy Spirit with Whom you were sealed against the day of redemption." —Ephesians 4:30

We want to love God the Holy Spirit, for we are begotten of the Spirit (Jn 3:8), are filled with the Spirit (see Acts 2:4), and follow the lead of the Spirit (Gal 5:25). Nevertheless, we can sadden or grieve the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30).

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VISIONARY? - One Bread, One Body, Aug 11, 2018

08/11/2018 - 1:08am
St. Clare
Habakkuk 1:12—2:4 | Psalm 9:8-13 | Matthew 17:14-20

"Write down the vision clearly upon the tablets, so that one can read it readily." —Habakkuk 2:2

The Lord has a great plan for all people, and each one of us has been given a glorious part in that plan (see Heb 11:40). When we recognize our part in God's plan, we have "the vision" (Hab 2:2). We should write down this vision as accurately ... More

Christians and Mission - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

08/11/2018 - 1:05am
...The Christian faith remains ever young when it is open to the mission that Christ entrusts to us. "Mission revitalizes faith" (Redemptoris Missio, 2) in the words of Saint John Paul II... More

RECEPTIVE OR CONTRACEPTIVE? - One Bread, One Body, Aug 10, 2018

08/10/2018 - 1:08am
St. Lawrence
2 Corinthians 9:6-10 | Psalm 112:1-2, 5-9 | John 12:24-26

"God loves a cheerful giver." —2 Corinthians 9:7

The nature of the Christian life is to follow the crucified Jesus in giving all. However, like the young rich man, we are tempted to walk away sad when presented with the opportunity to give all (Mt 19:22). Jesus is calling us to give "not ... More

ONE HEART AND ONE VOICE - One Bread, One Body, Aug 9, 2018

08/09/2018 - 1:08am
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Jeremiah 31:31-34 | Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19 | Matthew 16:13-23

"You are not judging by God's standards but by man's." —Matthew 16:23

Peter's mouth spoke the words of heaven, revealed directly from the Father above (Mt 16:16-17). Shortly thereafter, Peter's mouth spoke the words of the kingdom of darkness (Mt 16:22-23). "Blessing and curse come out of the same mouth. This ... More

DEEPER FAITH OR ELSE - One Bread, One Body, Aug 8, 2018

08/08/2018 - 1:08am
St. Dominic
Jeremiah 31:1-7 | Jeremiah 31:10-13 | Matthew 15:21-28

"Jesus then said in reply, 'Woman, you have great faith! Your wish will come to pass.' That very moment her daughter got better." —Matthew 15:28

Because the Lord loves us (Jer 31:3), He wants to show us His mercy (Jer 31:3) by giving us rest (Jer 31:2) and restoration (Jer 31:4). To accept these expressions of His love, we must repent of our sins and let the Lord run our lives ... More

JESUS OR JILTED - One Bread, One Body, Aug 7, 2018

08/07/2018 - 1:08am
Pope St. Sixtus II, St. Cajetan
Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22 | Psalm 102:16-21, 29, 22-23 | Matthew 14:22-36

"All your lovers have forgotten you." —Jeremiah 30:14

If you've ever watched a lover walk out of your life, you understand grievous bruising and incurable wounds (Jer 30:12). "Your pain is without relief" (Jer 30:15).

Jesus is the great Lover Who "will never forget you" (Is 49:15) and ... More

EYE-OPENERS AND EAR-OPENERS - One Bread, One Body, Aug 6, 2018

08/06/2018 - 1:08am
Transfiguration of the Lord
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 | 2 Peter 1:16-19 | Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9 | Mark 9:2-10

"Listen to Him." —Mark 9:7

After Pentecost until the end of the Church year, we begin six months of intensive work in evangelizing the world and building God's kingdom. As we enter the third month of working, we may be bogged down. We can blame it on the "summertime ... More

EAT! EAT! - One Bread, One Body, Aug 5, 2018

08/05/2018 - 1:08am
18th Sunday Ordinary Time
Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 | Ephesians 4:17, 20-24 | Psalm 78:3-4, 23-25, 54 | John 6:24-35

"He gave them bread from the heavens to eat." —John 6:31

Today's Gospel reading from the sixth chapter of John begins Jesus' famous Bread of Life discourse, which we read for four consecutive Sundays. There is a distinct, intentional progression in the words of Jesus regarding our response to this ... More

CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG - One Bread, One Body, Aug 4, 2018

08/04/2018 - 1:08am
St. John Mary Vianney
Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24 | Psalm 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34 | Matthew 14:1-12

"Recall that Herod had had John arrested, put in chains, and imprisoned on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. That was because John had told him, 'It is not right for you to live with her.' " —Matthew 14:3-4

Jesus no longer walks the face of the earth. Now we have the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, sent by God the Father and the Son (Jn 16:7). The Spirit proves us wrong about sin (Jn 16:8). For example, the Spirit worked through John the Baptist to ... More

PROPHECY AND THE HEART OF GOD - One Bread, One Body, Aug 3, 2018

08/03/2018 - 1:08am
Jeremiah 26:1-9 | Psalm 69:5, 8-10, 14 | Matthew 13:54-58

"...My servants the prophets, whom I send you constantly though you do not obey them..." —Jeremiah 26:5

The Lord commands us to set our hearts on the spiritual gift of prophecy "above all" (1 Cor 14:1). Here are some scriptural observations upon which to meditate as we seek prophecy:

  • "Indeed, the Lord God does nothing without ... More

POUNDING THE CLAY - One Bread, One Body, Aug 2, 2018

08/02/2018 - 1:08am
St. Eusebius of Vercelli, St. Peter Julian Eymard
Jeremiah 18:1-6 | Psalm 146:1-6 | Matthew 13:47-53

"Indeed, like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in My hand." —Jeremiah 18:6

God the Father is the Potter and we are the clay. Many people consider this a beautiful, even consoling, image. This may be true, but this perception may indicate an incomplete understanding of this Biblical image. When Isaiah brings up the ... More

SPENDING EVERYTHING FOR NOTHING? - One Bread, One Body, Aug 1, 2018

08/01/2018 - 1:08am
St. Alphonsus Liguori
Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21 | Psalm 59:2-4, 10-11, 17-18 | Matthew 13:44-46

"He went back and put up for sale all that he had and bought it." —Matthew 13:46

All of us are spending our lives on something. Like little children who spend all their money on candy, a number of us spend our lives on pleasures. We work to make money to buy pleasures. We live to be entertained and to feel good. After ... More

"JESUS WEPT" (SEE LK 19:41) - One Bread, One Body, Jul 31, 2018

07/31/2018 - 1:08am
St. Ignatius of Loyola
Jeremiah 14:17-22 | Psalm 79:8-9, 11, 13 | Matthew 13:36-43

"Let my eyes stream with tears day and night." —Jeremiah 14:17

Some people are not concerned about the condition of the world, the state of the Church, the destruction of human lives, the breakdown of marriage and family, etc. They simply watch TV and try to escape from reality. In contrast, we who ... More

Living in Reality

07/31/2018 - 1:03am