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The Book on Forgiveness

11/21/2017 - 12:03am
When I was first ordained a priest, I believed that over 50 percent of all problems were due to unforgiveness. After ten years in ministry, I revised my estimate and maintained 75 to 80 percent of all health, marital, family, and financial problems came from unforgiveness. Now, after more than twenty years in ministry, I have concluded that over 90 percent of all problems are rooted in unforgiveness.

DON'T YOU SEE? - One Bread, One Body, Nov 20, 2017

11/20/2017 - 12:08am
1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63 | Psalm 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158 | Luke 18:35-43

"Some from among the people promptly went to the king, and he authorized them to introduce the way of living of the Gentiles. Thereupon they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem according to the Gentile custom." —1 Maccabees 1:13-14

Some of the chosen people were so spiritually blind that they made an alliance with the Gentiles to introduce to Israel a pagan way of living (1 Mc 1:11). They even volunteered to help brainwash and pervert themselves. This alliance with pagans ... More

How to Read the Bible

11/20/2017 - 12:03am
Have you told yourself a thousand times you were going to read the Bible? Do you fall asleep when you try? Are your bewildered by the Bible, feel lost, and confused? Have you stuffed yourself with the things of the world and become spiritually anorexic so as to have little appetite for the Bible? Then this is the pamphlet for you.

YOU ARE CALLED TO GREATNESS - One Bread, One Body, Nov 19, 2017

23 hours 7 min ago
33rd Sunday Ordinary Time
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 | 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 | Psalm 128:1-5 | Matthew 25:14-30

"Since you were dependable in a small matter I will put you in charge of larger affairs." —Matthew 25:21, 23

Some of you are burning with love for God and, therefore, with love for all people. You want all to be saved (1 Tm 2:4), families to be holy, neglected children to be loved, peace for the world, justice for the poor, and babies in the womb to be ... More

DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE AGAIN - One Bread, One Body, Nov 18, 2017

11/18/2017 - 12:08am
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Dedication of Basilicas of Sts. Peter & Paul
Wisdom 18:14-16; 19:6-9 | Psalm 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43 | Luke 18:1-8

"They beheld stupendous wonders." —Wisdom 19:8

The whole Israelite nation had been enslaved in Egypt for several hundred years. They had no way of ever being freed. Then the Lord did a series of "stupendous wonders" (Wis 19:8) by which He set His people free, "for all creation, in its ... More

THE LAST DAY - One Bread, One Body, Nov 17, 2017

11/17/2017 - 12:08am
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Wisdom 13:1-9 | Psalm 19:2-5 | Luke 17:26-37

"It will be like that on the day the Son of Man is revealed." —Luke 17:30

Jesus will return and the world will end:

  • when we least expect it (Lk 12:40),
  • when it is "business as usual" (see Lk 17:27-28),
  • suddenly (see Lk 17:24, 31),
  • after a most severe persecution of the Church (Lk ... More

MORE "FIRST-HAND" KNOWLEDGE OF GOD - One Bread, One Body, Nov 16, 2017

11/16/2017 - 12:08am
St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Gertrude the Great
Wisdom 7:22—8:1 | Psalm 119:89-91, 130, 135, 175 | Luke 17:20-25

"Indeed, she reaches from end to end mightily and governs all things well." —Wisdom 8:1

The writer of the Book of Wisdom had such a deep awareness of God's wisdom that he personified wisdom and saw it as being more than a quality of God. He said of wisdom: "She, who is one, can do all things, and renews everything while herself ... More

A LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP - One Bread, One Body, Nov 15, 2017

11/15/2017 - 12:08am
St. Albert the Great
Wisdom 6:2-11 | Psalm 82:3-4, 6-7 | Luke 17:11-19

"He threw himself on his face at the feet of Jesus and spoke His praises. This man was a Samaritan." —Luke 17:16

"Recall that Jews have nothing to do with Samaritans" (Jn 4:9). The Jews and the Samaritans had a long history of being enemies. Yet Jesus spoke to and brought salvation to a Samaritan woman (see Jn 4:42). This surprised both the Samaritan woman ... More

THANKFUL "USELESS SERVANTS" - One Bread, One Body, Nov 14, 2017

11/14/2017 - 12:08am
Wisdom 2:23—3:9 | Psalm 34:2-3, 16-19 | Luke 17:7-10

"We are useless servants. We have done no more than our duty." —Luke 17:10

To serve the Lord is the most awesome privilege possible for a human being. One day serving in His courts is better than a thousand elsewhere (Ps 84:11). To take out the garbage for Jesus is better than being the CEO for a multi-national ... More

SCANDALIZED OR DE-SCANDALIZED? - One Bread, One Body, Nov 13, 2017

11/13/2017 - 12:08am
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
Wisdom 1:1-7 | Psalm 139:1-10 | Luke 17:1-6

Jesus "said to His disciples: 'Scandals will inevitably arise, but woe to him through whom they come.' " —Luke 17:1

Throughout the history of Christianity and humanity, scandals have inevitably arisen. Talking about these scandals makes matters worse. However, we can make even scandals work together for the good of all who love God (Rm 8:28), if we: ... More

THE DOORS - One Bread, One Body, Nov 12, 2017

11/12/2017 - 12:08am
32nd Sunday Ordinary Time
Wisdom 6:12-16 | 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 | Psalm 63:2-8 | Matthew 25:1-13

"Open the door." —Matthew 25:11
"The door was barred." —Matthew 25:10


Jesus knocks on the door of our lives. He says: "Here I stand, knocking at the door. If anyone hears Me calling and opens the door, I will enter his house and have supper with him, and he with Me" (Rv 3:20). Jesus wants us to allow Him to know ... More

My People, Vol. 30, Issue 10

11/12/2017 - 12:05am
Mission At Heart Of Christian Faith
Forge New Paths Of Peace
Labor Day Statement
Disaster Can Lead To Goodness
Light to the Nations
Edge To Edge
Pray The News

My People, Vol. 30, Issue 11

11/12/2017 - 12:05am
Welcome Migrants
Mother Cabrini Is Witness For Today
Fight Trafficking Of Migrants
Museum Celebrates Bible
Defend The Rights Of Migrants
Light to the Nations
Edge To Edge
Pray The News

Migrants and Refugees - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

11/12/2017 - 12:05am
LOVE FOR OTHERS
"You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the lord your God" (Leviticus 19:34). More

UNCHURCHED CHURCH-GOERS? - One Bread, One Body, Nov 11, 2017

11/11/2017 - 12:08am
St. Martin of Tours
Romans 16:3-9, 16, 22-27 | Psalm 145:2-5, 10-11 | Luke 16:9-15

"Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send you greetings." —Romans 16:16

The Lord calls us not only to go to church but to be members of the Church. This means that we are called to be baptized (that is, immersed) in the body of Christ, the Church (1 Cor 12:13). We are to continue steadfastly in Christian community ... More

THE SACRAMENTS OF INITIATIVE - One Bread, One Body, Nov 10, 2017

11/10/2017 - 12:08am
Pope St. Leo the Great
Romans 15:14-21 | Psalm 98:1-4 | Luke 16:1-8

"The worldly take more initiative than the other-worldly when it comes to dealing with their own kind." —Luke 16:8

"Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build it. Unless the Lord guard the city, in vain does the guard keep vigil" (Ps 127:1). "It is the Lord's blessing that brings wealth, and no effort can substitute for it" (Prv 10:22). No ... More

WORLD WAR - One Bread, One Body, Nov 9, 2017

11/09/2017 - 12:08am
Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 | 1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17 | Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9 | John 2:13-22

"Zeal for Your house consumes Me." —John 2:17

The Greek word for "church" means "called out." The Church is the gathering of people Jesus has chosen out from this world (Jn 15:19). Jesus founded the Church in the shadow of the worldly city, Caesarea Philippi (Mt 16:13). He implied the ... More

IN GOD OR IN DEBT? - One Bread, One Body, Nov 8, 2017

11/08/2017 - 12:08am
Romans 13:8-10 | Psalm 112:1-2, 4-5, 9 | Luke 14:25-33

"Owe no debt to anyone except the debt that binds us to love one another." —Romans 13:8

Many Christians in the Western world are in debt. They owe on their houses, cars, and credit cards. Consequently, they seem to be disobeying the Lord's command that we owe no debt. Some people try to rationalize this by saying that many other ... More

FISHIN' HOLE - One Bread, One Body, Nov 7, 2017

11/07/2017 - 12:08am
Romans 12:5-16 | Psalm 131:1-3 | Luke 14:15-24

"Go out into the highways and along the hedgerows and force them to come in. I want My house to be full." —Luke 14:23

God wants His house to be full for His heavenly banquet (Lk 14:23). His strategy for filling His house is to send His servants all over His kingdom, especially to the byroads (Mt 22:9), alleys (Lk 14:21), and other unlikely places. Thus, God's ... More

MISERY OR MYSTERY? - One Bread, One Body, Nov 6, 2017

11/06/2017 - 12:08am
Romans 11:29-36 | Psalm 69:30-31, 33-34, 36 | Luke 14:12-14

"...how inscrutable His judgments, how unsearchable His ways!" —Romans 11:33

The Lord has said: "My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways" (Is 55:8). That we are so different than God is initially seen as a problem. We even wish that God was more like us. However, if we joyfully accept God's ... More