Faith for the long haul

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Aug. 7, 2016
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Trust in the middle of the storm

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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: June 21, 2015
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Ascension of the Lord: Scouring the Shire after the enthronement of the King

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Ascension of the Lord, Year A: June 1, 2014
Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 1:17-23; Matt 28:16-20 (more…)

Jesús y el ciego de nacimiento

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IV Domingo de Cuaresma, Año A: 30 Marzo 2014
1 Sm 16, 1.6-7.10-13; Sal 22; Ef 5, 8-14; Jn 9, 1-41 (more…)

Jesus and the man born blind

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4th Sunday of Lent, Year A: March 30, 2014
1 Sam 16:1, 6-7, 10-13; Ps 23; Eph 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 (more…)

¿Qué tipo de Rey es nuestro Señor Jesús?

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Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Rey del Universo, Año C:
24 Noviembre 2013

2 Sm 5, 1-3; Sal 121; Col 1, 12-20; Lc 23, 35-43 (more…)

This is the King we’ve been looking for!

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year C:
Nov. 24, 2013

2 Sam 5:1-3; Ps 122; Col 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43

In about the year 380 B.C., the Greek philosopher Plato wrote the work we know as “The Republic.” And in its opening, he explores a timeless question: we all want good human leaders who can teach us, govern us, guide us, in ways that will help us to grow and prosper, individually and collectively. But where will we find such leaders?

  • For, as we well know, Plato recognizes that so many rulers throughout history have seen their position as an opportunity to exploit the nation and its people for their own gain. That certainly isn’t the kind of ruler that we want!
  • But then, it can be hard to find someone with the right kind of knowledge and ability, who would be able to lead well. (more…)

Learn the faith

From the Aug. 24-25, 2013, bulletin of St. Martin of Tours parish, Gaithersburg, Md.

It’s that time of year again!  For the last few weeks, they’ve been getting ready:  buying new clothes, new backpacks, notebooks and pencils and other supplies.  And very soon—even this Monday morning—these students will be headed back to school, to new teachers, new classmates, new things to learn and do.

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Su fidelidad, nuestra fe, y nuestra fidelidad

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XIX Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 11 Agosto 2013
Sb 18, 6-9; Sal 32; Hb 11, 1-2.8-19; Lc 12, 32-48

En la segunda lectura, de la carta a los Hebreos, oímos de la fe, y de unos grandes ejemplos de las personas de la fe del Antiguo Testamento. Y en nuestra religión hablamos a menudo de la fe, ¿no?—y tanto más, durante este Año de la Fe, que se extenderá hasta los finales de noviembre. Sabemos que nuestro Señor Jesús habló muchas veces sobre la fe durante los años de su ministerio público: elogió a personas cuando encontró la fe; se decepcionó cuando no; animó a sus discípulos y a otros a tener más fe; y hablamos de las grandes cosas que la fe hace posible.

Sin embargo, sabemos que hay personas que nos rodean que dicen que la fe es contraria a la razón; que es contraria al conocimiento. Dicen que la fe significa creer lo que sabemos es falsa o incluso imposible. ¿Tienen razón? No, están equivocados sobre qué es la fe. Es importante que nosotros entendamos qué es la fe, y además cómo podemos crecer en la fe. (more…)

Faith, knowledge, and faithfulness

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Aug. 11, 2013
Wis 18:6-9; Ps 33; Heb 11:1-2, 8-19; Luke 12:32-48

In our second reading today, we heard a portion of the famous chapter from the Letter to the Hebrews on faith. And how appropriate, during this Year of Faith, which began last October and will last until Christ the King Sunday in late November of this year.

And we know that faith was very important to our Lord Jesus during his years of earthly ministry. He praised great faith when he found it; he was disappointed when he found a lack of it; he chided his disciples at times for having “little faith”; he encouraged people to have faith and spoke about the great things that faith allowed to happen.

Do you have faith? Do you want it? Do you want more of it? (more…)