Faith for the long haul

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Aug. 7, 2016
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Prayer changes things—in surprising ways!

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: July 24, 2016
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Mercy, in touching his wounds

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2nd Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy), Year C:
April 3, 2016

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Joy in the Lord, even in hard times

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3rd Sunday of Advent, Year C: Dec. 13, 2015
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To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Aug. 23, 2015
Josh 24:1-2, 15-17, 18; Ps 34; Eph 5:2, 25-32; John 6:51-58

Have you ever thought about one of the teachings of the Catholic Church: “That teaching is hard! It doesn’t seem right. It seems impossible. It seems shocking or offensive!” Maybe you have thought this sometime in the past; maybe you are thinking this right now, as you are here at Mass. I’m sure you have known others who have thought this.

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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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No se inquiete, sino confíe en Dios

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VIII Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 2 Marzo 2014
Is 49, 14-15; Sal 61; 1 Cor 4, 1-5; Mt 6, 24-34 (more…)

Stop worrying, and start trusting!

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8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: March 2, 2014
Isa 49:14-15; Ps 62; 1 Cor 4:1-5; Matt 6:24-34

In our Gospel reading today, our Lord Jesus is in the midst of his famous Sermon on the Mount. And in this section, we hear him say: “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink. Do not worry about your body, what you will wear.” He is trying to get us to stop worrying about these material things, and to have peace instead.

And what does he say to persuade us of this? A few things, actually. (more…)

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Su fuego trae el cambio

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XX Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 18 Agosto 2013
Jr 38, 4-6.8-10; Sal 39; Hb 12, 1-4; Lc 12, 49-53

A menudo oí decir en inglés que “a la gente no les gusta el cambio.” Parece que esto aumenta a medida que envejecemos; y que sin duda aumenta cuando arreglamos las cosas de nuestras vidas como las queremos. En extender esto, parece que los americanos tienen un talento para cambiar todas las religiones que encuentran—ya sea el catolicismo o el budismo u otra—en el mensaje de que somos perfectos tal y como somos, y no hay que cambiar nada; ¡son los demás que tienen que cambiar! Sólo déjenos en paz.

Pero este no es el mensaje y la misión de nuestro Señor Jesús. (more…)

His fire brings change

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Aug. 18, 2013
Jer 38:4-6, 8-10; Ps 40; Heb 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53

I often heard it said that “people don’t like change.” It seems that this increases as we get older; and it certainly increases when things are going the way that we want them to, and we have our lives arranged just so. Indeed, it seems that Americans have a talent for changing every religion they meet—whether it be Catholicism or Buddhism or whatever—into the message that we are perfect just the way we are, and we don’t need to change at all; it’s everyone else who needs to change! Just leave us in peace.

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