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Readings & Reflections: Saturday of 3rd Week of Easter & Sts. Marian and James, May 6,2017

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of 3rd Week of Easter & Sts. Marian and James, May 6,2017

“To whom shall we go?” This question remains the deepest expression of our life for us who are God’s servants, the sons and daughters of his Handmaid. Peter’s attachment to Christ in turn becomes a powerful grace for others in trouble who beg him, “Please come to us without delay.”

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Opening Prayer

“Lord Jesus, you have the words of everlasting life. Help me to cast aside doubt and fear and to embrace your word with trust and joy. I surrender my life to you. Be the Lord and Captain of my heart, my will, my thoughts and my actions. May there be nothing which keeps me from you and your love.” In your Name, I pray. Amen. read more

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Third Week of Easter & St. Hilary of Arles, May 5,2017

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Third Week of Easter & St. Hilary of Arles, May 5,2017

In encountering Saul on the Damascus road, Jesus identifies himself with the persecuted Church. This makes perfect sense to those who embrace the claim of Jesus: “Whoever eats my flesh… remains in me and I in him.” “The fidelity of the Lord endures forever” in Christ’s personal association with the needy.

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Opening Prayer

Lord Jesus, Often times, I make decisions and plan my work for You according to my whims and desires. I set my own expectations and goals without considering your Word and your plan for me. Lord the path I need to take is not up for me to determine but should be according to your Will. Often times, I become so wrapped up in my own life, dilemmas, crises or even pride that I forget my true calling in life. Lord make me realize always that it is not me that should be glorified in what I do but for us me to be transparent to you so that You may shine through me. Just as Saul was physically blinded by your Light, shed your Light upon me and let me see beyond the darkness of my life so that I may always realize my true purpose as I journey back to my true home with the Father. In your Mighty Name I pray. Amen. read more

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Third Week of Easter & Blessed Michael Giedroyc, May 4,2017

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Third Week of Easter & Blessed Michael Giedroyc, May 4,2017

“Everyone who listens to my Father comes to me.” The Father guarantees our ability to listen to him by blessing the Church with preaching and teaching. The Ethiopian asks, “How can I understand unless someone instructs me?” The God-sent Philip gives life to the man’s soul by “proclaiming Jesus to him.”

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Opening Prayer

“Lord Jesus, you are the living bread which sustains me in this life. May I always hunger for the bread which comes from heaven and find in it the nourishment and strength I need to love and serve you wholeheartedly. May I always live in the joy, peace, and unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, both now and in the age to come”. In your Name, I pray. Amen. read more

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter & St. Athanasius, May 2,2017

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter & St. Athanasius, May 2,2017

The Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. condemned the heretical teachings of Arius and taught that Jesus is “consubstantial” with the Father. After attending the Council as a secretary, Athanasius became Bishop of Alexandria, and the preeminent defender of the orthodox teaching. Meanwhile, Arius, with the help of powerful political allies, staged a comeback. Athanasius became the main target of the Arians; he fled his diocese five times in fear of his life. In exile, he passionately defended Nicaea and spread the ideal of monasticism through his writings.  While in exile, Athanasius discovered a deep kinship with the great ascetic Anthony of the Desert. After Anthony’s death, Athanasius recorded the hermit’s story in The Life of Anthony. It proved to be one of the fundamental texts for monasticism in both the East and the West. He finally returned to serve the people of Alexandria, where he died in 373 A.D. and was one of the first non-martyrs, or confessors, to be venerated as a saint. One of the four holy Doctors of the Church, Athanasius defended the orthodox faith against the Arian heresy. read more

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Third Week of Easter & St. Joseph the Worker, May 1,2017

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Third Week of Easter & St. Joseph the Worker, May 1,2017

Since the nineteenth century, May 1 has been associated with the struggle for improved working conditions for laborers, first in the United States and later in Communist countries. Pius XII chose to move the feast of Joseph’s Patronage to this date in 1955. As the “just man” of Nazareth (cf. Mt 1:19), Joseph is invoked by all workers and those who seek justice for workers. “In work, the person exercises and fulfills in part the potential inscribed in his nature. The perennial value of labor stems from man himself…. Work is for man, not for work” (Catechism of Catholic Church #:2428). Joseph watches over the entire Church just as he protected the original “domestic Church,” the Holy Family. Through the work of his hands, Joseph provided for the material needs of Mary and Jesus. He educated Jesus and patiently schooled him in the trade of carpentry. “Work was the daily expression of love in the life of the Family of Nazareth” (Redemptoris Custos 22). – Optional Memorial Readings: Gen 1:26-2:3 or Col 3:14-15, 17, 23-24; Mt 13:54-58 read more

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s Video: Third Sunday of Easter A & St. Pius V, April 30,2017

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s Video: Third Sunday of Easter A & St. Pius V, April 30,2017

The disciples on the road to Emmaus hear the Scriptures interpreted in a way that had never occurred to them before. It causes their hearts to burn within them; it is what they have been waiting to hear all their lives. It moves them to beg the Stranger, “Stay with us.” Our hearts burn as we hear Peter interpret Psalm 16 with the same striking authority. It is as if the words that speak of Christ’s Resurrection – “You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence” – have totally revivified Peter’s own life. The Word, the breaking of the Eucharistic bread, the companionship of other followers are what make us realize how truly we have been “ransomed from all our futile conduct.” read more

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of Second Week of Easter & St. Catherine of Siena, April 29,2017

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of Second Week of Easter & St. Catherine of Siena, April 29,2017

Born the twenty-fourth of twenty-five children, Catherine experienced vision from an early age. Angered by her decision not to marry, her parents treated her like a servant. In 1365 A.D., she joined the Dominican tertiaries, took the habit, and remained at home in prayer for three years. Jesus joined her to himself in a “mystical marriage,” and bade her express her love through action. She attended in plague victims, brokered peace between warring factions in Italy, and dictated The Decalogue, a conversation between the soul and God. She died at the age of thirty-three. Catherine was the first woman and the first lay person to be named a Doctor of the Church. read more

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Second Week of Easter & St. Peter Chanel, April 28,2017

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Second Week of Easter & St. Peter Chanel, April 28,2017

“A large crowd followed” Jesus because “they saw the signs he was performing.” However, when the Sanhedrin members see similar signs in the Apostles who speak “in the name of Jesus,” it makes them want to “destroy” the Apostles. Thank God for the hunger in our life that moves us to proclaim of “Christ, Jesus:” “This is truly the Prophet.”

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Opening Prayer

“Lord, you satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts and you feed us with the finest of wheat (Ps 81:16). Fill us with gratitude and give us a generous heart that we may freely share with others what you have given to us.” In Jesus’ Mighty Name, we pray. Amen. read more

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Second Week of Easter & St. Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort, April 27,2017

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Second Week of Easter & St. Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort, April 27,2017

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him”(Jn 3:36). “Belief is certainty that God has shown himself and has opened up for us the view of truth itself” (Pope Benedict XVI). God has shown himself in the different humanity of Peter and the Apostles who declare, “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). Their witness moves us to want to obey the God who is “trustworthy.” For what is better than their certainty and conviction? read more

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter & St. Pedro de San José Betancur, April 26,2017

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter & St. Pedro de San José Betancur, April 26,2017

“Whoever lives the truth comes to the light.” This happens literally to Peter when the angel of the Lord leads Peter out of the darkness of the jail into the morning light of the Temple area. “God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son.” “Look to him.”

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Opening Prayer

“Lord Jesus Christ, your love is better than life itself. May your love consume and transform my life that I may desire you above all else. Help me to love what you love, to desire what you desire, and to reject what you reject”. In Your Name, I pray. Amen read more