Gospel Reflections

 


18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published: August 02 2015

When Jesus had fed the large crowd of 5,000 people with the help of his disciples, the news must have travelled fast among the villagers in the...

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published: July 26 2015

Often, when I reflect on the Sunday liturgies, I wonder how all four readings relate to each other. However, all of the readings today are powerful reminders...

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published: July 19 2015

The Gospel reading reminds me of the Fulani tribe in Nigeria well known for grazing their flocks and caring for them. They learn the skills to pasture,...

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published: July 12 2015

The Mission of the Twelve “He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits.” Mission—a word that...

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published: July 05 2015

Today´s Gospel brings us a disturbing contradiction. The text says that Jesus is rejected, not only by the Roman and Jewish powers, but by his very own...

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published: July 05 2015

O Evangelho de hoje nos traz uma contradição perturbadora. O texto fala que Jesus é rejeitado não só pelas potências romanas e judaicas, mas por seus próprios parentes....

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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published: June 28 2015

Not long ago, a request was made on the SNDdeN Intranet to pray for a little girl of 12 who became paralyzed as a result of necessary...

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Feast of St. John the Baptist

Published: June 24 2015

“I am not the one you imagine me to be…”  Identity seems to be something about which both John the Baptist and Jesus were concerned.  John is...

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Feast of St. Julie Billiart

Published: June 22 2015

When St. Julie Billiart was canonized on June 22, 1969, just 46 years ago, I was a Sister in Temporary Vows and living in community in Woburn,...

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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published: June 21 2015

*“Our God is an awesome God… reigns…with wisdom, power and love. Our God is an awesome God.” * This hymn, a favorite at our school liturgies, reflects the response...

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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published: June 14 2015

*Theme: Trust that God’s Kingdom grows to greatness* The Gospel reading today (Mark 4:26-34) is the conclusion of Mark’s ‘parable chapter.’ It links two seed parables associated with...

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The Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Published: June 12 2015

*Ephesians 3* * * *… that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the...

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The Feast of Corpus Christi

Published: June 07 2015

Today is the great feast of Corpus Christi when we not only celebrate but remember to treasure the great gift of “the body of Christ.” Mark recalls the...

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The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Published: May 31 2015

Many years ago now a priest began his homily on this feast by noting an article he had read that was titled “The Trinity is MORE than...

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Pentecost Sunday

Published: May 24 2015

In the Jewish tradition, Pentecost celebrates the beginning of harvest, a time when the first fruits of the year are gathered up and shared. In the Christian...

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7th Sunday of Easter

Published: May 17 2015

*Reflection from Matthias, with a Joyful Heart* “I am Matthias ……the first chosen to continue the long line of the Twelve… according to God’s amazing plan. From the...

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The Ascension of the Lord

Published: May 14 2015

"The Lord showed them in 'many convincing ways' that He was alive"(Acts 1:3). Have you had any experiences that left you convinced that the Lord was present...

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Feast of St. Julie

Published: May 13 2015

On this anniversary of her Beatification in 1906, one hundred nine years ago today, St. Julie Billiart made her formal debut in the Universal Church. She no...

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6th Sunday of Easter

Published: May 10 2015

*I CALL YOU FRIENDS* We usually apply the phrase, “Failure to thrive” to the neglected children in our society who have been deprived of nutrition and love. Did...

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5th Sunday of Easter

Published: May 03 2015

In the Farewell Discourse of John’s Gospel (Jn 13-17) Jesus’ words offer a vision of the new life for all who are his disciples. The heart of...

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QUATRIEME DIMANCHE DE PÂQUES

Published: April 26 2015

Pendant trois dimanches consécutifs, nous avons rencontré aux Ecritures des apparitions de Jésus après la fête de Pâques. L’histoire de Jésus ne se termine pas le vendredi saint...

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4th Sunday of Easter

Published: April 26 2015

For three succeeding Sundays, we have been reading about the apparitions of Jesus after Easter. The Jesus story does not end on Good Friday at 3 o’clock...

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3rd Sunday of Easter

Published: April 19 2015

Easter tells us something about the Father: God does not allow any love to be lost. Easter tells us something about Jesus: the measure of his love...

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TROISIEME DIMANCHE DE PÂQUES

Published: April 19 2015

*La fête de Pâques* nous dit quelque chose d’important du Père : Dieu ne laisse perdre de ses enfants par amour. *La fête de Pâques* nous annonce...

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2nd Sunday of Easter

Published: April 12 2015

Today we celebrate the encounter of Thomas and Jesus. I am sure we have all had the experience of being called a “doubting Thomas.” Generally this is...

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2nd Sunday of Easter

Published: April 12 2015

The quality of mercy is not strain'd, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath... It is an attribute of God himself... --The Merchant of...

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DOMINGO DE PÁSCOA

Published: April 05 2015

*Graça: Para ser feliz e se alegrar intensamente por causa de como o Senhor ressuscitado transforma a nossa vida.* *Reflexão:* O Evangelho de hoje conta a historia de,...

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Easter Sunday

Published: April 05 2015

*Grace: To be glad and rejoice intensely because of how the Risen Lord transforms our life.* *Reflection:* Today's Gospel tells the story of Mary Magdalene who is the first...

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Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

Published: April 04 2015

*The Disciples Reflect: We never thought it would end like this!* By early evening on Friday, not knowing of anywhere else to go, we all trudged our way...

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Friday of the Passion of the Lord

Published: April 03 2015

A Hollowed and Hallowed Cross When I returned to the United States from Rome in 1997, Sister Ann C. Kelly had also come home for a medical...

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la Fête de Jeudi saint

Published: April 02 2015

*Le dernier repas de Jésus avec ses disciples * A première vue, il s'agit du dernier repas de Jésus avec ses disciples, mais l'évangéliste met en relief...

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Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

Published: April 02 2015

*Jesus’ Last Meal with His Disciples* At first sight, this Gospel is about Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, but the evangelist provides also a contrast in the...

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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Published: March 29 2015

*WHAT DOES THE MASTER NEED?* The last week of Jesus’ ministry was spent in and near Jerusalem. The first day of the final week, called Palm or Passion...

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Annunciation of the Lord

Published: March 25 2015

The Feast of the Annunciation has been a significant feast day for me for many years. My mother so wanted me to be born on March 25....

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5th Sunday of Lent

Published: March 22 2015

Lent is a time of preparation for Good Friday and the death of Jesus, and his Resurrection on Easter Sunday. This period is like a journey for...

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Feast of St. Joseph

Published: March 19 2015

Francis of Assisi once said “Proclaim the Gospel of the Lord always and use words if you have to.” For me, those words describe how St. Joseph...

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4th Sunday of Lent

Published: March 15 2015

*“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”* — The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery Today‘s...

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3rd Sunday of Lent

Published: March 08 2015

In today’s Gospel, we see a very angry Jesus overturning tables, with a whip, and driving the money sellers out of His Father’s house. What made Jesus...

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2nd Sunday of Lent

Published: March 01 2015

Today’s account of the Transfiguration is found in all three of the Synoptic Gospels. Jesus in his manifestation to his three apostles briefly shows them his divinity. They...

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Premier dimanche de carême

Published: February 22 2015

Aujourd’hui nous célébrons le premier dimanche de Carême. Le Carême est une marche vers le baptême, ou encore marche vers la rénovation des promesses de notre baptême. Par...

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1st Sunday of Lent

Published: February 22 2015

Today we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent. Lent recalls for us our Baptism, or the renewal of our baptismal promises. By Baptism, we participate in the...

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Ash Wednesday

Published: February 18 2015

*It is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten Season!* * *Everybody, stop everything! Let our tomb - like hearts and systems be broken open in lament...

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Ash Wednesday 2015

Published: February 18 2015

As the ashes mark each forehead we hear: ‘Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return’ or ‘Repent and preach/believe the Gospel.’ The first assertion establishes...

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6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: February 15 2015

There is no hard evidence in the world of the Old Testament for Hansen’s Disease or leprosy as we know it until after 333 BCE when Alexander’s...

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5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: February 08 2015

The readings of this Sunday challenge us to rise from the lethargy of the sameness of life to go out to serve others. How do we see...

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The Presentation of the Lord

Published: February 02 2015

In this story of Simeon and Anna, the scenes which describe the birth of Jesus move significantly from the caves and the open countryside of the shepherds,...

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4th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: February 01 2015

In the synagogue of Capernaum, Jesus makes himself at home. It is Sabbath morning and he gathers with the community for prayer. He begins to teach. We...

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3nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: January 25 2015

As I read the Gospel for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, I had a sense of being called. Jesus said: “Come after me, and I will...

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2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: January 18 2015

Everything in today’s liturgy speaks to us of VOCATION, beginning with the story of Eli and Samuel. God called Samuel when he was still a child –...

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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Published: January 11 2015

For this Feast, the words of the Gospel that I pray will echo in my heart and will find room in our world and in our daily...

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Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord

Published: January 04 2015

So many images catch our attention on this Feast Day.  Mangers, big and small, in churches, homes and public places include the statues of three men, three...

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Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Published: January 01 2015

Beginnings are often filled with promise. No wonder we celebrate the coming of the New Year with our hopes and dreams and often our resolutions to “do...

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Feast of the Holy Family

Published: December 28 2014

The star of wonder, star of light, star of royal beauty bright, continues to shine through today’s Scripture message. That star is not mentioned in this Gospel....

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Midnight Mass: The Nativity of the Lord

Published: December 25 2014

Today in the city of David “a Savior is born for us.” Isn’t this child, born for us, a gift, par excellence? This child is a visible...

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Mass at Dawn: The Nativity of the Lord

Published: December 25 2014

Often when we pray, we are drawn to a particular word among the many words in a Scripture narrative.  In this beautiful and familiar Christmas story which...

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Mass during the Day: The Nativity of the Lord

Published: December 25 2014

*"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. and the Word was God." — John 1:1* Did you know that *Dictionary.com* has 14...

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Vigil of the Nativity

Published: December 24 2014

In this Gospel, Matthew offers a *family record of Jesus Christ,* son of David, son of Abraham. Matthew first highlights the journey of the ancestors — a...

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4th Sunday of Advent

Published: December 21 2014

Many years ago I was fortunate to be visiting Florence, Italy in the month of August. A memorable experience was my visit to the Dominican Monastery of...

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3rd Sunday of Advent

Published: December 14 2014

I am reminded of a hauntingly beautiful song, “How can I keep from singing?” that seems at home on this 3rd Sunday of Advent, this Gaudete Sunday, this...

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Published: December 08 2014

It is the season of Advent and Mary is certainly a key figure in the events of the season. So much has been written about Mary through...

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2nd Sunday of Advent

Published: December 07 2014

The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in the Book of Isaiah, "Look I am going to send...

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1st Sunday of Advent

Published: November 30 2014

*Meditation-Stay Awake* It’s very easy to get stuck in the routine and monotony of life today and even become quite complacent when hearing and seeing all the negative...

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Feast of Christ the King of the Universe

Published: November 23 2014

Today is the feast of the King! Joy! He, King of the whole universe, has all power over all things: persons, systems, nations, peoples, and nature. He...

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Festa de Jesus Cristo Rei do Universo

Published: November 23 2014

Hoje é a festa do Rei! Alegria! Ele, Rei do Universo todo, tem todo poder sobre todas as coisas, pessoas, sistemas, nações, povos, natureza. Ele tudo pode...

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Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Published: November 09 2014

The image of an emotionally-charged Jesus overturning tables of money changers and driving out buyers and sellers of animals from the temple with a whip would be...

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Feast of All Souls

Published: November 02 2014

In 2007, All Soul’s Day came for me on the fourth of July. I was traveling with an interfaith group in the Czech Republic, and three of...

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Feast of All Saints

Published: November 01 2014

The Gospel for this Sunday, the *Feast of All Saints,* begins as follows: "When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had...

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30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: October 26 2014

The Gospel of this Sunday gives us an opportunity to reflect on the greatest commandment. It is first cited in the Old Testament: “Hear, O Israel: The...

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29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: October 19 2014

“I am the Lord and there is no other. There is no God besides me.” In the first reading and the Gospel for the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary...

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28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: October 12 2014

There are many layers to this parable and many historical interpretations. However for those of us reading it today, perhaps there are certain challenges pertaining to the global...

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27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: October 05 2014

One Sunday morning when I was leading the children in their celebration of the Liturgy of the Word, a little boy said to me, “It’s not about...

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26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: September 28 2014

It is amazing how often we find Jesus drawn to characters who have their minds well and truly made up, who are slow to believe. Sometimes we...

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25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: September 21 2014

One morning returning from an 8:00 am Mass in South Africa where I had recently arrived, we passed a large field crowded with men in royal blue...

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Published: September 14 2014

On the birthday of St. Julie Billiart this summer, approximately 100 Sisters of Notre Dame gathered outside the Chapter Room on the campus of Trinity Washington University in...

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23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: September 07 2014

In preparing this reflection, three questions emerged: How do we handle disagreements and conflicts in our personal, professional, and communal relationships? Do we deal with this tension honestly...

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22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: August 31 2014

*What can one give in exchange for one’s life?* As I prepared to reflect for Glimpses of God’s Goodness for this Sunday in August, two experiences came...

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21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: August 24 2014

*“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven”* Only last Sunday we heard the words of Jesus - woman, great is your faith! In...

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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: August 17 2014

Om goed het leven van Jezus, zijn gebaren en zijn leer te verstaan , moeten wij deze telkens terugplaatsen in hun historische context .Hij leefde in een...

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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: August 17 2014

To understand the life of Jesus, his gestures and his teaching, we should always reconstitute a fresh look the historic context. Jesus lived in a time of...

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Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Published: August 15 2014

For the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, do you remember when Pope Pius XII declared this to be a dogma of the Church? It was in...

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19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: August 10 2014

In both the first reading and the Gospel today, strong violent winds figure. Elijah, discouraged with the unfaithfulness of his people and afraid of their anger at his...

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Feast of the Transfiguration

Published: August 06 2014

Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration, August 6, 2014. It is also the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan by the United States...

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18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: August 03 2014

This Gospel is familiar, perhaps too familiar, and it is always good to slow down and look very carefully at what we think we already know. We...

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17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: July 27 2014

*Meditation: God’s limitless love* Today money and power have become the greatest treasure that people wish to possess. We seem to live at a very superficial level thinking...

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16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: July 20 2014

Today’s Gospel is definitely a three course meal! There is not just one parable on the reign of God to “digest” but three! We have the parable...

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15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: July 13 2014

It is customary among the Ibo people of Nigeria that, when addressing important community or family issues, the elders often speak to the people in figurative language....

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14th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: July 06 2014

We hold a treasure…not made of gold…in earthen vessels…wealth untold!  You might recognize these words. They echo the hymn, Earthen Vessels, which resonated in my being as I...

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Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Published: June 29 2014

The Gospel opens with the disciples on the beach. Peter says: "I’m going fishing." One can even imagine what he is thinking or feeling: "That's what I...

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festa dos santos Pedro e Paulo

Published: June 29 2014

O Evangelho abre com os discípulos, e provavelmente as discípulas, nas margens do mar. Pedro diz: “Vou pescar.” Pode-se até imaginar que ele está pensando ou sentindo: “É...

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