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home : our faith : the word September 30, 2014

Oct. 5 - Turn the noise in our lives down and listen to God instead
There is a lot of noise in our daily lives. There are many voices that compete for our attention. We generally have our favorites of everything – preferred newscast, favorite talk show, speaker even homilist. We like to hear the news and the spin on the news that we want to hear. This often means that we are not as interested in the truth as we are in what the comedian Stephen Colbert calls “truthiness.” More ...
Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sept. 28 - Living our lives according to the Gospel
Every parent is familiar with the scene from the parable in today’s Gospel. A father asks his son to do something the son responds “yes” and then fails to do it. More ...
Monday, September 22, 2014
Sept. 21 - All of us stand as equals in the Kingdom of Heaven
As a general rule the First Reading at a Sunday Liturgy sets up the Gospel and provides us with an insight into understanding the Gospel. At the same time as we hear the Gospel proclaimed, we get a sense of the fulfillment of the Old Testament passage in the life and ministry of Jesus. More ...
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Sept. 14 - The Cross of Jesus Christ must go before us always
The celebration of the Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Cross stands as a reminder of the power of the symbol of our faith that is so ubiquitous in our homes and churches that we can easily take it for granted. More ...
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Aug. 31 - We have much to learn from persecuted Christians
The path to discipleship – whether for the immediate disciples of Jesus or the prophets and Israelite people of the Old Testament – is never really an easy one. More ...
Monday, August 25, 2014
Aug. 24 - Simon is the first of the many "Peters" who are the rock of the Church
As we delve deeper into Matthew’s Gospel in this cycle of Ordinary Time, we have seen the many miracles and signs that Jesus has performed to indicate to his disciples who he is and the nature of his mission. More ...
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Aug. 10 - Elijah shows us how to find the presence of God
Every day, and at least twice each day, those whose lives are formed in the spiritual discipline and exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola (founder of the Jesuits) practice what is called the Examen More ...
Sunday, August 3, 2014
August 3 - Do we prefer the bread of the angels or of men?
Upon hearing of the martyrdom of John the Baptizer, Jesus withdraws from his disciples to enter into the solitude of prayer. This is most likely a very sobering moment for Jesus. More ...
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
July 27 - Obtaining eternal life requires sacrifices along the way
Not only do we need patience and the long view of history to understand the kingdom of God, we also need a deep sense of wisdom – perhaps a bit of wiliness – in finding that kingdom present in our lives. Jesus’ teaching on this 17th Sunday turns our attention to what it is that we are willing to sacrifice in order to achieve the kingdom. More ...
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
July 13 - What kind of soil is dominant in your heart?
The great parable of the sower and the seed becomes almost too obvious for anyone familiar with the text. Jesus teaches a parable which seems simple enough to understand. In his Gospel, Matthew makes sure that he includes Jesus’ own exegesis of the parable. More ...
Sunday, July 6, 2014
July 6 - When we cast off the old yoke we are called to take up a new one
The Jewish people at the time of Jesus suffered greatly under the yoke of the Pharisees. These self-important, and to a large extent self-appointed, religious leaders placed some heavy burdens upon the people while finding many opportunities to excuse themselves from the same burdens More ...
Monday, June 30, 2014



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