How Many Times Should God Forgive You? (#740, 24th Sunday)

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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) • Forgiveness is not a something we give on command, an erasing of the past, forgetting, or ‘leaving it to God.’ Forgiveness is the creative and transformative process of letting God’s love fill our wounds. Forgiveness allows us to recover our own dignity and the dignity of the offender. It heals us, opens us to new possibilities, and makes ugly things beautiful.

How many times do you want God to forgive you: as many as seven times?
That’s how many times you should forgive your brother.

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More Destructive Than a Hurricane (#739, 23rd Sunday)

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) • A little tropical depression feeds off the warm, moist ocean air and turns into a destructive hurricane. This same deadly spiral happens when we get hurt, and start hurting others. We are all responsible for a healthy community. We have to step out of the storm of hurt and violence. Jesus is the eye of the storm.Read More

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The Key to Abundant Life Is Shaped Like a Cross (#738, 22nd Sunday)

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) • True bravery happens when we choose to sacrifice ourselves. Our God suffers and even dies for us. Who wants to suffer, sacrifice, and die? No one. But who wants to have a full life and use your gifts for the greatest possible good? Hopefully everyone. It turns out that the key that unlocks the door to a full life is shaped like a cross. It is only when we lay down our lives as a sacrifice that we discover abundant life.Read More

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Are You Pointing Fingers or Unlocking Doors? (#737, 21st Sunday)

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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) • Jesus makes Peter the first Pope, with three parts to his job: he is a father, he holds the keys of authority, and he provides dependability. This is the role of Peter. What role does Jesus have for you?

No one will deny that America has a lot of struggles right now. Our biggest problem is we’ve all gotten good at pointing fingers. We all question each other and God. But God asks us, “And you, what are you doing?”Read More

Sometimes You Just Have to Walk on Water (#736, 19th Sunday)

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) • You can find anything if you listen to the right voice. You can can walk on water if you focus on Jesus. Are you listening for the voice of God? Are you keeping your eyes on Jesus?Read More

Glowing With God’s Glory (#735, Transfiguration)

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Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord (Year A) • The glory of God is hidden in the flesh and blood of Jesus. God’s glory is present to us when we listen and are obedient to Christ. Through the priesthood God hides the glory of Jesus under bread and wine. If you listen to God, you will become who you were made to be and do what you were made to do: You too will shine with the glory of God.

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This is Why All Things Work for Good (#734, 17th Sunday)

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) • Do we really know the difference between good and bad? Solomon is honest enough to admit he needs God’s help to discern.  Anything that brings us closer to God is good; anything that takes us farther from God is bad. Nothing that happens to you can, by itself, separate you from the love of God. So what are you worried about?Read More

Receiving and Spreading the Good Seed (#733, 15th Sunday)

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) • God is a generous sower. We need to be good soil: open to receive, willing to persevere, and free from spiritual clutter. A good crop gives off good seeds. Parents need to plant good seeds and not weeds in the hearts of their children. Our local parish can help spread and nourish the good seed.

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How to Say Goodbye to a House

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Houses are not persons like human beings are. But houses do have personality. Some houses are tall and proud; others short and humble. Some houses are meticulous; others rather messy. They get their personality from the people who built them and the people who live in them. Houses like to be lived in. They are happiest when people are running in and out, playing in the yard and chatting in the living room. Houses should be full of life, laughter, joy, and love. Happy houses beam with the love that fills them.

When it is time to move to a new house you have to pack and say goodbye to all your friends. No one has been a better friend to you than your house. The house has been there for you through the years and the tears. It always welcomed you home from work or school. It’s kept you warm and safe at night. It has put up with a lot of slammed doors and abuse and stomped feet. It would be rude to leave without taking time to say goodbye.
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Burdened by Your Fear (#732, 14th Sunday)

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) • Bullies look tough on the outside because they feel weak on the inside. Why fight the feeling? We really are weak, vulnerable, and not in control. When we humbly submit to the will of God, we accept the fact that we are totally dependent on our Father. Childlike dependence is an easy burden and a light yoke.

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