Saint Paul's Basilica Outside the Walls

In the first reading today, Saint Paul gets stoned by the local population, and is thrown out of town like rubbish.  They believe he is dead.  God was not done with Paul yet, as he still had lots of evangelizing to do, and more suffering to endure.  He gets up, dusts himself off, and gets…

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Works of mercy, what is in a name

Many have said that the sweetest sound, in any language, is the sound of one’s own name. A name is an attention-getter. A lost child hearing his name called by his mother, a greeting in an airport or bus station or in a mall, or the cheers of a crowd…all these events produce a joyous reaction…

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Hello GVM Reflection Readers, and Grace to you.  Please note that we continue to fine tune and improve (hopefully) your experience on the GVM website.  Give it a look, and let us know what you think.  We are trying to highlight the reflection writers more, and you’ll see other updates. Today’s Gospel speaks of the…

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Hello, Father Justino was unavailable this month, so I’ll be writing for January 28th.  We expect him to be available for February 28th.  I really like Mark’s Gospel reading for today, and it hits me right from the first line “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a…

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Hello GVM Community, and Grace to You!  Mr. Tom Nash was unavailable to do a reflection this month, so I’m filling in for him.  He’ll be back for his February 20th Reflection. Before I begin today’s reflection, I would like to remind you to explore the GVM website, where we have posted a video link…

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Happy New Year to all of the Gratia Vobis Ministries reflection readers, and Grace to You. When I was growing up, we took yearly trips from our family home to my grandparents’ homes in the Cleveland, Ohio, USA area.  Depending on where we lived at the time, the trip would be at least 8 hours…

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Proclaiming the Word of God

Today is Friday on the first week of Advent.  USA Thanksgiving is in the rear view mirror.  We can see Christmas off in the distance, but coming up fast.  Wow! For me, one of the secular highlights of the Christmas season is the lights.  The displays and colors add a new found beauty (usually) to…

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Hello GVM reader, and Grace to you. In the Gospel for today (Lk 1:1-33), I was struck by the lines “Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not sit down first and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion?  Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to…

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