You Get What You Pray For

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Share GVM Posts Today’s Gospel, from Luke, is going to be the focus of my reflection. Like most GVM subscribers, you have heard certain Bible stories many times. You may have read them, heard them in church, heard a podcast, or someone told you about them. You may not know the whole reading, but you’ve…

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Faith In Action

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Share GVM Posts Today we honor St. Francis, one of the most well-known Saints. Because of his love for animals, we traditionally have the “blessing of the animals” today. I get a kick out of the kids dragging their animals to the church grounds to be blessed. It can be a scene of chaos and…

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Don’t Give Up on God

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Share GVM Posts The first reading for today, from Colossians, set the tone for my reflection. It states that if we persevere in our faith, then we can be with God in Heaven someday. If we keep on the firm and stable ground of faith, and not venture into the swamp of evil deeds, we…

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Stand Up for Yourself

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Share GVM Posts Today’s Gospel is the story of the mother with a demon-tormented daughter. She’s not Jewish, so was not part of the target audience of conversion to the new religion soon to be called Christianity. However, she gets the miracle she needs from Jesus. The theme of today’s reflection will be about standing…

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A Little Goes a Long Way

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Share GVM Posts Today we celebrate the memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, who are the parents of the Virgin Mary, the In-Laws of Joseph, and Jesus’ earthly grandparents. Imagine the amount of holiness in one house as they got together for sharing meals, birthdays or special events. Today’s Gospel gave me the thoughts that…

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Childlike, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

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Share GVM Posts Today we remember Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be canonized. She was called the Lily of the Mohawks, which is a tribe in the Northeastern USA, in present day New York State. Smallpox took her family, but she survived the disease, but got massive scars on her face. She…

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Starting Line Up

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Share GVM Posts Jesus picked a group of twelve rag-tag folks to be his closest friends, confidants, and leaders of his upcoming ministry.  Not generally well educated, rich, famous, or experienced, Jesus selected this team to help bring His ministry to the world.  All but one would die as martyrs.  One would turn Jesus over…

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Can You Come Home?

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Share GVM Posts Happy Fourth of July to all of our readers in the United States. This is a day, or even a weekend, to celebrate the birth of our great nation. We were founded under many solid principles, including the freedom to practice our own religion, or choose not to. For this holiday, many…

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Treasure in the Heart

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Share GVM Posts The first reading today is from Second Corinthians, and Paul recounts the trials and tribulations that he endured. If his life of ministry were a movie, most would see it as simply make believe. His words in the Bible are true, as are the beatings, shipwrecks, hunger, thirst and exposure. He was…

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Encouraged for Success

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Share GVM Posts There are lots of topics to reflect upon in today’s readings. “Sermon on the Mount” reminds me of all the cool things that happen on mountains in the Bible. “Counting our Blessings” was another idea, as “blessed” gets mentioned often today. However, I’m going to focus on “encouragement”. Encouragement Some form of…

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