Accomplishing The Lord’s Work

Today’s Alleluia verse reminds us how important we are to God. And that He created us for a specific purpose of His own. I chose you from the world, to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord. (Jn. 15; 16). The more we recognize and appreciate Him, the more we want to…

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Mercy Give Us Grace to Trust

I always grin when I think about the Apostles getting snarky with one another, especially when James and John’s mom steps in to ask Jesus what His plans are for her boys (not as explicit in St. Mark’s version). We all have a propensity to want to know the future. Why are we doing what…

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Spiritual Poverty

Today’s Responsorial Psalm can be confusing, even for a believer. Imagine what the non-believer or seeker might think when reading, “Blessed the poor in spirit; the kingdom of Heaven is theirs!” Maybe their inner dialogue goes something like this, “well, I was in for inheriting a kingdom, but the poverty part just won’t fly with…

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Go with the Strength You Have

In today’s first reading Gideon is encouraged by the Angel of the Lord, “Go with the strength you have, and save Israel from the power of Midian. It is I who send you.” (Judges 6:11). My dad used to say, “Kiddo, the Lord never gives you more than you can handle.” Much like the Lord…

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God’s Got This!

Four people jumping

Today’s readings put things into perspective. As I stress about audience members’ responses to my academic presentation earlier today, I smile when I reflect on the Israelite’s patience. They waited 430 years for relief (Exodus 12:40), whereas I am feeling all proud-of-myself for getting over their critiques in 43 minutes! But,… am I over it?…

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Five Orchid Blooms to Remind Me To Forgive Without Resentment

A quick search on “forgiveness without resentment” yields myriad frameworks for solutions such as “10 steps to letting go of resentment”, “30 tips to let go of anger”, or “Stuck in resentment? Four ways to move forward.” Further options include learning the “6 myths about forgiveness” or you could try “7 Lessons on How to…

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Using Our Gifts to Find Peace in Christ

Photo of the Holy Spirit Imagery

Today’s readings remind us of our real power, our very real strength. Many of us were baptized as infants and have no recollection of the experience. It is more likely we remember receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. Think back to that moment when your Bishop laid his hand on your head. Something very real happened,…

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Arriving at the Shore

Photo to reflect on safety of the shore

In today’s reading from Acts of the Apostles we see the Apostles dealing with the complaints of the people they are serving. The Hellenists complained that the Hebrews were not treating their widows fairly. Picture their faces (reminds me of the “eyes-rolling” emoji). Considering the big-picture, how much they had been through in recent months,…

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Being One of God’s Works and Letting Go

Today’s readings stir up reminders of God’s eye watching over us, pitying us. It is also St. Patrick’s Day, always a major festivity for Americans with Irish in their bloodline. Or, at least that’s how it is in my family. At the age of sixteen, St. Patrick (389-461) was kidnapped from his village in Roman…

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Being Ambassadors for Christ

We each have infinite spiritual resources within us, just waiting to be applied to the needs of others. And, for this Lent, maybe it is not a grand financial contribution, or intense immersion experience (i.e. do not blow a trumpet before you, Matt. 6:2), but the simple ways in which we can offer our personal spiritual resources to meet the personal spiritual needs of those with whom we interact. Christ asks us for humility regarding these internal, less explicit, offerings.

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