Daily Reflections

The Lord Upholds Your Life

By Kelly Vardakas / September 20, 2021 /

The Lord upholds my life. This is the response of the Responsorial Psalm today. Stop and reflect for a moment. Does the Lord uphold your life? Yes, He does! But, do you let Him? What does it mean to live each day in this truth? The Lord, and He alone,…

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Two Towers

By D'Souza Family / September 19, 2021 /

The more I think about it, the more I realize that there are two armies striving mightily to gain the upper hand. And the arena is both within and without. St. James poses the question: Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from? He promptly…

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SOWING THE SEED OF THE WORD IN OTHERS

By Fr. John Bosco Obiako / September 18, 2021 /

Going through the first reading today, I had a mental flashback to when I was growing up as a young boy in a family of 7 children. I remember the usual daily “moral instructions” from our parents then. My dad, a retired elementary school teacher, would often use this phrase,…

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Spiritual Poverty

By Dr. Tina Facca-Miess / September 17, 2021 /

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…

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Gratitude: The Space-Maker

By Celina Manville / September 16, 2021 /

I have been married for 27 ½ years, and throughout, I have marveled at my husband’s ability to be grateful for everything, literally everything! I’ll admit, I even found it rather annoying at times. When I would be all caught up in some temporal concern, he’d remind me that God…

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OUR LADY OF SORROWS

By Fr. Sylvanus Amaobi / September 15, 2021 /

Dear brothers and sisters, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). MARY, A TRUE DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST Today, the Church celebrates the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. This feast grew in popularity in the 12th Century, even…

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The Exaltation of the Holy Cross – Feast

By Fr. Nnaemeka Paschal Ajuka / September 14, 2021 /

The tragedy of Calvary and the Cross of Christ has remained my spiritual source/power. The meaning that I could make in light of my religious/spiritual development, cultural understanding, and family dynamics is that God is at the center of my life encounters from birth to this physical world, to my…

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Believing in the Power of the Word of God

By Fr. Alex Igbozuruike / September 13, 2021 /

Today we meditate on one of the most amazing passages of the Gospel. It reminds us of the origin of the prayer we say during Mass. Before communion, at the invitation of the priest saying: “Behold the Lamb of God….” we reply: “Lord I am not worthy that you should…

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I Wish You Well, Make It the Best Way You Can

By Jerry DeMelo Jr. / September 12, 2021 /

Let Me Show You My Faith “Go in peace, keep warm, eat well,” (James 2:16). These words can save or condemn a person. Why? Because the speaker confesses the awareness of a need. If the words are spoken after the speaker sincerely offered or provided assistance, and the motivating factor…

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Mercifully Treated

By Joanne Huestis-Dalrymple / September 11, 2021 /

I have been reflecting on Mercy for the past several months. Here I am again, after reading the first reading for today, faced with the words “mercifully treated.” St. Paul was speaking about himself, explaining how Jesus was so merciful to him. Jesus came to save sinners and was so…

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