Daily Reflections

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The Gift

By Fr. Joshua West / December 5, 2023 /

Jesus rejoices in the Holy Spirit! At first glance it seems an odd thing for Jesus to do. Jesus rejoices! The Holy Spirit as we understand is the love between the Father and the Son. When understood this way, as a relationship of love, we cannot imagine Jesus not rejoicing…

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Good Centurion

By Paul Verderber / December 4, 2023 /

Happy New Year to you! Happy New liturgical year, that is. We move on to Cycle B in the readings, and we will notice that our priests will have a change in color of their vestments. We’re not in ordinary time anymore. The advent candles will be brought into service.…

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According To Your Faith By Fr Christian Amah

The Reason for the Season

By Tristan Evans / December 3, 2023 /

Brothers and Sisters, first a greeting and blessing to you all on this first day of Advent! As I reflected on today’s readings, I was drawn to this verse: Turn Thine Eyes Look up oh busy one from thy toil, Pressed by many tasks as thy burn much midnight oil.…

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Keeping Ablaze the Light of Faith and Oil of Love

Responding to the Call to be Alert

By Fr. Christian Amah / December 2, 2023 /

Today is the last day in the Church’s calendar. Looking at the Scripture readings and how they are arranged, we might say that today (the last day of the year according to the church’s calendar) is like the last day, hence the call to “beware” so as not to be…

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Decorative skeletal image of a beast

God is My Judge

By Fr. Maurice Emelu / December 1, 2023 /

I reflect on the biblical prophecy of the beast and its relevance in today’s society, highlighting the various forms it takes. A concerned person shared with me some terrible news about a new ideology that has crept into his organization. It was anything but decent. He explained: They use the…

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Called to Be Saved: The Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle

By John and Kathy Schultz / November 30, 2023 /

God’s Call to Israel: The two readings today speak together in a rich interweaving of theology, the early history of Christianity, and salvation. Paul starts us off in the tenth chapter of his master work letter to the Christian community in Rome. He lays out the necessary conditions for salvation:…

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The End, and the Beginning

By Fr. Marcelo Javier Navarro Muñoz, IVE / November 29, 2023 /

The Feast of Belshazzar by Rembrandt1 Daniel answered the king:“You may keep your gifts, or give your presents to someone else;but the writing I will read for you, O king,You have rebelled against the Lord of heaven.You had the vessels of his temple brought before you,so that you and your…

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This is Exactly What You Dreamed, and Its Meaning is Sure

By Sister Veronica Schueler, F.S.E. / November 28, 2023 /

I dreamed I knew where I was going And I chose the right person to follow. And everyone I saw looked up from their own version of reality And said, “I want more than this.” I dreamed someone told me, “The time has come,” And it had. And that the…

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Some Gifts for God

By Fr. John Opara / November 27, 2023 /

The act of giving has been an important part of religious and cultural practices throughout history and continues to be so today. Whether it’s a small monetary donation or a selfless act of kindness, giving has the power to make a significant difference in the world and in the lives…

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Christ the King

By Arlene Braganza / November 26, 2023 /

Are you a sheep or a goat? Opt to be a sheep and strive to enter through the narrow gate! Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. This feast was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 to celebrate the Jubilee Year and…

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