Third Sunday of Lent (Year A) • Jesus comes into our daily life and invites us, “Come to Me. I am the life you are looking for.” Only when we find God do we find True Love. We can also read this passage in another way. Through the eyes of the lonely Jesus says, “Give me a drink.”Read More
Second Sunday of Lent • God gave his people the path through Moses. Through Elijah and the prophets God kept them on the path. This path leads to Jesus. Now we only need one booth because all you need is Jesus. Do you really believe that? Then start spending 10 minutes a day in prayer. Listen to Him and you will be transfigured.
First Sunday of Lent (Year A) • When we try to make a positive step in our lives, we can expect temptation. How can we resist it? Adam and Eve rely on themselves. Even Jesus is not strong enough to resist temptation. He wins because he turns to God every time. Temptation is coming for you this Lent. Where will you turn?
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time • Jesus reminds us that we are God’s children. Today we are reminded that God is a good father, not an overbearing father nor an absent father. Why do we miss the providence of God? When we get focused on immediate needs, we lose sight of God’s presence in our lives. Keep your eyes on your Father and the other stuff will fall into place.Read More
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) • God wants his people to be set apart by their unconditional love for others. Even when people hurt us and cheat us, we must not reflect their evil back to them. We stand up for our dignity in a way that is loving and respectful even to our enemies.
Why is this so hard? We can only love our enemies if we already love ourselves. Too often we are looking to others for our value when we should be looking to God. We cannot choose how others will treat us, but we can choose how we respond. And we can respond with love when we know how much God loves us.
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) • Good and evil are something more than my personal preferences. We know this, and yet we cannot seem to do good and avoid evil. God wants us to be perfect so He gives us the heart of Jesus. By our own power we cannot fulfill these commandments. But Jesus can. And he lives in you.
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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) • Our Faith often gets treated like fine china: an heirloom from the past you take out for special occasions. But faith is more like heirloom tomatoes. You inherit the seeds but you must water them. If you care for your faith, it will give off many seeds for others. Faith is meant to be shared.
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In the January 13th edition of The Compass, Fr. Ron Rolheiser states (“Moral [sic] sin: Who are we to judge?”, p. 11), “Does the Catholic Church really teach that missing Mass is a mortal sin and that if you die in that state you will go to hell? No, that’s not Catholic orthodoxy….” This statement is not correct. The Catechism of the Catholic Church clearly teaches:
“The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Those who deliberately fail at this obligation commit a grave sin.” (CCC 2181, emphasis added)Read More
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) • Sit at the feet of Jesus and learn the secret to happiness. Power, pleasure, possessions, popularity? These four things are poor substitutes for God. When we feel poor, mournful, meek, and persecuted, it is then that we realize we are close to God. This relationship lets us be merciful, pure of heart, and peacemakers. When we have nothing but God, we have everything. And we are Blessed beyond measure.
This week is Catholic Schools Week. Catholic education is about sitting at the feet of Jesus and learning from the Master. The word Catholic means “universal.” Catholic education is universal in two senses:
- It teaches the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. We call this kind of education, formation. It is about shaping you to reach your full potential in Christ.
- It teaches the whole truth. It’s about more than just how the world works. It’s about what it all means, where it came from, and where it is going.
Catholic education is about more than Catholic schools. It happens at faith formation programs, Sunday Mass, and above all, in your own families. It happens when your children sit at your feet and learn by your words and your example. It happens whenever we live the Beatitudes and become like Christ.Read More