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Father focused on the Isaiah reading this week. in historic times mountains or high places were people’s focus. He asked if we make Gode he mountain, or high place in your life? Do we come time in times of trouble? So we ask for his help with everyday decisions or tasks? Do we keep our faith when struggling with problems? At this point my brain started thinking about answers and also ways to make God the high place in my life.

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It was about stewardship. He talked about using whatever resources we have regardless of our current economics. Capitalism can be good econimic system because it can lift up the poor not just help them for a short time. the trick is to be a good steward not onlybe concerned about the bottom line. By taking care of resources and using them to build the needs of others can be provided and people can find employment and motication to learn and be trained to do more.

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Since it is the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, our pastor spoke on that subject - God the Father sought us - God the Son Bought us - and God The Holy Spirit Taught us.

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We had a visiting Vincentian priest from The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal at our parish Sunday through last night - he spoke of the history of and devotion to the Miraculous Medal - very beautiful.

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i am behind in some of my homily meditaions but last week the beginning grabbed me quickly.

Last week we had confirmation, and one of the visinting priests told them that even though they were adults in the church, confirmation is only the beginning of our faith study. WE are to keep studying through our life. my priest commented that he thought some of the candidates looked a bit a afraid and overwhelmed.ill admit i dont study the way i should. i struggle with my daily meditations.

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Father mentioned a poular saying is that in order to not upset people, dont talk about religion or politics. The Gospel was about the aposltes speaking of Jesus publicly. they were jailed, and realeased by an angel, and then went right back to preaching. they were arrested again. this time the religious leaders where given some great advice:

ACTS ch 5 - 38 So now I tell you, have nothing to do with these men, and let them go. For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. 39 -But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God.” They were persuaded by him.

Even when difficult to hear, we should be open to listening to the truth, even when we feel uncomfortable.

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I liked this weeks reading and the gospel because I can related a lot to the story of Thomas. This is my opioion, not father's, but here is a summary of his homily.
When Jesus came back, his followers forgot all that he had said. The only remembered the events of the past few days. They did not know him. Thomas would not believe until he could touch. When he did touch Jesus he believed fully. Father spoke of how people struggle to believe in God and Jesus. They want facts and evidence. Many claim that they are concerned with facts not stories. But yet it is ironic how we fantasize and give a lot of attention to things that are imaginary. These things are not evil, but we often give more time and love, yes love to made up characters/events then the real people around us. We choose to have faith in stuff we know for a fact is unreal, but yet so many are unwilling to believe in grace, goodness and the holy spirit


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Our choir song for after communion mediatation was Into your hands. It was neat because father quoted this several times duringthe homily. We call Jesus the victor over death. As humans we still fear death. We often say we will follow God but our actions are not srictly on that path. We still fear death and live for this world and not heaven. Jesus also feared what was to come, he asked God to not let it happen. He obidiently follwed God’s will even though it was not his initial choice.

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Holy thursday - jesus did what was unexpected. he wad born, raised and lived his life very differently then what the people expected him. even the last supper was a huge shock. The master took on the role as servent. and then urged us to do as he does. *As a personal note how many governement or company leaders say the same thing and mean it*

We are not to let our ego/pride interfere with our loving service to one another. we are not to get upset about menial jobs. instead do them with a loving heart like Jesus.

another side note, during mass an older lady got dizzy and had trouble walking. a few people jumped up to go help. they were not related to her, but thought they could help. i remember thinking this was the homily in action.

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In today’s Gospel reading, we hear the story of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1‒11). The religious authorities brought the woman accused before Jesus for judgment. (Note, the man involved was equally guilty and subject to the same penalty, but we hear nothing of him.) The woman was nothing but an excuse for the authorities to entrap Jesus. She was not named―she was an object in their eyes. Father mentioned we need to be careful to not be concerned about laws that the become a living thing and people become objects..

Should Jesus have excused her, he would have been criticized for not obeying the Law. If he told the authorities to carry out the judgment and stone her to death, he would have been seen as heartless. Jesus stooped to the ground and, ignoring the authorities, traced lines in the sand. He then stood and told the authorities, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7).

When people are full of hate they will often use laws to hurt others. In fact these people in power willl tempt people to sin so they can throw the book at them instead of trying to remove temptations so we can do right.


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The homily was about what makes us fall asleep so we do not follow God’s path. It is not about why we sleep, but we were asked:what distracts us or interferes with us in obeying God?. I will admit idid not listen to carefully after this. I alrady had to many answers to the question. I have very little attention span. It takes a lot of effort for me to focus and stay in the present moment. I even had trouble going to the perpetual adoration chapel for a whole hour. I generally got squirmy after 25 minutes. But even when I do have some focus I realize a lot of things get my attention,: family, tunes- I get constant ear worms, current events, mettings, work, activities etc. I get mental busy with this stuff and my body follows. I over think and don’t often do the simple loving tasks that I am capable of doing

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Father mentioned that this weeks readings had apostles adnd prophets that did NOT want to do what God ordered, stated it, but then did it anyway. I find myself complaining a lot and not wanting to push myself and coming up with excuses. But when I work harder, and have faith I do experience success. Jesus order his followers into the deep water and at his command caught more fish then they dreamed of. The even need other boats to help them with it. That is a metaphor for risks we can take. We often do not push ourselves our of fear, laziness, apathy..etc. We were made to challenge ourselves, go to the deep water, or into the dark. With God’s help we will be successful.

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Deacon did the homily. he mentioned that when todays letter was originally written to the corinthians wasn't just to be used at weddings.

it was a good joke, but he stressed that it was not only in reference to romatic love but it was meant to be the standard for how we are to love one another,

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Father had a comment about when Jesus spoke about setting prisoners Free. he did not say to let them out of prison, but to set them free of mistreatent, false convictions and spiritually let them heal so they can rejoin society

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Our assistant pastor - who has been a priest for a little over a year - spoke about how he finally entered the Seminary!

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I enjoyed your blog. Thanks for telling us about it.

Your blog reminded me of the reflection I found in my daily Overeaters Anonymous book ("For Today"). For June 30 it said:

"... living one day at a time. It is not always easy to know how much or how little planning to do, but I have a good rule of thumb; when I begin to worry or fret about how to make things turn out exactly as I want them to, I stop. The relief of letting go, of turning over the responsibility for tomorrow's outcome is unfailing."

I struggle with anxiety and fretting as well. Your blog, and this reflection, were a good reminder that I am to turn that extreme planning, the worry, the fretting over to God, and He will take it from there. Christ is ready and willing to relief us of our anxiety.

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I wrote a blog about it...you wanna read it?

I will reach my goals.
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Today, Father was talking about us doing our part - not just praying that God will solve our problems. We need to pray, but then do what we can to improve or change a situation as well. He gave the examples of a student preparing for exams who simply prayed to do well, instead of praying, and reviewing their material. Also, the old joke about the person who was in a flood, and refused the help of rescuers in a canoe, then a boat, and finally a helicopter, as "God will rescue me". Later, in heaven the person discovers that those people were there to offer GOd's help!

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The mustard seed parable for us, too - also, one of our assistant pastors has been transferred and the noon mass yesterday was his last mass at our parish - so our pastor also spoke.

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The mustartd seed parable. i love this story. it manages to be intimidating ans inspiring at the same time. he are called to small acts ans individuals that with with others in our family/parishes until we can make big things. happen.

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Deacon Don gave the homily this weekend. he was talking about the miracle of the eucharist. He asks us to reapeat the words “Trust, Surrender, Believe, Receive” before we take communion. I scrippled it down on the chirch bulletin quick because I figured I wouled forget it. When I line I did forget, but when I got back to my pew, I saw ahere I wrote it down. I repeated the words to myself . I wish I remember more of the details about the homily but “Trust, Surrender, Believe, Receive” sums up Holy Communion very well.

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Pentacost sunday. Fr. talked about the biblical symbol of fire. He said how fire often symbolized negative things, but it could also be a sign of what God wants to encourage/inspire us to do. it made me think of the following song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Kih
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John. 15:26,27; 16: 1-4
Our Lord Jesus Christ promised that He would send the Holy Ghost,

from Immuculate conception church. emoticon


Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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Our deacon gave the homily this weekend. He spoke of the holy spirit and gave as a prayer that came form Pope Francis. It is appropriate because next weekend is Pentacost At the end he said this was not the original sermon. Another one was written, but he felt inspired to talk about this one after thinking on the folowing prayer:

Holy Spirit, make my heart open to the word of God, make my heart open to goodness, make my heart open to the beauty of God every day”.


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friendship - actually this is from last weekends homily and i was planning to write more on it. it talked about the importance of friendship,. fr. mentioned friends vs aquaintances. the difference is friends are people you trust, give and ask for counsel, care about and enjoy seeing, talking to or spending time with. facebook friends do not generally count as a real friend.

i got a bit frustrated because i know a lot of people and i call them friends, but i dont have an emotional or spirtital connection with them. i will be moving in a month or so and i will not really miss anyone from work, my neighborhood or town. i will miss a few from church, but i really never emotionaly invested in others outside my home.
I plan to be more aware of this after moving and become involved with more then just my family.

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Transfiguration

I go to confession before mass or actually while it was going on because, then I can get communion.. emoticon

Critters God bless you all today.. emoticon



Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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I love those little "God-cidences". You know, those coincidences that are really God at work?

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Our homily was very short yesterday. Father told us to think about what Christ meant when he said that the things that defile come from within. Then he gave us a few minutes to think about it. A blessing, as I was going to confession after mass. Does God know how to help us or what?

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thank you...


Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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The Homily started talking about Obedience. Father mentioned it comes from the latin word meaning to activly listen to a higher authority. This means to not only hear but also pay attention and take to heart.
To most U.S. Citizens, the word obedience often can hit the ear wrong. I tend to think of obedience as being bullied by Tyrants who wish to take away our free will, or to b ordered what to do and following it blindly. As father continued to explain that we are not to obey blindly. We are to learn about God and know his autgority an willingly obey because it is best for us and others. Last week was about God’s authority so he tied it into this week that God’s authority is loving so choosing to be obedient is a way we can show love to ourselves. When I came home I was inspired. I did a quick search and found this:

www.catholiccanonlaw.com/blind%20obe
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I went to Adoration Wednesday morning...... emoticon

I like going to this monastery because it is quiet, peaceful, nobody around.
It is such a nice feeling to know that he is there and, I am learning to be strong with his help.

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Hope your day is good Catholic Critters. emoticon Mom will be 93 next week.. emoticon emoticon emoticon


Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
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During the homily, Fr mentioned how jewish tradition relied on the Rabbi quoting scripture to give his teachings authority. Jesus broke this tradition by speaking directly. He spoke and people listened. He used his own parables and extended lessons from the prophets. Evil spirits obeyed him. This was because He was speaking directly with God’s Authority. It also talks of the importance of the prophets and apostles. God also gives them the authority to speak his will to keep us on the right track.
Jesus spoke with authority because he is the ultimate authority,

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He mentions : intrinsic and extrinsic..

Acts4, 8-12
Gospel Luke 2, 21

At that time, after with days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised:
His name was called Jesus, which was called the Angel before He was conceived in
the womb.-



Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
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I like that take on it.

Ours was about bringing Christ to others.

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i enjoy the Perpetual Adoration chapel in our area. it is so peaceful to be able to focus without all the distractions.

Spiritual motivation was the theme.

the first testement explained what the coming of the messiah would be like. The new testement reading mentioned how gentiles are coheirs with the Jews. The gospel was about the Magi meeting Jesus and his mother. The homily continued with how ironic it was the shephards, not part of normal jewish society, and the magi-who were not jewish, likely pagan, made the trip because they were spiritually motivated. The had heard about this miracle and took a leap of faith to go see a new king. The risked making King herod angry. that and the journey was time consumming and could be very dangerous.
Yet the scribes amd Pharasees, the people who studied the prophets (like isaiah) had no idea that God's word was being fullfilled. it was like they got stuck in hte day to day tasks. they were not motivated to see what was right in front of them.
The people that took a chance, put in the energy/time can discover some amazing spiritual discoveries.
Are you Spiritually motivated?

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Will have to pop back in tomorrow after Mass to share what it was about.

Missed Mass last Sunday, and Thursday (New Year's Day). But, upside - I got to go to confession at the Basilica of the Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart). Beautiful!

Did you know that there has been Perpetual Adoration at that Basilica in Paris for 125 years?
Even in 1940, when Paris was occupied, the faithful made their way through the lines of soldiers to ensure that the Blessed Sacrament was not left alone!

Also, during 1944, when Paris was bombed, the faithful remained at prayer, in Adoration, while the stained glass windows were hit, and shattered throughout the church. Isn't that amazing?

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Thursday, 1 January 2015 : Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, Octave Day of Christmas and World Day of Prayer for Peace (Gospel Reading)
Liturgical Colour : White

Mass was in spanish..Luke 2 : 16-21

At that time, after the angels appeared to the shepherds, they came hurriedly, and found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in the manger. On seeing Him they related what they had been told about the Child, and all were astonished on hearing the shepherds.

As for Mary, she treasured all these words, and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds then returned, giving glory and praise to God for all they had heard and seen, just as the angels had told them.

On the eighth day the circumcision of the Baby had to be performed; He was named Jesus, the Name the angel had given Him before He was conceived.


Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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New Year's Mass. FR paider talked about making resiktuibs ti focus more on our spiritual habits.Many people mae fitness resolutions and joind a gym and then quit by february. Dont make your spiritual goals have the same ending. Even if we miss a mass or event, get back on track. Pray about it and refocus on that goal

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Our homily started with a letter from our bishop. the topic was An inventation to prayer- Teach my people to pray. It listed a challenge for families to spend 1 hour per month in eucharistic Holy Hour. The churches in my diocese were asked to provide a service a weekly time for this. Our parishes, then, can become living communities of prayer. I will admit that after the letter was read I did not pay to much attention to the rest of the homily. my brain was excited begain to think of ways to make this happen. WE have a Perpetual Adoration Chaple that we share with 4 other parishes in the area. i try to go once a week for 30 -60 minutes. i am still to impatient ans squirmy to do an hour routinely, but am working on it.

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The eight beatitudes.


Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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Great modern parable! Good food for thought.

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Fr. Paider generally uses good stories to start his homilies. They are modern parables.

An older man lives with his son and wife. He is weak and his balance is off. The make him sit at a table away from the family so his moans and noises dont disrupt the family dinner. He eats with al wooden bowls and plate so he does not mess up the nice dishes. They often comment on how he is old , clumsy and a burden.
One day the parents are ask their son what he is whittleing out of wood. he responds " i want to elarrn how to make bowls and a table so you and mom have a place to sit when you get old and become a burden"

This story reinforces both readings how we not only have to be kind to the weakest amoung us but it is important also becasuse how we behave becomes a demonstrationto others. we need to demonstrate acts of love to others.


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IMREITE - I like that story. Such a good message!

ANDI_3K - that's a shame that there were a lot of movie references. I often don't see movies when they first come out, so I would probably be lost with movie references.

Today, Father was telling a story about a famous person (missed the name) who was exhausted and told his assistant to hold all calls, and that he would get back to the person at a later time as he was having a much-needed nap. Well, the President of the US phoned while the man was sleeping. The assistant pointed out that she had strict instructions not to disturb her boss, and that the President would get a call later.

The President said that he was the President, and that she should wake the man up.

She replied, "No, Sir. I work for him, not for you."

When the man later called the President back, he was thrilled with the assistant's manner and refusal to go against her boss' wishes. He wanted to know if he could have her working at the White House, lol!

He then segued the story into a message to us all to do God's will in our lives.

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Transformers the priest today uses a lot fo movie references. Sigh. He had a nice point - that faith in Jesus is transformative, but it almost got lost in the movie references.

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Take Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. Thou hast given all to me. To Thee, O lord, I return it. All is Thine, dispose of it wholly according to Thy will. Give me Thy love and thy grace, for this is sufficient for me.
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One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.“One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.“The other is Good – It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

It was a neat story and it has a lot of applications to our physical and spiritual health. the readings mentioned people upset about what they felt was fair. they would do things against God's teachings and be upset when it did not go the way they wanted.

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Didn't see the EWTN Mass, Beulah. It sounds like it impacted you greatly. Times are tough right now for Catholics who are willing to take a stand. So easy to stand by and complain but taking a stand takes courage. Proud of you!

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Did anyone see Fr.Mitch Pacwa's homily on the EWTN Mass on Tuesday? I especially appreciate his last statement. He spoke openly and fearlessly about what he thinks the Federal Government is trying to do with assisted suicide. I want to be as fearless in taking a stand for what is right and true.



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Hi Andy! Good to see you again!

Father was talking about Sts. Peter and Paul today, and also about how we take certain pagan practises, and "baptize" them for our Christian use. He says we can trace so many things back to pagan roots.

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Hi everyone, I haven't been on Sparkpeople very much lately, in fact very little. But with summer here I am challenging myself to get back at it and to reinvest myself into the teams.

I just wanted to revisit this thread as I was quite blessed this weekend to participate in a great Mass on the Feast of Corpus Christi. Along with great music at this Mass, there was a strong homily, in which our priest suggested that we, as Catholics, could be improving our relationship with Christ in the Eucharist in three ways...

1) Knowledge building, by reading, studying and learning more about the mystery of the Eucharist. This knowledge will deepen our understanding and appreciation of this very special part of the Mass.

2) Inner preparation, ensuring we have prepared for receiving the Eucharist by making sure our interior life is ready for Christ and in may cases that means we should have made a good examination of conscience and even gone to Confession.

3) Outer Preparation - are we coming to Mass in our Sunday best. Not necessarily our best clothing, but then again, why not. But more, have we come with the best attitude. Giving ourself time to pray before Mass begins, listening attentively, participating lovingly and more.

Just my sharing on this week's homily. How was yours?

On another note, I am including a link to another Sunday homily presented by Fr. Larry Richards. He is often on EWTN and frequently is a visiting priest for missions throughout parishes in North America. Take a moment to listen to his homily for the Feast of Corpus Christi. I think you will find it rewarding.

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I love the notion of being so excited and "fired up" about our faith that we wish to go and tell everyone about it!

Sounds like a great homily.

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Living water was a theme mentioned in ouir readings this week. WE need it to survive. It is a symbol used in baptism. We often celebrate when a baby is baptised because there is a new member of our faith. We do not however make as much of a deal when it is an adult who is being Baptised Why don’t we seem to give as much attention to RCIA — the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults?
Regardless of what happened to us previously or our station in life we are called to share the good news. The woman at the well had bad experiences until Jesus reached out to her. She was so excited and told others. Some did not believe her. Many wanted to disprove her, but when they met Jesus for themselves they believed. When we pray the Out father we say “Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven”. It is our job to work to make this happen. We need to participate and be active in our faith.
The priest told it better, but I forgot my little notebook so I couldn’t take notes.


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Father starting talking about how many people write to advice columns. Seeking advice shows prudence, wisdom and humilty. We always have the choice if we follow it or not. In the same way we have the choise to obey the commandments. These simple rules are ageless- not quaint or outdated. They are simple truths that are always the greatest advice. Challenge to fight desires that will lead us away from where we truly want to be. Jesus had to be blunt in the Gospel. He has to let believers know he was not speaking against the law. He came to expand on them. Again it was how when we choose things it can lead to sin or grave. I really like the old testament reading, it reminded me of how my husband advised a friend a couple years ago.

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Some interesting points!
I agree about the "smorgasbord" Catholics.

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Our serman focused on the 2nd reading. The early church had some of the same problems we have today. The infighting and innter rivelaries are worse then persecution. Part ot the issues is people were only doing what was convient. They looked at chrisitianity like a Salad bar. A teacher I had in high schoold called it Cafeteria Catholic. People pick and choose what they want and ignore the rest. Those of us that have dieted realize some items on the salad bar are not the best choice for our health but we take them for a short term enjoyment. Unfortunatly this also pertains to our faith. Following Christ may mean we have to not go along with the crowd, we may have to profess unpopular ideas and strive to live towards a higher standard. Jesus never said living a christian life would be easy.

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What a good homily that sounds!

Ours was about St. Joseph as well. And how his expectations were changed, and how he kept going as well. Very similar.

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The serman was heartwarming. It was about to keep dreaming. He started quoting parts of christmas songs and stories that had dreaming in them. He talked about his aunt who had dreams of having a happy marriage and lots of children, Her husband became an abusive alcoholic and was very mean. She got sick and it left her unable to have children. She however did not stop dreaming. She had supportive friends and family. She was a grear aunt and close to all her nieces and nephews. She encouraged them in all her dreams. She did not become bitter. She encouraged her nephew to become a writer and to become comfortable speaking in front of people. He uses these skills often as a priest. Then he said Joseph was the most popular dreamer in the bible. He mentioned that Joseph also had dreams. Like most men of his time, he probably had dreams of having a devoted wife and several sons. Someone to carry on the family name. The Mary said yes to God’s plan and thus changing Joseph’s dreams. He could have been bitter or not obeyed the angel. Instead he was a great dad to his stepson.The priest said God has special dreams for each of us. We just have to never stop dreaming.

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The sermon started about Christ as out king. People from the US struggle with the idea of loyalty to a monarch. We may be facinated by the idea, but we do not have the same loyalty to a president. They serve no more than 8 years.In some parts ot the world people take oaths of loyalty to their king. They may have to prove it with their life. In the first reading the leaders of the other tribes surrendered their power and gave their otaht to David. He then tool an oath to obey God. Yes he sinned and made mistakes. But all human kings will make mistakes. But inlike David many current leaders will not admit their sin and change their ways. Jesus is our king past, present and future.

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Oh my goodness. Thank you for sharing that. I tend to do that too!

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– The Sermon was a bit of an overview. When talking about the 2nd reading, Father compared the people who were not willing to work as busybodies. I don’t hear that word to often but I think the point that st paul was trying to get across to the thessolonians was to not occupy ourselves with gossip and idle behaviors. We needed to focus on God's work and providing for ourselves. If we spend to much time in gossip there is not enough food to go around.
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I remember the saying idle hands are the devils workshop. I sometimes am mental busybody. I get occupied with all sorts of ideas, concepts and items from the newspaper, but I don’t focus on what I can do in my day. All the mental stuff sometimes blocks me from being grateful and appreciative of what I have. I think in physcially exhauses and demotivates me from being a stronger, better person. I tend to incorrectly compare myself to others which has caused me to work less and complain more. I know it has prevented me from working harder and smarter.

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That's lovely!

It's neat that the readings for this week, your priest, and my thoughts were all in alignment as to gratitude this weekend. The Holy Spirit is emoticon


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HAving an Attitude of graditude. Father says this often. He also mentions it to the school students. The reading were about how people were terribly ill and were healed. Of the 10 only 1 acted in a way that was greatful. We have countless blessings that we can not even manage to count them all. It made me think about how many things I have to be greatful for and often I take them for granted. I actually got distracted and started thinking about all the blessings i have recieved over the years and I started to tear up. There are so many people I never said thank you to or so many loved ones that I do not say “I love you” to enough. Why are we so shy and so scared about loudly and boldly expresiing our love and gratitude. It was then time for the profession of faith but I felt so blessed.

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Some very good questions! I need to ask myself those very questions.

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Respect life - people tend to not think of life as a gift but as an inconvieince. The unborn, the ill, criminals waiting the death penalty. Our faith should not be a salad bar. We should be living our values not just picking and choosing them based on our moods or what other people think we should be doing.

it got me thinking. I will admit I am a not a very good catholic because I am tolerant if not accepting of using the death penalty in specific circumstances. I will admit I try to rationalize it but one of my “logical” arguments basically is another way of saying that their actions make them inconvienent, unwanted and unforgivable. I don’t have the right to say anyone is unwanted or unforgivable., I have been mentally thinking about it and realize my atitude is part of what causes the issue. I rationalize bad behavior in myself and am not always able to see and accept God’s plan. In an interview Pope Francis has been quoted as saying “"who am I to judge?” I need to work on being less judgemenrtal and seperating an individuals soul and individualaty- what makes them unique in God’s eyes from the things that they do. I still need to be aware of keeping myself away from bad and sinful behavior, but that does not mean I can be arrogant and not understanding of others when they need Godly encouragement and prayers.

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Our priest spoke about justice for the poor, and using what we have to help all we can.
He pointed out, something I didn't realize before so much, that the rich man was, even while making payment for his sins, wanting to use the poor (ie. Lazarus) as his servant!

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Having a n Attitude for Graditude. The gospel story talked about a rich man who did not acts of goodness or evil and a poor man who suffered. The made had everything and though everyone around him was not more then a servant. He though after a liufe of suffering Lazauraus should give him water or warn his brothers. he did not realize he had so many opportunityies for good but lived the easy life instead.

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Managing wealth - not just money but our time and talent. We often give a little of ourselves to our church -we do the easy stuff. in the past our priest mentioned how people tend to leave mass right after communion because they have other things to do. Mass is supposed to be our time to refocus on what is important. it should be a primary part of our schedule instead of skipping a mass becuase there are "more important things to do" He made a comment that holy days of obligation should feel like an inconvinence when we dont have a focues on what is important.

i guess that is why i like saturday masses. if you get help up on something and cant get to mass on time, you get another opportunity later that night or the next morning.

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It was a pretty good one there were a couple themes.
This week I did get a new take on Exodus and the story of the Golden Calf . These were people who were aware of pyramids and large tributes to gods/pharoahs and other cretures. After wandering in the desert God seemed so far away. I used to think they were just trying to spite Moses or were no longer greatful for being freed from slavery. It was more likely that God seemed far away. They made a golden calf and worshipped it. they wanted that visual representation that they could see and would look great and impressicve. I heard a line that “We are to be physical representation of Gods presence here on earth”. But I will admit I often wish and ask for a physcial representation- something that I and others could see feel and hear. I think we see people that sin and it comes out good for them. We don’t see got stopping them or punishing them. We don’t detect that physcial manifestations of God or always notice grace. I sometimes would like to see grand shows of God’s power that would be undeniable by even the loudest of doubters.

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Interesting. I think I waver between the two extremes at times.

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The sin of despair or the sin of presumption.

Our priest discussed that this week's Gospel, as well as last week's, were Salvation Gospels and spoke of life ever after. He talked about two generations of Catholics, pre Vatican II, often caught up in a mentality of despair as Salvation seemed to difficult to achieve. He compared this to many Catholics today who have grown up with the Idea that God loves us and Salvation is guaranteed. He felt that the latter was more dangerous but that we should find a balance between these. But he left us with the question, which are you?

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That one hits home for me, too, Leah!

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CJ, our homily was about how greed seeps into areas where we don't necessarily notice it. Are we greedy about OUR time? Or OUR food? Guilty! DH has no control often times about what he will eat... he nabs my protien bars or whatever, and then I don't have MY stuff... but he still has his goodies. I rush to have my quiet time as soon as I get home, ignoring the fact he has been home alone all day while I worked...
Father also asked if we are greedy about always being right, and not allowing the other person to express their opinion. Our way or the highway. I tend to go with MY way, and not consider DH's because My way is often easier or less hassle. When I do that, I demean my DH. I do not acknowledge his dignity and I do not honor his worth. His opinions are as valid as mine, he just has difficulty expressing them. But I am so greedy about placating ME!
AH! This is what Homilies are for! This one definitely hit home... My treasure should be within my heart, and be given away while I can still give it...

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Thanks for sharing that! I missed those readings as I was in England and not near a Catholic church that Sunday (I got a dispensation or whatever you call it from my priest). I am pleased I got to "hear" one take on it.

This past Sunday (yesterday), Father was talking about hoarding things, and asking what we hoard. He said that we need to be careful. Are we hoarding miniature boxes of nothing? Pieces of clothing we cannot ever possibly wear in our lifetime? Or are we hoarding the things that matter, like spiritual gifts that are more lasting?

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Fr paider started the homily with:
Why do we pray? If God already knows our needs and wishes then why keep doing it? In the old testament abraham prays almost bargains with God to save sodom if there are innocent people, if only just a few. God suprises him by showing mercy not vengence. If only a small group, he will still not punish the innocent.The new testemnet reading mentioned that we are forgiven of our trangressions. In the Gospel the apostles asked Jesus how to pray. He gave them the Lord’s prayer. It starts with showing honor to God and asking for our daily needs and for forgiveness and protection from the tests of evil. Then he tells the apostles why to pray: seek and ye shall find, ask and and it be given to you. As we pray, we become more mindful of our true needs what is important and become more mature spiritually. And also to be persistant. To keep hope and faith.

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I agree this is one of my favourite Gospels, along with the Prodigal's Son. Our priest explained that the Levite and the Pharisee were especially chosen for this parable as they were the ones who should be helping but did not as they were so often blinded by law and ritual. On the other hand the Samaritan would be the one person who could be excused as they had ongoing problems with the other Jewish tribes. Instead, it was the Samaritan who helped and provided the example that we should follow.

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This weekends Gospel is a favorite of mine. I like the good samaritan. When I was younger I though it was great that a man took care of a stranger. I did not understand why the priest and levite did not help him. Were they not ordained to serve? I grew up with priests that reached out to and were often friends of other faiths.In my small town our announcemets even would mention when the Methodist church had their fundraisers. We were all neighbors and saw God as something for everyone. I witnessed people helping each other. The concept of treating someone differently because of their culture or ethnic background was simply not something I read about in books or of something that happened somewhere else. When I pray the Our Father I often think of us all as extended family. Not just a church family but an earthly family. We are all connected by God. Not everyone sees things that way which is why we have evil in our world. We can combat this simply by living what Jesus taught us- To love one another as I have loved you. It is a simple statement but hard to put into practice.It truly does take practice. Being imperfect beings we often are subject to apathy, anger and other feelings thar prevent us from doing God’s will. However if we try to stay gracious and mindful we will improve and be models for others.

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I have heard of Eucharistic miracles as well - especially the one that Gail linked us to.

Isn't it fascinating?

There is a book called Eucharistic Miracles. It is remarkable. Stories of fires and floods where the Blessed Sacrament was unharmed, despite everything around it being consumed or destroyed.

Oh! I just realized that the link Gail provided speaks about not only that first miracle of the flesh and blood, but also other others one contained in that book I mentioned. Cool.


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This is not exactly what you were asking for, but along the same lines www.acfp2000.com/Miracles/eucharisti
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Having done translation work in a minimal basis, and having read many different versions of the Bible, and reaching for understanding...I often wondered if we could do such things, not like Christ..but regular people with loving natures. How often in a crowd, if one person out of kindness offers something up, others too start searching their belongings to help? (reminds me of a childhood story called 'Stone Soup'). In this way, we do see beautiful miracles in the here and now.....I do believe in Christ's miracles, yet there are so many others that we take for granted. Often, they can be explained by science. Yet, science doesn't explain the timing, the who, when, for the precision of the needed persons, time, and place for some of the physics to occur. And if any have problems accepting the 'This is", if we think of Christ made flesh...sharing in the labors and fruits of the labors, from generation to generation, and then, His unity with God.....how easily then might we see the "This is" in blood, sweat, and tears?

Gone on a bit long I guess. I hope the link leads to what you are seeking...

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Today being the Feast of Corpus Christi...or according to our missal, the Body and Blood of Jesus ( sorry, I prefer the former).

Our priest spoke about the Eucharist today and our Catholic belief that the bread does become the Body of Christ. And that in receiving Him, we have an intimate moment with our creator to share our joys, our sorrows, or lives.

He also mentioned a miracle, in which the Eucharist, during one particular Mass actually began to bleed. The host has been put on display somewhere and was analyzed by the World Health Organization and they declared the host was actually made up of cells from a living human heart.

Have any of you heard about this? Do you know where I could find more information?

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I loved your post, Andy! That sounds like a wonderful homily.

I think you're right about the suffering and troubles bringing out the caring more. That has happened with our family too, in different circumstances.

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Found today's homily to be quite insightful...

connecting with today's Gospel and Jesus's expectation that we love one another, our priest spoke about love, citing CS Lewis' book, The Four Loves... Affection, Friendship, Romance and then Agape or Charity, which is the highest level.

The part that I found interesting and thought provoking was the notion presented that Love is most truly evident in the midst of suffering, and it is through suffering that love becomes most evident. Our priest went on the say that God allows suffering in order that this highest level of love can become evident.

As many of you who have been on this board knows my family has been going through some battles related to ongoing health issues with my wife. When I heard these words they just made so much sense. Just seeing what has been happening with my wife it becomes so much more apparent how much she means to my family and I. While there is more frustration for everyone, the love and caring is more apparent.

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IMREITE - he sounds like my husband! He considers it a worthwhile sacrifice to work in a Catholic school.

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yesterday and today it was about the Good Shepherd since it was the Good Shepherd Sunday

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Father was talking about vocations. Primarily the calling to be a priest.he brought up a story aabout how a student asked him “what made him decide to be a priest”. He said he felt it as a passion. He felt it inside more then he knew what to do., it reminded me of a conversation I had with my husband. He spoke how some people are just called or passionate about a vocation. To them it is not just a job. He was talking about my dad. My dad teaches in a Catholioc high school. He has had several offers to teach elsewhere for more money and more prestiuge. But he stays where he is because it is his calling. He teaches math and physics so he could do that anywhere, but to him he feels that is one of the ways good wanted him to serve. Money and personal glory are not his main motivators. Even though we are not all called to be prieset, deacons or accept holy orders were are all called through our baptisms to serve our vocation regardless if is given to us through th sacremnet of holy orderes. We just need to listen and go where our passion leads us.

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there are a few parishes around us that only have one priest and when they go we cover them

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You are lucky.
Our priest goes on holiday a few times every year. He went for 4 weeks or so in January/February after Christmas, and then after Easter. I think he goes on a pilgrimage in the fall as well.

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