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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 These simple rules are ageless- not quaint or outdated.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 was pondering the message and came up with the thought below
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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...

Step into the unknown with confidence! Trust that in the darkness of that first step there will either be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly!


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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/eucharistic.html


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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we too had some one collaspe at the church

I guess we are luck we have a 2 church parish and 3 priest and 3 visiting priest to help with the masses we have 9 masses for the weekend and each church has daily mass

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He left after the Easter Masses. Daily Mass was cancelled on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. (I don't think there is one on Monday or Friday)

Then, we have 3 masses on Sunday - a Saturday evening anticipatory one, and two on Sunday morning.

We had a visiting priest for Saturday evening, and the 9am Sunday Masses. Then, Father Richard must not have been able to do the 11am Mass, so we had a lay-presided Communion Service. As we are literally 3 minutes away from another church which had a priest, and there are many many other Catholic churches within walking and driving distance in our city, not to mention that we were quite capable of attending the 9am Mass, my family and I all went to Mass early on Sunday, and then I went to the Service to sing with my choir. The lay presiders did very well - there was a man who collapsed during the service, and the presiders handled it so well, professionally and with much caring.

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CJ how do you have Mass if Father was away

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Interesting, IMREITE. We didn't have a homily as Father was away. But I like that take on it.

I have to remind myself sometimes that doubts can come from the devil. But they can be great tools to get us to learn more, to stretch ourselves, maybe go outside of our comfort zone.

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ours was the same as yours

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This weeks gospel was about Thomas – a favorite story of mine that I can relate too. He does not believe others when they say Jesus returned. He needed to see for himself and wanted to touch Jesus’s injuries. God calls us to faith. Faith and hope often involve not having evidence that we can see or touch, just an inner feeling of grace and preace that is given to us by God. I often hope for more physical evidence of God. I often pray that it is given to others that need it. So many people need the burning bush or to be knowcked off a donkey to accept God.
I think that many atheists and agnostics just have doubts because their brain is so focused on the logical because they are like Thomas, or because of a hard heart caused by Christians living unapolagetically against God’s will. I know people that say they are catholics but are living together instead of getting married, support abortion, rarely attend mass etc. these people do not embody God on earth as well as they could. Non-christians see this and it adds to their doubt. It adds to their pessimisim in the world and lessens their potential for faith. I am pretty sure everyone has had moments where there heart was hardened by sin and pain. I temporarily left the church because of it. I held on to anger and dissolution that made me arrogant and thought I knew better. It has been a journey to reclaim my faith ans sometimes I too have so many doubts. There are so many false prophets and lies that are waiting to claim us. They too ask for blind faith. It would be so wonderful if God gave use more hard evidence that no one could denounce.

It reminds me back to the song one of us. There is a line that says “And would you want to see
If seeing meant that you would have to believe” I am not sure if am strong enough, would the confidence od knowing help I do nbot have all the ansers. I would like to have more of them but I simply do not have them



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today Msgr talked about the Prodigal Son and how we should embrace all those things away that come back into our lives

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The prodigal son, and also the papal conclave.

Go Cardinals Go! (the priest said that). :)

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Shucks. I don't get that channel.

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Who is interested in this, turn on the History Channel.. "The Bible"



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Our priest today had a copy of Rembrandt's "Prodigal Son" painting, and explained it in detail to us, and how it illustrates God's love and forgiveness to us. It was very beautifully done (the painting and the homily).

Here is an image of the painting, if you've never seen it:

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Father was saying about the sandals on the son's feet - they are a symbol of his station as that father's son, and even though they are worn, and almost falling off (one is actually off), he still has shoes as he is well-off and still part of that rich man's family. This therefore symbolizes baptism, as no matter how we sin, the indelible mark on us can not be erased. Likewise, the son still has his sword, a symbol of his nobility and rank in society, as slaves would not carry weapons, least of all a sword.

The most interesting to me, though, was the father's hands. He embraces his wayward son with both arms. One hand, a large, masculine hand, claps down on the son's shoulder: a manly embrace. However, the other hand is much smaller, and delicate, almost feminine, and comforts the son as a mother might - rubbing his back in the middle. Father (taking cues from Henri Nouwen), mentioned that this symbolizes non-gender-specific God, as He contains both of what we know of as masculine and feminine traits, as He is without gender.

It was very interesting, and I really enjoyed the homily today.

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Prodigal Son - a favorite story. i do like how our priest goes into the historical details. most people don't realize what a culture shock Jesus was during his day, As a kid i used to think that the father was so happy because he thought his youngest son was killed. but in reality the culture at the time would have dictated that the father see his son as dead because the boy shamed his family. The son begged forgiveness and asked to be treated as a normal servant. fathers at this time would have pretended the boy did not exist.
Instead his father welcomed him back with open arms and celebrated that the boy came back home.



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thanks Andy I heard there will never be a Pope like JohnPaul II and now one will able to replace him

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I love your point, Andy. God is in charge and I believe the Holy Spirit will guide the cardinals in the election.

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CJ, thanks for responding....
The next few days and weeks will be interesting for the Church. Who will the new Pope be? Will he maintain tradition or change with the times. Where will he be from and how will this affect the papacy?

While I have heard Vatican 2 was terrible as it brought in many changes others have thought of it as saving changes for the Church. I remember a friend of mine, before JP II, being quite excited as he hoped the conclave would turn into the Great Schism and a sign the end times were here and Christ would return. There are so many viewpoints out there, I guess we just have to trust that God knows better.

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That sounds a wonderful homily, Andy. I wish I could have heard it!
I agree that we focus too much on the "lamb" part of Jesus, and not on the Lion of Judah, the Judge, the man who spoke often about the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth in hell for the unrepentant.

I was upset by our homily on Sunday. Father was saying how much he is praying for a new Pope to "update" the Church. He also said in his bulletin that there are unfortunately too few liberal minded Cardinals who will be voting. I disagree with his views.

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It was Deacon Homily he talk about the Transfiguration our Deacons talk the last Sunday of the month

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So, what was your homily about today???

At Mass, our priest spoke about the Transfiguration but he shared a quote (wish I remembered the source). The quote talked about western Christianity has become to too easy and too willing to fit into the popular culture. There is talk of spirituality but not of repentance, talk of love but not sacrifice.

He went on to say early Christianity had been counter cultural and it should continue to be. We should be affecting change not being influenced by the media and world around us.

He raised many good points and I think about how easy it is to blindly accept and tolerate so much that happens around us. The challenge is doing something about it.

So, what was your homily about today?

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April - yes, for me too, the graduation Mass is by far my favourite of the year! Not only do the grads serve (as well as siblings of graduates), but the prayers of the faithful is tear-producing for me. They all walk up from the back with certain objects, which a couple of the graduates explain as they are brought up; for example, a rosary to represent our Catholic faith, a textbook to represent their learning, a globe to signify that they are from all parts of the world, and that they need to take what they've learned out into the world, etc. It chokes me up every time. Then, they bring up a basket of their own personal intentions (that my husband {as their vice principal} burns unopened after the Mass).


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Thanks for sharing your stories about today's homilies. It is interesting to hear a different perspective which I think enriches our understanding of the Gospel or other readings.

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CJ, our priest gave a homily similar to what you heard about the kinds of temptations we are faced with. It hit home.

We have been blessed with being able to send our older children to a Catholic high school. It has been a sacrifice, but much more it has been a blessing. When our oldest graduated, and we went to the baccalaureate Mass, I cried. There were these beautiful children, in their graduation robes and also serving each other, their staff, schoolmates, and parents as members of the choir, lectors, and extra ordinary ministers of the Blessed Sacrament. It touched me so profoundly. Our third child is a senior this year, and the baccalaureate Mass is sure to bring me to joy-filled tears for the third time. It Is my favorite part of "senior week. " I am so thankful!

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ours was based on what is truth and not to follow for us but to follow only Jesus and your faith

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Sounds like a great homily!
We got to celebrate mass at the parish affiliated with our children's Catholic school today. What a blessing! I was able to go to Confession beforehand, my daughter read the prayers of the faithful, and my son was an altar server (they also take part at our regular parish, of course, but we don't have the opportunity for confession before Mass at our parish emoticon ).

Father did a wonderful homily based on the gospel reading about the temptations of Christ being very understandable to us humans, as we have the exact same temptations. He went on to explain how the three ways that Jesus was tempted are so like our "modern" human temptations for selfishness, control or power, and worldly possessions or preoccupations. He blended it all together very well, in my opinion.

After Mass, a grade 12 student also gave a talk about what religion and attending a Catholic school has meant in her life. I got quite teary as she talked about the wonderful things about our school, and how the teachers take the time to build strong, positive relationships with the students, and how we care to help the kids with their schoolwork, and their problems. I had tears in my eyes as I thought of all the students who I think I never really help much, but the Lord reminded me of the tears shed in my office by students who felt lost, and I tried to talk them through it, or prayed with them. It sure reminded me that just being there sometimes is all God calls us to do!

I am so blessed to be able to live my faith at work. God is so good.

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At mass today, our priest focussed the whole homily on sin and repentance. He went on to say that our generation is likely the first to discard the notion of sin and personal responsibility for our faults. With this denial of sin, there has been moral decay in so many areas.

But not wanting to end it there, he reminds us of the importance of Confession and the value it has in changing our lives, our souls. This is likely a theme in our diocese as every parish will be have confessions this week at the same time... Wednesday and Thursday 7pm to 9 pm.

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so did I and I remember that but people are people

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I like that, Dee! God's kiss to us. Nice.

Christina - very true. Without love, there is nothing. That is why God is love - He is everything!

IMREITE - I agree. What is that Bible passage? About being faithful in small and big things. Luke 16:10.

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We had a visiting priest this weekend from Feed the Poor, and he talked about how love is the most important part of everything we do. It was a wonderful homily.

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An elderly priest once said if you dont say you will not get the final blessing from God and that is his kiss to you

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Imreite, I like the last lines you wrote. I do agree, we have to raise our standards and do things with love.

Your words about only going through the motions resonates with me. In the past i found that it is so easy to go onto auto-pilot and lose my concentration. Wiith that in mind and because i wanted the Mass to mean more to me, I even started taking notes during Mass but decided to bring a journal to this week's Mass. I find that this keeps me much more attentive during Mass and especially the homily.

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ours was a bit about changes to some of the mass structure, about the sacredness of the ceremony. it came across to me as bureacratic. it reminded my of being in high school and being lectured in religion about what other people were doing wrong. but to me i have never chewed gum during mass ,or put the host in my pocket. or left before communion. even little things like sneaking out before mass is done. I will admit to doing that in the past but now i realize how disrespectful that is to God and other paishineers. are they really that unimportant that i can't stay until the end of mass(unless i am sick)?

my mind wondered a little bit and i started thinking about having standards during mass and how that shows in things we do outside of mass. once we start being lax about our standards or personal integrity in one area it continues to sneak into other areas of life. things. maybe some of it is going on auto pilot too much during my day and not enjoying or appreciating different moments and getting out everything that i can.

i guess what i look away from the homily is that i want to raise my standards as a catholic and really focus on doing things with love not just going through the motions.


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I know the readings had my reading I picked when we got marry Love is Kind

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Ours was like that, Dee.


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ours you cant go home to preach because they know who you are and dont believe and how they try to push the Lord off a hill but he escape

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At today's Mass, our priest focussed on the second reading as the inspiration for the homily. Reminding us to remember the higher gifts and to ask the Holy Spirit for Love, he went on to say that with Love most problems of the world could be solved.

Unfortunately so many of the problems that plague us are rooted in selfishness. If everyone had love for each other, and treated each other accordingly, problems of violence, poverty, corruption would be eliminated.

I know we have heard similar messages over the years but he challenged us to pray to the Holy Spirit so that we may have an abundance of love and be world changers.

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IMREITE - I loved your reflection! Thank you for sharing that with us. You have given us something to think about. I agree that not only do we practise false humility or modesty sometimes in relation to our gifts or talents from God, but also that recognizing the fact that we are all unique in terms of the gifts we have been given is quite pro-life as we are all important and special to God our Father, including the pre-born.

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choose life is the only way to go

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We did talk about choosing life but i also had an interesting thought as well. i tend to ponder the 2nd reading a lot because they have a lot of wisdom in them that we can apply to our lives. i did a little write up and chose to share it.

Gift of the Spirt
We all have talents and special abilities. Perhaps we are not aware of all thes gifts or even take them for granted. Or even do not know how to nurture and develop them so they can cause to their full potential last weekends new testament reading 1 Corinthians 12 gave me a lot to ponder. A simple paraphrase of it is how the spirit gives all of us the talents that we are meant to have to do the work of God. Sometimes we do not talk about our gifts because we hope to remain humble. I know I try to keep my ego and attitude in check. But I also have put effort and work into some of my talents. We should celebrate these gifts of the spirt in ourselves and also nurture and and encourage the gifts of others instead of being jealous or think we are less because we don’t have. The rest of chapter 12 talks about how we are one body. No longer slave or free but part of the same body. We should therefore rejoice and honor each part and each gift. We are meant to work together to do a greater good. Therefore feel proud in the gift of the spirit and use it often. Do not belittle your gifts by critically comparing them to others. You are who you are meant to be and have these gifts for a purpose.

What is your gift and how are you to use it? How do you use it to bring joy and strength to others? Do not hide your gifts. Celebrate them. All people and their abilities are a gift to us. So in a way that is another way to reming us to respect life. So in a way it ties into why as catholics we Choose life.



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That's very interesting, SKINNYJENNY. I wish more priests would openly talk about the pro-life cause.


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Monsignor skipped homily and instead decided to have some prayer and introspection on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. It was hard to do, with 55 million babies. We also were encouraged to take a vow of non-violence in the example of Jesus (this is an annual tradition in our church, on the mass closest to MLK day). As always, he did take the time to speak about how blessed were all are, though maybe in different ways, and that we should make the effort to share the blessings in our everyday activity and attitude. I'm always working on that!

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Felicia, thanks for adding to this thread. Interesting and expected, how the same Gospel can bring different messages from the altar.

I do agree and think we can all benefit from an extra Mass or two. I decided to walk to the morning Mass on Saturday, about 45 min each way, and got my steps in for the day. Maybe I should make that part of weekly physical exercise.

Have a great day everyone. Enjoy!

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attended two masses this weekend - need the graces for sure - and heard about how Mary and mothers in general always know when something needs taking care of -

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also talk about Jesus listening more to his mother than making the wine

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That's beautiful, Andy.

I can say that my marriage is longer than my Catholic faith, but not longer than my Christian faith. I converted a few years after we were married, when I decided that if I was going to be Christian, I should be in the faith that Jesus Himself founded.

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I do agree with your meaning. With time our faith seems to be better and mean so much more. Each time I am at Mass I think that this is one part of my life that has been with me forever, longer than my marriage, my schooling, everything... except of course my parents. And my faith was their gift to me.

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Great thread, Andy!

Father mentioned Christian unity at the beginning of Mass, and again during the prayers of the faithful, but his homily was not completely on that topic.

I brought away from the homily this quote - "Faith, it's like a fine wine."

I took him to mean that it only gets better as it ages.

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Father Nes talk more about Christian unity

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Seems like the quote of St.Catherine of Sienna ties into your homily as well.

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Mass was interesting as I always struggle with I'm not sure what my gift is that was given by God The Priest told us we need to use our gift to grow the parrish So today and this week is for me to reflect on what my gifts/ talents are that were given to me.

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Just wondering if any of you have read and of Matthew Kelly's books. He is a Catholic writer having written many books including Rediscover Catholicism. In one of his books he writes about using a Mass journal to record insights we gather during the Mass.

With that in mind, I was wondering what insights you may have gathered at Mass today?

Two things I came away with included a quote by St. Catherine of Sienna...“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”

and the second... our priest challenged us to spend more time considering the mysteries of life, such as what is our purpose in life, why did God make us, what is love, instead of worrying about our usual daily concerns, such as what is the best cell phone plan or whcih TV show to watch tonight.

So, what did you get out of today's homily?

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