Daily Reflections

  • Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/060420.cfm" linkrel=""]   In today’s reading, St. Paul tells us the following: “If we have died with Him, we shall also live with Him; if we persevere, we shall also reign with...

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  • Wednesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/060320.cfm" linkrel=""]   For some people who know me, this might come as a shock, but I am a very shy person. However, when I get to know someone, I start to...

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  • Tuesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/060220.cfm" linkrel=""]   “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God.” This sentence is very hard to follow in real life. We give what belongs to...

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  • Monday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/060120.cfm" linkrel=""]   In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus say before he gives up His Spirit, “I thirst.” He wasn’t only physically thirsty, but he was also spiritually thirsty. And He is...

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  • Pentecost Sunday

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nouf7LYu7Tw[/embedyt]   [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/053120.cfm" linkrel=""]   When I was younger, if I became nervous or anxious about something, like a school presentation, a speech, or writing a reflection for the Online Spiritual...

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  • Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/053020.cfm" linkrel=""]   “[Paul] remained for two full years in his lodgings. He received all who came to him, and with complete assurance and without hindrance, he proclaimed the kingdom of God...

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  • Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052920.cfm" linkrel=""]   [Jesus] said to him the third time, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was distressed that he had said to him the third time, "Do you...

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  • Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052820.cfm" linkrel=""] “Father, they are your gift to me.” John 17: 24 This is a profound and touching statement of our Lord! And it includes us – we are the Father’s gifts...

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  • Wednesday of the Seventh Sunday of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052720.cfm" linkrel=""]   “I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in...

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  • Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052620.cfm" linkrel=""]   “I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours…” John 17:9 To learn, ever so gradually, that we belong...

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  • Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052520.cfm" linkrel=""]   “In the world, you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” John 16:33 How do we “take courage?” I mean, how does one lay hold...

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  • The Ascension of our Lord

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qKSP3B9mWQ[/embedyt]   [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052420.cfm" linkrel=""]   There is, deep in the human heart, a desire for fulfillment, for completion. We want to be completed! St. Paul, in our second reading today (Eph....

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  • Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052320.cfm" linkrel=""] Apollos comes from Alexandria to preach for “the way of the Lord.” He was an authority on scriptures and spoke with “an ardent spirit.” He spoke boldly in synagogues. He...

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  • Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052220.cfm" linkrel=""] St. Paul is the center of attention this week in the Acts of the Apostles. In this reading, he has suffered and needs encouragement. He has a vision where God...

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  • Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052120.cfm" linkrel=""] St. Paul moves on from Athens to Corinth. There he meets people who practice his trade, tent-making. He does not feel uncomfortable bringing his faith to his work. Do not...

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  • Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052020.cfm" linkrel=""] Today’s reading has St. Paul preaching in the Aeropagus in Athens. He calls on the Athenians to come to know the “Unknown God.” How amazing it is that God is...

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  • Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051920.cfm" linkrel=""] Fr. Mychal Judge, a New York City priest, had a great prayer he used in his spiritual life. “Lord, take me where you want me to go. Let me meet...

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  • Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051820.cfm" linkrel=""] We begin with the “We” section of the Acts of the Apostles, where the author speaks in terms of a group traveling together. “We” set sail for Neapolis from Troas....

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  • Sixth Sunday of Easter

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnnwW3XFqt0[/embedyt] [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051720.cfm" linkrel=""] Philip the Deacon travels to Samaria today in the Acts of the Apostles. He performs miracles that inspire faith in the local people. There is great rejoicing in...

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  • Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051620.cfm" linkrel=""] Love and hate, as opposites, are two very strong emotions. I am not speaking of the mild likes and dislikes a person can have toward, let's say, pineapple on pizza...

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  • Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051520.cfm" linkrel=""] When is the last time you were commanded to do something? We are often told what to do in order to accomplish a task correctly, or we might be reminded of our...

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  • Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051420.cfm" linkrel=""] Dramatic change, of any sort, is disruptive. You can never, even if you wish, to go back to how things were before. Some dramatic change is exciting – new home,...

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  • Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051320.cfm" linkrel=""] I want you to notice something vitally important in the first reading today: honest argument. While we will not hear the rest of the scene presented (I encourage you to...

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  • Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051220.cfm" linkrel=""] Over the last few days, we have had the opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ summons to live a radical life of obedience and charitable service. The readings today continue that...

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  • Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051120.cfm" linkrel=""] In yesterday’s reflection on the Fifth Sunday of Easter, we heard Jesus make a remarkable claim: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works...

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  • Fifth Sunday of Easter

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhCyk68UHCA[/embedyt]   [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051020.cfm" linkrel=""] The first reading, and its accompanying story, has held particular interest to me for many years. As one of the men chosen to be a deacon –...

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  • Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050920.cfm" linkrel=""] Sometimes we think, often to our later embarrassment, that we have a sudden insight about someone or something. Feeling pretty good about ourselves, we pose what we think is a...

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  • Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050820.cfm" linkrel=""] When I was growing up in rural Iowa, it was not uncommon for someone to pull in off the highway, knock at the door, and ask for directions to find...

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  • Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050720.cfm" linkrel=""] We who live in the northern hemisphere are so fortunate, liturgically speaking. The timing is perfect and we can celebrate the Easter season in the spring of the year, which...

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  • Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050620.cfm" linkrel=""] Certainly one of the most ancient and powerful symbols used in the Easter Vigil was the Paschal Candle. What could be more impressive than a single lighted and decorated candle...

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  • Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050520.cfm" linkrel=""] Some years ago, you could buy posters that, at first glance, seemed to be nothing more than a poster of haphazard dots. Only after staring at the page for a...

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  • Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050420.cfm" linkrel=""] There are many jokes about meeting St. Peter at the pearly gates of Heaven someday. Peter the fisherman could be characterized as impulsive; he was quick to make a decision...

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  • Fourth Sunday of Easter

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTvs35fF0IM[/embedyt]   [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050320.cfm" linkrel=""] Sometimes hearing a few words at the right moment can make all the difference. When things are really hectic, and we wonder how we are going to...

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  • Saturday of the Third Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Link to Today's Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/050220.cfm" linkrel=""]   Often when I am visiting with people and encouraging them in their prayer life, they will respond: “Yes, I know…but it’s hard.” I can’t disagree—the spiritual life is...

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  • Friday of the Third Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Link to Today's Mass Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/050120.cfm" linkrel=""]   “Here I am, Lord.” The words are uttered by the disciple Ananias who is residing in Damascus and about to take a significant role in Saul’s conversion....

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  • Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Link to Today's Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/043020.cfm" linkrel=""]   Many people I have met with express to me their desire to know God’s will. Often they will express their frustration of “not knowing” or the uncertainty and...

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  • Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Link to Today's Mass Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/042920.cfm" linkrel=""]   Can God really bring good out of evil? St. Thomas Aquinas wrote, “There is nothing to prevent human nature's being raised up to something greater, even after...

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  • Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Link to Today's Mass Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/042820.cfm" linkrel=""]   The Acts of the Apostles highlights quite the contrast between Stephen’s relationship to the Holy Spirit versus that of the elders, scribes, and the people. Stephen demonstrates...

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  • Monday of the Third Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Link to Today's Mass Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/042720.cfm" linkrel=""]   When Jesus fed the 5,000, many of the people not only saw the miracle Jesus performed, but more importantly they experienced it, and understood what it was...

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  • An Easter Reflection from Abbot Benedict

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBX-7ziE-4Y[/embedyt]   Abbot Benedict and the monks of Conception Abbey want you all to know you are especially in our prayers this Easter as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior! The image occurred to me recently that we...

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