Daily Reflections

  • Reflection for Holy Saturday

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/041120.cfm" linkrel=""]   Today is the liturgical day the Church calls “Holy Saturday.” The Church calls it “holy” for one reason: because she recognizes its character as a day of silence. This...

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  • Reflection for Good Friday

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/041020.cfm" linkrel=""]   Though harshly treated, he submitted and did not open his mouth; like a lamb led to slaughter or a sheep silent before shearers, he did not open his mouth....

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  • Reflection for Holy Thursday

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://cms.usccb.org/bible/readings/040920-lord-s-supper.cfm" linkrel=""]   “Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father” (Jn. 13:1). One of the great beauties of the...

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  • Reflection for Wednesday of Holy Week

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Read Today's Mass Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/040820.cfm" linkrel=""]   The Liturgy today focuses on Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, a sober reminder that we are at the threshold of the Paschal Mystery of our salvation, which will unfold...

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  • Reflection for Tuesday of Holy Week

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/040720.cfm" linkrel=""]   Betrayal and denial: Jesus foretells these acts of Judas and Peter at the Last Supper. The people closest to Jesus were no more loyal or faithful to him than...

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  • Reflection for Monday of Holy Week

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/040620.cfm" linkrel=""]   The fragrance of aromatic nard must have been quite wonderful for it to be so costly. According to today’s Gospel, when Mary poured the perfumed oil on Jesus’ feet,...

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  • Reflection for Palm Sunday

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apChtUbDNw4[/embedyt]   [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Read Today's Mass Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/040520.cfm" linkrel=""]   After Jesus rose from the dead, he met two disciples on the road to Emmaus.  They did not recognize him but expressed to him their...

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  • Reflection for Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/040420.cfm" linkrel=""]   “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast?” In moments of trial we are tempted to not show up. We are tempted to hide behind...

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  • Reflection for Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/040320.cfm" linkrel=""]   There can be a presumption at times — well, many times — that one knows more than what Scripture offers. Or that one must always offer unique perspectives, that...

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  • Reflection for Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/040220.cfm" linkrel=""]   Promises made by God are a tricky thing, at least from our perspective. Think about it for a moment. God promises great things: eternal life, his enduring presence, help...

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  • Reflection for Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/040120.cfm" linkrel=""]   “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works of Abraham.” What are the works of Abraham? Abraham is called our father of faith. His work is...

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  • Reflection for Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/033120.cfm" linkrel=""]   “I AM” Moses, looking upon a miraculous event, hears God speak to him and offers Moses his name, “I AM.” This name is sacred. It is the name we...

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  • Reflection for Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/033020.cfm" linkrel=""]   There is, in each reading, a very simple, yet difficult, truth: we are all sinners. Not one is exempt from that reality. It also brings to light another simple...

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  • And Jesus Wept – Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCiYFN1YC8k[/embedyt]   The experiences of life and of death are difficult to bear, they push us the brink and, in the end, can cast us into the deep. We, like Mary and Martha, cry to Jesus, “Lord, if you...

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  • Reflection for Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032820.cfm" linkrel=""]   Division occurs in the crowd because they are uncertain who Jesus is. Some willingly express their belief, but others struggle to accept him as the Christ because of His...

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  • Reflection for Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032720.cfm" linkrel=""]   The Feast of Tabernacles marks the end of the harvest year in the fall on the Jewish calendar, and it also commemorates the time in history where the Israelites...

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  • Reflection for Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032620.cfm" linkrel=""]   We can all be forgetful and impatient at times, especially of God’s goodness toward us. The dialogue between God and Moses in the reading from the Book of Exodus...

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  • Reflection for Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent — The Annunciation of the Lord

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032520.cfm" linkrel=""]   When my brother and his wife found out they were expecting their first child, they wanted to find a creative way to share the news with my parents. They...

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  • Reflection for Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032420.cfm" linkrel=""]   A priest friend of mine had an encounter after Mass with a student at the Catholic Student Center where he serves. The college senior came up to him and...

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  • Reflection for Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032320.cfm" linkrel=""]   The healing of the royal official’s son is a powerful testimony of intercessory prayer (that is, praying for others). The official begs Jesus to heal on behalf of another person,...

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  • Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIhVxy2-J7I[/embedyt]   Among the many levels of meaning and the rich imagery throughout St. John’s Gospel, today there is a contrast between physical sight and spiritual sight—a blind man who comes to see and the Pharisees who remain blind....

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  • Reflection for Saturday of the Third Week of Lent — The Transitus of St. Benedict

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032120.cfm" linkrel=""]   In our basilica at Conception Abbey are many beautiful murals that reflect events in the Gospels and in the Benedictine tradition. One mural, in the south transept of the...

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  • Reflection for Friday of the Third Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032020.cfm" linkrel=""]   Return. The prophet Hosea calls on the people of Israel to return to the Lord. How hard it is to return to what is right and leave behind what...

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  • Reflection for the Solemnity of Saint Joseph

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031920.cfm" linkrel=""]   The Lord promised King David an heir and a long-lasting kingdom. His dynasty would last long after his death. Yet despite this promise, Nathan told David that "the sword"...

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  • Reflection for Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031820.cfm" linkrel=""]   Laws, laws, laws, laws! No one likes laws, and fewer people like to follow them. Yet laws give a balance and an order to society, and also to life....

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  • Reflection for Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031720.cfm" linkrel=""]   Mercy. It is surreal and beautiful. Azariah begs God to have mercy on Israel and not to let them “be put to shame.” Today’s Gospel shows a servant who...

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  • Reflection for Monday of the Third Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031620.cfm" linkrel=""]   Consider the healing of Naaman the Syrian. He was greatly distressed by his leprosy and wanted to be healed of his affliction. Jesus returns to His home town today...

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  • Reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97JKjtH9SKc[/embedyt]   [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Read Today's Mass Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/031520.cfm" linkrel=""]   The readings for this Third Sunday of Lent offer many valuable insights. I want to start with the Second Reading from Romans. St. Paul told...

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  • Reflection for Saturday of the Second Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031420.cfm" linkrel=""]   As the liturgy opens today, we hear the words of Psalm 145:8-9 in the opening antiphon: “The Lord is kind and full of compassion… abounding in mercy.” Mercy is...

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  • Reflection for Friday of the Second Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031320.cfm" linkrel=""]   Today’s introit from the Missal is a prayer that reveals the tie between the two readings in today’s liturgy: “In you, O Lord, I put my trust, let me...

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  • Reflection for Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031220.cfm" linkrel=""]   The challenging plea of the entrance antiphon confronts us immediately as we begin today’s liturgy: “Test me, O God, and know my thoughts. See that my path is not...

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  • Reflection for Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031120.cfm" linkrel=""]   The words of the entrance antiphon for this day, “Forsake me not, O Lord! My God, be not far from me! Make haste and come to my help, O...

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  • Reflection for Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031020.cfm" linkrel=""]   As today’s liturgy unfolds we encounter the entrance text: “Give light to my eyes lest I fall asleep in death, lest my enemy say: I have overcome him.” The...

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  • Reflection for Monday of the Second Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/030920.cfm" linkrel=""]   The first words we hear today as the entrance antiphon is intoned are: “Redeem me, O Lord, and have mercy on me…” (Ps. 26:11-2). This is the stance of...

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  • Reflection for Sunday of the Second Week of Lent

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX43o004o1g[/embedyt]   [button style="btn-default btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Read Today's Mass Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/030820.cfm" linkrel=""]   Looking at Lent Through A Different Lens Throughout the Second Week of Lent, we will look at the readings presented to us in the sacred...

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  • Reflection for Saturday of the First Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/030720.cfm" linkrel=""]   There is a famous line by Tertullian, the second-century theologian and historian, in defense of the persecuted Church. He quotes witnesses of his day looking at Christians and saying:...

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  • Reflection for Thursday of the First Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/030520.cfm" linkrel=""]   People on pilgrimage look out for one another. In ancient times, pilgrims to the Holy Land or other holy sites did not have a comfortable journey, but faced suffering...

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  • Reflection for Friday of the First Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/030620.cfm" linkrel=""]   When a person walks a long distance, they have plenty of time to think. We are left to our own thoughts. These are spiritually rich and even transforming moments....

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  • Reflection for Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/030420.cfm" linkrel=""]   Today marks one week since we began our Lenten journey with ashes. Why ashes? The discovery of ashes probably goes back to the first discovery of fire. Already in...

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  • Reflection for Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/030320.cfm" linkrel=""]   The theme of a Lenten journey, which is meant to tie these reflections together, gives us some wiggle room. It allows us to use our liturgical readings of the...

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