Daily Reflections

  • Thanksgiving Day

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112620.cfm" linkrel=""]   Specific readings used at Conception Abbey on this day. Preface: Throughout this coming week, we will ponder the daily Mass readings from the perspective of the liturgical texts given...

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  • Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112520.cfm" linkrel=""]   Preface: Throughout this coming week, we will ponder the daily Mass readings from the perspective of the liturgical texts given to us in the Roman Missal and the Lectionary—the...

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  • Memorial of St. Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112420.cfm" linkrel=""] Preface: Throughout this coming week, we will ponder the daily Mass readings from the perspective of the liturgical texts given to us in the Roman Missal and the Lectionary—the entrance...

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  • Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112320.cfm" linkrel=""]   Preface: Throughout this coming week, we will ponder the daily Mass readings from the perspective of the liturgical texts given to us in the Roman Missal and the Lectionary—the...

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  • The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112220.cfm" linkrel=""]   Preface: Throughout this coming week, we will ponder the daily Mass readings from the perspective of the liturgical texts given to us in the Roman Missal and the Lectionary—the...

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  • Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112120.cfm" linkrel=""]   Today we celebrate the Presentation of the Virgin Mary. It was the custom for Jewish youth to be presented in the Temple in Jerusalem. Mary was presented before God....

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  • Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112020.cfm" linkrel=""]   Jesus finally arrives at the Temple in Jerusalem. Here, He drives out those who were selling things. Jesus accuses these merchants of turning the Temple into a “den of...

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  • Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/111920.cfm" linkrel=""]   During this time of division and uncertainty, it’s important to reflect on the importance of peace in our lives and how we stand for truth. There are many problems...

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  • Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/111820.cfm" linkrel=""]   Holy, holy, holy. These words echo through the first reading and through the responsorial psalm. The four living creatures that stand before the throne, which resemble a lion, a...

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  • Memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/111720.cfm" linkrel=""]   “I will set the victor beside me on my throne.” (Rev. 3:21). Jesus promises a victory to those who follow Him. This isn’t false hope. Jesus will not leave...

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  • Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/111620.cfm" linkrel=""]   The Book of Revelation is our point of entry into the scriptures this week. This mystical volume speaks volumes of God’s ways to us. How do we interpret it?...

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  • Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/111520.cfm" linkrel=""]   These readings for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time call us to a healthy sense of vigilance. This is the second-to-last Sunday before the Advent Season. The liturgical year...

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  • Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/111420.cfm" linkrel=""]   In the Gospel today, Jesus offers a strange story, the story of the unjust judge. The judge is unwilling to hear this women’s case, and she becomes dangerously persistent...

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  • Memorial of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/111320.cfm" linkrel=""]   “Anyone who is so “progressive” as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the...

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  • Memorial of St. Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/111220.cfm" linkrel=""]   We like things to be clear, understandable, and obvious. Unnecessary confusion or hiddenness is not appreciated, we live in a scientific society. The naked truth—in the news, in our...

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  • Memorial of St. Martin of Tours, Bishop

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/111120.cfm" linkrel=""]   In the Old Testament, there can be a reality whereby you are made “unclean" — that is unable, because of some physical or moral ailment, amongst other reasons, that...

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  • Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/111020.cfm" linkrel=""]   It is not easy to hear our Gospel today, “you have only done what you were commanded.” Our Catholic lives are not about minimums, not about getting rewards for...

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  • Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/110920.cfm" linkrel=""]   Zeal for your house will consume me. We celebrate a unique feast today, the feast of a building. This building, St. John Lateran, the Pope’s cathedral, can become for...

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  • Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/110820.cfm" linkrel=""]   Our Gospel today can offer a very practical plan for navigating important relationships. The relationship between the virgins and bridegroom can teach us both what to do and not...

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  • Saturday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/110720.cfm" linkrel=""]   What does holiness look like? My professor once asked this question to his class and he wrote all the responses from his students on a dry erase board. Seeing...

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  • Friday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/110620.cfm" linkrel=""]   Writing to the Philippians, St. Paul’s letter has been termed “the letter of joy” because he is able to encourage them to rejoice in the faith, based on true...

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  • Thursday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/110520.cfm" linkrel=""]   The parable of the Lost Sheep is appealing to us because we either see ourselves as the lost one, or we see it as a loved one who has...

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  • Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo, bishop

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/110420.cfm" linkrel=""]   St. Paul writes, “I rejoice and share my joy with all of you. In the same way, you also should rejoice and share your joy with me.” I have...

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  • Tuesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/110320.cfm" linkrel=""]   Friends of mine who are preparing for their wedding discovered that almost half of their invited guests did not reply or send back their RSVP card. Unfortunately, this percentage...

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  • The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/110220.cfm" linkrel=""]   This day of commemoration of all the faithful departed, with its prayers and readings taken from the Masses for the Dead, evokes many of the same thoughts and feelings...

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  • Solemnity of All Saints

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/110120.cfm" linkrel=""]   All Saints’ Day reminds us that our ultimate goal is union with God in heaven. Thankfully we have countless saints who have already walked the path, been tested, and...

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  • Saturday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/103120.cfm" linkrel=""]   We have watched for several days as people, “were observing Jesus carefully.” The Pharisees have already noticed He appears to be an irreligious Sabbath-breaker. And now they will see...

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  • Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/103020.cfm" linkrel=""]   St. Paul writes to the Philippians from prison. Compared to Galatians and 2 Corinthians, for instance, readers are struck by the affection and warmth that Paul exhibits in this...

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  • Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102920.cfm" linkrel=""]   It might surprise us that the Pharisees warn Christ of Herod’s plot to kill Him. I say that because, as I stated in an earlier reflection this week, we...

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  • Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102820.cfm" linkrel=""]   I have always thought it was a great dignity to be named one of the Apostles. Maybe I was spared the embarrassment of that fateful day related in the...

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  • Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102720.cfm" linkrel=""]   Recently I had the senior seminarians read a text on obedience and discuss it in small groups. The author was a Benedictine and wrote about the Benedictine nuance of...

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  • Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102620.cfm" linkrel=""]   As a former pastor of two rural parishes, I was hesitant to talk too much about working on Sundays. Sometimes it just meant the livelihood of farmers if it...

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  • Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102520.cfm" linkrel=""]   Many find the Hebrew Scriptures problematic because of the violence – specifically eradicating peoples in order for the Israelites to take possession of the Promised Land. For all of...

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  • Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102420.cfm" linkrel=""]   Today is Saturday! This is one of my favorite days of the week — not just because it is MIZZOU football season, but because all year round we celebrate...

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  • Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102320.cfm" linkrel=""]   My great grandfather was a judge in Kansas City, Missouri. I remember reading in his obituary a couple of years ago that on the bench, Judge Joe McQueen would...

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  • Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102220.cfm" linkrel=""]   Yesterday I talked about the responsorial psalm, which said “You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation,” and about how we receive from this spring, the Lord’s...

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  • Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102120.cfm" linkrel=""]   I must admit that this Gospel passage frightens me a little when Jesus says, “That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in...

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  • Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102020.cfm" linkrel=""]   “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation...

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  • Memorial of Sts John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/101920.cfm" linkrel=""]   In our Gospel passage today, we read about the rich man who had a bountiful harvest and tore down his barns to build larger ones, to store his harvest...

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  • Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/101820.cfm" linkrel=""]   I remember on several occasions in school, both when I was younger and more recently in seminary, that I wasn’t smart enough and that I couldn’t accomplish a task...

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