Daily Reflections

  • Memorial of St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/101720.cfm" linkrel=""]   The Letter to the Ephesians introduces today a body-image, in order to help us understand the central place which the Church occupies in the History of Salvation. St. Paul...

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  • Friday of the Twenty-eighth 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/101620.cfm" linkrel=""]   We have, as the first reading today, a few lines from Chapter I of St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, wherein he says: “In [Christ] we also were chosen,...

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  • Memorial of St. Teresa of Jesus, virgin 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/101520.cfm" linkrel=""] A person who penetrated deep into the Mystery of Christ was St. Teresa of Jesus, also known as Teresa of Avila. Born in 1515, she lived to the age of...

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  • Wednesday of the Twenty-eighth 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/101420.cfm" linkrel=""]   “Woe to you Pharisees! ... and the very same to you, Scribes of the law!” Reproaches such as these – and with the same ominous tone as we heard...

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  • Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth 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/101320.cfm" linkrel=""]   The subject of tour Gospel today is ritual cleansing. One day, Jesus exclaimed loud enough to be heard: “You Pharisees! You are so diligent about cleansing the outside, but...

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  • Monday of the Twenty-eighth 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/101220.cfm" linkrel=""]   Every generation seeks a sign that God is present, and every generation receives the same recurring sign: who is Jesus Christ, our Savior, who was crucified and rose again...

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  • Twenty-eighth 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/101120.cfm" linkrel=""]   As you reflect on the Gospel reading for this Sunday in the 28th week, you may find yourself a bit puzzled. And if puzzled, it means that you are...

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  • Saturday of the Twenty-Seventh 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/101020.cfm" linkrel=""]   This one is for my mother. She asked me if I would write one that was more…personal—one that drew upon my life’s experience. Out of love for her, I...

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  • Friday of the Twenty-seventh 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/100920.cfm" linkrel=""]   In today’s passage from Galatians, Paul is presenting an intricate thread of evidence from scripture (the Old Testament) to prove that justification (being accepted by God) comes through faith...

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  • Thursday of the Twenty-seventh 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/100820.cfm" linkrel=""]   Let’s pick up the Church’s lectio continua (continuous reading) of Galatians. Today’s passage, scholars say, is the nutshell of Paul’s argument against the addition of the Mosaic Law to...

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  • Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/100720.cfm" linkrel=""]   I admit that I do not pray the Rosary regularly. I would like to, especially considering all the praise and devotion it receives. As a monk, though, I feel...

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  • Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh 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/100620.cfm" linkrel=""]   In the monastic world, today is the Memorial of St. Bruno, who died on this day, October 6th, in the year of our Lord 1101. He is the founder...

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  • Monday of the Twenty-seventh 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/100520.cfm" linkrel=""]   This week the Church begins a lectio continua, that is, a continuous reading through St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians. A few verses and passages are left out, but...

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  • Twenty-seventh 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/100420.cfm" linkrel=""]   Today Jesus tells another parable. But what is a parable? Ever wondered? If you consider it, there are many in the Gospels. Some have counted over seventy. They are...

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  • Saturday of the Twenty-sixth 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/100320.cfm" linkrel=""]   The epic saga of Job comes to an end today. Job goes onto repent of his questioning of God. He says that he knows God can do all things....

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  • Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/100220.cfm" linkrel=""]   This day we celebrate our “little friends”, our Guardian Angels. We often don’t think about them, but we are surrounded by angels who protect us. God, in His eternal...

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  • Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin 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/100120.cfm" linkrel=""]   Here’s to St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus. Oh, what an amazing Saint! This Saint came to the Carmelite convent in Lisieux at the age of 15. She, without...

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  • Memorial of St. Jerome, Priest 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/093020.cfm" linkrel=""]   “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God” (LK 9:62). I’ve thought over these...

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  • Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092920.cfm" linkrel=""]   This day is celebrated as a Solemnity at Conception Abbey because the three Archangels are our main patrons after the Virgin Mary. There is an old title for the...

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  • Monday of the Twenty-sixth 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/092820.cfm" linkrel=""]   What a contrast we see between today’s two readings. Job’s character and faith are questioned by the Devil. God permits Job to lose most of his family and his...

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  • Twenty-sixth 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/092720.cfm" linkrel=""]   Certain Sundays throughout the liturgical year offer different approaches to a recurring theme. Today’s readings present the theme of mercy for a repentant sinner. Those who are just and...

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  • Saturday of the Twenty-Fifth 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/092620.cfm" linkrel=""]   Vanity of Vanities – the theme recurs. Qoheleth sets out the joys of youth, contrasted with the inevitable weakness that comes with age. The many references in this passage...

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  • Friday of the Twenty-fifth 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/092520.cfm" linkrel=""]   Every time I encounter these lines from Ecclesiastes, I cannot help but hear the melody of a pop song of the 1960s. Younger readers may not know it: “Turn,...

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  • Thursday of the Twenty-fifth 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/092420.cfm" linkrel=""]   Vanity of vanity, all is vanity and a chasing after wind :: the refrain uttered numerous times in the book of Ecclesiastes :: from the mouth of the teacher,...

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  • Memorial of St. Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092320.cfm" linkrel=""]   “They set out and went on their way, traveling from village to village, spreading the good news, and curing diseases.” Ready or not, we might say, Jesus was sending...

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  • Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth 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/092220.cfm" linkrel=""]   Where is wisdom to be found? What is wisdom? The dictionary defines it as accumulated philosophic or scientific learning or knowledge; insight; good sense; sound judgment. It is something...

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  • Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092120.cfm" linkrel=""]   “I plead with you... live a life worthy of the calling you have re¬ceived.” These are the words of Paul. The words of John Chrysostom, whose feast we celebrated...

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  • Twenty-fifth 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/092020.cfm" linkrel=""]   There's a saying that goes something like this: "the ocean of God's love is bigger than a thimble of the human mind." Isaiah tells us that God’s “thoughts are...

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  • Saturday of the Twenty-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/091920.cfm" linkrel=""]   1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49; Lk 8:4-15 “As for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with...

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  • Friday of the Twenty-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/091820.cfm" linkrel=""] 1 Cor 15:12-20 + Lk 8:1-3 From our Gospel today, I suggest a thought from the very last line: “who provided for them out of their resources.” This undoubtedly refers...

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  • Thursday of the Twenty-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/091720.cfm" linkrel=""]   1 Cor 15:1-11 + Lk 7:36-50 Hidden in our Gospel today is a beautiful little lesson in humility. It goes like this: the passage usually rendered, “her many sins...

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  • Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/091620.cfm" linkrel=""]   1 Cor 12:31—13:13 + Lk 7:31-35 We wonder how our Gospel today is putting us, our “generation” of believers, in question. Jesus told those of his generation, the people...

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  • Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/091520.cfm" linkrel=""]   Heb 5, 7-9; John 19:25-27 “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold your son.’ Then he said...

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  • Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/091420.cfm" linkrel=""]   Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up. I offer a word which perhaps gives us a way...

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  • Twenty-fourth 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/091320.cfm" linkrel=""]   It is a coincidence that our first reading today and the Gospel are about vengeance and forgiveness. This occurs shortly after the anniversary of the events of 9/11. Vengeance...

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  • Saturday of the Twenty-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/091220.cfm" linkrel=""]   Today’s Gospel is from the conclusion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain. If we look back over the whole sermon (see Luke 6:20-49), which we heard this week, what...

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  • Friday of the Twenty-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/091120.cfm" linkrel=""]   If I preach the Gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not...

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  • Thursday of the Twenty-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/091020.cfm" linkrel=""]   “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31) This has been called the “Golden Rule” with which many of us are familiar. It is...

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  • Memorial of Saint Peter Claver, Priest

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/090920.cfm" linkrel=""]   Today the Church commemorates a Spanish missionary who is known for his untiring ministry to Africans as they arrived in slave ships on the shores of Cartagena in 17th...

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  • Feast of the Nativity 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/090820.cfm" linkrel=""]   Today the Church celebrates the birthday of Mary, the wife of Joseph, and the mother of Jesus. Her birth is not recounted in Sacred Scripture, but the circumstances of...

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