Daily Reflections

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 7, 2021

  “I have nothing.” “The jar shall not go empty.” Nothingness and emptiness – is there a difference? Nothingness brings to mind a sense of desolation and darkness. Emptiness isn’t so bleak; something empty can be filled: my car’s on “E”, but I fill up at the gas station. Although we may describe situations interchangeably…

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Saturday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

November 6, 2021

  Seminarians of Conception Seminary College are our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day will feature a reflection from a different seminarian. This is an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education into practice and connect with the people of God in a pastoral way. In our first reading…

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Friday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

November 5, 2021

  Seminarians of Conception Seminary College are our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day will feature a reflection from a different seminarian. This is an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education into practice and connect with the people of God in a pastoral way. St. Paul takes a…

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Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo, Bishop

November 4, 2021

  Seminarians of Conception Seminary College are our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day will feature a reflection from a different seminarian. This is an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education into practice and connect with the people of God in a pastoral way. Today we celebrate the…

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Wednesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

November 3, 2021

  Seminarians of Conception Seminary College are our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day will feature a reflection from a different seminarian. This is an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education into practice and connect with the people of God in a pastoral way. In the Gospel for…

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The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

November 2, 2021

  Seminarians of Conception Seminary College are our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day will feature a reflection from a different seminarian. This is an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education into practice and connect with the people of God in a pastoral way. “There are three deaths.…

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Solemnity of All Saints

November 1, 2021

  Seminarians of Conception Seminary College are our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day will feature a reflection from a different seminarian. This is an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education into practice and connect with the people of God in a pastoral way. On this Solemnity of…

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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 31, 2021

  Seminarians of Conception Seminary College are our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day will feature a reflection from a different seminarian, mixed in with reflections from Fr. Pachomius, Conception’s Dean of Students. This is an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education to practice and connect with the…

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Saturday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

October 30, 2021

  Do you spend time with friends or family around a dinner table? Is it still common for you to have your family come together and eat? Sharing a meal can emphasize community, nourishment, togetherness, love, and support. It can also be a time of anxiety, distress, dread, or anger. When we come to the…

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Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

October 29, 2021

  Jesus spoke these words to the scholars of the law to challenge their way of thinking about the Sabbath. For the scholars, the Sabbath was sacred, as it is for us, but it became a burden of extreme inactivity—not even good deeds were permitted. Jesus tells them that the Sabbath is demanded not to…

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Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude, apostles

October 28, 2021

  Any important decision needs to begin with prayer. The Rule of St. Benedict says that any good work must start with prayer. In the Gospel today, even Jesus spends the night in prayer before making the critical decision of choosing his apostles. How does prayer help us make good decisions? Two thoughts can help.…

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Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

October 27, 2021

  In our first reading today, we hear some confusing words, “and those he predestined he also called; and those called—justified; those justified he also glorified.” What does this phrase, ‘he predestined’ mean? Are we stuck with what God has decided for us? Are we not free to act and choose as we wish? Are…

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Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

October 26, 2021

  “It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden.” We hear this phrase a few places in the scriptures, especially with regards to the size of the seed, “it’s the smallest.” Often, as an act of false humility, we will say to ourselves, “oh, I’m nobody. I just…

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Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

October 25, 2021

  “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!” Do we believe these words? Do we genuinely believe that we are beloved…

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 24, 2021

  Part of the Christian experience is the tension between need, prayer, and waiting. We struggle in life, and amid that struggle, call out to God for help. This calling out in prayer might last quite a long time, years maybe. In that waiting, we are tempted to fall away because God doesn’t seem to…

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Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

October 23, 2021

  Foreword: During Ordinary Time, the entrance and communion antiphons of the Sunday liturgy are repeated throughout the week. In this way, the themes developed at the Sunday Mass are enriched and expanded as they interact with the different readings found on each day of the following week in much the same way that a…

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Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

October 22, 2021

  Foreword: During Ordinary Time, the entrance and communion antiphons of the Sunday liturgy are repeated throughout the week. In this way, the themes developed at the Sunday Mass are enriched and expanded as they interact with the different readings found on each day of the following week in much the same way that a…

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Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

October 21, 2021

  Foreword: During Ordinary Time, the entrance and communion antiphons of the Sunday liturgy are repeated throughout the week. In this way, the themes developed at the Sunday Mass are enriched and expanded as they interact with the different readings found on each day of the following week in much the same way that a…

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Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

October 20, 2021

  Foreword: During Ordinary Time, the entrance and communion antiphons of the Sunday liturgy are repeated throughout the week. In this way, the themes developed at the Sunday Mass are enriched and expanded as they interact with the different readings found on each day of the following week in much the same way that a…

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Memorial of Sts. John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, priests, and companions, martyrs

October 19, 2021

  We celebrate today the memorial of eight Jesuit missionaries who came to North America from France to preach the gospel among the native peoples of Canada. The entrance antiphon—“May we never boast, except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Cf. Gal 6:14; 1 Cor 1:18)—speaks directly to our first reading today from…

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Feast of St. Luke, evangelist

October 18, 2021

  The liturgy for the Feast of St. Luke opens with the familiar quotation from Isaiah the prophet about the messenger who brings good news: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings of peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation!” (Is 52:7). In the first reading from 2nd Timothy,…

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 17, 2021

  The liturgy of this Sunday opens with the words of the antiphon: “To you I call, for you will surely heed me, O God; turn your ear to me; hear my words. Guard me as the apple of your eye; in the shadow of your wings protect me” (Ps 17(16):6,8). In the context of…

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Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

October 16, 2021

  Here we are, Saturday, another great day for MIZZOU football (hopefully) and another great Saturday to honor Our Lady! Jesus tells his disciples today, “When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say. For…

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Memorial of St. Teresa of Jesus, virgin and doctor of the Church

October 15, 2021

  Today is the feast day of the great St. Teresa of Ávila! She once said, “Have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that.” Jesus says in today’s Gospel, “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body…Even the hairs of your head have all…

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Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

October 14, 2021

  Today’s Gospel says, “When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees began to act with hostility toward him and to interrogate him about many things, for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.” On Tuesday, I asked you if you are a follower of Jesus or a Pharisee, so I pose…

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Wednesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

October 13, 2021

  In our alleluia verse today, we read, “My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me.” As you might remember from Monday, the alleluia verse was “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” I hope your heart is still a natural heart and not one…

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Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

October 12, 2021

  “The Lord said to the Pharisees, ‘Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil. You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be…

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Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

October 11, 2021

  In the Alleluia verse today, we hear “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” When we hear the word of God, we should never harden our hearts. Yes, there are times when we want to grumble and complain to the Lord, and you know what, that’s ok! Today is the optional…

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 10, 2021

  There has been a lot going on in my life lately, which can make me nervous and full of anxiety, so much so that I become paralyzed and don’t know what to do. Our first reading from Wisdom has a great antidote for that! “I prayed, and prudence was given me; I pleaded, and…

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Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

October 9, 2021

  Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it. This is one of the shortest passages selected for the liturgy. And its words are simple yet potent. A woman in the crowd was clearly moved, inspired, and swept up by the words she heard from Jesus. Possibly thinking this really is…

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Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

October 8, 2021

  Questioning. Questioning motives? Questioning who is this? How does he/she do this or that? By what authority? Or in the case of the Gospel, false claims – He drives out demons by the power of the devil himself. We are familiar with such questionings and dubious claims. Sometimes these even arise in response to…

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Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

October 7, 2021

  Jesus’ instructions to his disciples on prayer continue in today’s Gospel passage. In yesterday’s Gospel, he instructed them in the form that prayer should take and gave them a model. Today’s passage extends that further and says something about how to use that form and the attitude that guides prayer. The key idea seems…

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Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

October 6, 2021

  Today’s Gospel begins with a simple request of the Lord: teach us to pray. Jesus’ answer is very familiar and very simple. the words we know so well. The words of this prayer, the Lord’s own prayer, tell us much about prayer and serve as a model for our prayer. We know it well.…

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Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

October 5, 2021

  Jesus visits the house of Martha and Mary, his friends, possibly to get away from the crowds. Martha was a woman of lots of energy, and Mary had the heart of a disciple. Mary and Martha speak to us. We all know have our anxious moments when we’re concerned about many things, worried when…

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Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi

October 4, 2021

  Today is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the most beloved of all the saints by people everywhere. What appeals so much to so many? His simplicity of life, his honesty, zeal for the poor, love of nature and all of creation? All of this points to a man of great…

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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 3, 2021

  Today Jesus is asked one of those tough questions about divorce. Jesus appealed to the harmony of creation in its initial perfection. Throughout the creation account, we hear: God saw all that he had made, and he found it very good. All creation existed because of God’s goodness. All life was holy, sacred. In…

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Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

October 2, 2021

  I am responsible for my own life and the decisions I make. It is also true that I am not solely responsible for sustaining my life. Our belief in guardian angels is that God wishes to protect us and provide all that we need for a life of flourishing. Part of flourishing is giving…

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Memorial of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, virgin and doctor of the Church

October 1, 2021

  Jesus excoriates the Jewish towns that were impressed by his teaching and healing miracles but now have gone back to their lives as if nothing happened. How quickly they forgot! The Prophet Baruch records their ancestors expressing their regret when they were in exile: they followed God half-heartedly, “each one of us went off…

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Memorial of St. Jerome, priest and doctor of the Church

September 30, 2021

  It is so hard for us to relate to this story in the Book of Nehemiah. The Judahites return from their Babylonian Captivity to Jerusalem. The Governor Nehemiah and the priest-scribe Ezra are tasked with repopulating the land and, most importantly, rebuilding the Temple. We come upon them without a temple yet, but from…

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Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels

September 29, 2021

  Do we really need angels? Are we not mature Christians now so that we can put aside childish notions of God’s fairies? Isn’t Christ powerful enough? If we look at our Scriptural texts for today’s feast we see just how badly we need angels. Why? Because there is a war out there! The devil…

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