Daily Reflections

  • Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    We are so grateful you choose to take this Online Spiritual Journey each day with us. Because we work to reopen our guest and seminary ministries this month, we are discontinuing the weekly video portion of the Online Spiritual Journey....

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  • Saturday of the Seventeenth 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/080120.cfm" linkrel=""]   Prophets can be annoying. Perhaps better put, prophets know how to get to the heart of the matter. They speak out when others are silent. They rock the boat....

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  • Friday of the Seventeenth 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/073120.cfm" linkrel=""]   "Jesus did not work many miracles there because of their lack of faith." It distressed Jesus to see the lack of faith in the people there, though he knew...

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  • Thursday of the Seventeenth 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/073020.cfm" linkrel=""]   The question comes to us today: what are the scriptures trying to tell us today? Perhaps this: there is, of course, a wisdom that comes from God — a...

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  • Wednesday of the Seventeenth 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/072920.cfm" linkrel=""]   This Gospel passage has been used at many funeral masses, and masses for the faithful departed. We hear a key declaration of Jesus himself: “I am the resurrection and...

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  • Tuesday of the Seventeenth 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/072820.cfm" linkrel=""]   A plea for mercy. A cry for pity. For strength. In powerfully emotional words, the passage from Jeremiah tells the story of a people deeply wounded, even overwhelmed. It...

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  • Monday of the Seventeenth 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/072720.cfm" linkrel=""]   Things take time. Growth. Change. Progress. Insight. Understanding. All of these are not “fast food” type items. It is easy to see this in nature. Seeds planted in spring...

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  • Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqoZftvHXh4[/embedyt]   [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072620.cfm" linkrel=""]   The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed a pearl of great price, a net thrown into the sea that catches many fish, a treasure...

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  • Saturday of the Sixteenth 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/072520.cfm" linkrel=""]   St. James is one of my favorite saints and is my favorite apostle. The parish I grew up in was St. James Church in Washington, Iowa. It also has...

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  • Friday of the Sixteenth 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/072420.cfm" linkrel=""]   “Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance.” Luke 8:15 It is worth asking how one is supposed to...

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  • Thursday of the Sixteenth 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/072320.cfm" linkrel=""]   “You have revealed to little ones the mystery of the Kingdom” (MT 11:25) Jesus praises God for revealing His secrets to children, to those who are little. Children start...

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  • Wednesday of the Sixteenth 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/072220.cfm" linkrel=""]   Mary Magdalene shared a strong bond with Jesus. He inspired her through His preaching and example. Her history is often misconstrued. She has often been referred to as being...

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  • Tuesday of the Sixteenth 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/072120.cfm" linkrel=""]   In the Prologue of his Rule, St. Benedict wrote that God gives His children time to turn away from their sins. St. Benedict quotes the Gospel of John, saying,...

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  • Monday of the Sixteenth 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/072020.cfm" linkrel=""]   “What have I done to you, or in what have I offended you?” (Micah 6.6) Whether you are young or old, you will come to find that, sometimes, life...

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  • Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye1wdYlsamI[/embedyt]   [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/071920.cfm" linkrel=""]   Today’s Gospel reading is one of my favorites. Jesus tells the parable of the wheat that was infested with weeds. An “enemy” comes and plants weeds...

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  • Saturday of the Fifteenth 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/071820.cfm" linkrel=""]   In the alleluia verse, we hear this morning, “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” Jesus loves us very...

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  • Friday of the Fifteenth 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/071720.cfm" linkrel=""]   “My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me.” People nowadays think that talking about death is a taboo and that if we...

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  • Thursday of the Fifteenth 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/071620.cfm" linkrel=""]   Today is one of my favorite Marian Feast Days, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Our Lady appeared to St. Simeon Stock and gave him the brown scapular. “According to...

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  • Wednesday of the Fifteenth 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/071520.cfm" linkrel=""]   In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus say, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and...

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  • Tuesday of the Fifteenth 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/071420.cfm" linkrel=""]   I don’t know about you, but sometimes it can feel like that the walls are closing in around me. There are times when I just want to give up...

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  • Monday of the Fifteenth 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/071320.cfm" linkrel=""]   Today in the Gospel, we hear these troubling words from Jesus, “do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring...

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  • Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary time

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EerhJyL0XXg[/embedyt]   [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/071220.cfm" linkrel=""]   In today’s Gospel, we hear the parable of the sower, and one verse caught my attention, “The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears...

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  • Saturday of the Fourteenth 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/071120.cfm" linkrel=""]   Today we celebrate the life and legacy of St. Benedict, the spiritual father of Benedictines, and the patron saint of Europe. Two documents have come down to us about...

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  • Friday of the Fourteenth 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/071020.cfm" linkrel=""]   Foreword: Please join me this week on a journey, as we follow the Church's readings through the Book of Hosea, an ancient prophet to the northern kingdom of Israel....

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  • Thursday of the Fourteenth 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/070920.cfm" linkrel=""]   Foreword: Please join me this week on a journey, as we follow the Church's readings through the Book of Hosea, an ancient prophet to the northern kingdom of Israel....

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  • Wednesday of the Fourteenth 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/070820.cfm" linkrel=""]   Foreword: Please join me this week on a journey, as we follow the Church's readings through the Book of Hosea, an ancient prophet to the northern kingdom of Israel....

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  • Tuesday of the Fourteenth 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/070720.cfm" linkrel=""]   Foreword: Please join me this week on a journey, as we follow the Church's readings through the Book of Hosea, an ancient prophet to the northern kingdom of Israel....

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  • Monday of the Fourteenth 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/070620.cfm" linkrel=""]   Foreword: Please join me this week on a journey, as we follow the Church's readings through the Book of Hosea, an ancient prophet to the northern kingdom of Israel....

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  • Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFg1QzLx-9E[/embedyt]   [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/070520.cfm" linkrel=""]   Foreword: Please join me this week on a journey, as we follow the Church's readings through the Book of Hosea, an ancient prophet to the northern...

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  • Saturday of the Thirteenth 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/070120.cfm" linkrel=""]   Today is Independence Day (for those of you who receive this message in the United States)! What a wonderful day to give thanks for the blessings we have. These...

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  • Friday of the Thirteenth 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/070320.cfm" linkrel=""]   I used to watch a lot of episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In one episode an innocent man was accused of murder, and a priest was attempting to...

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  • Thursday of the Thirteenth 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/070220.cfm" linkrel=""]   Amos faces the wrath of people who are unwilling to listen to the truth, these being Amaziah and King Jeroboam. Amos tells them the truth about what will befall...

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  • Wednesday of the Thirteenth 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/070120.cfm" linkrel=""]   I can never figure out, for the life of me, why the demons requested being sent into the swine. They know that Jesus is the Son of God and...

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  • Tuesday of the Thirteenth 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/063020.cfm" linkrel=""]   We read from the prophet Amos how God favored the people of Israel, and they did not return God’s love.           Do two walk together...

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  • Monday of the Thirteenth 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/062920.cfm" linkrel=""]   Now we have the celebration of the two greatest Christian apostles. These two men, despite their weaknesses and shortcomings, helped to lay the foundation that the Church was built...

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  • Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cI1JD8uw5Z0[/embedyt]   [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062820.cfm" linkrel=""]   After reading today’s selected passages, I thought about the promises God makes and how they are fulfilled. God has promised us His love for all ages....

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  • Saturday of the Twelfth 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/062720.cfm" linkrel=""]   As we finish this week or reflecting upon our call to fearlessness and proclamation, we would benefit from recognizing that we, at times, must be the recipient of the...

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  • Friday of the Twelfth 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/062620.cfm" linkrel=""]   Our first reading today is a sad story. It is the recounting of the destruction of the Temple and the Babylonian exile. Along with this story, I wish to...

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  • Thursday of the Twelfth 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/062520.cfm" linkrel=""]   Shifting gears today, let us briefly examine this often-heard Gospel passage, “Not everyone who says, Lord, Lord, will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” We might be tempted, as many...

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  • Wednesday of the Twelfth 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/062420.cfm" linkrel=""]   “In the spirit and power of Elijah, John will go before the Lord to prepare a people worthy of him.” This antiphon, taken from Lauds for today’s feast, beautifully...

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