Daily Reflections

  • Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051420.cfm" linkrel=""] Dramatic change, of any sort, is disruptive. You can never, even if you wish, to go back to how things were before. Some dramatic change is exciting – new home,...

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  • Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051320.cfm" linkrel=""] I want you to notice something vitally important in the first reading today: honest argument. While we will not hear the rest of the scene presented (I encourage you to...

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  • Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051220.cfm" linkrel=""] Over the last few days, we have had the opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ summons to live a radical life of obedience and charitable service. The readings today continue that...

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  • Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051120.cfm" linkrel=""] In yesterday’s reflection on the Fifth Sunday of Easter, we heard Jesus make a remarkable claim: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works...

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  • Fifth Sunday of Easter

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhCyk68UHCA[/embedyt]   [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051020.cfm" linkrel=""] The first reading, and its accompanying story, has held particular interest to me for many years. As one of the men chosen to be a deacon –...

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  • Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050920.cfm" linkrel=""] Sometimes we think, often to our later embarrassment, that we have a sudden insight about someone or something. Feeling pretty good about ourselves, we pose what we think is a...

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  • Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050820.cfm" linkrel=""] When I was growing up in rural Iowa, it was not uncommon for someone to pull in off the highway, knock at the door, and ask for directions to find...

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  • Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050720.cfm" linkrel=""] We who live in the northern hemisphere are so fortunate, liturgically speaking. The timing is perfect and we can celebrate the Easter season in the spring of the year, which...

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  • Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050620.cfm" linkrel=""] Certainly one of the most ancient and powerful symbols used in the Easter Vigil was the Paschal Candle. What could be more impressive than a single lighted and decorated candle...

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  • Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050520.cfm" linkrel=""] Some years ago, you could buy posters that, at first glance, seemed to be nothing more than a poster of haphazard dots. Only after staring at the page for a...

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  • Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050420.cfm" linkrel=""] There are many jokes about meeting St. Peter at the pearly gates of Heaven someday. Peter the fisherman could be characterized as impulsive; he was quick to make a decision...

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  • Fourth Sunday of Easter

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTvs35fF0IM[/embedyt]   [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050320.cfm" linkrel=""] Sometimes hearing a few words at the right moment can make all the difference. When things are really hectic, and we wonder how we are going to...

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  • Saturday of the Third Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Link to Today's Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/050220.cfm" linkrel=""]   Often when I am visiting with people and encouraging them in their prayer life, they will respond: “Yes, I know…but it’s hard.” I can’t disagree—the spiritual life is...

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  • Friday of the Third Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Link to Today's Mass Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/050120.cfm" linkrel=""]   “Here I am, Lord.” The words are uttered by the disciple Ananias who is residing in Damascus and about to take a significant role in Saul’s conversion....

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  • Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Link to Today's Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/043020.cfm" linkrel=""]   Many people I have met with express to me their desire to know God’s will. Often they will express their frustration of “not knowing” or the uncertainty and...

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  • Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Link to Today's Mass Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/042920.cfm" linkrel=""]   Can God really bring good out of evil? St. Thomas Aquinas wrote, “There is nothing to prevent human nature's being raised up to something greater, even after...

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  • Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Link to Today's Mass Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/042820.cfm" linkrel=""]   The Acts of the Apostles highlights quite the contrast between Stephen’s relationship to the Holy Spirit versus that of the elders, scribes, and the people. Stephen demonstrates...

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  • Monday of the Third Week of Easter

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Link to Today's Mass Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/042720.cfm" linkrel=""]   When Jesus fed the 5,000, many of the people not only saw the miracle Jesus performed, but more importantly they experienced it, and understood what it was...

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  • An Easter Reflection from Abbot Benedict

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBX-7ziE-4Y[/embedyt]   Abbot Benedict and the monks of Conception Abbey want you all to know you are especially in our prayers this Easter as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior! The image occurred to me recently that we...

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  • 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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