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  • The Holy Spirit Guides The Church

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jul 15, 2018
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    The Council was critical to the defense of the faith and the worldwide evangelical effort that was already beginning. It was truly a work of the Holy Spirit.

    Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Course 2018 Reformation/Revolution The words of Jesus today are so poignant that most of us have probably memorized them sometime in our lives. A yoke is the implement an ox or other draft animal wears between head and body. Slaves might be made to wear such ...read more

  • Mammon Made Righteous

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jul 12, 2018
     | 82 views

    To restore all things in Christ, we need the mammon, made righteous by your giving generously, to do it.

    8th Sunday After Pentecost 2018 Extraordinary Form Today we come face to face with what we might title Divine Economics 101. It owes nothing to Adam Smith, or Friedrich Hayek or even G.K. Chesterton. It requires a special care in reading because the Gospel might convince us that Jesus is ...read more

  • Ephphatha!

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Jul 12, 2018
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    Jesus’s Ephphata prayer is the opening up, the removing of the “impediment” of spiritual deafness for us. It’s an Aramaic phrase which literally means “be released.”

    23B Several years ago in January the Washington Post conducted an experiment you may have heard about. The experiment involved Joshua Bell, one of the world’s greatest violinists who performed for almost all the world’s major orchestras. Joshua Bell was commissioned to play his $4,000,000 ...read more

  • Washing Hands And Righteousness

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Jul 9, 2018
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    Jesus wanted to make a point that not only are his followers free from all the ritual observances of the Old Law, but he wanted to teach a little moral theology as well.

    22B Mark 7:3 speaks of the Pharisees carefully washing their hands. A lot of us can remember the nuns saying ...'cleanliness is next to Godliness'. Even though the Pharisees did their many different washings as ritual purifications, it was also very hygienic. The reason why the disciples did ...read more

  • Martyr Missionaries Of Brazil

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jul 7, 2018
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    Inacio and his companions continue their witness, but now to hundreds of scuba divers.

    Thursday of the 14th Week in Course 2018 Reformation/Revolution “No gold, nor silver, nor copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor a staff.” It sounds like a scene from the luggage carrel at an airport I flew into a couple of decades ago. But it’s the ...read more

  • The Wages Of Sin Are Death, But After Saturday Comes Sunday

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jul 3, 2018
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    But the fruits of vice are vicious. Sin appeals to our basest passions.

    Seventh Sunday After Pentecost 2018 Extraordinary Form Let’s take an imaginary journey in space and time. Let’s go back to the first day after the execution of Jesus of Nazareth. This was the first Holy Saturday, but it felt anything but holy to the disciples of the murdered Messiah. They ...read more

  • In Weakness Power May Reach Perfection

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jun 30, 2018
     | 1,320 views

    how can we reach out to the thousands of souls starving for faith, hungry for Christ?

    Fourteenth Sunday in Course 2018 Power Made Perfect “Where did He get all this?” We’ve all heard rags-to-riches stories of men and women who have started out with nothing and succeeded beyond all expectations. Abraham Lincoln born in a log cabin in LaRue County, KY, elected twice president, ...read more

  • Eucharistic Fix- Part 1 Series

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Jun 29, 2018
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    The Eucharist is a cause of holiness in us when worthily received because it helps prevent the relapse of sin by the strength of this soul food.

    19B Like a master chef, Jesus uses food imagery when he says that the Israelites who eat manna in the desert died. The bitter flavor of this statement is contrasted by Jesus’ sweet promise that those who eat the Eucharist will live forever. The sweetness of these words is echoed the Responsorial ...read more

  • Eucharistic Fix- Part 2

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Jun 29, 2018
     | 190 views

    In the study, one person related not having a fear of death, and another related that death and resurrection are a continual process following the psychic deaths she had while in her addiction.

    20B I want to continue with an article I read from a university in Santa Barbara about Catholic Mass and its healing implications for the addicted person. There is a kind of subculture of addiction that has its own rituals, an informal social network with patterns of perceiving, thinking, ...read more

  • Catholics Becoming Americans--Sharing The Gifts

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jun 29, 2018
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    We are Americans, and celebrate the wonderful gifts God has given to us as Americans. But we are first of all members of the Church that Jesus founded.

    July 4, 2018 “Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.” The words of the prophet Isaiah. Nobody would willingly leave home and allow himself to be ...read more

  • A Doctor You've Never Heard Of

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jun 29, 2018
     | 383 views

    The sixteenth century saw so much heretical scriptural writing that we usually write it off. But good Catholic scholarship was going on in that century, and John of Avila was one of the brightest lights.

    Thursday of the 13th Week in Course 2018 Reformation/Revolution The vocation to be a prophet is not for the faint-hearted. We see in this reading from the Book of Amos that the poor fellow was a migrant shepherd and tree-dresser, but he heard the voice of God and responded “yes.” And then God ...read more

  • Building On Solid Rock

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jun 26, 2018
     | 298 views

    Our spiritual life, our moral life must be built on the sold foundation of Christ’s law of love, and maintained and grown by frequent prayer, confession and communion.

    Thursday of the 12th Week in Course 2018 Reformation/Revolution Build on rock or build on sand? Who on earth would build on sand? The idea is you build on something that isn’t going to move around. Get on Sunset Road, just west of here, right past Hwy 281. It’s like driving on gelatin. This ...read more

  • Zechariah And God's Marvelous Humor

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jun 26, 2018
     | 104 views

    ask yourselves how you can help in our mission, learned from our patron: to restore all things in Christ.

    Nativity of St. John the Baptist 2018 Extraordinary Form Our God has a marvelous sense of humor, and St. Luke is a master when he sees and shares it with us. Let’s recall the whole story of Zechariah. He’s a priest. He and his wife, Elizabeth, are of the priestly tribe; Elizabeth is a ...read more

  • I Am The Bread Of Life

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Jun 24, 2018
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    The real content of hope is the immortality of the self in eternal life. Spiritual hunger is a hunger within that nothing physical will ever fill. It is a longing to be connected to our Creator.

    18B There is a folk saying about food that we’ve all heard, “You are what you eat,” by which what is usually meant is that your body takes on the characteristics of the food you consume. In ancient times, it was basically thought of in reverse, ‘You eat what you are.” We are immortal beings. The ...read more

  • Benefits Of Meditation

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Jun 24, 2018
     | 567 views

    There is a link between mediation and attentional functions and cognitive flexibility instead of giving an automatic response. Often we best represent the presence of Christ not just in moments of scheduled ministry.

    16B In the Catholic Church, an officiating priest or deacon says, "The Lord be with you" and the congregation responds by saying, "And with thy spirit." However, an older, recently outdated, response from the congregation used to be, “And also with you". So there was a Catholic priest who always ...read more