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  • Turning Hearts

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jun 16, 2018
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    What we need in this world is reconciliation of God and man, and of man to man.

    Thursday of the 11th Week in Course 2018 Reformation/Revolution Look closely at the words of the Lord’s Prayer and you will see, as the Church Fathers taught, the whole of the Gospel summarized in these petitions. Think of all the problems we face in our world today, and all that we have faced ...read more

  • "An Intelligent Notion Of Charity"

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jun 9, 2018
     | 189 views

    I think Thomas of Villanova is a saint for our times. He possessed what some have called "an intelligent notion of charity," getting at the problem of poverty at its root.

    Thursday of 10th Week in Course 2018 Reformation/Revolution The stories preserved in the first book of Kings about the prophet Elijah are some of the most gripping tales in all literature. The Church has been reading these narratives most of this month, and they are most appropriate, because ...read more

  • Christ, In Thy Mercy, Save Thou Me!

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jun 2, 2018
     | 144 views

    He will faithfully forgive us when we ask. But if when Nero demands we drop the incense in prayer to the emperor, if we deny Christ is Lord, then He must deny us.

    Thursday of 9th Week in Course 2018 Reformation/Revolution St. Paul wrote the second letter to bishop Timothy during his final imprisonment. Here he calls himself a “criminal,” probably because the cruel emperor Nero had made profession of faith in Christ a capital crime. It is likely that Paul ...read more

  • Mary As Ark Of The Covenant

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on May 26, 2018
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    "the original Protestant reformers maintained the traditional love and respect shown by and in the Church for the Blessed Virgin Mary."

    Visitation of the Blessed Virgin 2018 Reformation/Revolution John the Baptist was a prophet, and at the presence of Mary and the newly-conceived Jesus, his cousin, he did a little dance in his mother’s womb. Scripture scholars tell us that the OT scene evoked in the minds of first-century ...read more

  • Rich And Heartless, Or Rich And Generous?

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on May 19, 2018
     | 279 views

    Fail to correct your evil addictions, and lose eternally.

    Thursday of Pentecost Week 2018 Reformation/Revolution The epistle of St. James reads much like the preaching of an OT prophet like Isaiah or Jeremiah. Today James is directing his admonitions to those who are rich and heartless. One can with the grace of God be rich and humane, rich and ...read more

  • Surprise--The Spirit Of Christ Fills The World

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on May 15, 2018
     | 620 views

    They looked at each other and realized that they were indeed being transformed into images of Christ. Christ had returned in a way that could transform the world, because Christ had manifested Himself in their own hearts and minds and tongues.

    Pentecost 2018 Extraordinary Form “Suddenly, suddenly there came a sound from heaven. It was like a mighty wind coming where they were sitting. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, speaking of the magnificent works of God.” These the words from the Acts of the Apostles, to be sung ...read more

  • The Glory We Share With The Father And Son

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on May 12, 2018
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    St. Gregory of Nyssa, and other Fathers of the Church, teach that the glory of the Father and the Son is the Holy Spirit, who is love. The glory we are given is the Holy Spirit who enables us to image Christ in our world.

    Thursday of the 7th Week of Easter 2018 St. Paschal Baylon The prayer of Jesus we just heard from St. John is part of the High Priestly Prayer Our Lord offered at the Last Supper. If you look carefully at it, you might call it the first Eucharistic Prayer, and here you find Christ offering His ...read more

  • Love, Family, Motherhood

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on May 6, 2018
     | 1,208 views

    What the world needs now is what it has always needed to preserve, nurture and grow the human family, the family of God.

    Ascension Day/Mothers’ Day 2018 One of the signature songs of the so-called “decade of love,” the nineteen-sixties, was Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now.” The answer, according to lyricist Hal David, is “love, sweet love.” The song even dared to tell the Lord that is what the world ...read more

  • No Compromise With Evil

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on May 5, 2018
     | 204 views

    Our faith must be strong enough to stand firm and not look for “middle” positions.

    Thursday of 6th Week in Easter 2018 Reformation/Revolution Our New Testament readings today show two approaches to proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. In Acts, we are seeing Paul at the beginning of his second missionary journey, probably about the year 50 AD. He has just been to what we know as ...read more

  • Do People See The Face Of Christ In Us?

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Apr 28, 2018
     | 454 views

    What do you do when you are being ground between the wheels of governments mired in error?

    Ss Philip and James 2018 Reformation/Revolution There’s a beautiful icon from the early part of the last millennium that shows a visualization of the Trinity. The Father is pictured looking to His left, and the Son is pictured looking to His right, and the Holy Spirit is right between. The ...read more

  • Sheep, Wolves, Sheepdogs

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Apr 15, 2018
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     | 1,573 views

    We are not called to apply the superficial wisdom of American culture to reshape our Catholic identity. We are called to alert Americans to the wisdom of Catholic culture that is given to us by Our Lord.

    Fourth Sunday of Easter 2018 The Good Shepherd In a popular movie from a few years back, the main character, a gung-ho SEAL from Odessa, tells his listeners that there are three kinds of people: wolves, sheep, and sheepdogs. The wolves prey on the sheep, the sheep cower in fear, and the ...read more

  • Gestation And Return

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Apr 15, 2018
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     | 696 views

    Jesus is present in our liturgical celebrations, in the Eucharistic species, in our reading of the Scriptures, in our prayer for each other.

    Third Sunday After Easter 2018 Extraordinary Form I have never had, nor will I ever have, the challenge and privilege of giving birth to a child. I have, however, helped my wife during labor three times, and been close by at many births of grandchildren, so I can confirm as well as any man what ...read more

  • What Is The Bread Of Life?

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Apr 14, 2018
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     | 785 views

    The passage we read from the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel has from earliest times been used to explain the orthodox teaching on the Eucharist.

    We all know what a eunuch is, and such men were common in the various courts of Biblical times. What was valuable about them to the kings of the Middle East is that they could be trusted–if they were trustworthy at all–even with the kings’ wives and children. There would be no question of bad blood ...read more

  • Wrath And Persecution

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Apr 7, 2018
     | 519 views

    Belief in Jesus Christ must be accompanied by obedience to His word.

    Thursday of Second Week in Easter 2018 Reformation/Revolution When will humans learn that murdering one’s enemies is not only morally sinful, it’s a really, really bad idea just on a secular level. For the first three hundred years of the Church’s existence, the enemies of the Church, from the ...read more

  • We Know Jesus In The Breaking Of The Bread

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Mar 31, 2018
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     | 1,786 views

    The Church teaches that the Lord’s Day is hallowed by the celebration of Eucharist, and reception of Holy Communion.

    Thursday of Easter Week 2018 Was it the way in which Jesus broke the bread and gave the cup? Was it more likely that when He did so, He said, “this is my body; this is my blood”? Whatever it was that made them recognize Jesus in the breaking of bread, the Church has not at any time failed to do ...read more