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  • Saint Joseph And The Joy Of The Gospel Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Mar 14, 2015

    We can learn much from Saint Joseph about the ways to fight acedia and to recover the joy of evangelization.

    Feast of St. Joseph 2015 Joy of the Gospel It is humbling to lead this prayer service on a solemnity, especially that of St. Joseph. He is the patron of fathers, of workers, of carpenters, of social justice, and of the universal Church. He has titles such as St. Joseph the Worker and St. ...read more

  • No One Is Excluded From The Joy Of The Lord. Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Aug 16, 2014

    The joy of the Gospel and the impediments to enjoying the Gospel.

    St. Pius X 2014 Evangelii Gaudium “The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew.” Last November, Pope ...read more

  • Vanity Or Discipleship Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 20, 2014

    Herod Antipas was the embodiment of Quoheleth's maxim: nothing is new under the sun. But he had a chance to ask for living waters.

    Thursday of the 25th Week in Course 2014 Evangelium Gaudii St. Luke had an informant who had been in the court of Herod Antipas, the old rake and serial killer who had a morbid interest in ghosts, and a flirtation with Judaism and St. John, the cousin of Jesus. Luke records that he liked to ...read more

  • A Christmas Carol

    Contributed by Davon Huss on Dec 22, 2014

    What hope is held out in the gospel? Colossians 1:23 (Title and material adapted from Ben Patterson's book, He Has Made Me Glad, chapter on a Christmas Carol)

    HoHum: “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10, NIV. WBTU: Our problem is sin, not sins but sin. Individual sins are the symptoms of sin. Just a fever, headache and exhaustion are ...read more

  • Catch Fire With The Gospel Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Oct 18, 2014

    We can do our part to set our parish on fire with devotion to the joy of the Gospel

    Thursday of 29th Week in Course Joy of the Gospel St. Paul had during his Christian life on earth at least one experience that he characterized as being lifted up to the heavens. He needed that consolation because of the hard work of evangelization he was called to perform. He saw the ...read more

  • Deficiencies That Need Healing By The Gospel Of Joy Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Feb 21, 2015

    Both Christian and secular cultures will benefit by understanding the Joy of the Gospel, but the Church must approach different cultures with respect.

    Thursday of the First Week in Lent Joy of the Gospel Today we hear from Jesus a restatement of the Golden Rule: “whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.” And this is Torah, this is the prophetic message. We want people to ...read more

  • The Unruly Freedom Of The Word Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Oct 11, 2014

    God's plan is truly a surprise, but it is always directed toward our salvation and the spread of the Gospel.

    Thursday of the 28th Week in Course 2014 Joy of the Gospel The Holy Father’s letter on the Joy of the Gospel tells us: “God’s word is unpredictable in its power. The Gospel speaks of a seed which, once sown, grows by itself, even as the farmer sleeps (Mk 4:26-29). The Church ...read more

  • The Missionary Mandate Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Oct 4, 2014

    The Holy Father teaches us about reforming our approach to the missionary mandate, so that we may appeal to a new generation in their own language.

    Thursday of 27th Week in Course 2014 The Joy of the Gospel St. Paul may have been at his hottest when he wrote the letter to the church in Galatia. Let’s position this church. Galatia was an area of Asia Minor, roughly in the upper center of Turkey today, where some illegal alien Gauls ...read more

  • Making The Gospel's Beauty More Clearly Recognized Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Nov 22, 2014

    Thanksgiving is a good time to reflect on how the Church can simplify its approach so that the Gospel rings true to the modern ear.

    Thanksgiving Day 2014 The Joy of the Gospel The reading from Jesus ben Sira, or Sirach, sums up what we should be doing today, and every day, “bless the God of all, who in every way does great things; who exalts our days from birth, and deals with us according to his mercy.” These ...read more

  • Discerning A Turning Point In History Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Dec 13, 2014

    Christians must discern whether changes in the culture are actually movements of the Spirit, or not.

    Thursday of the 3rd Week in Advent 2014 Joy of the Gospel Yesterday we began the second phase of our Advent preparation. We ceased calling on Christ to return in glory, and we began our proximate preparation for the commemoration of the humble birth of the righteous branch who grew up to reign ...read more

  • Harden Not Your Hearts Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jan 10, 2015

    Not to share one's wealth with the poor is stealing from them.

    Thursday in the First Week in Course 2015 Joy of the Gospel The two NT readings we have heard today are linked by a single notion expressed in the words “moved with pity.” Jesus looked on this poor leper and, in the Greek, became splagchnistheis. This is something we have all ...read more

  • Cycle Of Sin! Series

    Contributed by Izak Shipman on Oct 25, 2003
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    Let’s see how Saul (Paul) gives us a graphic example of the cycle os sin. Verse by verse study of Acts 8:1-8.

    &:58……And the witnesses laid down their clothes ate the feet of a young man named Saul.. Prayer…. Verse 1 Now Saul was A)consenting to his death. At that time a great B)persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and ...read more

  • How Can We Fail To Share That Love Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 6, 2014

    Being a Christian is the result of an encounter with Jesus Christ, giving life a new horizon and decisive direction.

    Thursday of 23rd Week in Course and Commemoration of 9/11 Today we remember the events of September 11, 2001. That day, called nine-eleven, the whole world changed. In the Muslim world, it was an anniversary of the battle that raised the siege of Vienna, a huge defeat for the Muslim Turks, ...read more

  • Useless Or Useful? Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Nov 8, 2014

    Mercy is the greatest of the virtues in the external manifestation.

    Thursday of the 32nd Week in Course Joy of the Gospel St. Paul had a dilemma. One of his converts in Asia, Philemon, lived in Colossae. Philemon’s slave, Onesimus, had escaped and probably stolen property in the process. Escaped slaves were dealt with according to their owner’s ...read more

  • The Missionary Aspiration: Reaching Everyone

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Oct 25, 2014

    The Church must aspire to a necessary conversion so that our method and message is appealing to those who are in a sinful lifestyle, to return to Christ, convert themselves and be healed and reconciled.

    Thursday of the 30th Week in Course Joy of the Gospel My wife was privileged to be the confirmation sponsor for a young lady this year, and her instruction to the girl was centered around this concluding passage from the letter of St. Paul to the church at Ephesus: “take the whole armor ...read more