– ‘Prayer isn’t a cosmic vending machine’
– Crashed ice: Where hockey dream ends, faith begins
– How do your best days begin?
– What is prayer? Why should I pray?
I have seen many people — politicians, celebrities, even priests — especially in Uganda where I grew up, demanding honor and respect from others. Being honored and respected is good. But, if we overly demand it from others, it may not be good. The readings of this Sunday challenge us as Jesus’ followers to learn to be humble.
Sunday, Aug. 18
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10
– What is a parish? A diocese? Why do we have them?
– Rediscover: initiative transforms mom’s understanding of ‘local Church’
– Toothpicks to heaven
– New website encourages Catholics to share their inspiring faith stories
Jesus is many times presented as a nice person: kind, compassionate and a gentle shepherd.
However, we are reminded this week that Jesus is uncompromising and demanding. God did not send his only Son to entertain us: He came to proclaim and teach the truth, which often collides with our lives.
Sunday, Aug. 4
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23
Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11
– A sacrament that gives peace and strength
– Climbing towers? No problem. Going to confession? No way.
– How have you turned away?
– Extreme makeover, extreme grace
– Book club members support each other in returning to sacrament of reconciliation
Prestige, status, honor, glory, wealth: Are these the things that motivate us? The Scriptures for this coming weekend seek to purify our motivation. In the Gospel, Jesus warns against greed. His parable about the farmer encourages us to store up treasure in heaven rather than on earth.
Sunday, July 21
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
– Bonding prayerfully in the pews
– Eucharist gives strength for journey of Christian life
– We prepare for everything important
– Hymns for a new mother
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