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To walk the walk

To walk the walk

| Deacon Alvaro Perez Silva | September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

God sets a path for us, and we are free to follow it or not. God gave us free will because we need it to be able to truly love his will and follow it in a genuine way — not because we are obliged to follow it.

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Display the cross, the true symbol of God’s saving grace

Display the cross, the true symbol of God’s saving grace

| Jean Denton | September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Scriptures for Sept. 13 and 14 call us to the “Exaltation of the Holy Cross.” The message is that the son of God paid with his death the price to free humankind from its sinfulness. One look at the cross says it all.

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From rock to Satan, the Christian mind must be transformed

From rock to Satan, the Christian mind must be transformed

| Deacon James Stiles | August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Peter believed that Jesus was the Messiah, but he did not understand how the Messiah could undergo such a fate. Like all of us, what Peter needed was a transformation of his mind.

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Faith matures through adversity: How we can stand the test

Faith matures through adversity: How we can stand the test

| Deacon John Powers | August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

For the 20th Sunday in ordinary time, the Church gives us three readings about the Gentiles. Our first two readings give us a positive image of the relationship between God and the Gentiles, and I especially like the first reading, Isaiah’s prophecy about “the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord.” But I find the Gospel challenging because I am a Gentile, and so Christ’s interaction with the Canaanite (Gentile) woman is personally disturbing because he seems unwilling to minister to her and, by analogy, to us.

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The compassionate Jesus in the holy Eucharist

The compassionate Jesus in the holy Eucharist

| Deacon Bruno Nwachukwu | July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Every week, my Communion visits have been filled with amazing experiences. The people I visit are always ready to receive Christ with a smile or with tears of joy. These experiences draw our attention to this Sunday’s readings.

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Growing God’s kingdom: What we can learn about patience from parables

Growing God’s kingdom: What we can learn about patience from parables

| Deacon Thomas McKenzie | July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The three parables we hear in this Sunday’s Gospel point to the kingdom of heaven growing here on earth. However, there is tension because the world is not ready to accept the kingdom growing in its midst.

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We all need spiritual rest in our daily lives

We all need spiritual rest in our daily lives

| Deacon Peter Hughes | July 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

In order to stay rooted in the important things, and to stay firmly planted in a life of grace, it is necessary to take moments of restful prayer throughout our day.

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Christ’s presence is at the center of Church’s worship

Christ’s presence is at the center of Church’s worship

| Deacon Byron Hagan | June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

In casting himself as the second, greater Moses, Jesus is saying that his own flesh is that eternal, life-giving bread promised to Israel in the desert.

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Don’t let the flame burn out just because Easter is over

Don’t let the flame burn out just because Easter is over

| Deacon Jake Anderson | June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

It can certainly seem like the event of the Resurrection is the “end of a season.” But Jesus explicitly says: “It is better for you that I am going away” (John 16:7). What does he mean? He means Pentecost! The Holy Spirit is coming!

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Seeing Jesus through the eyes of faith

Seeing Jesus through the eyes of faith

| Deacon Timothy Gapinski | May 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Faith enables us to “see” what otherwise could not be seen. Jesus is no longer physically present on Earth, but he promises to always be spiritually present to us. Though we cannot see his spiritual presence with the eyes of the body, we see him with the eyes of faith.

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Live the life of love our Mother Church gives us

Live the life of love our Mother Church gives us

| Deacon Mitchell Bechtold | May 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

This coming Sunday we celebrate the great joy of motherhood and honor those who bear this title. Our own birth mothers may be easy enough to identify and honor, but what of our spiritual mother, which is the Church?

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Jesus offers us his love and mercy, even when we’re doubtful and fearful

Jesus offers us his love and mercy, even when we’re doubtful and fearful

| Deacon Bruce Anderson | April 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

This Second Sunday of Easter ought to be a time of great happiness as we celebrate the day Jesus Christ overcame sin and death and invited us to share in that victory.

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