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Spiritual Gardening: Homily for Sunday, July 23, 2017

Readings for Today

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One of the first jobs I ruled out was to become a farmer.  It was too hard.  There was so much hard work that needed to be done.  Likewise, one of the first hobbies I ruled out was that of gardening.  While my recollection might be a bit skewed, I felt like I was dragged out by my father to weed the garden constantly.

And yet, the image in today’s gospel is a good one.  Do we engage in spiritual gardening, spiritual weeding? It is not difficult to see the areas of our lives where we need to remove the weeds that keep us from encountering a deep relationship with God.  And whether it is through the sacraments, the bible, silent time with God, adoration, or some other way, we are called to be sure that we make the soil of our soul fertile.  All God needs is our openness to him.  God will take care of the rest.

The Power of Praise: Homily for Wednesday, July 19, 2017

To listen to the entire homily, click here. Readings for Today God is awesome.  But do you ever take the time to praise him?  It can be easy to go to God when we are in need.  When someone we love is sick, or someone we care about needs a job.  But do we really […]

Revenge: Homily for Saturday, July 15, 2017

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Readings for Today

It can be difficult to avoid revenge. When someone harms us we want to get back.  If someone hurts us, we want to hurt them.  Being a Christian means rising above this.  Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek.  Jesus tells us to pray for persecutors.  Jesus tells us to love enemies.

But this is not possible completely on our own.  It is only possible with God’s grace.  God gives us the means to do this.  Joseph could have taken revenge on his brothers.  But God’s grace enabled him to see a greater plan of God.  Since we can in no way be greater than Jesus, let us hear his words.

Daily prayer for Monday, July 3, 2017

O St. Thomas, the Apostle of India, Father of our faith, you spread the light of Christ in the hearts of the people of India. You humbly confessed “My Lord and My God” and sacrificed your life for love of him. We pray to you to strengthen us with love and faith in Jesus Christ so that we may dedicate ourselves totally to the cause of the kingdom of justice, peace and love. We pray that through your intercession we may be protected from all trials, dangers and temptations and be strengthened in the love of the Triune God, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Daily Prayer for Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Act of Faith

O my God, I firmly believe that you are on God in three divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  I believe that your divine Son became man and died for our sins, and that he shall come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe these and all the truths the holy Catholic Church teaches, because you have revealed them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived.

It begins with love: Homily for Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 23, 2017

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Readings for Today

Do you feel unlovable?  Do you ever wonder if God loves you only because of what you can do?  Do you ever think that maybe if you worked harder, had more accomplishments, became more important, if you did these things you would really earn God’s love? It is interesting how easy it is to fall into the trap of this way of thinking.

Truth is, that we can do nothing to earn God’s love.  We are not loved because we are important, or rich, or famous.  Moses reminds the people of Israel of this in the first reading.  It was not because you are the largest of all nations that the LORD set his heart on you and chose you, for you are really the smallest of all nations. It was because the LORD loved you. God loves us because God loves us.  As we celebrate the Sacred Heart of Jesus today, think about how much God loves you.

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