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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

This weekend, we finally get to participate in a Sunday in Ordinary time where we focus on the life and ministry of Jesus. The last weekend that was Ordinary time was back in late February.  This weekend, the prophet Jeremiah sensed the “terror on every side,” former friends intent ... Read More »

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Posted by Mindy Emick

Pope Benedict XVI offers the following reflection on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi: “What is the precise significance of today’s Solemnity, of the Body and Blood of Christ?  The answer is given to us in the fundamental actions of this celebration we are carrying out: first of all we ... Read More »

Pentecost Sunday

Posted by Mindy Emick

The Magnificat offers the following brief reflection on Pentecost: “By the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, Christ’s Paschal Mystery was brought to its completion. The Holy Spirit prepares us with his grace in order to draw us to Christ. He manifests the Risen Lord ... Read More »

7th Sunday of Easter

Posted by Mindy Emick

This weekend or last Thursday the Church celebrates the Ascension of our Lord into Glory. Unlike Mary, whom God assumed body and soul into heaven, Jesus took himself into heaven, hence the Ascension.  “The meaning of Christ’s Ascension,” wrote Pope Benedict XVI, “expresses our belief that in Christ the ... Read More »

6th Sunday of Easter

Posted by Mindy Emick

This weekend, Jesus tells his disciples: "If you love me, you will keep my commandments."  Pope Francis reflects: What is the image we have of God?  Perhaps he appears to us as a severe judge, as someone who curtails our freedom and the way we live our lives.  But ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Easter

Posted by Mindy Emick

This weekend is the 5th Sunday of the Easter Season. We focus on Christ as being "The Way, the Truth, the Life".  St. Catherine of Siena offers a beautiful reflection on this reading:

 "God said, “Look at those who are walking by way of the bridge of Christ crucified.” ... Read More »

Good Shepherd Sunday and World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Posted by Mindy Emick

 World Day of Prayer for Vocations is observed on Sunday, May 7th, which is also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.”   This year, 2017, marks the 54th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.  The purpose of this special day is to publically fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Easter

Posted by Mindy Emick

This weekend the Church celebrates Good Shepherd Sunday. St. John Paul II offers an excellent reflection on this celebration. “What does it mean to be the Good Shepherd?  Jesus explains it to us with convincing clearness. 

The shepherd knows his sheep and the sheep know him. How wonderful and ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Easter

Posted by Mindy Emick

Pope Francis, during his pontificate, spoke about the Graces of Emmaus.   “The Gospel from this Sunday…is that of the disciples of Emmaus.  They were two of Jesus’ disciples who, after his death and the Sabbath was past, leave Jerusalem and return, sad and dejected, to their village, which was ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Easter - Sunday of Divine Mercy

Posted by Mindy Emick

On this Divine Mercy Sunday we recall the words of St. Thomas Aquinas: “Mercy consists in bringing a thing out of non-being into being.” We see this transpire concretely in the life of the early Church. The believers “devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the ... Read More »