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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

Pope Benedict XVI made the point that the essence of faith is that something meets us that is greater than anything we can think of for ourselves.   That is literally what happens to the disciples as they see Jesus walking on the water.  Jesus summons them to faith, a ... Read More »

The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Posted by Mindy Emick

This weekend (August 6) the Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. This is such an important event in the life of Christ, that every year on the 2nd Sunday of Lent, we also encounter this event. “Christ’s Tabor radiance is a kind of mirror in ... Read More »

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

Christ’s parables today make this conjoined point: God in his providence will use even the apparent evil that attends us in life to some perfecting purpose; out of our littleness, our emptiness, our nothingness God’s greatness will flower in an astonishing way. The parables verify that our God is ... Read More »

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

JULY 9, 2017 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest." Is there anyone to whom this doesn't apply? Don't we all have to labor at something, whether it be work, school, relationships, household affairs, or ... Read More »

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 »