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Conversion Conversations

05/31/2016 - 1:03am

LOVING YOUR CHILD'S MURDERERS - One Bread, One Body, May 30, 2016

2 hours 20 min ago
2 Peter 1:2-7 | Psalm 91:1-2, 14-16 | Mark 12:1-12

"It was the Lord Who did it and we find it marvelous to behold." —Mark 12:11

The owner of a vineyard sent slave after slave "to the tenants to obtain from them his share of produce from the vineyard" (Mk 12:2). "Some they beat; some they killed. He still had one to send — the son whom he loved. He sent him to them as a ... More

Ten Commandments of Intercession

2 hours 25 min ago
Intercession may be the ultimate ministry in God's plan of salvation. Jesus forever lives to make intercession for us (Heb 7:25). He lived a simple life in Nazareth for thirty years and had a public ministry for three years. And now He has been interceding for us for almost two thousand years. That may tell us something of the inestimable importance of intercession.

"INTENSELY EUCHARISTIC" - One Bread, One Body, May 29, 2016

05/29/2016 - 1:08am
Body and Blood of Christ, (Corpus Christi)
Genesis 14:18-20 | 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 | Psalm 110:1-4 | Luke 9:11-17

"This is My body, which is for you." —1 Corinthians 11:24

Jesus continues to say to each of us: "This is My body" and "This is My blood." Jesus says: "My flesh is real food and My blood real drink" (Jn 6:55). When we receive Holy Communion, we receive the body and blood, soul and divinity of ... More

FALLEN-AWAY CATHOLICS? - One Bread, One Body, May 28, 2016

05/28/2016 - 1:08am
Jude 17:20-25 | Psalm 63:2-6 | Mark 11:27-33

"There is One Who can protect you from a fall." —Jude 24 Each of us is in danger of falling away from our "sincere and complete devotion to Christ" (2 Cor 11:3). Even whole

churches can fall away from their love for Christ (see Gal 1:6; Mt 24:12). The majority of Christians will apostatize before Jesus comes a final time (2 Thes 2:3). When Jesus returns, will He find any faith on the earth? (Lk 18:8) "For all these ... More

WHEN YOUR WORLD FALLS APART - One Bread, One Body, May 27, 2016

05/27/2016 - 1:08am
St. Augustine of Canterbury
1 Peter 4:7-13 | Psalm 96:10-13 | Mark 11:11-26

"The consummation of all is close at hand." —1 Peter 4:7

When your world is falling apart:

  • "above all, let your love for one another be constant" (1 Pt 4:8),
  • "put your trust in God" (Mk 11:22),
  • "do not be perturbed" (1 Pt 4:7),
  • "remain calm so that you will be able ... More

My People, Vol. 29, Issue 5

05/27/2016 - 1:05am
Communication And Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter
Virtue Enriches Humanity
Witness To Mercy
Is New Film True To Life?
Prison To Praise
What Kind Of Catholic Are You?
Light to the Nations
Edge To Edge
Pray The News

"IF ANYONE THIRSTS..." (Jn 7:37) - One Bread, One Body, May 26, 2016

05/26/2016 - 1:08am
St. Philip Neri
1 Peter 2:2-5, 9-12 | Psalm 100:2-5 | Mark 10:46-52

"Be as eager for milk as newborn babies." —1 Peter 2:2

Some of you may have missed out on Pentecost this year because, even after forty days of Lent and fifty days of Easter, you did not thirst that much for the Holy Spirit. Jesus continues to cry out: "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me; let him ... More

IS YOUR LOVE GENUINE? - One Bread, One Body, May 25, 2016

05/25/2016 - 1:08am
Venerable Bede, Pope St. Gregory VII, St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
1 Peter 1:18-25 | Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20 | Mark 10:32-45

"By obedience to the truth you have purified yourselves for a genuine love." —1 Peter 1:22

Is your love for your spouse, parents, or children genuine? Almost everyone would automatically answer "Yes." Do you believe that your family members and friends genuinely love you? Early in their lives, most people automatically answer ... More

THE BATTLE OF DESIRES - One Bread, One Body, May 24, 2016

05/24/2016 - 1:08am
1 Peter 1:10-16 | Psalm 98:1-4 | Mark 10:28-31

"Do not yield to the desires that once shaped you in your ignorance." —1 Peter 1:14

Satan is trying to make us his slaves by pressuring and manipulating us through our carnal desires. He wants us to live "at the level of the flesh" (Eph 2:3) and to die spiritually (Eph 2:1). Therefore, we must "lay aside" our "former way of ... More

Praying for a New Pentecost

05/24/2016 - 1:03am
This list of Biblical prayers for the coming of the Holy Spirit can renew and change your life. Come Holy Spirit, give us a new Pentecost!

LOSING EVERYTHING TO BE SAVED - One Bread, One Body, May 23, 2016

05/23/2016 - 1:08am
1 Peter 1:3-9 | Psalm 111:1-2, 5-6, 9-10 | Mark 10:17-27

"Then who can be saved?" —Mark 10:26

We should rejoice when we "suffer the distress of many trials" (1 Pt 1:6), if these trials will help us achieve "faith's goal, [our] salvation" (1 Pt 1:9). We should be quite willing to sell everything we have and give the proceeds to the poor ... More

Pentecost Novena

05/23/2016 - 1:03am
The Pentecost Novena is the first of all novenas, nine days of prayer. After Jesus' Ascension into heaven, He commanded His disciples to come together in the upper room to devote themselves to constant prayer (Acts 1:14). They prayed for nine days before receiving the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.

ETERNAL, UNIQUE, TRIUNE RELATIONSHIPS - One Bread, One Body, May 22, 2016

05/22/2016 - 1:08am
Trinity Sunday
Proverbs 8:22-31 | Romans 5:1-5 | Psalm 8:4-9 | John 16:12-15

"All that the Father has belongs to Me (Jesus). That is why I said that what He (the Holy Spirit) will announce to you He will have from Me." —John 16:15

God is one. He is uniquely one, for He is three Persons in one God. God is Trinity. He is Family and Community.

God is a community of eternal begetting and "begottenness." The Father has been begetting and is always begetting the Son. ... More

PRAY DAY, PRAY DAY - One Bread, One Body, May 21, 2016

05/21/2016 - 1:08am
St. Christopher Magallanes
James 5:13-20 | Psalm 141:1-3, 8 | Mark 10:13-16

"They in turn are to pray over him." —James 5:14

The Christians addressed by James were divided and lukewarm. They needed help desperately. After dealing with an array of problems, the author came to the conclusion that the best thing to do would be to pray. He reiterates: "If anyone among you ... More

SAVING MARRIAGE - One Bread, One Body, May 20, 2016

05/20/2016 - 1:08am
St. Bernardine of Siena
James 5:9-12 | Psalm 103:1-4, 8-9, 11-12 | Mark 10:1-12

"They are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore let no man separate what God has joined." —Mark 10:8-9

The name Jesus means: "Yahweh saves." We need Jesus to save us not only from sin and death but also from the impossible dilemmas of marriage. For example, human beings are social and sexual. Therefore, we want to be with others and are attracted ... More

HOW MUCH HELL? - One Bread, One Body, May 19, 2016

05/19/2016 - 1:08am
James 5:1-6 | Psalm 49:14-20 | Mark 9:41-50

"Like sheep they are herded into the nether world." —Psalm 49:15

Years ago, preachers and people in general talked about hell frequently. Today, although the word "hell" is repeatedly mentioned by those using profanity, hell is denied by many people, even Christians, or it is greatly de-emphasized. How much ... More

SINS OF OMISSION - One Bread, One Body, May 18, 2016

05/18/2016 - 1:08am
Pope St. John I
James 4:13-17 | Psalm 49:2-3, 6-11 | Mark 9:38-40

"When a man knows the right thing to do and does not do it, he sins." —James 4:17

Sins are not just what we commit but also what we omit. We will be judged not only for what we say (Mt 12:36) but also for what we don't say (see Ez 3:18; 33:6). We will be judged not only for lending our presence to things that do ... More

RANKLED WITH RANKINGS - One Bread, One Body, May 17, 2016

05/17/2016 - 1:08am
James 4:1-10 | Psalm 55:7-11, 23 | Mark 9:30-37

"If anyone wishes to rank first, he must remain the last one of all." —Mark 9:35

Rankings! Ratings! Polls! Surveys! Standings! Our culture thrives on these measures. We constantly argue about who is most important (Mk 9:34). We have political approval polls, opinion polls, talk shows, sports standings, Most Valuable Players, ... More

CORRECTING THE PROBLEM - One Bread, One Body, May 16, 2016

05/16/2016 - 1:08am
James 3:13-18 | Psalm 19:8-10, 15 | Mark 9:14-29

"I have faith! Help my lack of faith!" —Mark 9:24, our transl.

A father had a very serious problem. For years, his son had been possessed by a "mute and deaf spirit" (Mk 9:25), who threw the son into convulsions in which he ground his teeth, rolled on the ground, foamed at the mouth, and became rigid (Mk ... More