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Mother Mary

10/24/2017 - 1:03am

WHAT'S YOUR CREDIT SCORE? - One Bread, One Body, Oct 23, 2017

2 hours 31 min ago
St. John of Capistrano
Romans 4:20-25 | Luke 1:69-75 | Luke 12:13-21

"The words, 'It was credited to him,' were not written with [Abraham] alone in view; they were intended for us too. For our faith will be credited to us also if we believe in Him Who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead." —Romans 4:23-24

The patriarch Abraham believed God in a very difficult matter. "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him" as righteousness (Rm 4:3, 22; see also Gn 15:6).

Many are focused on improving their credit score. Without a good credit ... More

The Pro-Life Scriptural Rosary

2 hours 36 min ago
When we pray the rosary and the Scriptures, we are taking steps that will be successful in protecting human life and stopping abortion. Pray this scriptural rosary so that life will be cherished.

LIVING THE HARD LIFE - One Bread, One Body, Oct 22, 2017

10/22/2017 - 1:08am
29th Sunday Ordinary Time
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 | 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 | Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 7-10 | Matthew 22:15-21

"Grace and peace be yours." —1 Thessalonians 1:1

First Thessalonians is probably the earliest book of the New Testament. Therefore, it has special significance. To better understand these words of St. Paul, we must understand his life. Paul described his life in the following way: "...with my ... More

HEIRS APPARENT - One Bread, One Body, Oct 21, 2017

10/21/2017 - 1:08am
Romans 4:13, 16-18 | Psalm 105:6-9, 42-43 | Luke 12:8-12

"The promise made to Abraham and his descendants that they would inherit the world did not depend on the law; it was made in view of the justice that comes from faith." —Romans 4:13

The Lord promised Abraham that he would inherit the world. In Jesus, we are greater than Abraham (Mt 11:11). In Jesus, we inherit the world, and we have "the nations for an inheritance and the ends of the earth" for our possession (Ps ... More

KNOW JESUS — NO FEAR - One Bread, One Body, Oct 20, 2017

10/20/2017 - 1:08am
St. Paul of the Cross
Romans 4:1-8 | Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11 | Luke 12:1-7

"I say to you who are My friends: Do not be afraid." —Luke 12:4

"You did not receive a spirit of slavery leading you back into fear, but a spirit of adoption" (Rm 8:15). Satan, however, tries to make us lifelong slaves through the fear of death (Heb 2:15). In this battle against fear, we can claim Jesus' ... More

JUST NOW - One Bread, One Body, Oct 19, 2017

10/19/2017 - 1:08am
St. Isaac Jogues,, St. John de Brébeuf, and, the North American Martyrs
Romans 3:21-30 | Psalm 130:1-6 | Luke 11:47-54

"He did so to manifest His own justice." —Romans 3:25

"Just yesterday, I was just just, just as he was." The preceding sentence contains grammatically correct English. It shows the many usages of the word "just." The sentence can be more clearly stated: "As recently as yesterday, I was merely fair, ... More

"THE QUALITY OF MERCY" - One Bread, One Body, Oct 18, 2017

10/18/2017 - 1:08am
St. Luke
2 Timothy 4:10-17 | Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18 | Luke 10:1-9

"I have no one with me but Luke." —2 Timothy 4:11

When Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy, Luke was the only one with him. Although Paul was on trial, everyone had abandoned him (2 Tm 4:16).

Luke seems to have had a heart of mercy for the lonely and abandoned. Only in Luke's Gospel ... More

ASHAMED OF MERCY? - One Bread, One Body, Oct 17, 2017

10/17/2017 - 1:08am
St. Ignatius of Antioch
Romans 1:16-25 | Psalm 19:2-5 | Luke 11:37-41

"I am not ashamed of the gospel." —Romans 1:16

I wonder if deep down we don't proclaim the Good News more fervently because we are embarrassed that the guilty receive unmerited mercy. The rapist, terrorist, abortionist, murderer, and other wrongdoers confess their sins (Ps 32:5), repent and ... More

CALLED AND LOVED BY NAME - One Bread, One Body, Oct 16, 2017

10/16/2017 - 1:08am
St. Hedwig, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Romans 1:1-7 | Psalm 98:1-4 | Luke 11:29-32

"Greetings from Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called..." —Romans 1:1

Paul was very conscious of being "called to be an apostle" (Rm 1:1). He was also quite aware that he was writing to those "called to belong to Jesus Christ" (Rm 1:6) and "called to holiness, grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus ... More

"COME TO THE FEAST" (Mt 22:4) - One Bread, One Body, Oct 15, 2017

10/15/2017 - 1:08am
28th Sunday Ordinary Time
Isaiah 25:6-10 | Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 | Psalm 23:1-6 | Matthew 22:1-14

"He will destroy death forever." —Isaiah 25:8

Fifteen years ago this week, I received a phone call informing me that Father Al Lauer, founder and long-time author of One Bread, One Body, died. Father Al had been suffering from cancer of the liver. That same morning, Mass was ... More

BLEST BEST - One Bread, One Body, Oct 14, 2017

10/14/2017 - 1:08am
Pope St. Callistus I
Joel 4:12-21 | Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12 | Luke 11:27-28

"Blest are they who hear the word of God and keep it." —Luke 11:28

A woman exclaimed that Mary was blessed by being the mother of Jesus (Lk 11:27). Jesus replied that those "who hear the Word of God and keep it" are more greatly blessed.

Many of us have been blessed with good health, great wealth, many ... More

RADICAL AND FANATICAL - One Bread, One Body, Oct 13, 2017

10/13/2017 - 1:08am
Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2 | Psalm 9:2-3, 6, 16, 8-9 | Luke 11:15-26

"Blow the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm on My holy mountain!" —Joel 2:1

Imagine walking into church only to find your pastor prostrate before the altar, weeping and wailing in repentance for his sins and those of God's people (Jl 1:13). "The wages of sin is death" (Rm 6:23). God is beginning to pay us our wages. In ... More

KNOCK, KNOCK - One Bread, One Body, Oct 12, 2017

10/12/2017 - 1:08am
Malachi 3:13-20 | Psalm 1:1-4, 6 | Luke 11:5-13

"Knock and it shall be opened to you." —Luke 11:9

We are accustomed to thinking we are the ones knocking and God is the One Who is not answering. In reality, God is the One knocking at the door of our heart (see Rv 3:20). We are like the man inside the house in today's Gospel passage (Lk 11:7); ... More

THE DEATH WISH - One Bread, One Body, Oct 11, 2017

10/11/2017 - 1:08am
Jonah 4:1-11 | Psalm 86:3-6, 9-10 | Luke 11:1-4

"I would be better off dead than alive." —Jonah 4:8

Jonah prayed: "And now, Lord, please take my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live" (Jon 4:3). Jonah wanted to die because a worm killed his shade tree and left him uncomfortably hot (Jon 4:6-8). In effect, Jonah said: "Give ... More

BETTER, NOT BITTER - One Bread, One Body, Oct 10, 2017

10/10/2017 - 1:08am
Jonah 3:1-10 | Psalm 130:1-4, 7-8 | Luke 10:38-42

"Mary has chosen the better portion and she shall not be deprived of it." —Luke 10:42

Jesus declared: "If you live according to My teaching, you are truly My disciples; then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (Jn 8:31-32). Mary did so in today's Gospel reading. She sat beside the Lord's feet and received ... More

The Book on Forgiveness

10/10/2017 - 1:03am
When I was first ordained a priest, I believed that over 50 percent of all problems were due to unforgiveness. After ten years in ministry, I revised my estimate and maintained 75 to 80 percent of all health, marital, family, and financial problems came from unforgiveness. Now, after more than twenty years in ministry, I have concluded that over 90 percent of all problems are rooted in unforgiveness.

LIVING A HELL OF A LIFE? - One Bread, One Body, Oct 9, 2017

10/09/2017 - 1:08am
St. Denis, St. John Leonardi
Jonah 1:1—2:1, 11 | Jonah 2:3-5, 8 | Luke 10:25-37

Jonah "paid the fare, and went aboard to journey with them to Tarshish, away from the Lord." —Jonah 1:3

Jonah refused to go to the Ninevites and tell them to repent (Jon 1:2ff). When he refused to do God's will, he could not stay where he was; instead, he felt compelled to flee (Jon 1:3). In his flight, Jonah caused a "furious tempest" (Jon 1:4). ... More

Hearing God

10/09/2017 - 1:03am
We either hear God, or our lives are guessing games. If we can't hear the Lord, how can He be Lord of our lives? And if He's not Lord in the practical details of our everyday lives, then our lives are not on the rock foundation of Jesus but on the sinking sands of self (see Mt 7:24-27). We must be able to hear Jesus.

BORN TO BE WILD? - One Bread, One Body, Oct 8, 2017

10/08/2017 - 1:08am
27th Sunday Ordinary Time
Isaiah 5:1-7 | Philippians 4:6-9 | Psalm 80:9, 12-16, 19-20 | Matthew 21:33-43

"Why...did it bring forth wild grapes?" —Isaiah 5:4

God took perfect care of His vineyard, the house of Israel (Is 5:1ff). With a perfect Gardener and perfect care, you would expect the vineyard to produce domesticated, fruitful grapes. No one would logically expect wild grapes to be produced. ... More