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LOSING YOUR SOCIAL SECURITIES - One Bread, One Body, May 28, 2015

14 hours 40 min ago
Sirach 42:15-25 | Psalm 33:2-9 | Mark 10:46-52

"You have nothing to fear from Him! Get up! He is calling you!" —Mark 10:49

Because of our sins, we are in some way spiritually blind. By grace, we may begin "to call out, 'Jesus, Son of David, have pity on' " us! (Mk 10:47) Then many things inside pressure us to be quiet (see Mk 10:48). What if Jesus did have mercy on ... More

CROSS-WORDS - One Bread, One Body, May 27, 2015

05/27/2015 - 1:08am
St. Augustine of Canterbury
Sirach 36:1, 4-5, 10-17 | Psalm 79:8-9, 11, 13 | Mark 10:32-45

"Can you drink the cup I shall drink or be baptized in the same bath of pain as I?" —Mark 10:38

The first time Jesus brought up the subject of the cross, He was reprimanded by Peter (Mk 8:32). In response, Jesus rebuked Peter: "Get out of My sight, you satan! You are not judging by God's standards but by man's!" (Mk 8:33)

After Jesus' ... More

THE SACRIFICE - One Bread, One Body, May 26, 2015

05/26/2015 - 1:08am
St. Philip Neri
Sirach 35:1-12 | Psalm 50:5-8, 14, 23 | Mark 10:28-31

"The just man's sacrifice is most pleasing, nor will it ever be forgotten." —Sirach 35:6

All cultures throughout history have instinctively understood that they needed to make offerings and sacrifices to God. The people of these cultures accordingly offered crops, animals, and even people.

The Lord revealed to the Jewish people ... More

Seek the Gifts of the Spirit

05/26/2015 - 1:03am
To seek the gifts of the Spirit we must know what they are. Although the Spirit has poured out thousands of gifts, there are at least thirty which the Bible describes. The Lord commands us to seek these thirty gifts by prayer, Bible study, and use in ministry.

HOPE-LOSS? - One Bread, One Body, May 25, 2015

05/25/2015 - 1:08am
St. Bede the Venerable, Pope St. Gregory VII, St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
Sirach 17:19-24 | Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7 | Mark 10:17-27

"He encourages those who are losing hope." —Sirach 17:19

Hope in the Lord leads directly to strength. Those who hope in the Lord will never fail in strength (1 Mc 2:61) and actually renew their strength (Is 40:31). This is because "hope remains" after all else passes away (see 1 Cor 13:13). A people ... More

Speaking in Tongues

05/25/2015 - 1:03am
God has given us the gift to speak in a language we do not know by human means. This is a gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12:10) and therefore of great help to us. Paul said: "Thank God, I speak in tongues more than any of you" (1 Cor 14:18). Through the gift of tongues, the Lord builds us up (1 Cor 14:4), enables us to utter "mysteries in the Spirit" (1 Cor 14:2), and empowers us to thank and praise Him (1 Cor 14:16-17).

SUBMARINE - One Bread, One Body, May 24, 2015

05/24/2015 - 1:08am
Acts 2:1-11 | 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 or Galatians 5:16-25 | Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34 | John 20:19-23 | or John 15:26-27; 16:12-15

"It was in one Spirit that all of us, whether Jew or Greek, slave or free, were baptized." —1 Corinthians 12:13

On Pentecost, after praying for nine days (see Acts 1:14), we "receive the Holy Spirit" (Jn 20:22). In fact, we are "filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:4). Better than that, we are baptized in the Spirit (Acts 1:5), that is, we are immersed in ... More

STAYING POWER - One Bread, One Body, May 23, 2015

05/23/2015 - 1:08am
Pentecost Novena - Day 9
Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 | Psalm 11:4-5, 7 | John 21:20-25

"Follow Me." —John 21:22

The Holy Spirit comes to confirm us — to make us strong and faithful to the Lord. Before Pentecost, Jesus' disciples were like chameleons. Their commitment to Jesus changed according to the circumstances. For example, they said they would never ... More

READY OR NOT? - One Bread, One Body, May 22, 2015

05/22/2015 - 1:08am
St. Rita of Cascia, Pentecost Novena - Day 8
Acts 25:13-21 | Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20 | John 21:15-19

"Do you love Me?" —John 21:15, 16, 17

As we near Pentecost, the questions loom: "Am I ready to receive the Holy Spirit in fullness? Am I ready to renew my Baptism and Confirmation? Am I ready to receive and to help others receive new Pentecosts?"

If we see signs of the miracle of ... More

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR - One Bread, One Body, May 21, 2015

05/21/2015 - 1:08am
St. Christopher Magallanes, Pentecost Novena - Day 7
Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 | Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11 | John 17:20-26

"I bless the Lord Who counsels me." —Psalm 16:7

God the Father is "great in counsel" (Jer 32:19), always guiding us in every situation. He counsels us by day and by night (Ps 16:7). "He has counsel in store for the upright" (Prv 2:7).

God the Father has sent us Jesus, the ... More

RIGHT GUARD - One Bread, One Body, May 20, 2015

05/20/2015 - 1:08am
St. Bernardine of Siena, Pentecost Novena - Day 6
Acts 20:28-38 | Psalm 68:29-30, 33-36 | John 17:11-19

"I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to guard them from the evil one." —John 17:15

Savage wolves will come from within the Church (Acts 20:29) to distort the truth and lead astray "any who follow them" (Acts 20:30). As part of the persecution from these savage wolves, we will have to contend with the hatred of the world (Jn ... More

BE SHRINK-PROOF - One Bread, One Body, May 19, 2015

05/19/2015 - 1:08am
Pentecost Novena - Day 5
Acts 20:17-27 | Psalm 68:10-11, 20-21 | John 17:1-11

"I have never shrunk from announcing to you God's design in its entirety." —Acts 20:27

Satan must be enjoying the shrinking in the Church: the shrinking ranks of priests, religious sisters, and brothers, shrinking faith, shrinking attendance at Mass, shrinking collections, shrinking lines for Confession, shrinking numbers of ... More

YOUR PENTECOST CONFESSION - One Bread, One Body, May 18, 2015

05/18/2015 - 1:08am
Pope St. John I, Pentecost Novena - Day 4
Acts 19:1-8 | Psalm 68:2-7 | John 16:29-33

"As Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came down on them and they began to speak in tongues and to utter prophecies. There were in the company about twelve men in all." —Acts 19:6-7

The twelve Ephesian men so readily gave their lives to Jesus and received the Holy Spirit because they had received John's baptism of repentance (see Acts 19:3-4). At the first Christian Pentecost, Peter told the people to repent in order to ... More

DONE DEAD OR DONE GOOD? - One Bread, One Body, May 17, 2015

05/17/2015 - 1:08am
Ascension of the Lord, Pentecost Novena - Day 3
Acts 1:1-11 | Ephesians 1:17-23 or Ephesians 4:1-13 | Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9 | Mark 16:15-20

"He was lifted up before their eyes in a cloud which took Him from their sight." —Acts 1:9

When Jesus ascended into heaven, He mounted "His throne amid shouts of joy; the Lord, amid trumpet blasts" (Ps 47:6). All the angels and saints were giving Jesus a "prostrate ovation" in recognition that He, the Lord of lords and the King of ... More

HOME-WORK AND ROAD-WORK - One Bread, One Body, May 16, 2015

05/16/2015 - 1:08am
Pentecost Novena - Day 2
Acts 18:23-28 | Psalm 47:2-3, 8-10 | John 16:23-28

"When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him home and explained to him God's new way in greater detail." —Acts 18:26

The first Christian Pentecost had two parts. The Spirit was poured out on 120 disciples of Jesus in an upper room at 9AM on a Sunday (Acts 1:14, 15; 2:15). Later that day, the Spirit was received by 3,000 people in the streets of Jerusalem (Acts ... More

WHO'S GOT YOUR TONGUE? - One Bread, One Body, May 15, 2015

05/15/2015 - 1:08am
St. Isidore the Farmer, Pentecost Novena - Day 1
Acts 18:9-18 | Psalm 47:2-7 | John 16:20-23

"Do not be afraid. Go on speaking and do not be silenced." —Acts 18:9

On the first Christian Pentecost, the Holy Spirit dealt in a magnificent way with tongues. First, the Spirit appeared in the form of "tongues as of fire" (Acts 2:3). The apostles yielded their formerly silent tongues to speak in both native and ... More

Easter Lessons - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

05/15/2015 - 1:05am
Jesus Christ is risen! Love has triumphed over hatred, life has conquered death, light has dispelled the darkness! More

Holy Year of Mercy - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

05/15/2015 - 1:05am
I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church, a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective. More

REPLACEMENT WINDOWS - One Bread, One Body, May 14, 2015

05/14/2015 - 1:08am
St. Matthias
Acts 1:15-17, 20-26 | Psalm 113:1-8 | John 15:9-17

"May another take his office." —Acts 1:20

During this Pentecost novena, which begins tomorrow, we must replace our Judases with Matthiases. The apostles had spent nearly every day with Judas for about three years. After he sold Christ for thirty pieces of silver and then committed ... More