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ALWAYSPREPARED AND PREPARING - One Bread, One Body, Aug 25, 2016

08/25/2016 - 1:08am
St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz
1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | Psalm 145:2-7 | Matthew 24:42-51

"You must be prepared." —Matthew 24:44

Jesus warns us to be prepared for His final coming and the end of the world. In fact, we must be always prepared since we "cannot know the day" our Lord is coming (Mt 24:42).

Jesus describes our preparations in four ways: ... More

WILL CHRIST'S CHURCH PLEASE STAND UP? - One Bread, One Body, Aug 24, 2016

21 hours 41 min ago
St. Bartholomew
Revelation 21:9-14 | Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18 | John 1:45-51

"Come, I will show you the woman who is the bride of the Lamb." —Revelation 21:9

Do you belong to the Church that Jesus founded? If you do, you belong to the body of Christ (e.g. Eph 1:22-23) and the bride of Christ. If you belong to Christ's Church, you belong to the Church which holds the keys to the kingdom of heaven (Mt ... More

THE PEACE OF THE LORD - One Bread, One Body, Aug 23, 2016

08/23/2016 - 1:08am
St. Rose of Lima
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, 14-17 | Psalm 96:10-13 | Matthew 23:23-26

The Lord "has made the world firm, not to be moved." —Psalm 96:10

Satan tries to disturb the peace. He wants everything in an uproar. He specializes in chaos. However, "God is a God, not of confusion, but of peace" (1 Cor 14:33). He is "happy to see good order among" us and the firmness of our faith in Christ ... More

FAMOUS FAITH - One Bread, One Body, Aug 22, 2016

08/22/2016 - 1:08am
Queenship of Mary
2 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 11-12 | Psalm 96:1-5 | Matthew 23:13-22

"We thank God unceasingly for you, brothers, because your faith grows apace and your mutual love increases; so much so that in God's communities we can boast of your constancy and your faith in persecution and trial." —2 Thessalonians 1:3-4

The Christian community of Thessalonica was famous for its faith. Paul proclaimed: "Throughout every region your faith in God is celebrated" (1 Thes 1:8). The Lord wants us to have famous faith as well. May your faith be celebrated, imitated, ... More

ARE YOU SAVED? ARE FEW SAVED? - One Bread, One Body, Aug 21, 2016

08/21/2016 - 1:08am
21st Sunday Ordinary Time
Isaiah 66:18-21 | Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13 | Psalm 117:1-2 | Luke 13:22-30

"Lord, are they few in number who are to be saved?" —Luke 13:23

Jesus taught: "The gate that leads to damnation is wide, the road is clear, and many choose to travel it. But how narrow is the gate that leads to life, how rough the road, and how few there are who find it!" (Mt 7:13-14) Jesus seems to have ... More

GLORY BE - One Bread, One Body, Aug 20, 2016

08/20/2016 - 1:08am
St. Bernard
Ezekiel 43:1-7 | Psalm 85:9-14 | Matthew 23:1-12

"I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east." —Ezekiel 43:2

Because of the people's refusal to repent, "the glory of the Lord rose from the city" of Jerusalem (Ez 10:23). However, God promised that one day His glory would return to His people (Ez 43:4, 7). This promise was fulfilled in an unimaginable ... More

HOW DRY I AM - One Bread, One Body, Aug 19, 2016

08/19/2016 - 1:08am
St. John Eudes
Ezekiel 37:1-14 | Psalm 107:2-9 | Matthew 22:34-40

"How dry they were!" —Ezekiel 37:2

Are you feeling spiritually dry? Do you feel that God is looking at your life and saying, "How dry you are"? At one time in my life I was constantly surrounded by spirit-filled people, but felt so dry and far from the Spirit that I'd given up ... More

DOCTOR DONOR - One Bread, One Body, Aug 18, 2016

08/18/2016 - 1:08am
Ezekiel 36:23-28 | Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19 | Matthew 22:1-14

"I will give you a new heart." —Ezekiel 36:26

Because of the effect of sin on the human race, the human heart is "beyond remedy" (Jer 17:9). It cannot be fixed, controlled, educated, or bettered sufficiently to please God or to give us the power to live a free, fully human life. We are ... More

SHEPHERDING AND SUFFERING - One Bread, One Body, Aug 17, 2016

08/17/2016 - 1:08am
Ezekiel 34:1-11 | Psalm 23:1-6 | Matthew 20:1-16

"Woe to the shepherds...who have been pasturing themselves." —Ezekiel 34:2

Ezekiel prophesied against the secular and religious leaders in Israel, who had been fattening their bank accounts by exploiting those they were supposed to be serving (Ez 34:3ff). As a result, the people suffered brutally, while the "shepherds" ... More

THE FALSE GOD OF SELF - One Bread, One Body, Aug 16, 2016

08/16/2016 - 1:08am
St. Stephen of Hungary
Ezekiel 28:1-10 | Deuteronomy 32:26-28, 30, 35-36 | Matthew 19:23-30

"Yet you are a man, and not a god, however you may think yourself like a god." —Ezekiel 28:2

What are you taking credit for? Do you think you're so smart? Do you think that "by your wisdom and your intelligence you have made riches for yourself"? (Ez 28:4) Do you believe that you have gotten where you are primarily because of your hard ... More

My People, Vol. 29, Issue 8

08/16/2016 - 1:05am
Peace Is Possible In Syria
Laudato Si' - One Year Later
Pope Urges Priests To Rediscover Joy
Benedict Celebrates 65 Years As Priest
Prison To Praise
Author Explores Miracles
Love Overcomes Sickness
Are Romance Novels Ok?
Light to the Nations
Edge To Edge
Pray The News

Mission Impossible?

08/16/2016 - 1:03am
The very fact that this pamphlet is in your hands may be a sign that you are called for a special mission in God's plan of salvation.

ASSUMING OUR ASSUMPTION? - One Bread, One Body, Aug 15, 2016

08/15/2016 - 1:08am
Assumption
Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10 | 1 Corinthians 15:20-27 | Psalm 45:10-12, 16 | Luke 1:39-56

"In Christ all will come to life again, but each one in proper order." —1 Corinthians 15:22-23

The English word "assumption" is perhaps an unfortunate translation of the Latin word "assumptio." "Assumptio" means to be taken up. The English word "assumption" usually means having an unwarranted expectation. Nevertheless, God can work ... More

Leading Your Loved Ones to Christ

08/15/2016 - 1:03am
If you are brokenhearted because your loved ones don't know the Lord, be thankful that you have faith enough and love enough to care. The Lord will not forsake you.

"FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS" (Heb 3:1) - One Bread, One Body, Aug 14, 2016

08/14/2016 - 1:08am
20th Sunday Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 | Hebrews 12:1-4 | Psalm 40:2-4, 18 | Luke 12:49-53

"Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, Who inspires and perfects our faith." —Hebrews 12:2

When we are persecuted and, like Jeremiah, thrown in the muddy cistern to die (Jer 38:6), "let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus" (Heb 12:2).

When we are tempted to "grow despondent or abandon the struggle" (Heb 12:3), "let us keep our eyes ... More

CHILDISH OR CHILD-LIKE? - One Bread, One Body, Aug 13, 2016

08/13/2016 - 1:08am
Pope St. Pontian, & St. Hippolytus
Ezekiel 18:1-10, 13, 30-32 | Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19 | Matthew 19:13-15

"Jesus said, 'Let the children come to Me. Do not hinder them. The kingdom of God belongs to such as these.' " —Matthew 19:14

When Jesus sees children, He thinks of His Father's kingdom, for "the kingdom of God belongs" to those who are like children. Jesus teaches that to be like children of the kingdom means to:

  • choose to become lowly (Mt 18:4), ... More

A.D. OR B.C.? - One Bread, One Body, Aug 12, 2016

08/12/2016 - 1:08am
St. Jane Frances de Chantal
Ezekiel 16:1-15, 60, 63 | Isaiah 12:2-6 | Matthew 19:3-12

"I now say to you..." —Matthew 19:9

Before Jesus' Incarnation, divorce was considered necessary. Laws regulating divorce even appear in the Bible (see Dt 24:1-4). Before Jesus saved us, polygamy, not monogamy, was widely practiced. Before Jesus, single persons were usually ... More

A CATECHISM ON FORGIVENESS - One Bread, One Body, Aug 11, 2016

08/11/2016 - 1:08am
St. Clare
Ezekiel 12:1-12 | Psalm 78:56-59, 61-62 | Matthew 18:21—19:1

"How often must I forgive him?" —Matthew 18:21

Peter questioned Jesus: "How often must I forgive" my brother? Jesus answered: "seventy times seven times." We must forgive all who have hurt us indefinitely times indefinitely (Mt 18:22). Other questions about forgiveness are the ... More

CONSUMER OR CONSUMED? - One Bread, One Body, Aug 10, 2016

08/10/2016 - 1:08am
St. Lawrence
2 Corinthians 9:6-10 | Psalm 112:1-2, 5-9 | John 12:24-26

"The man who loves his life loses it." —John 12:25

St. Lawrence is the patron of bountiful giving. It is said that he gave the Church's treasures to the poor. Lawrence sowed bountifully and cheerfully. Now he reaps the bountiful harvest of transformed lives even centuries after his death (see 2 ... More

THE LIVING BIBLE - One Bread, One Body, Aug 9, 2016

08/09/2016 - 1:08am
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Ezekiel 2:8—3:4 | Psalm 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131 | Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

"Eat this scroll, then go, speak to the house of Israel." —Ezekiel 3:1

Before we can speak God's Word in power, we must hear, accept, and digest His Word so completely that it becomes part of us. We must eat the scroll of God's Word (Ez 3:2; Rv 10:9). Then we will become letters "written not with ink but by the ... More