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An Urgent Message to Godparents

04/27/2015 - 1:03am
Our world is reeling due to the massive destruction caused by baptized, fallen-away Christians. To stop the exponential expansion of our culture of death, baptismal sponsors can make a very significant contribution.

THE LIFE OF A SHEEP - One Bread, One Body, Apr 26, 2015

2 hours 47 min ago
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:8-12 | 1 John 3:1-2 | Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28-29 | John 10:11-18

"I am the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep." —John 10:11

"I am the Good Shepherd. I know My sheep and My sheep know Me." —John 10:14

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and we are His sheep. To be called a sheep is not a compliment. Sheep are sheepish, that is, backward and timid. Sheep can't even eat ... More

ARE YOU LEARNING YOUR LESSONS? - One Bread, One Body, Apr 25, 2015

04/25/2015 - 1:08am
St. Mark
1 Peter 5:5-14 | Psalm 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17 | Mark 16:15-20

"Bow humbly under God's mighty hand, so that in due time He may lift you high." —1 Peter 5:6

John Mark, later known to the world as St. Mark, learned about the power of communal prayer when he saw Peter miraculously freed from prison through the prayers of those gathered at his mother's house (Acts 12:12ff).

John Mark learned about ... More

AN INSTRUMENTAL - One Bread, One Body, Apr 24, 2015

04/24/2015 - 1:08am
St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen
Acts 9:1-20 | Psalm 117:1-2 | John 6:52-59

"This man is the instrument I have chosen." —Acts 9:15

The Lord often decides to work through people, especially members of His body, the Church. After the Lord knocked Saul to the ground and confronted him, He did not continue His work in Saul's life as a solo. He called for Ananias to be ... More

DO YOU BELIEVE? - One Bread, One Body, Apr 23, 2015

04/23/2015 - 1:08am
St. George, St. Adalbert
Acts 8:26-40 | Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20 | John 6:44-51

"I Myself am the living Bread come down from heaven." —John 6:51

Jesus said: "The bread I will give is My flesh, for the life of the world" (Jn 6:51). At the Last Supper, Jesus took the bread and the cup of wine and said: "This is My body," and "This is My blood" (Mt 26:26, 28). When many of Jesus' disciples ... More

THE PEOPLE OF THE WORD - One Bread, One Body, Apr 22, 2015

04/22/2015 - 1:08am
Acts 8:1-8 | Psalm 66:1-7 | John 6:35-40

"The members of the church who had been dispersed went about preaching the word." —Acts 8:4

The Jewish people loved God's Word. God called them to meditate on it day and night (Jos 1:8; Ps 1:2). They considered it more precious than thousands of gold and silver pieces (Ps 119:72).

However, Christians were even more devoted to God's ... More

THE BEST FOR LAST - One Bread, One Body, Apr 21, 2015

04/21/2015 - 1:08am
St. Anselm
Acts 7:51—8:1 | Psalm 31:3-4, 6-8, 17, 21 | John 6:30-35

"And with that he died." —Acts 7:60

When we know the risen Christ personally and deeply, our love for Him is stronger than the fear of death (see Sg 8:6; 1 Jn 3:16; 4:18). Satan can no longer enslave, control, or paralyze us through our fear of death (Heb 2:15). Like Stephen, we ... More

Risen Life

04/21/2015 - 1:03am

GETTING WORKED UP? - One Bread, One Body, Apr 20, 2015

04/20/2015 - 1:08am
Acts 6:8-15 | Psalm 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30 | John 6:22-29

" 'What must we do to perform the works of God?' Jesus replied: 'This is the work of God: have faith in the One Whom He sent.' " —John 6:28-29

As we enter into the third week of the Easter season, some of you have walked with the risen Christ, listened to Him interpret the Scriptures, and recognized Him in the breaking of the bread (see Lk 24:15, 27, 30-31). Like millions of Christians ... More

Lent and the Renewal of Our Baptismal Promises

04/20/2015 - 1:03am
A step-by-step lenten preparation for renewal of baptismal vows.

O, KNOW! - One Bread, One Body, Apr 19, 2015

04/19/2015 - 1:08am
Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 | 1 John 2:1-5 | Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-9 | Luke 24:35-48

"Yet I know, my brothers, that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did." —Acts 3:17

Contrary to the old sayings, ignorance is not bliss and what you don't know can hurt you and others very much. In addition to sin, ignorance was the cause of the worst crime ever committed — our murder and execution of God by crucifixion on ... More

HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? - One Bread, One Body, Apr 18, 2015

04/18/2015 - 1:08am
Acts 6:1-7 | Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19 | John 6:16-21

"The word of God continued to spread, while at the same time the number of the disciples in Jerusalem enormously increased." —Acts 6:7

The early Church needed more workers for the harvest (Mt 9:37). The believers were feeding hundreds of people in their community meal and a whole group was overlooked (Acts 6:1). More workers were needed. They brought this to the attention of ... More

LIFE OR LIVING DEATH? (see 1 Jn 3:14) - One Bread, One Body, Apr 17, 2015

04/17/2015 - 1:08am
Acts 5:34-42 | Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14 | John 6:1-15

"If their purpose or activity is human in its origins, it will destroy itself." —Acts 5:38

If you play your cards right, compromise your principles, and do whatever it takes, you can be successful by worldly standards, pass yourself off "as someone of importance," and build up "quite a following" (Acts 5:36-37). Of course, in the end ... More

THE GOLDEN ARCH - One Bread, One Body, Apr 16, 2015

04/16/2015 - 1:08am
Acts 5:27-33 | Psalm 34:2, 9, 17-20 | John 3:31-36

"He Whom God has exalted at His right hand as Ruler and Savior is to bring repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. We testify to this. So too does the Holy Spirit, Whom God has given to those that obey Him." —Acts 5:31-32

To have Easter, we must have Pentecost. Only by the Holy Spirit can we recognize the risen Christ. To receive the Holy Spirit and to live our new life in the Spirit, we must obey God (Acts 5:32).

The Greek word translated "obey" in Acts 5:29, ... More

ETERNAL DARKROOM - One Bread, One Body, Apr 15, 2015

04/15/2015 - 1:08am
Acts 5:17-26 | Psalm 34:2-9 | John 3:16-21

"The judgment of condemnation is this: the Light came into the world, but men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were wicked." —John 3:19

Darkness is the absence of light. You can make a dark room light by turning on a flashlight. However, you can't make a light room dark by turning on a "flashdark." By definition, no one can invent a machine that shines darkness which overpowers ... More

RISEN LIFE IS NEW - One Bread, One Body, Apr 14, 2015

04/14/2015 - 1:08am
Acts 4:32-37 | Psalm 93:1-2, 5 | John 3:7-15

"You must all be begotten from above." —John 3:7

One simple test of whether or not you're living the radically different risen life is your attitude toward money. If you live the risen life, you aren't preoccupied with money. Like Barnabas and other disciples in the early Church, you'd gladly ... More

MANY HAPPY RETURNS? - One Bread, One Body, Apr 13, 2015

04/13/2015 - 1:08am
Pope St. Martin I
Acts 4:23-31 | Psalm 2:1-9 | John 3:1-8

"After being released, the two went back to their own people." —Acts 4:23

The Church has completed the eight-day celebration of the Octave of Easter. We have been celebrating Jesus' return after three days in the tomb. When Jesus rose from the tomb, He returned to His followers. He then acted with great power, ... More

THE ROAD TO POWER - One Bread, One Body, Apr 12, 2015

04/12/2015 - 1:08am
Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday
Acts 4:32-35 | 1 John 5:1-6 | Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 | John 20:19-31

"With power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus." —Acts 4:33

Pope John Paul II called our culture a "culture of death." This seems to indicate that the new life in the risen Christ has not been widely accepted. Why have we not been effective in witnessing with power for the risen Christ?

To witness ... More