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Living in Reality

02/20/2017 - 12:03am

LOVING THOSE WHO HURT YOU - One Bread, One Body, Feb 19, 2017

12 hours 39 min ago
7th Sunday Ordinary Time
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18 | 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 | Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13 | Matthew 5:38-48

"Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your fellow countrymen. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord." —Leviticus 19:18

Jesus was asked: "Teacher, which commandment of the law is the greatest?" (Mt 22:36) Jesus surprised His questioner by mentioning not one commandment but two. He surprised all of Judaism by maintaining that loving one's neighbor as oneself is ... More

"INCREASE OUR FAITH" (Lk 17:5) - One Bread, One Body, Feb 18, 2017

02/18/2017 - 12:08am
Hebrews 11:1-7 | Psalm 145:2-5, 10-11 | Mark 9:2-13

"Faith is confident assurance concerning what we hope for, and conviction about things we do not see." —Hebrews 11:1

Faith is confidence, assurance, conviction. "Because of faith the men of old were approved by God" (Heb 11:2). Without faith, we don't understand the origins of creation or life, for "what is visible came into being through the invisible" (Heb ... More

"ONE NATION, UNDER GOD" - One Bread, One Body, Feb 17, 2017

02/17/2017 - 12:08am
Seven Founders of, the Order of Servites
Genesis 11:1-9 | Psalm 33:10-15 | Mark 8:34—9:1

"Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky, and so make a name for ourselves." —Genesis 11:4

The future of a nation which excludes God is dispersion (Gn 11:9), not unity. If a nation's faith in God is not firm, that nation shall not be firm (Is 7:9). "A nation of firm purpose [God keeps] in peace; in peace, for its trust in" the Lord ... More

FRUIT STAND - One Bread, One Body, Feb 16, 2017

02/16/2017 - 12:08am
Genesis 9:1-13 | Psalm 102:16-21, 29, 22-23 | Mark 8:27-33

"Be fertile, then, and multiply; abound on earth and subdue it." —Genesis 9:7

The first recorded words to human beings are the words of the following blessing from God: "Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it" (Gn 1:28; see also 1:22). After the flood, "God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them: 'Be ... More

REST AREA - One Bread, One Body, Feb 15, 2017

02/15/2017 - 12:08am
Genesis 8:6-13, 20-22 | Psalm 116:12-15, 18-19 | Mark 8:22-26

"But the dove could find no place to alight and perch, and it returned to him in the ark." —Genesis 8:9

After forty days and nights of the flood, Noah sent out a raven. Then he sent out a dove three times. On the final occasion, the dove did not return to the ark, for it had found a place to rest (Gn 8:12). That meant destruction had ended and ... More

UNDER THE INFLUENCE - One Bread, One Body, Feb 14, 2017

02/14/2017 - 12:08am
Sts. Cyril & Methodius
Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10 | Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10 | Mark 8:14-21

"Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod." —Mark 8:15

I worked in a bakery long ago. The baker would break up a solid block of yeast into small crumbs. Next he painstakingly kneaded the crumbs of yeast all throughout the batch of dough. Then he set aside the dough on the baking table for a while ... More

TRUTH-SEEKERS - One Bread, One Body, Feb 13, 2017

02/13/2017 - 12:08am
Genesis 4:1-15, 25 | Psalm 50:1, 8, 16-17, 20-21 | Mark 8:11-13

"With a sigh from the depths of His spirit He said..." —Mark 8:12

After Jesus had twice multiplied loaves and fish, had healed countless people of many different ailments, and had delivered many from demons, the Pharisees wanted Jesus to give them a sign (Mk 8:11). The Pharisees were obviously not sincere. ... More

My People, Vol. 30, Issue 2

02/13/2017 - 12:05am
Nonviolence Is Key To Building Peace
Serve The Sick And Suffering
Podcasts Spread Faith
Christians Face Ongoing Persecution
Prayer For Children, Workers, And Families
Edge To Edge
Pray The News

My People, Vol. 30, Issue 1

02/13/2017 - 12:05am
Don't Close Door Of Mercy
No Justice, No Peace
Reach Out To Sick, Imprisoned
This Is A Time Of Mercy
Businessmen Can Be Agents Of Mercy
Businessmen Can Foster Human Dignity
Film Focuses On Christmas
Light to the Nations
Edge To Edge
Pray The News

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT OR DEATH IN THE WORLD - One Bread, One Body, Feb 12, 2017

02/12/2017 - 12:08am
6th Sunday Ordinary Time
Sirach 15:15-20 | 1 Corinthians 2:6-10 | Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34 | Matthew 5:17-37

"Yet God has revealed this wisdom to us through the Spirit. The Spirit scrutinizes all matters, even the deep things of God." —1 Corinthians 2:10

There is a certain wisdom which is not of this age or of the rulers of this age who are headed for destruction (1 Cor 2:6). If we do not have this wisdom, we will be so ultimately foolish as to crucify the Lord of glory (1 Cor 2:8; Heb 6:6). The ... More

FOREVER-FOOD - One Bread, One Body, Feb 11, 2017

02/11/2017 - 12:08am
Our Lady of Lourdes
Genesis 3:9-24 | Psalm 90:2-6, 12-13 | Mark 8:1-10

"He must not be allowed to put out his hand...and thus eat of it and live forever." —Genesis 3:22

God provided wonderful food for Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden (Gn 1:29-30; 2:16-17). However, Adam and Eve wanted control of the menu. So they ate the food God had forbidden them to eat (Gn 3:11). Because of their rebellion, God would not ... More

DEMONIC DECEPTIONS - One Bread, One Body, Feb 10, 2017

02/10/2017 - 12:08am
St. Scholastica
Genesis 3:1-8 | Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7 | Mark 7:31-37

"Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals that the Lord God had made." —Genesis 3:1

"The serpent asked the woman, 'Did God really tell you not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?' " (Gn 3:1) Our temptations often come in the form of questions. Also, the issue seems to shift from the sin committed to whether God ever ... More


02/09/2017 - 12:08am
Genesis 2:18-25 | Psalm 128:1-5 | Mark 7:24-30

"The two of them become one body." —Genesis 2:24

Husband and wife are not merely mentally, emotionally, sexually, or spiritually united. They are one body. Woman was made from a part of man's body (Gn 2:22). Therefore, man and woman are incomplete without each other, for she is bone of his ... More

CLEANING IS AN "IN-THING" - One Bread, One Body, Feb 8, 2017

02/08/2017 - 12:08am
St. Jerome Emiliani, St. Josephine Bakhita
Genesis 2:4-9, 15-17 | Psalm 104:1-2, 27-30 | Mark 7:14-23

"What emerges from within a man, that and nothing else is what makes him impure." —Mark 7:20

"All these evils come from within and render a man impure." —Mark 7:23

The source of "acts of fornication, theft, murder, adulterous conduct, greed, maliciousness, deceit, sensuality, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, an obtuse spirit" (Mk ... More

THE GOOD NEWS - One Bread, One Body, Feb 7, 2017

02/07/2017 - 12:08am
Genesis 1:20—2:4 | Psalm 8:4-9 | Mark 7:1-13

"God created man in His image." —Genesis 1:27

God created the light and saw that it was "good" (Gn 1:4). He created dry land and sea and termed that "good" (Gn 1:10). Likewise, the plants, sun, stars, and animals were all "good" (Gn 1:12, 18, 21, 25). When God created man and woman, "He ... More

Speak the Truth in Love

02/07/2017 - 12:03am

ON ANY GIVEN DAY... - One Bread, One Body, Feb 6, 2017

02/06/2017 - 12:08am
St. Paul Miki & Companions
Genesis 1:1-19 | Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 24, 35 | Mark 6:53-56

"Evening came, and morning followed." —Genesis 1:5

God can do new and amazing things each day. In the beginning, God created light, heaven, and earth in one day (Gn 1:1-3). The next day He created the sky (Gn 1:8). The day after that He created plant life (Gn 1:12). Since God is the same today ... More

How to Read the Bible

02/06/2017 - 12:03am
Have you told yourself a thousand times you were going to read the Bible? Do you fall asleep when you try? Are your bewildered by the Bible, feel lost, and confused? Have you stuffed yourself with the things of the world and become spiritually anorexic so as to have little appetite for the Bible? Then this is the pamphlet for you.