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PROPHECY - One Bread, One Body, Nov 21, 2014

20 hours 11 min ago
Presentation of Mary
Revelation 10:8-11 | Psalm 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131 | Luke 19:45-48

"You must prophesy again for many peoples and nations, languages and kings." —Revelation 10:11

A prophet is one who speaks out in God's name for his present generation. Prophecy is not about the future, but about the present. A prophet calls people to repent and to come back to Almighty God.

St. John is invested with his role as a ... More

THE "LION-KING" - One Bread, One Body, Nov 20, 2014

11/20/2014 - 12:08am
Revelation 5:1-10 | Psalm 149:1-6, 9 | Luke 19:41-44

"The Lion of the tribe of Judah..." —Revelation 5:5

In his heavenly vision, John hears the elder announce the entry of "the Lion of the tribe of Judah" (Rv 5:5), Who has triumphed. When John looks for the Lion, he instead sees "a Lamb standing, a Lamb That had been slain" (Rv 5:6).

Jesus has ... More

GETTING CROWNED? - One Bread, One Body, Nov 19, 2014

11/19/2014 - 12:08am
Revelation 4:1-11 | Psalm 150:1-6 | Luke 19:11-28

"They throw down their crowns before the throne." —Revelation 4:10

We pray for God's will to be done on earth as in heaven (Mt 6:10). In heaven, those who wear "a merited crown" (2 Tm 4:8) don't keep their crowns very long. The glory they've received, symbolized by their crowns, is immediately passed on to ... More

The Bible on Sex

11/19/2014 - 12:03am

THE KNOCK OF LOVE - One Bread, One Body, Nov 18, 2014

11/18/2014 - 12:08am
Dedication of the Basilica, of Sts. Peter & Paul, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22 | Psalm 15:2-5 | Luke 19:1-10

"Here I stand, knocking at the door." —Revelation 3:20

Jesus is knocking on the door of your lives. Why not open the door? He wants to have supper with us (Rv 3:20). That doesn't sound so bad. However, supper with Jesus isn't all there is to Jesus entering our lives. Jesus comes to stay (see Lk ... More

An Isaiah Advent

11/18/2014 - 12:03am

"THE NECESSITY OF PRAYING ALWAYS" - One Bread, One Body, Nov 17, 2014

11/17/2014 - 12:08am
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5 | Psalm 1:1-4, 6 | Luke 18:35-43

"Jesus asked him, 'What do you want Me to do for you?' " —Luke 18:40-41

Jesus spoke of "the necessity of praying always and not losing heart" (Lk 18:1). We are to never stop praying (1 Thes 5:17). Many centuries ago, a Christian went on pilgrimage and asked holy person after holy person how it could be possible to ... More

Healing the Family Tree

11/17/2014 - 12:03am
Are you aware of unusual patterns in your family for generations? Very pronounced patterns of evil may indicate the need for healing the family tree.

Novena of Mary, "The Mother of Forgiveness"

11/17/2014 - 12:03am
It is absolutely necessary for us to accept God's grace to forgive immediately after we have been sinned against. Because we can be sinned against 70 x 7 (Mt 18:22), we usually need to forgive very frequently. Therefore, any time is a good time to pray this novena.

NOT GOOD, NOT BETTER, BUT BEST - One Bread, One Body, Nov 16, 2014

11/16/2014 - 12:08am
33rd Sunday Ordinary Time
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 | 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 | Psalm 128:1-5 | Matthew 25:14-30

"Well done! You are an industrious and reliable servant. Since you were dependable in a small matter I will put you in charge of larger affairs. Come, share your master's joy!" —Matthew 25:21

The Lord doesn't call us to do good. "No one is good but God alone" (Mk 10:18). He doesn't call us to do better — better than others or even better than before. The Lord doesn't like to compare. He simply wants us to do our best. Our best may ... More

DRIVING A CONVERT-ABLE - One Bread, One Body, Nov 15, 2014

11/15/2014 - 12:08am
3 John 5-8 | Psalm 112:1-6 | Luke 18:1-8

"Listen to what the corrupt judge has to say." —Luke 18:6

More people than ever respect "neither God nor man" (Lk 18:2). These people are powerfully continuing and promoting great injustices. They "care little for God or man" (Lk 18:4). They are "lovers of self and of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, ... More

The Elderly - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

11/15/2014 - 12:05am
"A TIME OF GRACE"
In a special way, old age is a time of grace, in which the Lord renews His call to us; He calls us to safeguard and transmit the faith, He calls us to pray, especially to intercede; He calls us to be close to those in need .... The elderly, grandparents have the ability to understand the most difficult of situations: a great ability! And when they pray for these situations, their prayer is strong; it is powerful! More

SPACED OR GRACED? - One Bread, One Body, Nov 14, 2014

11/14/2014 - 12:08am
2 John 4-9 | Psalm 119:1-2, 10-11, 17-18 | Luke 17:26-37

"It will be like that on the day the Son of Man is revealed." —Luke 17:30

Today, I visited two people who had suffered strokes. The strokes affected a part of the brain which is necessary for their memory to function. For example, if these men walked a few feet away from their homes, they might not remember how to ... More

REFRESHMENT IN THE DEEP END - One Bread, One Body, Nov 13, 2014

11/13/2014 - 12:08am
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
Philemon 7-20 | Psalm 146:7-10 | Luke 17:20-25

"Refresh this heart of mine in Christ." —Philemon 20

In 2001, Pope John Paul II proclaimed and prophesied that the Lord's call for the Church at the beginning of the third millennium is: "Put out into the deep" (see Lk 5:4). Many of you heeded that call and have been serving the Lord in the "deep ... More

HIS PIERCED, BEAUTIFUL FEET - One Bread, One Body, Nov 12, 2014

11/12/2014 - 12:08am
St. Josaphat
Titus 3:1-7 | Psalm 23:1-6 | Luke 17:11-19

"He threw himself on his face at the feet of Jesus and spoke His praises." —Luke 17:16

There is something about the feet of Jesus. Because His feet are nail-scarred from the crucifixion (see Lk 24:39), they are beautiful (see Is 52:7). Jesus' pierced feet bring the good news of salvation.

The Samaritan leper who was healed ... More

THE STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE - One Bread, One Body, Nov 11, 2014

11/11/2014 - 12:08am
St. Martin of Tours
Titus 2:1-8, 11-14 | Psalm 37:3-4, 18, 23, 27, 29 | Luke 17:7-10

"Reject godless ways and worldly desires." —Titus 2:12

Many of our desires are contradictory and destructive. Therefore, in His mercy, "the grace of God has appeared, offering salvation" and training us "to reject godless ways and worldly desires, and live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this ... More

"BLOOM WHERE YOU'RE PLANTED" - One Bread, One Body, Nov 10, 2014

11/10/2014 - 12:08am
Pope St. Leo the Great
Titus 1:1-9 | Psalm 24:1-6 | Luke 17:1-6

"My purpose in leaving you in Crete was that you might accomplish what had been left undone..." —Titus 1:5

Paul left Titus behind in Crete to minister to the Cretans. However, "Cretans have ever been liars, beasts, and lazy gluttons" (Ti 1:12). Paul probably didn't get too many resumes from candidates looking to get the job in Crete. Titus accepted ... More

INSPECT YOUR CHURCH'S FOUNDATION - One Bread, One Body, Nov 9, 2014

11/09/2014 - 12:08am
Dedication of, St. John Lateran
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 | 1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17 | Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9 | John 2:13-22

"Everyone, however, must be careful how he builds. No one can lay a foundation other than the one that has been laid, namely Jesus Christ." —1 Corinthians 3:10-11

Jesus began the Church with twelve apostles (see Mt 16:18). By the power of the Holy Spirit, these apostles and other disciples of Christ formed other small Christian communities (see Acts 2:42). These communities were united with the Lord and ... More

TRUSTEES - One Bread, One Body, Nov 8, 2014

11/08/2014 - 12:08am
Philippians 4:10-19 | Psalm 112:1-2, 5-6, 8-9 | Luke 16:9-15

"If you can trust a man in little things, you can also trust him in greater." —Luke 16:10

Have you ever tried to minister to someone who has lost trust in God because they're disillusioned by the unfaithfulness of other Christians? It's hard for people to trust again once their initial trust is violated. Thus Scripture says: "the ... More

LONGER-RANGE FINANCIAL PLANNING - One Bread, One Body, Nov 7, 2014

11/07/2014 - 12:08am
Philippians 3:17—4:1 | Psalm 122:1-5 | Luke 16:1-8

"As you well know, we have our citizenship in heaven." —Philippians 3:20

Many people are accustomed to plan ahead financially. It is also customary to emphasize long-range planning and not merely short-term. The Lord does want us to plan ahead for the very long-term, even for Judgment Day and eternity. By tithing, ... More