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MAKING A LIVING? - One Bread, One Body, Aug 17, 2017

08/17/2017 - 1:08am
Joshua 3:7-11, 13-17 | Psalm 114:1-6 | Matthew 18:21—19:1

"This is how you will know that there is a living God in your midst." —Joshua 3:10

Our God is living. He is present. He acts. He shows He is living by expressing His love for us in tangible ways. All other so-called gods are "the handiwork of men. They have mouths but speak not; they have eyes but see not; they have ears but ... More

END-TIMES TALK - One Bread, One Body, Aug 16, 2017

20 hours 46 min ago
St. Stephen of Hungary
Deuteronomy 34:1-12 | Psalm 66:1-3, 5, 8, 16-17 | Matthew 18:15-20

"I have let you feast your eyes upon it, but you shall not cross over." —Deuteronomy 34:4

In American culture, movies and novels typically conclude with a happy ending. After a long struggle, the author lets justice prevail and the good guys triumph.

God, the Author of Life (Acts 3:15), is also into happy endings. His happy ... More

THE DAY HE'S BEEN WAITING FOR - One Bread, One Body, Aug 15, 2017

08/15/2017 - 1:08am
Assumption
Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10 | 1 Corinthians 15:20-27 | Psalm 45:10-12, 16 | Luke 1:39-56

"Now have salvation and power come." —Revelation 12:10

Because the Lord has created us, He knows us perfectly. He knows how to break through our resistance to His will. He knows how to penetrate our hearts and transform us. He knows how to love us. In His infinite wisdom, He has decided to do ... More

Spiritual Warfare

08/15/2017 - 1:03am
Although the Lord reveals to us in His word that we are in a spiritual war, most Christians don't seem to take this very seriously. How much do you hear about spiritual warfare from the pulpit? If you brought up spiritual warfare in your parish council meetings, what would be the reaction? A few Christians try to "push" spiritual warfare, but they are usually dismissed as "fundamentalist" and not given a hearing. Consequently, many Christians give little thought to the Biblical revelation that we are in a war against evil spirits, and of course they're very likely to lose a war that they don't believe they're in.

FEAR YE, FEAR YE - One Bread, One Body, Aug 14, 2017

08/14/2017 - 1:08am
St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe
Deuteronomy 10:12-22 | Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20 | Matthew 17:22-27

"And now, Israel, what does the Lord, your God, ask of you but to fear the Lord, your God?" —Deuteronomy 10:12

"The Lord, your God, shall you fear, and Him shall you serve." —Deuteronomy 10:20

If you go to church, you will usually be exhorted to love and serve the Lord (Dt 10:12). In a good church, you will even be told to love God "with all ... More

Life-Changing Prayers from the Bible

08/14/2017 - 1:03am
The Bible is our prayer book. We should not only read the Word but also pray it. The Spirit uses the Word to teach us how to pray, since we do not know how to pray as we ought (Rm 8:26). The following prayers are guaranteed by God to change lives because they are based on the Word.

FIGHTING TO HEAR - One Bread, One Body, Aug 13, 2017

08/13/2017 - 1:08am
19th Sunday Ordinary Time
1 Kings 19:9, 11-13 | Romans 9:1-5 | Psalm 85:9-14 | Matthew 14:22-33

"After the earthquake there was fire — but the Lord was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave." —1 Kings 19:12-13

Possibly the greatest thing Elijah ever did was to hear God whisper. God whispered for Elijah to anoint Elisha. This led to two other anointings through which the perverted and oppressive kingdom of Ahab and Jezebel was destroyed (see 1 Kgs ... More

HOW GOD WANTS TO WORK NOW - One Bread, One Body, Aug 12, 2017

08/12/2017 - 1:08am
St. Jane Frances de Chantal
Deuteronomy 6:4-13 | Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51 | Matthew 17:14-20

"Why could we not expel it?" —Matthew 17:19

Jesus makes us the amazing promise: "I assure you, if you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you would be able to say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it would move. Nothing would be impossible for you" (Mt 17:20). We can do ... More

World Day of the Poor - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

08/12/2017 - 1:05am
"SIGN OF CHRIST'S CHARITY"
At the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy, I wanted to offer the Church a World Day of the Poor, so that throughout the world Christian communities can become an even greater sign of Christ's charity for the least and those most in need. More

My People, Vol. 30, Issue 8

08/12/2017 - 1:05am
Fight Hunger With Solidarity
Fighting Famine
Bishops Urge End To Nuclear Weapons
Author Looks At Pivotal Players
When We Forget
Put People First
Light to the Nations
Edge To Edge
Pray The News

IN STEP WITH JESUS - One Bread, One Body, Aug 11, 2017

08/11/2017 - 1:08am
St. Clare
Deuteronomy 4:32-40 | Psalm 77:12-16, 21 | Matthew 16:24-28

"Jesus then said to His disciples, 'If a man wishes to come after Me, he must deny his very self, take up his cross, and begin to follow in My footsteps.' " —Matthew 16:24

When I was a boy, my friends and I often played a winter game in the snow. The leader would walk across a snowy field. The rest of us had to place our feet exactly into the leader's footprints without disturbing any of the surrounding snow. The ... More

FROM GIVING TO LIVING - One Bread, One Body, Aug 10, 2017

08/10/2017 - 1:08am
St. Lawrence
2 Corinthians 9:6-10 | Psalm 112:1-2, 5-9 | John 12:24-26

"Let me say this much: He who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will reap bountifully. Everyone must give according to what he has inwardly decided." —2 Corinthians 9:6-7

Giving sets the tone for living. If we give bountifully of our possessions, time, and energy (2 Cor 9:6), we will live an abundant life (Jn 10:10). If, however, we give sparingly (2 Cor 9:6), do the minimum, and not go beyond the letter of the ... More

BELIEVE AND RECEIVE OR DOUBT AND OUT? - One Bread, One Body, Aug 9, 2017

08/09/2017 - 1:08am
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Numbers 13:1-2, 25 — 14:1, 26-29, 34-35 | Psalm 106:6-7, 13-14, 21-23 | Matthew 15:21-28

"I will do to you just what I have heard you say." —Numbers 14:28

Twelve Israelite scouts walked around in the promised land. Ten saw disaster and sowed "discouraging reports among the Israelites" (Nm 13:32); two saw God's hand poised to bless His people with swift entrance into the promised land, and these ... More

REPAIR SHOP - One Bread, One Body, Aug 8, 2017

08/08/2017 - 1:08am
St. Dominic
Numbers 12:1-13 | Psalm 51:3-7, 12-13 | Matthew 14:22-36

"Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses." —Numbers 12:1

A few years ago, when the news broke of sexual scandals of some Catholic priests, a certain man was publicly berating all priests, even on occasion during Holy Mass. This angered me to the point that I had to bring it to the Sacrament of ... More

MAKING BELIEVERS OUT OF US - One Bread, One Body, Aug 7, 2017

08/07/2017 - 1:08am
Pope St. Sixtus II, St. Cajetan
Numbers 11:4-15 | Psalm 81:12-17 | Matthew 14:13-21

"Israel I would feed with the best of wheat." —Psalm 81:17

Less than twenty-four hours before His death, Jesus took what appeared to be bread and wine and said "This is My body," and "This is My blood" (Mt 26:26, 28). The obvious response to these seemingly absurd statements is: "How can He give us His ... More

BOMBS AWAY - One Bread, One Body, Aug 6, 2017

08/06/2017 - 1:08am
Transfiguration of the Lord
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 | 2 Peter 1:16-19 | Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9 | Matthew 17:1-9

"A surging stream of fire flowed out from where He sat." —Daniel 7:10

When Jesus was transfigured, "from the cloud came a voice which said, 'This is My Son, My Chosen One. Listen to Him' " (Lk 9:35). However, the apostles did not listen to Jesus, especially regarding His death on the cross and His Resurrection. ... More

KNOW JESUS — KNOW PURITY - One Bread, One Body, Aug 5, 2017

08/05/2017 - 1:08am
Dedication of the Basilica, of Saint Mary Major
Leviticus 25:1, 8-17 | Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 7-8 | Matthew 14:1-12

"John had told him, 'It is not right for you to live with her.' " —Matthew 14:4

John the Baptist was martyred for telling Herod: "It is not right for you to live with her." Because today many people are living together outside of marriage, we also have numerous opportunities to repeat John's words to today's Herods and be ... More

HALF-LIVES - One Bread, One Body, Aug 4, 2017

08/04/2017 - 1:08am
St. John Mary Vianney
Leviticus 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34-37 | Psalm 81:3-6, 10-11 | Matthew 13:54-58

"He did not work many miracles there because of their lack of faith." —Matthew 13:58

The people of Jesus' native place lacked faith in Him (Mt 13:54ff). Because of their lack of receptivity, Jesus did not work many miracles there.

This pattern is being repeated today. In our secular humanistic culture, many people have a ... More

MAKING THE FINAL CUT - One Bread, One Body, Aug 3, 2017

08/03/2017 - 1:08am
Exodus 40:16-21, 34-38 | Psalm 84:3-6, 8, 11 | Matthew 13:47-53

Jesus said: "The reign of God is also like a dragnet thrown into the lake, which collected all sorts of things." —Matthew 13:47

At this moment, the dragnet is being pulled over the earth. It is collecting all sorts of things — churches, committed Christians, the lukewarm, sinners, denominations, ministries, the "religious," church-goers, etc. The Lord will sift through ... More

HALOES - One Bread, One Body, Aug 2, 2017

08/02/2017 - 1:08am
St. Eusebius of Vercelli, St. Peter Julian Eymard
Exodus 34:29-35 | Psalm 99:5-7, 9 | Matthew 13:44-46

"The skin of Moses' face was radiant." —Exodus 34:35

When "Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the commandments" (Ex 34:29), he had the first halo ever seen. He got this halo by conversing with God (Ex 34:29) and on the occasion of receiving the Ten Commandments.

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