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BREAK THE LAW! - One Bread, One Body, Nov 26, 2015

16 hours 11 min ago
Daniel 6:12-28 | Daniel 3:68-74 | Luke 21:20-28

"Daniel, the Jewish exile, has paid no attention to you, O king, or to the decree you issued; three times a day he offers his prayer." —Daniel 6:14

Three times a day, Daniel broke the law prohibiting praying to the true God. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we were repeatedly breaking the laws prohibiting prayer? There's an unwritten law that you don't pray openly on most jobs. Break the law. ... More

"SOBER UP" (1 Sm 1:14) - One Bread, One Body, Nov 25, 2015

11/25/2015 - 12:08am
St. Catherine of Alexandria
Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28 | Daniel 3:62-67 | Luke 21:12-19

"Under the influence of the wine..." —Daniel 5:2

At this time of year, the world is obsessed with "Holiday" shopping events for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Church, however, has a different focus. The liturgical year comes to a close this Saturday, and a new Church Year begins with Advent ... More

Speak the Truth in Love

11/25/2015 - 12:03am

THE CERTAINTY OF THE END AND HIS COMING - One Bread, One Body, Nov 24, 2015

11/24/2015 - 12:08am
St. Andrew Dung-Lac, & Companions
Daniel 2:31-45 | Daniel 3:57-61 | Luke 21:5-11

"The God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall...break in pieces all these kingdoms and put an end to them, and it shall stand forever." —Daniel 2:44

The vision Daniel interpreted has been the pattern of history (Dn 2:31ff). Great kingdom after great kingdom has been destroyed. Even the Temple and the city of God, Jerusalem, were destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. (Lk 21:6). Jesus prophesied ... More


11/24/2015 - 12:03am
Life-decisions are those that relate to vocation, ministry, employment, education, residence, etc.

PASS THE TRUST TEST - One Bread, One Body, Nov 23, 2015

11/23/2015 - 12:08am
Pope St. Clement I, St. Columban, Bl. Miguel Pro
Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20 | Daniel 3:52-56 | Luke 21:1-4

"Test your servants." —Daniel 1:12

The four young Israelite men asked their master to test their faith (Dn 1:12). Likewise, the poor widow in the Gospel reading asked God to test her faith by giving the Lord all her money (Lk 21:4). During the testing they gave God their all, ... More

My People, Vol. 28, Issue 11

11/23/2015 - 12:05am
Respond To Challenge With Gospel Of Mercy
Family Is Fundamental
Pope Reports On Travels
Spreading God's Love
Pope Meets Inmates
Paul VI, Champion Of Dialogue Among Peoples
New Saint Embodies Missionary Church
Light to the Nations
Book Focuses On Christianity In China
Edge To Edge
Pray The News

The Lord Laughs

11/23/2015 - 12:03am
I, Father Al Lauer, have had the privilege of preaching the good news of Jesus throughout the USA and Canada for several years. I have found the Lord to be always faithful and often funny. The following anecdotes indicate this.

"YOUR KINGDOM COME" (Mt 6:10) - One Bread, One Body, Nov 22, 2015

11/22/2015 - 12:08am
Christ the King
Daniel 7:13-14 | Revelation 1:5-8 | Psalm 93:1-2, 5 | John 18:33-37

"Anyone committed to the truth hears My voice." —John 18:37

Decades ago, our young family gathered with several other young Catholic families and their small children in one family's large log cabin. It was a pleasant party until I happened to notice the host and another young father sitting in a far ... More

Religious Freedom - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

11/22/2015 - 12:05am
American Catholics are committed to building a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination. With countless other peoples of good will, they are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and their right to religious liberty. More

Mercy, Love and Migration - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

11/22/2015 - 12:05am
God's love is meant to reach out to each and every person. Those who welcome the Father's embrace, for their part, become so many other open arms and embraces, enabling every person to feel loved like a child and "at home" as part of the one human family. More

OUR UNWORTHINESS IN HIS WORTHINESS - One Bread, One Body, Nov 21, 2015

11/21/2015 - 12:08am
Presentation of Mary
1 Maccabees 6:1-13 | Psalm 9:2-4, 6, 16, 19 | Luke 20:27-40

"The children of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those judged worthy of a place in the age to come and of resurrection from the dead do not." —Luke 20:34-35

Will you be "judged worthy of a place in the age to come and of resurrection from the dead"? (Lk 20:35) Is there anything you have done or can do which makes you worthy to be raised from the dead? Obviously, no one is worthy to be raised from ... More

PURITY - One Bread, One Body, Nov 20, 2015

11/20/2015 - 12:08am
1 Maccabees 4:36-37, 52-59 | 1 Chronicles 29:10-12 | Luke 19:45-48

Jesus "entered the temple and began ejecting the traders." —Luke 19:45

Jesus has made it clear that He wants His temple purified (see 1 Mc 4:36). Jesus commands us to be pure, even "as He is pure" (1 Jn 3:3). Jesus is purifying His Church "in the bath of water by the power of the word, to present to Himself a ... More

WILL YOU EVER DENY HIM? - One Bread, One Body, Nov 19, 2015

11/19/2015 - 12:08am
1 Maccabees 2:15-29 | Psalm 50:1-2, 5-6, 14-15 | Luke 19:41-44

"The officers of the king in charge of enforcing the apostasy came to the city." —1 Maccabees 2:15

The Seleucid king tried to enforce an apostasy on the Jews. Roman emperors repeatedly tried to enforce apostasies on the early Christians. This continues to happen as Chinese Communists oppress Christians, terrorists brutalize Christians in ... More

THE ONLY WAY TO DEFEAT TERRORISM - One Bread, One Body, Nov 18, 2015

11/18/2015 - 12:08am
Dedication of the Churches of Sts. Peter & Paul, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
2 Maccabees 7:1, 20-31 | Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15 | Luke 19:11-28

"The mother...saw her seven sons perish in a single day, yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord." —2 Maccabees 7:20

The Seleucids who persecuted the Jewish people at the time of the Maccabean revolt were terrorists. They did not just kill their enemies but did it in such a way as to try to intimidate them. For example, they did not just kill seven Jewish ... More

DIE AND LET LIVE - One Bread, One Body, Nov 17, 2015

11/17/2015 - 12:08am
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
2 Maccabees 6:18-31 | Psalm 3:2-7 | Luke 19:1-10

"I will leave to the young a noble example of how to die willingly and generously for the revered and holy laws." —2 Maccabees 6:28

Jesus said: "Whoever loses His life for My sake will save it" (Lk 9:24). "Unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. But if it dies, it produces much fruit" (Jn 12:24). Eleazar gave a fabulous example ... More

AMONG OUR GREATEST NEEDS - One Bread, One Body, Nov 16, 2015

11/16/2015 - 12:08am
St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Gertrude the Great
1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63 | Psalm 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158 | Luke 18:35-43

"A blind man sat at the side of the road begging. Hearing a crowd go by the man asked, 'What is that?' The answer came that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by." —Luke 18:35-37

Imagine if you were color-blind and nearsighted with impaired peripheral vision. Could you see? Yes. Would you need healing of your vision? Absolutely. Likewise, we can see spiritually but "we see indistinctly, as in a mirror" (1 Cor 13:12). We ... More

THE END OF THE END - One Bread, One Body, Nov 15, 2015

11/15/2015 - 12:08am
33rd Sunday Ordinary Time
Daniel 12:1-3 | Hebrews 10:11-14, 18 | Psalm 16:5, 8-11 | Mark 13:24-32

"When you see these things happening, you will know that He is near, even at the door." —Mark 13:29

Immediately before the end of the world, we will have "trials of every sort" (Mk 13:24). "It shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time" (Dn 12:1). "Indeed, had the Lord not shortened the period, not a person ... More

FAST ANSWERS TO PRAYER - One Bread, One Body, Nov 14, 2015

11/14/2015 - 12:08am
Wisdom 18:14-16; 19:6-9 | Psalm 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43 | Luke 18:1-8

"I tell you, He will give them swift justice." —Luke 18:8

There's a certain kind of prayer that results in "swift justice." God will not delay long over us when we pray in this way (Lk 18:7). In this way of prayer, we call out to God "day and night" (Lk 18:7) and realize that at all times, even at the ... More

READY FOR THE BIG SURPRISE? - One Bread, One Body, Nov 13, 2015

11/13/2015 - 12:08am
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
Wisdom 13:1-9 | Psalm 19:2-5 | Luke 17:26-37

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

The end of the world will be like the time of Noah insofar as most people will be oblivious to their imminent destruction (Lk 17:27; see also Lk 17:28-29).

The end of the world will not only be surprising but quick. There will be no time ... More