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12/26/2014 - 12:03am

Speak the Truth in Love

12/24/2014 - 12:03am

An Isaiah Advent

12/23/2014 - 12:03am

Leading Your Loved Ones to Christ

12/22/2014 - 12:03am
If you are brokenhearted because your loved ones don't know the Lord, be thankful that you have faith enough and love enough to care. The Lord will not forsake you.

A "MARY," MERRY CHRISTMAS - One Bread, One Body, Dec 21, 2014

18 hours 2 min ago
Fourth Sunday of Advent
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16 | Romans 16:25-27 | Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29 | Luke 1:26-38

"Mary said to the angel, 'How can this be...?' " —Luke 1:34

To have a true Christmas, to meet Christ at Mass in a new, glorious way during the Christmas season, we must have a "Mary" Christmas and love Jesus as Mary does. To have a "Mary" Christmas, we should:

  • not fear (Lk 1:30),
  • be ... More

THE SCHOOL OF MARY - One Bread, One Body, Dec 20, 2014

12/20/2014 - 12:08am
Isaiah 7:10-14 | Psalm 24:1-6 | Luke 1:26-38

"The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you." —Luke 1:35

Mary is a model disciple. She is worthy of being imitated.

  • Mary did God's will, no matter what it entailed as the servant of the Lord.
  • She welcomed and received the Holy Spirit. Then she ministered with the Spirit's power and ... More

ZECHARIAH'S "ADVENT" - One Bread, One Body, Dec 19, 2014

12/19/2014 - 12:08am
Judges 13:2-7, 24-25 | Psalm 71:3-6, 16-17 | Luke 1:5-25

"I was sent to...bring you this good news." —Luke 1:19

"Each man speaks from his heart's abundance" (Lk 6:45). Zechariah's words to the angel give evidence that his heart did not trust God. He possibly felt that God turned a "deaf ear" to his decades-long prayers for a child. Thus, when the angel ... More

ACCEPT FOR CHRISTMAS - One Bread, One Body, Dec 18, 2014

12/18/2014 - 12:08am
Jeremiah 23:5-8 | Psalm 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19 | Matthew 1:18-25

"Joseph her husband, an upright man unwilling to expose her to the law, decided to divorce her quietly." —Matthew 1:19

Joseph planned to divorce Mary and, therefore, Jesus. This Christmas, we also may be tempted to divorce Jesus indirectly, and thereby miss out on Christmas. Throughout history, there have been more innkeepers and Herods at Christmas than wise ... More

I LOVE JESUS' GENES - One Bread, One Body, Dec 17, 2014

12/17/2014 - 12:08am
Genesis 49:2, 8-10 | Psalm 72:1-4, 7-8, 17 | Matthew 1:1-17

"A family record of Jesus Christ…" —Matthew 1:1

I've often heard parishioners express discontent about having to listen to today's Gospel litany of name after name in the genealogy of Jesus. Church attendees often seem bored with the genealogy.

Genealogy, however, is riding a wave of ... More

INTO THE DUMPSTER - One Bread, One Body, Dec 16, 2014

12/16/2014 - 12:08am
Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13 | Psalm 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-19, 23 | Matthew 21:28-32

"The lowly will hear me and be glad." —Psalm 34:3

Throughout much of our lives, many of us develop the illusion that we are naturally good-hearted, loving, and kind people. We pretend that about all we want out of life is to help people. Although various circumstances in our lives seem to ... More

QUESTION BOX - One Bread, One Body, Dec 15, 2014

12/15/2014 - 12:08am
Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17 | Psalm 25:4-9 | Matthew 21:23-27

"I too will ask a question." —Matthew 21:24

Sometimes we pray and talk to God, even questioning Him, but He doesn't seem to answer. We wonder if He's even listening. One reason for this is mentioned in today's Gospel reading. The chief priests and elders asked Jesus two questions (Mt ... More

My People, Vol. 27, Issue 12

12/15/2014 - 12:05am
Growing Threats To Peace In Middle East
Hunger Threatens Peace
Seek Unity, Don't Fear Diversity
"Every Single Christmas"
Martyrs Offer Great Witness
Learn From St. Teresa Of Avila
Light to the Nations
Edge To Edge
Pray The News

"REJOICE SUNDAY" - One Bread, One Body, Dec 14, 2014

12/14/2014 - 12:08am
Third Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11 | 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 | Luke 1:46-50, 53-54 | John 1:6-8, 19-28

"I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul." —Isaiah 61:10

"Rejoice in the Lord always! I say it again. Rejoice!" (Phil 4:4) Today is "Gaudete Sunday," that is, "Rejoice Sunday." We are rejoicing because soon and very soon Christ will come in glory this Christmas.

We are able to "rejoice always" (1 ... More

U R E. & J. - One Bread, One Body, Dec 13, 2014

12/13/2014 - 12:08am
St. Lucy
Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11 | Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 | Matthew 17:9-13

"Elijah is indeed coming, and he will restore everything." —Matthew 17:11

Jesus said that Elijah would restore everything. What a statement! Everything? How could someone restore everything? Jesus said that the restoration of everything was begun by John the Baptizer (Mt 17:13), who came "in the spirit and ... More

CHRIST WITHIN - One Bread, One Body, Dec 12, 2014

12/12/2014 - 12:08am
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zechariah 2:14-17 | Judith 13:18-19 | Luke 1:39-47

"Thereupon Mary set out, proceeding in haste into the hill country to a town of Judah, where she entered Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth." —Luke 1:39-40

When we think of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we think of her miraculous image on the tilma, the miracle of the roses, the great basilica, and especially the millions of conversions. The cause of all these wondrous works is symbolized by the black ... More

GOOD VIOLENCE - One Bread, One Body, Dec 11, 2014

12/11/2014 - 12:08am
Pope St. Damasus I
Isaiah 41:13-20 | Psalm 145:1, 9-13 | Matthew 11:11-15

"From John the Baptizer's time until now the kingdom of God has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force." —Matthew 11:12

How do the violent take God's kingdom by force? During Jesus' time on earth, a group called the Zealots believed they would take God's kingdom by force by waging guerilla warfare against the Romans. Jesus rejected this approach, for His kingdom ... More

Y'ALL COME - One Bread, One Body, Dec 10, 2014

12/10/2014 - 12:08am
Isaiah 40:25-31 | Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10 | Matthew 11:28-30

"To whom can you liken Me as an equal? says the Holy One." —Isaiah 40:25

No one equals God in anything. Consider God's strength; He is unequaled in strength. Almighty God is so strong that He made and sustains the millions of stars which span light-years in space (Is 40:26).

Almighty God is willing to share His ... More

COMFORT ZONE - One Bread, One Body, Dec 9, 2014

12/09/2014 - 12:08am
St. Juan Diego
Isaiah 40:1-11 | Psalm 96:1-3, 10-13 | Matthew 18:12-14

"Comfort, give comfort to My people, says your God." —Isaiah 40:1

The Lord commanded His heavenly court to give comfort to His people on earth. This "comfort" does not mean feeling good and indulging in "creature comforts," but being freed from slavery to a pleasure-seeking lifestyle (see Is 40:2). God's ... More

GOD'S WORTHY VESSEL - One Bread, One Body, Dec 8, 2014

12/08/2014 - 12:08am
Immaculate Conception
Genesis 3:9-15, 20 | Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 | Psalm 98:1-4 | Luke 1:26-38

"...to be holy and blameless in His sight..." —Ephesians 1:4

Picture a Thanksgiving supper. There are many leftovers and you are ready to store them in the refrigerator. Of course, you will put the leftovers in clean containers, so the food will not spoil. Who could imagine putting the leftovers in ... More