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<U>DAILY</U> BREAD - One Bread, One Body, Apr 30, 2016

2 hours 36 min ago
Pope St. Pius V
Acts 16:1-10 | Psalm 100:1-3, 5 | John 15:18-21

"The congregations grew stronger in faith and daily increased in numbers." —Acts 16:5

The early Church grew in numbers daily. "Day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved" (Acts 2:47). The early Church grew daily because:

  • "They went to the temple area together every day, while in their ... More

OBEDIENCE SCHOOL - One Bread, One Body, Apr 29, 2016

04/29/2016 - 1:08am
St. Catherine of Siena
Acts 15:22-31 | Psalm 57:8-10, 12 | John 15:12-17

"This is My commandment: love one another as I have loved you." —John 15:12

Gentile Christians were commanded by the leaders of the early Church to change their eating habits and sexual practices (see Acts 15:20). People are usually very resistant to limitations on their food consumption or sexual activity. However, the ... More

MEETING(S) OF THE MINDS - One Bread, One Body, Apr 28, 2016

04/28/2016 - 1:08am
St. Peter Chanel, St. Louis Mary de Montfort
Acts 15:7-21 | Psalm 96:1-3, 10 | John 15:9-11

"The apostles and the presbyters accordingly convened to look into the matter. After much discussion, Peter took the floor." —Acts 15:6-7

This meeting of the leaders of the early church in Jerusalem was one of the most important in history. This is not because they ruled against the necessity of circumcision for Gentile Christians but because they removed an obstacle to world ... More

THE ULTIMATE SPRING CLEANING - One Bread, One Body, Apr 27, 2016

04/27/2016 - 1:08am
Acts 15:1-6 | Psalm 122:1-5 | John 15:1-8

"You are clean already, thanks to the word I have spoken to you." —John 15:3

We must let the Lord clean us so that we can bear fruit abundantly. If we don't let the Lord clean us "in the bath of water by the power of the word" (Eph 5:26), we will be thrown into the fire to be burned (Jn 15:6). "Blessed are the clean of ... More

OPENING THE DOOR OF FAITH - One Bread, One Body, Apr 26, 2016

04/26/2016 - 1:08am
Acts 14:19-28 | Psalm 145:10-13, 21 | John 14:27-31

"They called the congregation together and related all that God had helped them accomplish, and how He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles." —Acts 14:27

Because God is Love (1 Jn 4:16), He wants all people to be saved (1 Tm 2:4). Because all people are naturally alienated from God, we all needed God to do something extreme to open the door of faith and break through our resistance to His saving ... More

Praying for a New Pentecost

04/26/2016 - 1:03am
This list of Biblical prayers for the coming of the Holy Spirit can renew and change your life. Come Holy Spirit, give us a new Pentecost!

MARK-ETING THE GOSPEL - One Bread, One Body, Apr 25, 2016

04/25/2016 - 1:08am
St. Mark
1 Peter 5:5-14 | Psalm 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17 | Mark 16:15-20

"Signs like this will accompany those who have professed their faith: they will use My name to expel demons, they will speak entirely new languages, they will be able to handle serpents, they will be able to drink deadly poison without harm, and the sick upon whom they lay their hands will recover." —Mark 16:17-18

By saying "signs like this," Jesus means that the signs and marvels He mentioned above are only a few of the signs He will work to confirm our proclamation of the gospel. There are many other ways that Jesus backs up those who spread His ... More

Pentecost Novena

04/25/2016 - 1:03am
The Pentecost Novena is the first of all novenas, nine days of prayer. After Jesus' Ascension into heaven, He commanded His disciples to come together in the upper room to devote themselves to constant prayer (Acts 1:14). They prayed for nine days before receiving the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.

KNOW NEW OR NO NEW - One Bread, One Body, Apr 24, 2016

04/24/2016 - 1:08am
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 14:21-27 | Revelation 21:1-5 | Psalm 145:8-13 | John 13:31-35

"I give you a new commandment." —John 13:34

The Lord makes all things new (Rv 21:5). We will see "new heavens and a new earth" (Rv 21:1). We will see "a new Jerusalem" (Rv 21:2). The Lord makes all things new through us, especially as we obey the new commandment of love (Jn 13:34). "This ... More

THE COST OF PENTECOST IS THE _____ - One Bread, One Body, Apr 23, 2016

04/23/2016 - 1:08am
St. George, St. Adalbert
Acts 13:44-52 | Psalm 98:1-4 | John 14:7-14

"The disciples could not but be filled with joy and the Holy Spirit." —Acts 13:52

In thirteen days, we will begin praying the Pentecost novena. The Lord intends to give us a renewal of our Baptisms and Confirmations that will truly change the world. In the Holy Spirit, we will receive power (Acts 1:8) and be "clothed with ... More

THE PLACE TO BE - One Bread, One Body, Apr 22, 2016

04/22/2016 - 1:08am
Acts 13:26-33 | Psalm 2:6-11 | John 14:1-6

"I am indeed going to prepare a place for you." —John 14:3

In building His Church (Mt 16:18), Jesus has prepared a place for each of us. This is the place for which we were created. In this place, our hearts will not be troubled (see Jn 14:1). In our place in the body of Christ, the Church, we will see ... More

I FOR I AM - One Bread, One Body, Apr 21, 2016

04/21/2016 - 1:08am
St. Anselm
Acts 13:13-25 | Psalm 89:2-3, 21-22, 25, 27 | John 13:16-20

"When it takes place you may believe that I AM." —John 13:19

Jesus is God. We, His disciples, should take and make every opportunity to proclaim Jesus' divinity. Always, and especially during this Easter season, we should declare that Jesus is the Son of God, that is, God, "in power according to the ... More

HOME RUN - One Bread, One Body, Apr 20, 2016

04/20/2016 - 1:08am
Acts 12:24—13:5 | Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8 | John 12:44-50

"Barnabas and Saul…sent forth by the Holy Spirit…set sail from there for Cyprus." —Acts 13:2, 4

Barnabas was the leader for the Church's first missionary trip, as indicated by the fact that his name came before Saul's. Of all the possible destinations in a world without the Lord, the Holy Spirit sent Barnabas home, to Cyprus (Acts 13:4). ... More

"TAKE MY HAND" - One Bread, One Body, Apr 19, 2016

04/19/2016 - 1:08am
Acts 11:19-26 | Psalm 87:1-7 | John 10:22-30

"The hand of the Lord was with them and a great number of them believed and were converted to the Lord." —Acts 11:21

God's hand makes it possible to convert great numbers of people. God's hand holds and protects us. Because there can be no snatching out of His hand (Jn 10:28-29), we have perfect security in His love. Even death cannot snatch us from God's ... More

Be Holy, For I Am Holy

04/19/2016 - 1:03am
Holiness is the very character of God, and our heavenly Father wants His children to act and look like Him.

EXCLUDED NO LONGER - One Bread, One Body, Apr 18, 2016

04/18/2016 - 1:08am
Acts 11:1-18 | Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3, 4 | John 10:1-10

"God has granted life-giving repentance even to the Gentiles." —Acts 11:18

It might seem that the controversies of the first-century Church could be dry reading to modern eyes. However, the way this particular controversy, told in today's first reading, was handled meant that the vast majority of nearly everyone who is ... More

I DON'T KNOW MUCH, BUT... - One Bread, One Body, Apr 17, 2016

04/17/2016 - 1:08am
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 13:14, 43-52 | Revelation 7:9, 14-17 | Psalm 100:1-3, 5 | John 10:27-30

"The disciples could not but be filled with joy and the Holy Spirit." —Acts 13:52

In the missals used by parishes over twenty years ago, the above verse is translated: "The disciples knew only how to be filled with joy and the Holy Spirit." What a great description this is for a disciple of Jesus Christ!

Disciples shake ... More

STEPS RIGHT UP - One Bread, One Body, Apr 16, 2016

04/16/2016 - 1:08am
Acts 9:31-42 | Psalm 116:12-17 | John 6:60-69

The Church "was being built up and was making steady progress in the fear of the Lord." —Acts 9:31

The Lord leads us step by step, "from grace to grace" (Jn 1:16, our transl.), and from glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18). For example, Peter took a very important step forward when he obeyed the ascending Christ by devoting himself to constant prayer ... More

AMAZING GRACE - One Bread, One Body, Apr 15, 2016

04/15/2016 - 1:08am
Acts 9:1-20 | Psalm 117:1-2 | John 6:52-59

"Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man..." —Acts 9:13

Those who consider religion boring must not know the Lord God. He is constantly doing stupendous, amazing things.

  • Jesus appeared to Saul, the fiercest opponent of Christians. With great power, Jesus converted him into the greatest ... More

HEAVENLY FOOD - One Bread, One Body, Apr 14, 2016

04/14/2016 - 1:08am
Acts 8:26-40 | Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20 | John 6:44-51

"Your ancestors ate manna in the desert, but they died. This is the Bread that comes down from heaven for a man to eat and never die." —John 6:49-50

When it comes to food, God provides and man derides. God gave Adam and Eve all kinds of good food in the garden of Eden (Gn 2:16). Sadly, their craving to eat beyond what God provided led to mankind's downfall (Gn 3:6).

God then provided ... More