God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble

7th Week in Ordinary Time   God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.   Some years ago, a parish priest and one of his deacons had a heated and open disagreement in front of many members of their parish.   They eventually worked out their differences, and after fully reconciling, they decided to stand up in front of the congregation and explain that they had forgiven each other.   They also asked everyone to forgive them for their...

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This kind can only come out through prayer

7th Week in Ordinary Time   This kind can only come out through prayer.    Rock climbing can look awfully easy from below.   You just find the next place to grab and then hoist yourself up.   But anyone who has done serious climbing will tell you how challenging it is—especially the higher you go.   One little misstep could be disastrous.   You need to be cautious about every hand grasp and foothold you use. This is one way to understand the...

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Quote of the Week | February 24, 2020

“Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.   Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart.” –Anonymous

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Faith without works is dead

Saint Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Optional Memorial)     Faith without works is dead.    It’s too bad.   Ever since the time of the Reformation, believers have had a hard time reading this verse of Scripture without feeling they have to defend their interpretation of it.   Are we really justified by faith alone?   Or does faith need to manifest itself in actions? James wasn’t embroiled in such theological difficulties when he...

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Show no partiality

6th Week in Ordinary Time   Show no partiality.      In his biography of St. Francis of Assisi, British author G. K. Chesterton uses an analogy to show how Francis’ whole way of thinking had changed as a result of his conversion.   Deep in prayer in a cave outside the city, the young Francis surrendered his expectations of a worldly career with its honors and chose to live for the honor of God instead.   When he came out of the cave, everything...

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[Jesus] laid hands on the man’s eyes a second time and he saw clearly

6th Week in Ordinary Time   [Jesus] laid hands on the man’s eyes a second time and he saw clearly.    Today’s Gospel passage (Mark 8:22-26) tells the story of a healing that didn’t quite work at first. Jesus had to lay his hands on a blind man not once but twice before the man could see. Surely Jesus could have healed him fully the first time, but he didn’t. Why not? And why would Mark include this “two step” healing in his Gospel? Maybe to...

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He willed to give us birth by the word of truth

6th Week in Ordinary Time   He willed to give us birth by the word of truth.    Think of the excitement a husband and wife feel when a new baby arrives. Then compare it to the way God must feel about us. After all, St. James tells us that God has given us a spiritual “birth” through the power of his word (James 1:18). And that spiritual birth, which happens in Baptism, brings joy to our Father’s heart. But despite the joy he feels at our...

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