Posts made in August, 2019

You yourselves have been taught by God to love one another

You yourselves have been taught by God to love one another Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary “Lord, teach me how to love as you love! “Thank you for loving me just as I am.   You loved me even before I was conceived, when you saw all of my days—the bad as well as the good.   You loved me before I did a single thing to earn your love.   You persisted in loving me even when I turned away from you and did not follow your ways.   You loved me...

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The wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps

The wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. One day while St. Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden, another friar came up and asked him, “What would you do if you knew that Jesus were coming again today?” Francis replied, “I would keep hoeing my garden.” Francis could give that answer because he was prepared. He was living his life in such a way that made him ready to meet Jesus whenever he came in glory. The wise virgins in Jesus’...

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They came and took his body and laid it in a tomb

They came and took his body and laid it in a tomb. The Passion of Saint John the Baptist (Memorial) Today we celebrate the feast of one of the greatest heroes of our faith:   John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus, who cried out, “Prepare the way of the Lord” (Mark 1:3). John did not hesitate to speak truth to the powerful, even if it cost him his freedom and his life.   But we sometimes forget that he was not a lone ranger preaching in the...

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the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe

. . . the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe.  Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Memorial) Today is the feast of St. Augustine.  So let’s take a look at how Augustine experienced God’s word “at work”:   through another Christian. When Augustine arrived in Milan to teach rhetoric in the pagan schools there, he heard of the reputation of Ambrose, Milan’s bishop.   The people loved him, and that sparked first...

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Cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean

Cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean.  Saint Monica (Memorial) You reach for a coffee mug.   It sure looks clean, but then you discover that it hasn’t been washed properly.   There are stains and specks of leftover coffee grounds inside.   It’s not the clean mug you thought it was going to be! The Pharisees in today’s Gospel passage (Matthew 23:26) were like that coffee mug:   clean on the outside but in...

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