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The one who loves another has fulfilled the law

31st Week in Ordinary Time   The one who loves another has fulfilled the law.    Lose weight overnight!   Develop one simple habit to make your marriage the best!   Instantly fix your budget!   Everyone wants quick fixes—effortless ways to accomplish things we find hard to do.   St. Paul’s assertion here, that love is the fulfillment of all the commandments, can sound like that same kind of thinking.   Satisfy every one of the commandments in...

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Anticipate one another in showing honor

31st Week in Ordinary Time   Anticipate one another in showing honor.   Jesus tells us to love one another, and who could argue with that?   Even children would tell you it’s best to “be nice” to one another. But that’s not particularly specific.   In today’s first reading (Romans 12:10), though, Paul gives us some practical ideas about how to put love into action.   Let’s zero in on one of his suggestions:   “Anticipate one another in showing...

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Quote of the Week | November 4, 2019

“Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” –Steve Maraboli

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The gifts and the call of God are irrevocable

Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop (Memorial)   The gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.   St. Paul grieved deeply that many of his fellow Jews had not accepted the gospel message.   Earlier in his letter to the Romans, Paul expressed “great sorrow and constant anguish in my heart” for the Jewish people, and even went so far as to say that he himself would willingly separate himself from Christ if only they would believe (Romans 9:2, 3)....

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The faithful shall abide with him in love

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day)   The faithful shall abide with him in love.    Think about all the people you pray for—a friend coping with a serious illness, a child questioning his faith, or maybe a coworker going through a painful divorce.   These needs are obvious to us, if only because they are right in front of us.   But the Church sets aside a whole month, and All Souls Day in particular, so that we can...

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Blessing and glory

All Saints (Solemnity)   Blessing and glory . . . be to our God forever and ever.   St. Thomas Aquinas once said that grace is “nothing else but a certain beginning of glory within us” (Summa Theologiae, II–II.24.3).   It’s this glory that we’re celebrating today on All Saints Day—the glory that all the saints in heaven are enjoying right now. Did you catch the connection in Aquinas’ quote?   God’s grace is the beginning of glory in us.   It’s...

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If God is for us, who can be against us?

30th Week in Ordinary Time   If God is for us, who can be against us?   Have you ever gone backpacking?   If you have, then you know that you have to be judicious about what to bring.   If you load up your backpack with too much stuff, it may begin to feel so heavy that you end up having to shed some of the things you brought even before you reach your campsite! In some ways, guilt can be like that.   It can make us feel as if we are trudging...

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