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Homily: The Goodness of "A-Ha" Moments BUKAS PALAD - February 28, 2015 ... his transfiguration. More significantly, these disciples themselves undergo a transfiguration. They experience a change within themselves that enables them to hear God's voice announcing Jesus' identity as God's ''beloved Son." Their own transfiguration also allows them to hear more clearly the terms of their own discipleship; God asks them to "listen to Jesus." Their "A-ha" moment is about glimpsing the divine—that God is indeed with them—and learning the truth ...http://bukas-palad.blogspot.com/2015/03/homily-goodness-of-ha-moments.html

The Second Sunday of Lent IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: SET THE WORLD ABLAZE - February 25, 2015 ... Jesus, not Isaac, who is destined to be sacrificed. These are crucial turning points in the story of these men. Abraham long practiced fidelity to God and he survived the crucial test of giving up his only son. His other son, Ishmael, was born to a servant woman, and not born of the free marriage to Sarah. Abraham's "yes" validated God's trust in him, which bestowed the fatherly blessing upon his descendants. While the fate of Jesus was becoming clearer, he took his inner circle of friends up ...http://predmore.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-second-sunday-of-lent.html

1st SUNDAY OF LENT (B) MONKS AND MERMAIDS (A BENEDICTINE BLOG) - February 21, 2015 BENEDICT XVI ANGELUS Saint Peter's Square First Sunday of Lent, 1 March 2009 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today is the First Sunday of Lent and the Gospel, in the sober and concise style of St Mark, introduces us into the atmosphere of this liturgical season: "The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan" (Mk 1: 12). In the Holy Land the Judean desert, which lies to the west of the River Jordan and the Oasis ...http://fatherdavidbirdosb.blogspot.com/2015/02/1st-sunday-of-lent-b.html

The First Sunday of Lent IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: SET THE WORLD ABLAZE - February 18, 2015 ... a clear conscience." The Gospel reminds us that the Spirit drove Jesus into the desert for forty days for testing by Satan. As we stand on the edge of Lent, we go forth into our spiritual wilderness recognizing that we have God's backing from start, that our consciences are clear because of our baptism, and that we are already in the time of fulfillment. We do nothing in Lent on our own, but let us not take God's support for granted. We cannot go through life passively relying ...http://predmore.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-first-sunday-of-lent.html

Homily: Washed Anew in Grace BUKAS PALAD - February 15, 2015 ... Responsorial Psalm 31. 1-2,5,11 (R/v 7) / I Corinthians 10.31-11.1 / Mark 1.40-45 We've all seen those advertisements about washing detergents. They guarantee to clean and remove the most deep-down, hard-to-remove stains, like ink blotches, greasy curry splashes, coffee marks and mud smears. Consider the claims they make. "Kao Attack: Makes Clothes Cleaner, Softer and Easier to Iron." "Tide: For a Brilliant Clean Every Time." "Breeze: Power Clean; Removes Stains." Yes, they ...http://bukas-palad.blogspot.com/2015/02/homily-washed-anew-in-grace.html

Homily: The Grace of Touching BUKAS PALAD - February 8, 2015 ... "He approached her, grasped her hand, and helped her up." This is how the gospel writer Mark describes Jesus healing Simon Peter's mother-in-law from her fever. He focuses our attention on Jesus' touch. We can however miss this detail altogether in today's gospel story because we are often busy interpreting it in terms of miracles and mission. Touch . It isn't our usual manner of communicating with one another. We are far more comfortable interacting with ...http://bukas-palad.blogspot.com/2015/02/homily-grace-of-touching.html

Turning Off Pain - Ending Suffering FATHER JIM CHERN'S BLOG - February 8, 2015 ... readings for the day can be found at: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/020815.cfm . Thanks as always for reading, your feedback and comments, and all the shares on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit. Appreciate your support. Have a great week - God Bless, Fr Jim HOMILY: Back in November, there was a rather intriguing headline floating around on a whole bunch of news-websites on the internet: "Scientists have discovered the 'off-switch' for pain." It's too bad they don't have a ...http://chernjam.blogspot.com/2015/02/turning-off-pain-ending-suffering_8.html

Navarre Bible Commentary:2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time JOE CATHOLIC - January 21, 2015 ... Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, "So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas" (which means Peter). Catholic Exegesis: The Second Vatican Council teaches that if we are to derive the true meaning from the sacred texts, attention must be devoted "not only to their content but to the unity of the whole of Scripture, the living tradition of the entire Church, and the analogy of faith. […] Everything to do with the interpretation of Scripture is ultimately subject to ...http://www.thejoecatholic.org/2015/01/navarre-bible-commentary-2nd-sunday-in.html

Homily: Let's Start at the Very Beginning BUKAS PALAD - January 18, 2015 ... ordinariness of our interactions with God into the extraordinariness of God's friendship with us? Y ou might have had such a moment in prayer or at a retreat, in Mass or when you served the poor. It might have happened at a difficult time of pain and suffering or in a time of grace and joy. It might even have been in an everyday moment like sitting among friends at the hawkers' centre or lullabying a newborn to sleep. Why should we pay attention to these moments with Jesus as ...http://bukas-palad.blogspot.com/2015/01/homily-lets-start-at-very-beginning.html

Homily for Sunday G-MANS JOURNEY - January 18, 2015 ... Eli was calling him. As an obedient servant, three times after hearing a call, he went to Eli and asked him what he wanted. Each time, Eli told Samuel that he had not called him. As we heard, God had to call Samuel three times before Eli was spiritually enlightened enough to realize that it was the Lord God who was calling Samuel. From these Bible verses, there is a spiritual lesson for us to learn. It is of utmost importance that we think spiritually at all time in our daily lives in order to ...http://gman59.blogspot.com/2015/01/homily-for-sunday.html

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: SET THE WORLD ABLAZE - January 14, 2015 ... with disciples moving away from John the Baptist toward Jesus, who is the ultimate goal. Two unnamed disciples walk away from John and stay with Jesus and they wonder, "Who are you?" and "Where are you staying?" They want to be with him. Jesus builds the mystery by asking them questions, which send them for answers inside themselves. It becomes a process of discovering Jesus and re-discovering themselves. Most of the time when we hear this passage read we think of the significant exchange ...http://predmore.blogspot.com/2015/01/second-sunday-of-ordinary-time.html

Basil and Gregory: An Appeal to Protestants From Friendship CALLED TO COMMUNION - January 1, 2015 A reflection on the importance of friendship in ecumenical dialogue in honor of the feast day of St. Basil of Caesarea and St. Gregory Nazianzus, two early Church Fathers with a deep and life-long friendship. St. Gregory Nazianzus and St. Basil of Caesarea The Catholic Church on 2 January celebrates the feast day of St. Basil of Caesarea and St. Gregory Nazianzus, two fourth century Church Fathers known for their deep theological reflections and ...http://www.calledtocommunion.com/2015/01/basil-and-gregory-an-appeal-to-protestants-from-friendship/

Picture Books and the Childlike Heart CRISIS MAGAZINE - December 29, 2014 While some people's favorite college professors were taking their classes through Dostoyevsky or Dante, my favorite professor was reading us Mem Fox and Patricia Polacco. And more writers of their kind: authors of some of the finest children's picture books around. The course was "Teaching Reading" for elementary education majors, and the professor, a retired first grade teacher, began each class with a read-aloud. Twenty college juniors sat in a ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/vnWjozGho-s/picture-books-childlike-heart

The Daily Gospel and Readings 23 December 2014 DAILY PRAYERS AND MEDITATIONS - December 23, 2014 Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent Lectionary: 199 Reading 1 mal 3:1-4, 23-24 Thus says the Lord GOD: Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me; And suddenly there will come to the temple the LORD whom you seek, And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire. Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who will endure the day of his coming? And who can stand when he appears? For he is like the refiner's fire, or like the fuller's lye. He will ...http://prayersandmeditations.com/2014/12/23/the-daily-gospel-and-readings-23-december-2014/

The Daily Gospel and Readings 13 December 2014 DAILY PRAYERS AND MEDITATIONS - December 13, 2014 Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr Lectionary: 186 Reading 1 sir 48:1-4, 9-11 In those days, like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah whose words were as a flaming furnace. Their staff of bread he shattered, in his zeal he reduced them to straits; By the Lord's word he shut up the heavens and three times brought down fire. How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds! Whose glory is equal to yours? You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire, in a ...http://prayersandmeditations.com/2014/12/13/the-daily-gospel-and-readings-13-december-2014/

Navarre Bible Commentary:Wednesday, 2nd Week of Advent JOE CATHOLIC - December 10, 2014 ... and life" ( Homily on Corpus Christi , 13 June 1974 ). "Come to me": the Master is addressing the crowds who are following him, "harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd" (Mt 9:36). The Pharisees weighed them down with an endless series of petty regulations (cf. Acts 15:10), yet they brought no peace to their souls. Jesus tells these people, and us, about the kind of burden he imposes: "Any other burden oppresses and crushes you, but Christ's actually takes weight ...http://www.thejoecatholic.org/2014/12/navarre-bible-commentary-wednesday-2nd.html

I Will Come YOUR DAILY TRIPOD - December 1, 2014 ... Church of Rome," this was Bartholomew's response. (CNS Photo/Paul ...http://yourdailytripod.blogspot.com/2014/12/i-will-come.html

Homily: To Be Wasted BUKAS PALAD - November 22, 2014 ... Haven't you been gifted too in these years of studying at SJI International? What are you remembering with gratitude as you sit here? Perhaps these: Lessons learnt. Experiences had. Care received. Friendship forged. Growing up accomplished. Family love continuing. Students, teachers who've walked with you. Teachers, students who challenged you to give your best. And parents, your children growing up and your hopes answered. And for the rest of us who've come to celebrate with ...http://bukas-palad.blogspot.com/2014/11/homily-to-be-wasted.html

Eve Tushnet: Wrong? Or Right? ABBEY ROADS - November 20, 2014 ... Catholic welcoming committee as banging them over the head with "You can't come in if you say you are gay - if you want to come in you have to say, 'I'm not gay - I'm same sex attracted'!" But that is not true - that is wrong. The official language of the Church does not use terms such as 'gay' ... although the Church is clear that such persons are called to chastity, and are among those called to holiness. Chastity and homosexuality 2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or ...http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/2014/11/eve-tushnet-wrong-or-right.html

Fear of the Lord: Ancient, Timeless Wisdom A CATHOLIC CITIZEN IN AMERICA - November 16, 2014 ... tradition teaches us that happiness and friendship and marriage should all be based on a healthy loving fear of the Lord. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the psalmist expresses it very simply and poetically. "Blessed are those who fear the Lord," and then he explains what, exactly, that means: "to fear of the Lord is to walk in his ways." This is the wisdom of the ages. It is the perennial principle of human happiness. And it is the foundation of true success in marriage. To fear ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ACatholicCitizenInAmerica/~3/3H9WjPOVGhA/fear-of-lord-ancient-timeless-wisdom.html

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