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Reflection: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 THE DOME BLOG - February 10, 2016 Ash Wednesday – Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 Today we begin the season of Lent. Lent is a time to step back and examine our lives. Lent is a time to repent. Today is the day we receive ashes on our foreheads. The ashes are a symbol of the reality that we came forth from the earth and that when we die we will return to the earth. The words that accompany that the offering of ashes remind us that we are "dust." We will have an end. We will die. However, death ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2016/02/reflection-matthew-61-6-16-18.html

Today's guest blog post is contributed by Brother John Kiesler, OFM ... NO HANDS BUT YOURS - February 10, 2016 Today's guest blog post is contributed by Brother John Kiesler, OFM is a member of the facility of the Franciscan School of Theology in California. Brother John is a member of the Formation Facility for long-term missionaries through Mission Doctors and presents at the Annual Retreat Seminar on the theology of mission. Additionally he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Mission Doctors Association. Oh no, here is it again the beginning of that time of year! ...http://nohandsbutyours.blogspot.com/2016/02/todays-guest-blog-post-is-contributed.html

Reflection: Mark 7:1-13 THE DOME BLOG - February 9, 2016 http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2016/02/reflection-mark-71-13.html

Reflection on the Solemnity of St. Scholastica: Luke 10:38-42 THE DOME BLOG - February 9, 2016 Saint Scholastica, Solemnity – Luke 10:38-42 (transferred from Ash Wednesday ) Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Scholastica, the twin sister of St. Benedict. The Gospel for this feast is the story of Martha and her sister, Mary. This is a very familiar Gospel to most of us. Jesus came to visit Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. When he arrived, they all greeted him. They were thrilled that he had come to be with them. In this passage, Luke paints a picture of the ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2016/02/reflection-on-solemnity-of-st.html

Reflection: Mark 6:53-56 THE DOME BLOG - February 8, 2016 ... 6:53-56 This brief Gospel reading is only three verses long. On Saturday, we read that Jesus and the disciples were fishing. Today's passage is a continuation of the story. When Jesus and the disciples had finished fishing, they landed at Gennesaret and tied up their boat. The people on the shore immediately recognized Jesus. They hurriedly spread the word of Jesus' arrival. The people began to bring to Jesus their relatives and friends who were ill. In every town that Jesus ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2016/02/reflection-mark-653-56.html

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 FR. CARMEN MELE, O.P.: TODAY'S HOMILETTE - February 8, 2016 ... up chocolate for Lent. Rather he wants listeners to follow his daily program of reflection and action. No doubt he will show them how to go beyond performing superficial actions. He will prompt them to give their whole lives to the Lord. His dismissal of fasting from chocolate approximates Jesus' critique of Pharisaical practices in today's gospel. Jesus takes the Pharisees to task for minding the shell and not the kernel of the Law. He finds their concern ...http://cbmdominicanpreacher.blogspot.com/2016/02/tuesday-february-9-2016.html

The Pope Renews His Appeal for Peace and Reconciliation in Syria VIS NEWS - HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE - February 8, 2016 Vatican City, 7 February 2016 (VIS) – Following today's Angelus prayer, Pope Francis reiterated his concern regarding the tragic fate of civilian populations affected by the heavy fighting in Syria and compelled to abandon their homelands to escape the horrors of war. "I hope that, with generous solidarity, the necessary help may be given to ensure their survival and dignity, and I appeal to the international community to spare no effort in urgently bringing the ...http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-pope-renews-his-appeal-for-peace.html

Reflection: Luke 5:1-11 THE DOME BLOG - February 7, 2016 5 th Sunday Ordinary Time – Luke 5:1-11 In today's Gospel, Jesus called his first disciples. Jesus was walking by the lake of Gennesaret. He was standing on the shore when he saw two boats that were close to the shore. The fisherman had just finished their fishing for the day. They had gotten out of their boats and they were washing their nets. Jesus brazenly stepped into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon. He said to Simon: "Put out into the deep and lower ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2016/02/reflection-luke-51-11.html

Reflection: Mark 6:30-34 THE DOME BLOG - February 6, 2016 Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time – Mark 6:30-34 Today the disciples gathered around Jesus and reported on the preaching and teaching they had done in the past days. They were very excited and pleased. However, they also were tired and hungry. They had been surrounded by people for days. Jesus suggested that they go away from the crowds of people for a while. They all got into a boat and Jesus took them off to a deserted place. The disciples believed that ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2016/02/reflection-mark-630-34.html

Reflection: Mark 6:14-29 THE DOME BLOG - February 5, 2016 Friday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time – Mark 6:14-29 Today's Gospel focuses on the tale of John the Baptist, Herod, and Herod's illegitimate wife, Herodias. John had criticized both of them publicly for having an illicit union. Naturally, Herod and Herodias were angry with John and his censure. Who did John think he was? Herodias was so angry with John that she wanted to have him killed. However, Herod believed that John was a holy man and enjoyed listening to ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2016/02/reflection-mark-614-29.html

The Bigger Part of Reality GETTING TO THE POINT - February 5, 2016 ... So we know that 'if the Lord does not build the house' (the field, the barn, the apiary, the bush lot), then 'in vain do the builders labor'. In our rural and agricultural context, giving thanks to God is natural, spontaneous, the obvious thing to do. But what about all you city dwellers? Leaving aside the fact that most of you probably ate food today, and that food was probably not grown in a laboratory on the international space station, so somewhere in there a farmer was ...http://frdenis.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-bigger-part-of-reality.html

Reflection: Mark 6:7-13 THE DOME BLOG - February 4, 2016 Thursday of the 4 th Week in Ordinary Time – Mark 6:7-13 Today Jesus sends His disciples out to preach, teach, and heal. Jesus was wise. Jesus knew that since they were beginning preachers they would need support. He also realized that the disciples would be more effective if they had companions in this ministry. Thus, He sent them out in pairs. Jesus instructed the disciples to take nothing with them on their journey: no food, no extra clothing, no money. This meant ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2016/02/reflection-mark-67-13.html

A Farewell Note for Brother Columba Gleeson, FSC MY JOURNEY - February 4, 2016 Brother Columba (left) with two staff of Today's Catholic We have never met each other (not until about two years ago when we finally did at the launching of your Living Our Faith book), but we became acquainted through emails due to work. I am not a student of yours (and I silently envied those who were), but you became my teacher through your Signpost column (published in Today's Catholic - it is a great blessing for me to be the first person to read ...http://audrey-shark.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-farewell-note-for-brother-columba.html

Reflection: Mark 6:1-6 THE DOME BLOG - February 3, 2016 http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2016/02/reflection-mark-61-6.html

Reflections for the 4th Week in Ordinary Time, Part 2 THE CATHOLIC SCHOLAR - February 3, 2016 ... almighty power and amazing love? Do you ever praise and worship Him simply because He is God? Today's psalm invites us to do just that. "Blessed may You be, O Lord," the Psalmist exclaims as He reflects on God's eternal Fatherhood. "Yours, O Lord, are grandeur and power, majesty, splendor, and glory." God is sovereign. He reigns supreme. He is exalted over all. Everything belongs to Him. He shines with an unimaginable light, and He holds power and might in His hands. He is ...http://thecatholicscholar.blogspot.com/2016/02/reflections-for-4th-week-in-ordinary.html

Eucharistic Reflection - The Call of the Eucharist HARVESTING THE FRUITS OF CONTEMPLATION - February 2, 2016 (Image source: Wikimedia Commons ) "Union with Christ in the Eucharist must be expressed in the truth of our lives today - in our actions, in our behavior, in our life-style, and in our relationships with others. For one of us the Eucharist is a call to ever greater effort, so that we may live as true followers of Jesus: truthful in our speech generous in our deeds, concerned, respectful of the dignity and rights of all persons - whatever their rank or income ...http://harvestingthefruitsofcontemplation.blogspot.com/2016/02/eucharistic-reflection-call-of-eucharist.html

Reflection: Luke 2:22-40 THE DOME BLOG - February 2, 2016 The Presentation of the Lord, Feast – Luke 2:22-40 Today Mary and Joseph travel to Jerusalem to present Jesus in the Temple. It was customary that within 40 days after the birth of the firstborn son, the parents were to take the child to the Temple in Jerusalem and present him to the Lord. As soon as Mary was able to travel, she and Joseph set out for Jerusalem as the law required. It was a long journey for them, yet they wanted their newborn son to receive the ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2016/02/reflection-luke-222-40.html

Reflection: Mark 5:1-20 THE DOME BLOG - February 1, 2016 Monday of the 4 th Week in Ordinary Time – Mark 5:1-20 Today's Gospel is the story of the man who had an unclean spirit. This man had been dwelling in the tombs. His disorder was so severe that no one was able to restrain him, not even with a chain. When this man caught sight of Jesus, he ran to Him, threw himself on the ground, and cried out: "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?" The man then begged Jesus not to torment him. Jesus then asked ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2016/02/reflection-mark-51-20.html

An Excercise in Love JOURNEY TO WISDOM - February 1, 2016 A reflection on 1 Cor. 12:31-13:13 (NAB) By Sharon Nelsen This morning as I pondered the second reading, I decided to write out this well-known love passage of Paul, substituting my name for the word "love." Sharon is patient, Sharon is kind. Sharon is not jealous... With each movement of my pen, the truth of those attributes active within me became more tangible. By the time I got down to Sharon never fails, I realized that if I graded myself on a scale of one to ten from ...http://journeytowisdom-ocbs.blogspot.com/2016/02/an-excercise-in-love.html

Reflection: Luke 4:21-30 THE DOME BLOG - January 31, 2016 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Luke 4:21-30 Today Jesus once again is in the synagogue. He tells his listeners: "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." The people were amazed at Jesus' preaching and they spoke highly of him. Some of them also asked, "Isn't he the son of Joseph?" Were these people wondering how Jesus had become such a scholar and preacher? After all, his father, Joseph, was a lowly carpenter. Do we ever discount ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2016/01/reflection-luke-421-30.html

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