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Weeds, Seeds, and the Kingdom of Heaven INSIGHT SCOOP THE IGNATIUS PRESS BLOG - July 19, 2014 "Wheat Field" (1888) by Vincent van Gogh (Wikiart.org) A Scriptural Reflection on the Readings for Sunday, July 20, 2014 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Carl E. Olson Readings: • Wis 12:13, 16-19 • Ps 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16 • Rom 8:26-27 • Mt 13:24-43 What is the Kingdom of God? How does it come about? And how will it grow? These are some of the questions addressed in the parables of Jesus, including the seven parables found in Matthew 13. As we saw ...http://insightscoop.typepad.com/2004/2014/07/weeds-seeds-and-the-kingdom-of-heaven.html

Homily - Funeral for Jeanne Marie Behrensmeyer-Harroun SERVANT AND STEWARD - July 17, 2014 ... of whether it is expected or not, death, we know, is never easy. The discomfort it causes – the grief, confusion, and questions it causes – reminds us that death is not part of human nature; it was not part of God's original plan, but since the Fall of Adam it has entered Creation and makes it effects felt. Each one of us has within us a desire for immortality; we see hints of this desire in our as yet unfulfilled yearnings. It is this hope for immortality with which the souls of ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/OhEL/~3/VWvEQwC3Si8/homily-funeral-for-jeanne-marie.html

Mary TV Daily Reflection 7/17/2014 MARY, OUR MOTHER - July 17, 2014 (c) Mary TV 2014 J.M.J July 17, 2014 , Dear Family of Mary! "Dear children, today I extend my hands towards you. Do not be afraid to accept them. They desire to give you love and peace and to help you in salvation. Therefore, my children, receive them. Fill my heart with joy and I will lead you towards holiness. The way on which I lead you is difficult and full of temptations and falls. I will be with you and my hands will hold you. Be persevering so that, at the end of ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/YVVY/~3/lP--XW3ZELI/mary-tv-daily-reflection-7172014.html

Fifteenth Wednesday in Ordinary Time – Our Lady of Mount Carmel LIVING SCRIPTURE - July 15, 2014 ... living Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam ("For the Greater Glory of God"). Even Jesus, the single human being who has the greatest right to boast, hands the glory and praise to his Father in Heaven, as demonstrated in today's Gospel. How would each of our professions change if we were to actually give God the praise for each success? When a nurse or family thanks me for helping a patient I should respond with a, "Praise God! He certainly has blessed her!" shouldn't I? ...http://livingscripture.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/fifteenth-wednesday-in-ordinary-time-our-lady-of-mount-carmel/

Reflection for Sunday's Gospel, July 13, 2014 CATHOLIC WORKING MOM - July 13, 2014 Readings for Sunday, July 13, 2014 As a gardener, today's gospel – the parable of the seed – speaks to me. I view this parable from two standpoints – one of the seed sower and one of the soil, receiving the seed. In my job as a teacher, and in my interactions with people out in the world, I try to be that seed planter – someone who tries to live and to teach the messages of the gospel. It is sometimes hard to accept ...http://danardoyle.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/reflection-for-sundays-gospel-july-13-2014/

The Parables of Christ Are Not Secret Codes but Calls to Conversion INSIGHT SCOOP THE IGNATIUS PRESS BLOG - July 12, 2014 "The Sower (Sower with Setting Sun)" (1888) by Vincent van Gogh (www.wikiart.org) A Scriptural Reflection on the Readings for Sunday, July 13, 2014 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Carl E. Olson Readings : • Isa 55:10-11 • Psa 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14 • Rom 8:18-23 • Mt 13:1-23 The well-known parable of the seed and the sower is the first of seven parables in Matthew 13. These are known as the "Sermon of Parables" (Mt 13:1-53), and this sermon, as a ...http://insightscoop.typepad.com/2004/2014/07/the-parables-of-christ-are-not-secret-codes-but-challenging-calls-to-conversion.html

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time HOMILETIC DIAKONIA - July 12, 2014 ... people: those who think that there are two kinds of people and those who know better. In today's Gospel, Jesus is at a point where he has been preaching for some time. Some have listened to him and others have reacted with hostility; so we might be tempted to think that with regard to Jesus and his message there are two kinds of people: those who are for him and those who are against him. But Jesus knows better, and in his parable of the sower he prompts us to ...http://homileticdiakonia.blogspot.com/2014/07/fifteenth-sunday-in-ordinary-time.html

Daily Gospel Reflection Link CATHOLIC WORKING MOM - July 11, 2014 Someone directed me to a daily gospel reflection site at Notre Dame University. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and benefitted from it, so I'd like to share it with you. It provides the gospel reading of the day, a brief reflection, a short related prayer and a link to the saint of the day. Today is the feast of the great St. Benedict! I hope that you will subscribe and enjoy it too! Have a blessed day! Notre ...http://danardoyle.wordpress.com/2014/07/11/daily-gospel-reflection-link/

The Christian Witness Today in Light of the Family COMMUNIO - July 10, 2014 The Holy See's office for the Synod of Bishops release its working document for our –particularly the synodal participants– reflection, The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization . One of the very interesting paragraphs that deserves personal attention is paragraph 15 which is noted below. But before you get there, it would be could for all of us to give some attention to the first paragraph of the Preface of the same document where ...http://communio.stblogs.org/index.php/2014/07/31188/

Fourteenth Friday in Ordinary Time LIVING SCRIPTURE - July 10, 2014 ... he sent the Holy Spirit as he had promised. This reflection takes its cue from today's Gospel in a reference to the Holy Spirit: Do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. (Mt 10: 16-23) The Holy Spirit speaks through us, just as he spoke through Christ when he delivered his Sermon on ...http://livingscripture.wordpress.com/2014/07/11/fourteenth-friday-in-ordinary-time/

Break Up for Yourselves a New Field YOUR DAILY TRIPOD - July 8, 2014 ... that continues to be organized and driven in large part, not by love of neighbor but by the accumulation of wealth, consumerism, and ever-increasing consumption of goods and leisure. The gap between the "haves" and the "have not's" of our society - the poor, the sick, the elderly, the chronically unemployed, the handicapped, the immigrants, and other marginalized groups continues to grow. As Pope Francis says "….we have put money at the center, the god of money. We have fallen into a sin ...http://yourdailytripod.blogspot.com/2014/07/break-up-for-yourselves-new-field.html

The God of the Battle TEN THOUSAND PLACES - July 7, 2014 ... pieces like a potter's vessel." Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, with trembling kiss his feet, or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way; for his wrath is quickly kindled. Happy are all who take refuge in him. Psalm 2 Reflection – Instalment number two of the Monday Psalter and we are brought up sharply against a reality we will meet again and again in the psalms. Namely, the reality of conflict, ...http://frdenis.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-god-of-battle.html

The Incarnation and Three Metaphysical Paradoxes INSIGHT SCOOP THE IGNATIUS PRESS BLOG - July 6, 2014 "Entry Into Jerusalem" (c.1305) by Giotto di Bondone (www.WikiArt.org.) A Scriptural Reflection on the Readings for July 6, 2014, the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Carl E. Olson Readings: • Zech 9:9-10 • Psa 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14 • Rom 8:9, 11-13 • Matt 11:25-30 The literary critic Hugh Kenner, in Paradox in Chesterton (Sheed & Ward, 1947), distinguished between different types of paradox. One type is "verbal paradox", which is aimed ...http://insightscoop.typepad.com/2004/2014/07/the-incarnation-and-three-metaphysical-paradoxes.html

Where Does This Teaching Come From? A Reflection on Matthew 11:25-30 ... JOURNEY TO WISDOM - July 5, 2014 Where Does This Teaching Come From? A Reflection on Matthew 11:25-30 N.A.B. By: Larry T Scene at a recent Scripture study class: The instructor said, "The Catholic Church recognizes that Holy Scripture can have four senses of meaning: the literal sense, the allegorical or mystical sense, the anagogical or future sense especially concerning end-times, and the tropological or moral sense." A hand shot up in the front row, "Can you give us an example?" "Sure. Boniface Ramsey ...http://journeytowisdom-ocbs.blogspot.com/2014/07/wheredoes-this-teaching-come-from_5.html

To Live Wholeheartedly for Jesus Christ CREO EN DIOS! - July 4, 2014 Today is Independence Day in the United States, a day on which many of us will gather with friends or family for a meal and watching fireworks. I read a reflection by Archbishop Chaput about the celebration of this day that makes an important point. Talking about the blessings God has bestowed on this country he said We have so much to be grateful for. But these are gifts. They can be misused. They can be lost. In coming years, we'll face more and more ...http://susanjoan.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/to-live-wholeheartedly-for-jesus-christ/

Feast Day: St. Thomas, Apostle HAPPY CATHOLIC* - July 3, 2014 I posted this last year and find I cannot improve on the basics it presents for my reflection and celebration of this apostle who spoke so forthrightly and acknowledged Truth as soon as he found it. Thomas has been my companion throughout the last year as I have devoted myself to a private project with him at the center. I have made lamentably little progress yet find that the time has not been completely misspent from a personal point of view. My life is considerably ...http://happycatholic.blogspot.com/2014/07/feast-day-st-thomas-apostle.html

Not Only Is Heaven for Real, It Is the Only Real Thing TEN THOUSAND PLACES - July 3, 2014 ... greatest joy and greatest glory is going to consist in acclaiming the holiness of beauty of God's name and bearing, reflecting, being taken up into that name, making that name our name, and glorifying the name perpetually. This requires, for most of us, such a radical re-configuration of our whole being inner and outer. Most people are, basically, kind of self-centred. I don't mean that in any nasty or mean-spirited way, and I certainly include myself in the crowd. But we do tend to gravitate ...http://frdenis.blogspot.com/2014/07/not-only-is-heaven-for-real-it-is-only.html

Pope: There Are More Christian Martyrs Today Than Ever MISSIONARY PRIEST BLOGGER - June 30, 2014 ... – Pope Francis said – we look upon the Church of Rome that grows, fed by the blood of martyrs. So it is right – he continued – that our thoughts turn to the many martyrs of today, the many martyrs who give their lives for faith. It is true that during the times of Nero many Christians were persecuted, and today – he said – there are just as many". "There are many martyrs today, in the Church, many persecuted ...http://missionarypriest.blogspot.com/2014/06/pope-there-are-more-christian-martyrs.html

Apostle to the Jews and Apostle to the Gentiles CREO EN DIOS! - June 29, 2014 Today the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Sts. Paul. I've spoken about each of them in different contexts on many occasions. So for today, I'd like to share with you an excerpt from a reflection on this feast day written by my friend Bill Nolan, Pastoral Associate at St. Thomas Apostle church in Minneapolis. This reflection appeared in the weekly newsletter Bill sends out reflecting on the ...http://susanjoan.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/apostle-to-the-jews-and-apostle-to-the-gentiles/

Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul SISTERS OF THE GOSPEL OF LIFE - June 29, 2014 ... of the living God" (Mt 16:16).Today the Church returns to this confession, spoken by Peter nearCaesarea Philippi.This is the faith of the Apostolic College, inwhose name Peter is speaking.This is the faith of Paul.Both Peterand Paul bore witness to it even to the shedding of their own blood.According to tradition, this happened here in Rome in Nero's time,around the year 67 after the birth of Christ.Today, in a particular way, we commemorate Andrew, Simon ...http://gospeloflifesisters.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/feast-of-sts-peter-paul/

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