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Reflection: Mark 10:46-52 THE DOME BLOG - May 28, 2015 Mark 10:46-52 - Thursday of the 8th Week in Ordinary time The central character in today's Gospel is Bartimaeus, a blind man. As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, they passed the blind beggar, Bartimaeus. Every day Bartimaeus came and sat on the roadside and begged. Bartimaeus had heard some of the passers-by talking about Jesus. These people spoke of Jesus' preaching and teaching. They also talked about his deep compassion as well as the ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2015/05/reflection-mark-1046-52.html

Reflection: Mark 10:32-45 THE DOME BLOG - May 27, 2015 ... yesterday's Gospel. Jesus takes his 12 disciples aside and begins to prepare them for what would happen in Jerusalem. He tells them that when they get to Jerusalem "the Son of Man" will be handed over to the chief priests and Scribes. He goes on to say that he will be mocked, spit on and condemned to death. However, after three days, He will rise again! Imagine the disciples' reaction to these statements. They clearly knew that Jesus was a controversial person. But they were ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2015/05/reflection-mark-1032-45.html

Reflection: Mark 10:28-31 THE DOME BLOG - May 26, 2015 Mark 10:28-31 – Tuesday of the 8th Week in Ordinary time Today Peter responds to Jesus' statement to the young man in yesterday's Gospel. Peter reminds Jesus: "We have given up everything to follow you." Jesus tells Peter that anyone who gives up family, home, job or land for his sake will receive a reward, a reward so great that this individual will receive a hundred times more than s/he gave up! Now that could be quite a reward depending on what you have given up! ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2015/05/reflection-mark-1028-31.html

Who Safeguards the Purity of the Gospel? A Reflection on Dissent ARNOBIUS OF SICCA - May 26, 2015 ... The Catholic Church sees, as one of her tasks, the duty to safeguard the purity of the Gospel ( Sources of Catholic Dogma #783) which includes both the written word and unwritten tradition of what Our Lord passed on to the Apostles. She does this so she can carry out her mission given to her to preach to all the nations His word, which is, "the source of every saving truth and of instruction in morals." This duty to safeguard the purity of the Gospel did not ...http://arnobius-of-sicca.blogspot.com/2015/05/who-safeguards-purity-of-gospel.html

Message for World Missions Day: "There Is an Inseparable Bond Between Our Faith and the Poor" VIS NEWS - HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE - May 25, 2015 ... and woman. There is a clear connection between consecrated life and mission. The desire to follow Jesus closely, which led to the emergence of consecrated life in the Church, responds to his call to take up the cross and follow him, to imitate his dedication to the Father and his service and love, to lose our life so as to gain it. Since Christ's entire existence had a missionary character, so too, all those who follow him closely must possess this missionary quality. The missionary dimension, ...http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2015/05/message-for-world-missions-day-there-is.html

Blessed Oscar Arnulfo Romero: A Martyr Who Knew How to Guide, Defend and Protect His Flock VIS NEWS - HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE - May 25, 2015 ... to be nailed to a cross, which enables us all to overcome our selfishness and ensures there may no longer be such cruel inequalities between us'. He was able to see and to experience in his own flesh 'the selfishness that lurks in those who do not wish to give what is theirs for the benefit of others'. And, with a father's heart, he cared for the 'poor majority', urging the powerful to transform their weapons into ploughshares. May those who regard Msgr. Romero as a friend in faith, those who ...http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2015/05/blessed-oscar-arnulfo-romero-martyr-who.html

Reflection: John 21:20-25 THE DOME BLOG - May 23, 2015 John 21:20-25 – 7th Week of Easter In today's Gospel Peter turns and sees the disciple whom Jesus loved. I wonder what went on in Peter's heart? Was he jealous of John's close friendship with Jesus? At times, did Peter strive to be as contemplative as John was? Or was Peter truly secure in his relationship with Jesus? Did Peter understand that he also had gifts and qualities to share with Jesus? Human beings have many qualities in common. However, ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2015/05/reflection-john-2120-25.html

Reflection: John 17:11b-19 THE DOME BLOG - May 20, 2015 John 17:11b-19 – 7th Week of Easter Today's Gospel is a loving and tender passage. Jesus is praying for all the people (including us) whom God has entrusted to his care. Jesus realizes that his time on earth is short. He is concerned about the people whom he soon will be leaving. Jesus prays and asks his Father to keep them "in his name." Jesus longs for his "flock" to be protected and safe when he is no longer with them. What a caring and loving ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2015/05/reflection-john-1711b-19.html

Reflection: Mark 16:29-33 THE DOME BLOG - May 18, 2015 Mark 16:29-33 – 7th Week of Easter In the Gospel reading for today Jesus continues his preparation of the disciples for His departure from them and from this world. The disciples believe that they completely understand what Jesus is talking about. However, Jesus says to them: "Do you truly believe?" Jesus then predicts that the time will come when they will be so afraid that they will scatter and desert him. And despite their protestations, Jesus realizes that ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2015/05/reflection-mark-1629-33.html

The Pontifical Council for the Family Presents the Initiative "The Great Mystery: The Gospel of the Family, School of Hu VIS NEWS - HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE - May 18, 2015 ... This morning a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office for the presentation of the project "The Great Mystery: the Gospel of the Family, school of humanity for our times", promoted by the Pontifical Council for the Family and by Maestro Andrea Bocelli. It is a series of events, in particular light and sound shows, to take place in different European cities during the year dedicated to reflection on the family in view of the upcoming Synod ...http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-pontifical-council-for-family.html

Reflection: Mark 17: 11b-19 THE DOME BLOG - May 17, 2015 Mark 17:11b-19 – 7th Sunday of Easter In today's Gospel Jesus is concerned about his apostles. Jesus realizes that soon He will be leaving them. He loves his disciples deeply and He wants to do all He can to ensure their safety and protection. Thus Jesus prays to His Father and asks God to keep His loved ones "in your name." Jesus hopes and prays that the disciples and God "will be one, just as He and God are one." Jesus also prays for their ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2015/05/reflection-mark-17-11b-19.html

Reflection: Mark 16:15-20 THE DOME BLOG - May 14, 2015 Mark 16:15-20 - Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter This reading from the Gospel of Mark begins with Jesus sending his disciples forth. Jesus is "missioning" his disciples to go out into the "whole" world and proclaim the Gospel to all creatures, not just human creatures. He also tells them that they not only will preach and teach, there also will be "signs." The disciples will have the ability to drive out demons and speak many languages! They also will ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2015/05/reflection-mark-1615-20.html

Reflection: John 16:12-15 THE DOME BLOG - May 13, 2015 John 16:12-15 – Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter This Gospel begins with Jesus telling his disciples that there is much more for him to tell them. However, Jesus realizes that they are striving to absorb and understand what he had been saying. He understood that at this point, they did not have the capacity to absorb anything more. However, Jesus reminds them that when the Spirit comes, the Spirit will guide them to all the truth. He tells them that the Spirit ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2015/05/reflection-john-1612-15.html

Reflection: John 16:5-11 THE DOME BLOG - May 12, 2015 ... prepare his disciples for his leave-taking. Today's Gospel begins in the middle of the conversation that Jesus was having with his disciples. He tells his followers that he is going to the "One who sent Him." Jesus knew that his disciples were struggling with the reality of having to let him go. They had been with him for a long time and they depended on him. What would they do without Jesus? They had left their homes and families to follow Him! The thought of ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2015/05/reflection-john-165-11.html

Reflection: John 15:26-16:4a THE DOME BLOG - May 11, 2015 John 15:9-17 – Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter This Gospel begins with Jesus continuing his conversation with his disciples. He tells them that he will send an "Advocate" to them from his Father. This Advocate will be the Spirit of Truth. Jesus also tells his disciples that the "Advocate" will testify to Jesus. And in turn, the disciples will go forth and testify to others and to the world. I wonder what the disciples thought when Jesus told them that they would ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2015/05/reflection-john-1526-164a.html

Father Damien, a Priest Who Laid Down His Life for His Friends SERVANT AND STEWARD - May 10, 2015 ... petition of the faithful for the beatification or canonization of a son or daughter of the Church, she looks to see, as it were, the reflection of the life of Christ Jesus in the life of the proposed blessed or saint. Were today not Sunday, we would celebrate the memorial of Saint Joseph Damien de Veuster who spent himself in the service of the lepers on the island of Moloka'i. Even so, the Gospel passage proclaimed on this Sixth Sunday of Easter is reflected ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/OhEL/~3/f1YE-Rc_9-Q/father-damien-priest-who-laid-down-his.html

True Love Starts at the Foot of the Cross INSIGHT SCOOP THE IGNATIUS PRESS BLOG - May 10, 2015 ... on the Cross with the Virgin, Mary Magdalene, St. John and St. Francis of Paola" by Nicolas Tournier (1590-1639) [WikiArt.org] A Scriptural Reflection on the Readings for Sunday, May 10, 2015, the Sixth Sunday of Easter Carl E. Olson Readings : • Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 • Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 • 1 Jn 4:7-10 • Jn 15:9-17 "Did I read the same encyclical as The New York Times ?" That was the title of a piece I wrote for the Insight Scoop blog shortly after ...http://insightscoop.typepad.com/2004/2015/05/true-love-starts-at-the-foot-of-the-cross.html

Monday, May 11, 2015 FR. CARMEN MELE, O.P.: TODAY'S HOMILETTE - May 9, 2015 onday of the Sixth Week of Easter (Acts 16:11-15; John 15:26-16:4a) Videos of extremist Muslims massacring Christians authenticate Jesus' prophecy in today's gospel. Men and women thinking that they are doing God's will are killing his disciples. As there is cause for outrage, there is also need for reflection on what is taking place. First of all, not all, not even a sizeable minority of Muslims agree with such persecution. There are certainly ...http://cbmdominicanpreacher.blogspot.com/2015/05/monday-may-11-2015.html

Reflection: John 15:18-21 THE DOME BLOG - May 9, 2015 Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter — John 15:18-21 This Gospel's opening words are a bit startling. Jesus once again is talking with his disciples about the world. He tells them: "If the world hates you, understand that it hated me first." In this passage, Jesus is using the word "world" to describe the people who reject Him and who will persecute Jesus and his followers. Jesus also tells the disciples that they do not belong to the "world." And most likely, the ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2015/05/reflection-john-1518-21.html

Reflection: John 15:9-11 THE DOME BLOG - May 7, 2015 John 15:9-11 – Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter This Gospel is very brief: only 3 verses. Yet it is a powerful and loving reading. Jesus tells us that He loves us as deeply as His Father loves Him. Think about that for moment. Who are the people you love most deeply: your spouse, your children, your parents or a very good friend? Now choose one person you care deeply about and ask yourself: What does that person mean to me? What are the gifts s/he shares with ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2015/05/reflection-john-159-11_7.html

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