Raising the Fallen

First Sunday of Lent: 3-5-17 Peace be with You, This Sunday we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent.  That being said, we should not think for one moment that the transition into a new liturgical season marks an abrupt shift in what the Church has to teach us about who God is and who we are meant to be, as revealed most conspicuously in Jesus Christ.  For while the Lenten Season focuses our attention most directly on the meaning of our Lord’s Passion, death and Resurrection, we must not thin...
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The Prayer of the Exalted

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 10-23-16 Peace be with You, Over the course of the last several weeks we have been receiving an education on the complex dynamics that surround our lives.  We have been called to imitate the Love which has brought us into being by being charitable to one another (e.g. the parables of the dishonest steward and Lazarus and the rich man) recognizing our reflective nature as creatures possessing the imago Dei.  Moreover, we have been asked to recognize our ra...
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The Joy of Prayer

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 10-16-16 Peace be with You, Last week, we were exhorted to live with an attitude of gratitude, being always thankful for the gift of life that our God bestows upon us (Acts 17:28).  We found examples of this attitude of gratitude in Naaman the leper in our first reading from the Second Book of Kings and in the Samaritan leper in the gospel story.  This Sunday, we are given some direction as to how it is that we can live with this type of outlook on lif...
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Praying as Jesus Taught Us

By Tony Crescio It may not be so surprising to us that when Christians are asked (be it in survey or interview), if there is one area in their life that they struggle with or that they wish they could improve upon, many will respond with answers that relate to the topic of prayer.  For many of us, prayer can be a hard thing to wrap our minds around, and we may find ourselves asking: what is prayer really, and how am I supposed to pray?  It is refreshing, therefore, to find the disciples askin...
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Persistent Prayer

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-24-16 Peace be with You, Last week through the story of Martha and Mary, we received instruction about how the disciple of Jesus is to order their life.  That is, the life of discipleship is shaped by one’s relationship with Jesus, but it is not characterized by sedentary contemplation (prayer), rather our relationship with Jesus gives impulse to a life of faith based work.  Today, Jesus focuses on the prayer dimension of our life of discipleship. ...
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Active Contemplation

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-17-16 Peace be with You, Last week, through the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus showed us what it means to live a life in imitation of Him when it comes to loving service of our neighbor.  This week, a meeting with two of Jesus’ friends gives us some instruction on how the personal life of a disciple of Jesus is shaped. A first look at the story of Martha and Mary as related by Luke in this Sunday’s gospel would seem to suggest that Martha had s...
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