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Trinity Sunday (C-4) What’s in Christ’s medicine bag for us? Franciscan Sr. Jose Hobday tells a beautiful story about a tradition in her family. Listen to this story: There is no greater mystery in Catholicism than that of the Trinity. It baffles all preachers and teachers, and it can only be preached or taught through analogies or metaphors. The Bible ...
Pentecost (C-8) Are we Christian by custom or by way of life? Norman Cousins once wrote an editorial in the Saturday Review regarding a conversation with a Hindu priest named: Satis Prasad. Satis said he had come to the US to be a missionary. Norman thought he had come to convert the citizens to Hinduism. He was mistaken, however. Satis ...
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”   The Ascension is about Jesus preparing his partners to take up his mission of proclaiming good news to the poor, and setting captives free.  He is preparing them to be witnesses.  Even though ...
“Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”  When someone says don’t be afraid, it means there is probably something that might frighten you or make you lose your peace.  However, there is an invitation to trust.  It is also true of Jesus words echoing through the streets of Palestine into our ears and hearts today.  “Do not let ...
First Holy Communion Liturgy This is a very special day for you.  All of your family and friends are gathered, and you have put on the most beautiful outfits because you are about to receive the greatest guest ever into your body and into your hearts, Jesus in the Eucharist under the appearance of bread and wine. I remember being ...
The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.  I’d like to focus on joy and the Holy Spirit today because I think our world and sometimes our hearts are often characterized by insecurity, marked by fears, surrounded by news of violence.  I want to get in touch with that joy that filled the disciples in the midst of ...
BECOMING A WITNESS TO JESUS: FROM DENIAL, TO DEPENDENCE, TO DYNAMIC DISCIPLESHIP I had not quite experienced an ethos as powerful as that at Loyola High School here in Los Angeles.  When I spoke to some Freshmen, I realized they had dreamt about becoming cubs for years.  For some, grandparents, parents, uncles, older brothers had graduated from Loyola, and there ...
All of us rely on the tender mercies of God for our life.  We exist because of God’s gracious love, every gift we have comes from the Lord.  We would all be lost without the mercy of God because all of us have sinned and fallen short of his glory.  It is the Father’s love and mercy that led him ...

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