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299. Son Rise (John 20:1-10)

April 16, 2014 by  
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“So on Sunday we all come together. This is the first day, on which God transformed darkness and matter and made the world; the day on which Jesus Christ our Savior rose from the dead.” - St. Justin Martyr John 20:1-10: It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to... Read More

87. Lord of All, Condemned by All (Matthew 27:11-26)

April 9, 2014 by  
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Editor’s Note:  This is the first of three reflections on the Sunday Gospel reading for Passion (Palm) Sunday is found on site today.  The second and third reflections are also found on site today. “The Church likewise believes that the key, the center and the purpose of the whole of man’s history is to be found in its Lord and Master.” -Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium, 10 Matthew... Read More

88. Mocking the King (Matthew 27:27-44)

April 9, 2014 by  
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Editor’s Note:  The first of three reflections on the Sunday Gospel reading for Passion (Palm) Sunday is found on site today.  This is the second reflection on the Passion Sunday Gospel reading. “None must be ashamed of the cross of Christ, by which he redeemed the world. None must fear to suffer for righteousness’ sake. None must doubt that God will fulfill his promises. For through toil... Read More

89. The Old Is Gone (Matthew 27:45-56)

April 9, 2014 by  
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Editor’s Note:  The first and second of three reflections on the Sunday Gospel reading for Passion (Palm) Sunday are found on site today.  This is the third reflection on the Passion Sunday Gospel reading. “By his obedience shown on one tree he retraced the disobedience which had been shown through another.” -St. Irenaeus Matthew 27:45-56: From the sixth hour there was darkness over all... Read More

Dryness in Prayer – Our Part in the Struggle (Part II of III)

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Editor’s Note:  In Part I, we talked about what is going on with dryness or aridity in prayer.  Today, we will look at our part in the struggle. A reader asks: Dear Father John, I have been praying (mental prayer) for a long time.  But lately I seem to be experiencing dryness in my prayer – I just don’t seem to get as much out of it as I used to.  Is this the “dark night... Read More

273. God’s Timing (John 11:1-16)

April 2, 2014 by  
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“Rather, my dear brothers, let us be ready for all that God’s will may bring, with an undivided heart, firm faith, and rugged strength.”  -St. Cyprian John 11:1-16: There was a man named Lazarus who lived in the village of Bethany with the two sisters, Mary and Martha, and he was ill. It was the same Mary, the sister of the sick man Lazarus, who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his... Read More

274. The Force of Faith–the Power of Love (John 11:17-44)

April 2, 2014 by  
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Editor’s Note:  This is part two of this coming Sunday’s gospel reading.  The first part of the reading (John 11:1-16) is also posted on site today here. “Since Christ is our peace, we shall be living up to the name of Christian if we let Christ be seen in our lives by letting peace reign in our hearts.”  -St. Gregory of Nyssa John 11:17-44: On arriving, Jesus found that Lazarus... Read More

268. A Blind Man Sees (John 9:1-17)

March 26, 2014 by  
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“Let us carry bravely the shield of faith, so that with its protection we may be able to parry whatever the enemy hurls at us.” -St. Cyprian John 9:1-17: As he went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, for him to have been born blind?’ ‘Neither he nor his parents sinned,’ Jesus answered ‘he was born blind... Read More

269. The Seeing Go Blind (John 9:18-41)

March 26, 2014 by  
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Editor’s Note:  This is the reflection on the second part of this coming Sunday’s Gospel reading (John 9:1-41).  Father Bartunek’s reflection on the first part of this reading (John 9:1-17) has also been posted on site today here. “God is watching us as we battle and fight in the combat of the faith. His angels are watching us, and so is Christ.”  -St. Cyprian John 9:18-41:... Read More

249. Quenching Christ’s Thirst (John 4:1-30)

March 19, 2014 by  
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“To show that he was not different from us, he undertook hard work, he went hungry and thirsty, he took rest and sleep, he did not shirk suffering, he revealed the Resurrection.” -St. Hippolytus John 4:1-30: When Jesus heard that the Pharisees had found out that he was making and baptizing more disciples than John – though in fact it was his disciples who baptized, not Jesus himself – he left... Read More

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