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Sunday Scripture readings, April 22, 2018

April 19th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Uncategorized

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Fourth Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
1) Acts 4:8-12
Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26-29
2) 1 Jn 3:1-2
Gospel: Jn 10:11-18
 

A good shepherd

Deep below the Eternal City, Rome, lie several early Christian images of Jesus. One remarkable third-century fresco discovered in the Roman catacomb of Priscilla portrays Jesus as the Good Shepherd. And we are led to ask, Why did the early Christians opt to depict this Gospel image of Jesus? 
For the early Christians, the image of Jesus the Good Shepherd was a visual summary of their faith in Jesus for it expressed in visual form what the first Christians understood as the meaning of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. 

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 15, 2018

April 12th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Third Sunday of Easter

Cycle B

1) Acts 3:13-15, 17-19

Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9

2) 1 Jn 2:1-5

Gospel: Lk 24:35-48

 

Peace, unexpectedly

If you ever watched “Wait Until Dark,” it’s hard to forget the scene in which thuggish, knife-wielding Alan Arkin suddenly springs toward blind, alone-in-her-kitchen-at-night Audrey Hepburn. What a moment! One reviewer called it “a terrific jolt.” For the way it reliably induces screams in the audience, my wife deems it the perfect preteen girls’ sleepover movie. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 8, 2018

April 4th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Uncategorized Tags:

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 Catholic News Service

 

Second Sunday of Easter

Cycle B

1) Acts 4:32-35

Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24

2) 1 Jn 5:1-6

Gospel: Jn 20:19-31

 

Seeing with eyes of faith

Jesus often praised the faith of ordinary people he encountered during his earthly ministry: the man born blind, the leper shunned by the community, the Samaritan woman at the well, the royal official at Capernaum whose son was ill, and the paralytic at the pool.  Read more »

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Our Lenten Journey: Good Friday, March 30, 2018

March 30th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Featured Tags:

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Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/033018.cfm

 

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“As they were looking on, so we too gaze on his wounds as he hangs. We see his blood as he dies. We see the price offered by the redeemer, touch the scars of his resurrection. He bows his head, as if to kiss you. His heart is made bare open, as it were, in love to you. His arms are extended that he may embrace you. His whole body is displayed for your redemption. Ponder how great these things are. Let all this be rightly weighed in your mind: as he was once fixed to the cross in every part of his body for you, so he may now be fixed in every part of your soul. ”

– St. Augustine

 

“It costs God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things; but to convert rebellious wills cost Him crucifixion.”

― C. S. Lewis

 

“Reflect carefully on this, for it is so important that I can hardly lay too much stress on it. Fix your eyes on the Crucified and nothing else will be of much importance to you.”

― St. Teresa of Ávila

 

“When Christ died, He died for you individually just as much as if you’d been the only man in the world.”

— C. S. Lewis

 

 

 

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 1, 2018

March 29th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Uncategorized Tags:

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Catholic News Service

 

Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord

Cycle B

1) Acts 10:34, 37-43

Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

2) Col 3:1-4, or 1 Cor 5:6-8

Gospel: Jn 20:1-9

 

Christ Is Risen!

“You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3).

Have you died?

I have. I can show you where it happened. It was in East Rutherford, New Jersey, decades before Giants Stadium went up. It was at St. Joseph’s Church.  Read more »

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Our Lenten Journey, March 29, 2018

March 29th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Featured Tags:

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Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032918.cfm

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“We must show our Christian colors if we are to be true to Jesus Christ.”

— C. S. Lewis

 

“Christ’s flock is made up of sheep that not only listen to their shepherd, but are also able to recognize his voice, to follow him, faithfully and with full awareness, on the pastures of eternal life.”

—Pope John XXIII

 

“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done.

We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”

― Mother Teresa

 

“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”

― St. Thérèse de Lisieux

 

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Our Lenten Journey, March 28, 2018

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Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032818.cfm

 

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“The minute you walk outside of your church on Sunday you’re in mission territory.”

— Father Robert Barron

 

“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”

—Francis of Assisi

 

“Tell others about the truth that sets you free.”

— Pope Benedict XVI

 

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Our Lenten Journey, March 27, 2018

March 27th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Featured Tags:

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Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032718.cfm

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“Judas became the spokesman of all those who through the centuries would protest the ornamentation of the Christian cult and would feel that, when the best of gold and jewels were given to the God Who made them, there was some slight made to the poor – not because they were interested in the poor, but because they were envious of that wealth.”

― Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

 

“Judas was a great luminary, he knew God’s will, but he was a traitor.”

― Thomas Watson

 

“Let’s think of that moment when a woman washed the feet of Jesus with the nard, so expensive: it is a religious moment, a moment of gratitude, a moment of love. And he [Judas] stands apart with bitter criticism: ‘But this could have been used for the poor!’ This is the first reference that I have found, in the Gospel, to poverty as an ideology. The ideologue does not know what love is, because he does nt know how to give himself.”

― Pope Francis

 

“For you will certainly carry out God’s purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.”

—C.S. Lewis

 

 

 

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Our Lenten Journey, March 26, 2018

March 26th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Featured Tags:

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Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032618.cfm

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“The world designed by God cannot be a world in which some hoard immoderate wealth in their hands, while others suffer from destitution and poverty, and die of hunger. Love must inspire justice and the struggle for justice.”

— Pope John Paul II

 

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

— Mother Teresa

 

“The mystery of the poor is this: That they are Jesus, and what you do for them you do for Him. It is the only way we have of knowing and believing in our love. The mystery of poverty is that by sharing in it, making ourselves poor in giving to others, we increase our knowledge of and belief in love.”

— Dorothy Day

 

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Our Lenten Journey, March 25, 2018

March 26th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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MARCH 25

While they were eating,

he took bread, said the blessing,

broke it, and gave it to them, and said,

“Take it; this is my body.”

Mark 14:22

 

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032518.cfm

 

“When you have received Him, stir up your heart to do Him homage; speak to Him about your spiritual life, gazing upon Him in your soul where He is present for your happiness; welcome Him as warmly as possible, and behave outwardly in such a way that your actions may give proof to all of His Presence.”

– St. Francis de Sales

 

What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation”

“…In this world I cannot see the Most High Son of God with my own eyes, except for His Most Holy Body and Blood.”

– St. Francis of Assisi

 

“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament … There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien,

 

“I held the Host with two fingers and thought: How small Jesus made Himself, in order to show us that He doesn’t expect great things of us, but rather little things with great love.”

― Mother Teresa

 

 

 

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