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Sunday Scripture readings, July 16, 2017

July 13th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Isaiah 55:10-11

            Psalm 65:10-14

            2) Romans 8:18-23

            Gospel: Matthew 13:1-23

 

It seems as though every time I turn on the news another horrible event has occurred. One day it is war in Afghanistan or elsewhere, another day it is one more EF5 tornado tearing through one or more states, another day it is mighty rivers cresting from an overabundance of rain or wild fires because of too little. Read more »

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Saint of the Week: Our Lady of Mount Carmel

July 13th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Feast Day: July 16

Mount Carmel, which juts out into the Mediterranean near Haifa, Israel, has been considered a sacred place since the prophet Elijah built an altar

Our Lady of Mounty Carmel (CNS)

Our Lady of Mounty Carmel (CNS)

there in his contest with the prophets of Baal.

The Carmel headland is traditionally associated with the beginnings of the Carmelite order around 1195, when a group of lay hermits formed a community there.

Mary had been honored there as early as the fifth century, and by the 12th century Mount Carmel had become a site of Marian devotion.

The Carmelites chose Mary as their protectress and dedicated their oratory on Mount Carmel to her.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the patron of Bolivia and Chile. This Marian feast became an optional memorial in the Revised Roman Calendar of 1969.

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Black Catholics at congress urged to ‘listen, learn, think, act and pray’

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ORLANDO, Fla. — United by the words of the prophet of social justice, Catholic Church leaders urged black Catholics to become active, just disciples of Christ. Read more »

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The prophets as communicators of God’s word

July 10th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Catholic News Service

Before the incarnation of Christ, the Word of God made flesh, God’s word was communicated to his people through the prophets. As the mouthpieces of the Lord, they provided instruction, admonishment, encouragement and comfort to his people.

The names of many of these prophets are quite familiar to Jews and Christians today, even to those not terribly familiar with Scripture: Isaiah and Jeremiah, Hosea and Jonah, David, Daniel, Zechariah and many others. Quite often these were erratic, eccentric and downright strange individuals — but that did not negate for even a moment that they were speaking the word of God. Read more »

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Anyone can evangelize — here’s how

July 10th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Catholic News Service

Effective evangelizing for ordinary Catholics means keeping it simple: Listen first. Then talk.

It’s a command that accompanies our baptism. Pope Francis, in “Evangelii Gaudium” (“Joy of the Gospel”), proclaimed, “In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the people of God have become missionary disciples.” Read more »

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The extraordinary mission of ordinary Catholics

July 10th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Recently, I had an encounter with a fellow traveler at a restaurant. We made small talk for a few minutes and then started to talk about family life. Before I knew it, I was sharing about my faith in Christ and asking him about how he has seen God working in his own life.

It is amazing what happens when we are open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man” (No. 1). Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Communicating God’s word

July 10th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Jonah, a familiar prophet, is spit out of the whale in this fresco seen during the unveiling of two newly restored burial chambers in the Christian catacombs of St. Domitilla in Rome May 30. Often, the prophets communicated the word of God at their own peril. By the same token, avoiding God's call -- as Jonah so famously tried to do -- can have its own consequences. (CNS photo/Carol Glatz)

Jonah, a familiar prophet, is spit out of the whale in this fresco seen during the unveiling of two newly restored burial chambers in the Christian catacombs of St. Domitilla in Rome May 30. Often, the prophets communicated the word of God at their own peril. By the same token, avoiding God’s call — as Jonah so famously tried to do — can have its own consequences. (CNS photo/Carol Glatz)

How do we communicate God’s word in the midst of daily lives?

The Holy Spirit opens doors for us in our daily interactions with others.

Evangelization requires gentle conversation, listening, friendship and teaching.

It doesn’t always have to involve words, but rather the example set by our own lives.

 

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Saint of the Week: Veronica Giuliani

July 6th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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St. Veronica Giuliani

Feast Day: July 9

Christened Orsola after her birth in Mercatello, Italy, this mystic in 1677 joined the Capuchins at Citta di Castello, taking the name Veronica.

St. Veronica Giuliani (CNS/Public Domain)

St. Veronica Giuliani
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Following a difficult novitiate, her spiritual life was dominated by the passion of Christ. She had ecstatic visions of the suffering Jesus and over time her body was marked by a crown of thorns and pierced heart. She received the five wounds of the stigmata on Good Friday in 1697 and carried them until her death.

In community life, she combined contemplation with practical administration, serving admirably as novice mistress for more than 30 years and abbess for more than 10. She was canonized in 1839.

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Catholic convocation: Combination pep rally, retreat inspires leaders

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ORLANDO, Fla. — From July 1-4 the main floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando was transformed into a huge parish hall with places for worship, prayer, discussion, and even coffee and doughnuts during the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America.” Read more »

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Job: Faith amid calamity

June 30th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Catholic News Service

Except for the Crucifixion itself, the saying “Bad things happen to good people” was never exemplified more than in dear old Job, whose trials and tribulations forever brought new meaning to “the suffering of the innocent.”

A “blameless and upright” man (Jb 1:1), Job was used by God (and the devil) as sort of a test case for faith. Without warning, his children die, his livelihood vanishes — and yet he refuses to blame God. Read more »

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