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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Connecting to the Spirit within us

Sunday Scripture readings, July 5, 2020: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 1) Zec 9:9-10 Psalm 145: 1-2, 8-11, 13-14 2) Rom 8:9, 11-13 Gospel: Mt 11:25-30 Connecting to the...

Pentecost: Christian life begins and ends in the power of the...

Sunday Scripture readings, May 31, 2020 1) Acts 2:1-11 Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34 2) 1 Cor 12:3-7, 12-13 Gospel: Jn 20:19-23 Christian life begins and ends in the...

Pentecost: Know forgiveness, know peace; no forgiveness, no peace

"Peace be with you," Jesus says in the Gospel reading for Pentecost Sunday (Jn 20:19). Peace — as in harmony, or even as in a...

Gifts of the Spirit: Another name for fortitude is courage

When I was a little girl, I took swimming lessons at the municipal pool in the town near my farm home. The instructor was...

Gifts of the Spirit: Fortitude provides us with never-ending perseverance

When wondering how we will get through a crisis, when we are faced with decisions that challenge our beliefs, when heaven seems far away,...

Gifts of the Spirit: Learning to recognize the voice of the...

"Lord, if you could just tell us what to do, like, now ... that would be much appreciated." It was a dark and rainy Friday...

Gifts of the Spirit: Counsel is about discerning good judgment

I must have been in the third or fourth grade when I first heard about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In our rural...

Gifts of the Spirit: Understanding helps us see through God’s eyes

The gift of understanding, described in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, differs from wisdom (No. 1831). While wisdom desires to contemplate the things...

Gifts of the Spirit: We need the gift of understanding more...

"I just can't understand ..." How often do we utter those words in consternation, confusion and anger during these troubled times? Often, what we don't...

Gifts of the Spirit: Back of taxi unlikely location for a...

The back of a cab seems an unlikely place to get a lesson on the Holy Spirit, but that's what happened one evening after...

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