The Power of Desire

Last Sunday after Pentecost 2023 In this Epistle we are encouraged when St. Paul tells us that he never stops praying for us.  Yet we can still be lost if we do not desire to follow God’s will for us.  The greatest proof of union with God’s will is joy in adversity.  How much we…

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Ask and You Shall Receive

25th Sunday after Pentecost 2023 The Introit and other prayers of this Mass are repeated every Sunday in the weeks approaching the conclusion of the liturgical year.  The Church’s prayer gives us hope for our impending judgment.  The Collect reminds us that we must not simply rely on words, but we must also act.  A…

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The Perfection Of Love

24th Sunday after Pentecost 2023 We should make a study of the saints for this coming week, each one of which gives an invaluable example to motivate our spiritual lives.  Today is about charity.  Nothing matters if we lack this great virtue.  We must love our neighbors because God loves them.  This was the example…

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Our Ladder To Holiness

23rd Sunday after Pentecost 2023 It is very fitting this Sunday falls after the feast of All Saints this year, because in his Epistle St. Paul speaks of following the example of the saints.  The lives, example, and instruction of the saints help us ascend to the heights of holiness.  We know the value of…

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The Sword Of Salvation

21st Sunday after Pentecost 2023 The martyrology, used in the Divine Office, is a great treasure of the Church.  We belong to the Catholic Church, which alone possesses the mark of holiness.  Not only was the Founder holy, being God Himself, but its truths and sacraments are holy and lead men to sanctity.  We are…

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We Are Offered With Christ

20th Sunday after Pentecost 2023 The three principal parts of the Mass are the Offertory, the Consecration, and the Communion of the Priest.  If we miss one of these parts, we have not assisted at Mass.  We are united to the sacrifice and are offered up with Christ.  The Mass is the purpose of creation,…

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Our Invitation To Heaven

19th Sunday after Pentecost 2023 The Epistle for today’s Mass speaks of Baptism, in which the “new man” of Sanctifying Grace is given to the soul, and the Holy Trinity comes to dwell within it. St. Paul tells us not to give place to the devil, and we can follow his direction by the use…

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Our Hand In Hers

First Friday October 2023 There have been many sacramentals in honor of the Blessed Virgin, but the Dominican Rosary seems to be favored above all others.  The Rosary is the sign of a true Catholic.  It is a beautiful prayer, but it is difficult and is often neglected because it requires effort.  The Rosary is…

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Running To Our Lord

Feast of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus 2023 Investiture of Sister Rose Michael When the priest gives the habit of Mount Carmel, it is Christ Himself giving the habit and all the graces attached to it.  God wishes that a person embrace religion willingly, without any external pressure.  In poverty we place all our…

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Evil Thoughts Of Our Hearts

18th Sunday after Pentecost 2023 Today we see a shift in the liturgy as the Church begins to focus on the end of time.  It is teaching us not to avert our eyes from our coming judgement.  The Gospel for today gives a warning against sins of thought, and St. Alphonsus tells us that sins…

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