The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Each year the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary occurs on August 15. The Assumption of Mary, Mother of the Lord, into heaven is a consoling sign of our hope. In looking to her, carried up amid the rejoicing of angels, human life is opened to the perspective of eternal happiness. Our own death is not the […]

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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ


This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). The church in her wisdom asks us to meditate upon the great mystery of the Eucharist. This provides us, as teachers and preachers, with a wonderful opportunity to share with our people the liturgical axiom lex orandi, lex credendi – the law of prayer is the […]

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Let us Depend on the Lord: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time


A poor widow is the principal focus of both The First Reading and Gospel of the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the Reading from 1 Kings, a widow and her son share their meagre food supply with the prophet Elijah and are rewarded for their generosity. In the Gospel of St. Mark a poor widow offers two small copper […]

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The Encounter With Jesus is Both Healing and Life Giving


In the Gospel of the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (June 28), we see Jesus perform miracles of healing. He heals a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years and He raises Jairus’s daughter. These are beautiful accounts of the great mercy of Jesus who desires to heal us when we approach Him with humble and contrite hearts.

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Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?


In the Gospel of the Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time (June 21, 2015) Jesus states, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” Jesus connects fear with a lack of faith. There are many situations and “storms” in our lives that can cause us to be afraid. Fear seems to be a natural reaction to things that threaten us […]

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