Essays & Reflections

The Sacred Heart and Our Heart

The Sacred Heart. Stained glass window from St Casimir’s church in Baltimore, MD. Photo was taken by Lawrence OP and uploaded to Flickr. CC BY-NC-ND …

Holy Communion

The Child Jesus pressing the wine of the Eucharist. Image in the Public Domain. In John’s Gospel, Jesus told his disciples that he would give …
The Mystery of the Trinity

The Trinity

The Trinity is very mysterious. But a mystery doesn’t mean something that we can’t know anything about. It also doesn’t mean something that we can …

The Unknown God: Nine Steps to Pentecost

Day Nine Pentecost. Image in the public domain. Let’s learn to know the Holy Spirit better during these nine days before Pentecost. Here is the ninth step. Tomorrow …
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The Unknown God: Nine Steps to Pentecost

Day Eight Oil Lamp. Image uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by Arne Hückelheim Let’s learn to know the Holy Spirit better during these nine days before Pentecost. Here …

The Unknown God: Nine Steps to Pentecost

Day seven John the Evangelist by Bartholomeus Spranger; public domain image from Wikimedia Commons Let’s learn to know the Holy Spirit better during these nine days before …

The Unknown God: Nine Steps to Pentecost

Day six Jesus entrusting the Church to Peter; detail from a stained glass window in Witney parish church. Photo taken by Lawrence OP and uploaded to …

The Unknown God: Nine Steps to Pentecost

Day Five The Visitation. A tapestry from the 1400s. Photo taken by Lawrence OP and uploaded to Flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Let’s learn to know the Holy …

The Unknown God: Nine Steps to Pentecost

Day One The Annunciation, 1506, Gerard David, Public Domain from the Met When St. Paul was in Athens, he noticed that the people worshipped an unknown God. When …

The Saints and Their Love for Mary: Marie-Catherine

The Saints and Their Love for Mary St. Marie-Catherine de Saint-Augustin A painting of St. Marie-Catherine. Image in the Public Domain. Marie-Catherine chose Mary as her traveling companion …
The Saints and Their Love for Mary

The Saints and Their Love for Mary: Joseph

The Saints and Their Love for Mary St. Joseph The Holy Family with a Little Bird by Esteban Bartolomé Murillo, Ca. 1650. Which saint loved Mary the most? …

Easter Penance?

How can someone put the words Easter and penance together? Isn’t Lent all about sorrow and penance and Easter all about joy and freedom? Lent …
On Prayer

The Our Father, Pattern of Prayer

The Our Father, Pattern of Prayer The Our Father is not only a wonderful prayer that we can pray every day of our lives. It is …

Profit Thursday?

Ephraim Saturday Perhaps I should have called this Unity Saturday, since the readings are all about the mission of Jesus to gather all those who are …
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The Light of Faith

The Light of Faith A reflection on this Sunday’s Gospel On Sunday, we hear Jesus say these words to Bartimaeus, “Your faith has saved you.” (Mk 10:46-52) …
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Creating a Clean Heart

Scriptural Reflections Creating a Clean Heart What are we to make of the daily readings this week, which are focused on the wickedness of the scribes …
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The Rosary: A House of Prayer

On Prayer The Rosary: A House of Prayer October is the month of the Rosary. For some Catholics the Rosary is a beloved friend, for others incomprehensible …
Essay On Prayer

No Christian Prays Alone

On Prayer No Christian Prays alone What is going on when I pray? If I am sitting alone in my room praying silently, it might look like …
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Letter Writing

On Prayer Dear Jesus… Have you ever written a letter to Jesus? Writing can be a wonderful way to pray for many reasons. Think about what we …

Through the lens of Discipleship

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Through the lens of manifestations

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Through the “Lens” of the Nativity

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Through the “Lens” of Hearing

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The Sunday Gospels

Through the Lens of the Kingdom

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The Light of Faith

The Light of Faith A reflection on this Sunday’s Gospel On Sunday, we hear Jesus say these words to Bartimaeus, “Your faith has saved you.” (Mk 10:46-52) …
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Through the Lens of the Two Ways

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Sunday Gospel

Through the Lens of Prayer

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Sunday Gospels

Sunday Gospels

Every month, we’ll explore the Sunday Gospels.
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Through the Lens of Faith

Clicking on the links below will bring you to the Sunday Mass readings published by the USCCB; scroll down the USCCB page to find the …