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January 26, 2017

The readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time reveal the goodness God desires to place in the hearts of His people.

In the first reading from Isaiah, God tells us that when we share the goodness He has bestowed upon us, we will experience His godliness within ourselves.

When you "share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and homeless ... then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quic...

January 26, 2017

Whenever we speak about handling the Eucharist, we desire to treat the Lord with the greatest respect. Even with this most important desire, there will be unexpected situations that will arise. How do we handle these situations while keeping respect for the Blessed Sacrament at the fore?

First, we need to understand some terms. The monstrance is the stand made of a precious metal that the Blessed Sacrament sits in during adoration. Expo...

January 19, 2017

Considere la traición de Judas. Considere el sacrificio de Jesús. Considere el poder de uno.

Solo se necesita una sola persona para hacer un gran daño. Por ejemplo: La caída de Adán. Solamente se necesita una persona para hacer un gran bien. Por ejemplo: La Cruz de Jesús. Considere el poder de uno.

Eva fue visitada por un ángel. Ella dudó, luego le dijo que sí a la tentación. María fue visitada por un ángel. Ella dudó, luego le d...

January 19, 2017

Consider the treachery of Judas. Consider the sacrifice of Jesus. Consider the power of one.

It only takes one to work great harm. For example: Adam's fall. It only takes one to do great good. For example: Jesus' Cross. Consider the power of one.

Eve was visited by an angel. She hesitated, then said yes to temptation. Mary was visited by an angel. She hesitated, then said yes to God. One woman. One choice. Consider the power of o...

January 19, 2017

In seeking the greatest gift, what we are looking for isn't a rich man to bail us out of poverty, but rather the One who lived in poverty, died as a criminal and now invites us into His poverty. The greatest gift that we receive from God is the very hunger to seek Him.

This seeking is much like our body looking for the next breath. The air we inhale isn't ours, and we can't hold on to it, but we have to exhale it so as to seek more of w...

Father John Mayo
January 19, 2017

What is Eucharistic Adoration? What are proper behaviors and proper ways to spend time at Eucharistic Adoration? 

One story told about St. John Vianney, the saintly pastor of Ars in France, is that he often saw a farmer sit in the back of the parish church. The saint took notice that the farmer would spend long periods of time there before the Eucharist. Finally one day, the saint asked him what he did during his t...

January 12, 2017

Un nuevo presidente tomará posesión de su cargo el viernes 20 de enero. ¿Cómo nos estamos preparando espiritualmente?

Tal vez queramos olvidar lo polémica que fue la campaña presidencial, o tal vez olvidar la respuesta inestable a los resultados. Pero, como personas de fe, no debemos olvidar.

En lugar de ello, debemos volver sobre estos puntos y preguntarnos: ¿cómo puedo contribuir al bienestar del país en los próximos cuatro año...

January 12, 2017

A new president will be inaugurated Friday, Jan. 20. What spiritual preparations are you making?

We might want to forget how contentious the race for the presidency was, or about the unsettled response to the result. But, as people of faith, we shouldn't forget.

Instead, we should pivot on those things and ask: what contribution will we make over the next four years to the well-being of the country? If the next four years were to...

January 11, 2017

Perhaps the responsorial psalm for the third Sunday in Ordinary Time summarizes God's movement in the day's readings. God answers mankind's hunger for the infinite and He is man's light, salvation and refuge.

He alone speaks to the deepest hunger for the infinite placed in the heart of man. "One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, that I may gaze on the loveliness of the Lord...

January 11, 2017

In the early 1960s, successful yet dissatisfied Spanish artist Kiko Arguello sought greater spirituality. Arguello wondered about the spiritual meaning to life, or even if God existed at all. For answers, he moved into a shantytown with only a guitar and a Bible. There, he encountered violence and addiction as well as the deeper issues of interior wounds and despair.

He met Carmen Hernandez, a lay missionary. Through common work of evan...

January 5, 2017

El Tiempo de Navidad concluye con la Fiesta del Bautizo de Nuestro Señor (este año el 9 de enero). El Tiempo Ordinario comienza al día siguiente. ¿Qué recuerdo o gracia del Tiempo de Navidad llevará usted al Tiempo Ordinario para que le ayude a vivir más cerca del Señor este próximo año?

El Bautizo del Señor es una buena opción. En la oración y en nuestra imaginación, podríamos sumergirnos en el agua junto a Jesús. Entonces, cuando suba...

January 5, 2017

The Christmas season concludes on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (this year on Jan. 9). Ordinary Time starts the next day. What memory or grace from the Christmas season will you carry into Ordinary Time to help you live more closely with the Lord this coming year?

The Baptism of the Lord provides a good possibility. In prayer and in our imagination, we might go down into the waters with Jesus. Then, when we rise with Him, we hear...

January 5, 2017

The readings for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time demonstrate for us that God's call of mankind is truly transformative. The first reading begins: "The Lord said to me: you are my servant, Israel, through whom I show my glory."

Scripture scholars aren't certain of the identity of the servant. It may be Isaiah, or it may be Israel. We know that God has called Isaiah to be His servant, as He also called Israel to be His servant. However...

January 5, 2017

A couple enters into marriage with great joy and hope for the future. When a marriage declines and ends in divorce, it's a painful event on so many levels. What makes it even more painful for a Catholic is the feeling that, because of this divorce, a divorcee can no longer be part of the Church at the time her support is most needed.

The Church, however, is still there for a person in this situation. As at other painful moments in life,...

December 22, 2016

Do you ever feel like your life is too small or too sinful to be worthy of Jesus coming into it?

The Gospel accounts of Jesus' birth serve as an antidote to that line of thinking. I say "antidote" deliberately — because this line of thinking is a spiritual poison. Our lives may be small. They may be sinful. But those truths are sometimes used to cloak a great lie — that Jesus won't come into our lives until we're worthy; that we need to...

December 22, 2016

Alguna vez siente como si su vida es extremadamente insignificante o pecaminosa como para merecer que Jesús entre en su vida?

El Evangelio que relata el nacimiento de Jesús sirve como un antídoto a esa línea de pensamiento. Utilizo la palabra "antídoto" deliberadamente ­— porque esta línea de pensamiento es un veneno espiritual. Nuestras vidas pueden ser pequeñas. Podemos ser pecadores. Pero muchas veces esas verdades son usadas par...

December 22, 2016

The Gospel reading for Sunday, Jan. 1, helps us understand why the calendar year begins with the celebration of the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.

It all began with the shepherds tending their flocks when an angel appeared to them and told them to go to a stable in Bethlehem, where they would find a savior who is "Messiah and Lord." "You will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger."

These po...

December 22, 2016

The first three of the Ten Commandments outline our duties toward God. We are to place Him as first in our life, to respect His name, and to keep His day holy. As Christians, we honor the Lord's day on Sunday in commemoration of Jesus' resurrection from the dead. Other major holy days are included in this commandment as well, as their celebration marks major truths of our faith or events in the life of our Lord or His mother Mary.

In li...