• June 21, 2018 – Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious
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    The Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:7-15 Jesus contrasts the disciples’ prayer with that of pagans who tend to babble relentlessly, hoping to be heard by one deity or another. God already knows what we need, so it is far better to trust that the Father hears and answers when we pray. The centerpiece of Jesus’ teaching about prayer is the Our Father. Prayer: Sometimes I do not have the words, or I am so tired of asking. In those times I am greatly comforted by your deep and abiding love for me. Like a loving parent you will always give me what I need. […]

  • June 20, 2018 – Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
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    Teaching about Almsgiving/Prayer/Fasting Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 Jesus instructs the disciples about works of piety. The point of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving is not to be seen and admired by others. These religious practices are a means of emptying oneself and offering praise to God and God alone. Prayer: I pray for the grace to do good things not out of guilt or for my own benefit but for my neighbor and you. […]

  • June 19, 2018 – Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
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    Love of Enemies Matthew 5:43-48 This final antithesis might be considered the most challenging. This is the standard set by God. It is human nature to love those who love you. God does not limit his love. He loves those who do good and those who do bad in the same way, and so must the disciples. Prayer: Your ways do not always make me comfortable. They challenge me. That’s the point. I am not always going to be comfortable. Help me to accept that challenge, knowing that with you all things are possible. […]

  • June 18, 2018 – Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
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    Teaching about Retaliation Matthew 5:38-42 The fifth antithesis deals with the Old Testament law of retaliation, “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” Jesus says to resist even proportionate retaliation in an effort to stop the cycle of revenge. To “turn the other cheek” rather than fighting back is a peaceful challenge that a disciple must exhibit with the hope of bringing out the best in others. Prayer: It’s often difficult to choose the “high road.” I have only to remember that it is your road, Lord. […]

  • June 17, 2018 – Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
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    Seed Grows of Itself/The Mustard Seed Mark 4:26-34 The kingdom of God is likened to the seed and its innate ability to grow. Even the smallest seed will flourish and become a bush with branches large enough to provide shade and shelter for the birds. Jesus spoke in parables to help the people understand his message. Prayer: I realize that I must do all I can to provide circumstances in which your kingdom will grow. I am not capable of doing that without you. Come, Holy Spirit. […]