• August 18, 2018 – Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
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    Blessing of the Children Matthew 19:13-15 Jesus draws attention to the children who exemplify the proper attitude for gaining entrance into God’s Kingdom. In the culture, children have no claims or rights. They can do nothing but trust in the goodness of others. In the same way, the disciples are to depend completely on the Father. Prayer: Like a child I place my hand in yours. Please don’t let me let go. […]

  • August 17, 2018 – Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
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    Marriage and Divorce Matthew 19:3-12 The Pharisees are testing Jesus by questioning him about marriage and divorce. His response makes it clear that Jesus considers marriage indissoluble. Moses allowed divorce as a concession to the weakened nature of humanity. Jesus also speaks about celibacy as a state of life that some, but not all, are called to. Prayer: I pray this day for those in difficult marriages and for those who have suffered the pain of divorce. May they find healing and wholeness again. […]

  • August 16, 2018 – Thursday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
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    The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant Matthew 18:21-19:1 Peter wants to know how many times we are required to forgive. He suggests what he thinks is a reasonable number, seven. Jesus says in response that human forgiveness must be a reflection of God’s and cannot be measured or limited. He expounds upon God’s will through the parable. Prayer: This parable calls me to examine my tendency to limit forgiveness, especially in those situations where I feel others are undeserving. […]

  • August 15, 2018 – Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Mass During the Day
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    Mary Visits Elizabeth/The Canticle of Mary Luke 1:39-56 Elizabeth greets Mary with words of joy and thanksgiving for Mary’s presence but more importantly for her “yes” to God. Mary gives glory to God for all the blessings she has received. Both women exude humility and grace. Prayer: Holy Mother, in the face of the unknown, you gave yourself fully to God. […]

  • August 14, 2018 – Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr
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    The Greatest in the Kingdom/The Parable of the Lost Sheep Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 In a society focused on status and position, the disciples ask their question about the greatest in God’s kingdom. In response Jesus points to a lowly child, one without status. He also talks about a sinner, one who has gone astray. Just as the shepherd seeks his lost sheep, the Father seeks and welcomes the return of those lost to sin. Prayer: Even at my worst I am not lost in your eyes. As insignificant as I might feel, I still have value. […]