Anointing of the Sick

Posted by - March 29, 2017

We have seven sacraments in the Catholic Church. They are divided into the following: Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist; Sacraments of Service: Marriage and Holy Orders; Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation/Confession and Anointing of the Sick. In this reflection, I would like to share on our Church’s understanding of the Anointing of the Sick. It

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Posted by - March 20, 2017

“Call no one on earth your father, you have but one Father in heaven” (Mt. 23:9) Jesus’ words from Matthew’s gospel are often used to question Catholic tradition of referring to priests as “father”. As Catholics though, whenever we interpret Scripture we must ask, “What is the context? What does Jesus really mean? Is Jesus

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Posted by - March 13, 2017

“I shall show you a more excellent way…Love is patient, love is is not rude, it does not seek it’s own interests…it does not rejoice in wrong doings, but rejoices in the truth” (1 Cor 13:1-6). These passages from St. Paul’s First Letter to Corinthians are some of the most well-known lines from Sacred

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Key To Fasting

Posted by - March 6, 2017

In my experience, many people have mixed feelings and thoughts regarding fasting during Lent. I know many who fast simply as a way to lose weight. Lent becomes a diet season to shed 10-15 extra pounds. A time to sacrifice all the “good stuff” and reap the health rewards. On the other hand, I do

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Spirit of Prayer

Posted by - March 1, 2017

In the gospel proclaimed for Ash Wednesday, Jesus rereads the three works of mercy outlined by the law of Moses. They are Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. These next few weeks, I would like to reflect on Jesus’ interpretation of these three  works. Prayer. “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to

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Pillars Of Lenten Observance

Posted by - February 23, 2017

As many of us know, this week we begin the season of Lent. It is a serious time in which we prepare ourselves to celebrate Easter. Our Church asks us to do three things during this period: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. Prayer: We hear so many people share what they will “give up” for lent. They share

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Team Commitment

Posted by - February 17, 2017

The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl two weeks ago. Some football analysts thought it was the greatest Super Bowl comeback ever. After the game, numerous Patriots players shared that their season definitely had its challenges. They experienced moments of doubt and frustration. In some games, key players got injured or they got into

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God’s Love, Our Freedom and Choice

Posted by - February 8, 2017

In 2011, I was a Catechist at Christ the King Parish in Milwaukee Oregon.  One time someone asked, “If God is all-powerful and all-knowing, then why doesn’t He prevent me from making mistakes or falling into sin? Wouldn’t it be much easier if He just made us follow His path?” But as St. John writes,

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Salt And The City

Posted by - February 2, 2017

Jesus challenges us in today’s gospel. He says that as a church community we are called to be salt, light, and a city set on a hill. In this reflection, I want to explain what Jesus means by comparing us to salt and the city set on a mountain top. “You are the salt of

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Jesus The New Moses

Posted by - January 25, 2017

I remember my Professor in Biblical studies would often compare the four evangelists to four different artists. Artists may see the same image, but each one paints a picture in their own style. Similarly, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John have knowledge of Jesus, but each one “paints” a different portrait of Christ, depending on their

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