Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8; Ps 15:2-5; James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
The last four weeks we have been reflecting on Jesus’ real presence in the consecrated Bread, Wine from St. John’s gospel. Now we make a dramatic shift to the concept of law, so we need help. ‘‘Come, Holy Spirit, please give us your wisdom and understanding.”
Our basic concept of God is that he is the one who created everything that exists on our little planet, earth. He also created everything else that exists. Added to that is the fact that he is the force that keeps all things together with his divine power. As he did this he obviously had a plan for everything including us. You might call that his plan or his divine law. Those who follow his plan can expect some degree of harmony and joy. Yet our scriptures and experience tell us that we are not in a utopia or harmonious place.
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Adventures of Faith, Hope, and Charity: Finding Patience by Virginia Lieto has all the elements familiar to most children: families in transition, siblings, new classmates, loneliness and puppies!
For children, waiting for anything seems endless! Faith Livingstone, age eight, would agree, having just moved to a new town and about to enter a new school. Faith wants so badly to make new friends and feel like she belongs in her new surroundings. It all can’t happen fast enough for Faith! The book journeys with Faith as she struggles to make new friends and learns an important lesson in the value of the virtue of patience.
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Waltham, MA (August 15, 2015) – Live the Fast, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides nutritious breads and educational materials to encourage prayer and fasting, has announced that it will lead a prayer and fasting novena for Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to the USA next month. Fast4Francis is an opportunity for participants to embrace the Pope’s visit as an invitation to a deeper faith life and to pray for his safe travel leading up to and throughout his visit to the USA.
Darcie Nielsen, Assistant Director of Live the Fast, says “Prayers (novenas) and fasting together are powerful tools used in preparation for important events. This is a proactive effort to stimulate a fervent environment of prayer and faith for our Holy Father’s visit.”
Disappointment crept into my heart when I failed to land a plum writing assignment. This came after I visualized my writing glorifying God and my work becoming significant. I thought that would help me become significant. It got me thinking about how we become significant and how we judge the significance of others in our life.
I remember hearing someone say, “The more you love, the more significant you become.” God is Love, and he is huge compared to me. Not because he is bigger, stronger and more powerful, but because he gave his Son for love of me.
Read how to become significant at CatholicMom.com
Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-18b; Ps 34:2-3, 16-21; Ephesians 5:2a, 25-32 John 6:60-69 (
The protective and sealing Blood of Jesus over all that we are, say, have and do. Now we ask the grace of the Holy Spirit to guide us in the words of St. Francis of Assisi. “Most high and glorious God, enlighten the darkness of our minds. Instill in us a correct faith, a certain hope, perfect love and profound humility, O Lord, with wisdom and understanding to truly carry out your holy will.”
This Sunday’s Mass readings end a four-week reflection of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Jesus does not explain to his disciples how he was going to give them his body and blood to eat and drink. Many of his disciples left and returned to the former way of life. Jesus turns to the apostles and asks if they too are going to leave him. The bold Peter says, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God,” John 6:69.
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(2015-08-19 Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience in the Paul VI Hall on Wednesday. The Holy Father focused his catechetical remarks on the dignity of work. In the English summary read out following the main catechesis in Italian, the Pope explained that work complements our moments of celebration and is also a part of God’s creative design. “Through work,” said Pope Francis, “the family is cared for and children are provided with a dignified life.” The catechesis went on to explain that, in this way, the common good is served, as witnessed by the example of so many fathers and mothers who teach their children the value of work for family life and society.