Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR
Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18; Ps 34:2-3, 17-19, 23; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:9-14
Come Holy Spirit, come and from your clear celestial home. Shed many rays of divine light. We need Your light surrounding our whole being, especially in our minds.
We continue to beg God for his mercy on our country with this election, the conversion of all terrorists and care for the refugees. Next to frequent Mass, we use the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and the rosary. Mary reportedly said on 9/25/16 in Medjugorje,
“Dear children! Today, I am calling you to prayer. May prayer be life to you. Only in this way will your heart be filled with peace and joy. God will be near you and you will feel him in your heart as a friend. You will speak with him as with someone whom you know and, little children, you will have a need to witness, because Jesus is in your heart and you, united to him. I am with you and love all of you with my motherly love. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
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Friendship by Bobbi Dombrowski (FreeImages,com)
As a convert, close spiritual relationships with my Catholic sisters-in-the-Lord are among God’s most treasured and healing gifts.
One Catholic sister-in-the-Lord, is dying of brain cancer. A dear friend, a Catholic sister-in-the-Lord, is dying of brain cancer. She’s the Grateful-for-Adversity Grandmother I wrote about last year.
I went to visit her across town when she first was diagnosed and, after many tests, accepted it was terminal. We spent four hours together, talking, praying, singing and watching a little Catholic TV together. Mostly we just sat on her bed together and loved one another in the presence of the Lord.
Last week I planned to visit and bring a meal to her. I called her husband one morning to let him know I was coming. He was grateful but warned me that the day before five people showed up with food. Most of the new meals were now in their freezer that was above their packed refrigerator. Continue reading
A Bite by Sebastian Danon (FreeImages.com)
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (James 1:16-17 NAB)
Mariana, my friend from exercise class, told me she was bringing a meal to a woman who couldn’t pay rent or buy groceries because someone had stolen her identity. I commended Mariana for her generosity.
Yes, we all need affirmation. We thrive on it. But why the need to tell our good intentions? What happened to not letting the left hand know what the right hand is doing?
I was dressing in the almost empty locker room when a woman I barely knew turned to me with the question, “Why do we feel we have to praise people for being good?” Apparently, I wasn’t the only one Mariana told about her good deed. The questioning woman now looked intently at me, waiting for an answer. Continue reading
Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR
Exodus 17:8-13; Ps 121:1-8; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2; Luke 18:1-8
We continue to beg God for his mercy on our country with this election, the conversion of all terrorists and care for the refugees. Thank you for having responded to God’s call.”
Please come Holy Spirit, and fill our minds with your Divine Light.
I see two major themes in the four scripture readings this weekend. One is that “the Lord will guard your coming and your going, both now and forever,” Ps 121:8. Continue reading
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Jesus, my Lord, my God, my all by Manton (Restored Treasures)
by Connie Beckman
“What is this I hear about you?” These words from Luke 16:1 kept going over and over in my mind as the priest began his homily. These words did not come from Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. The rich man in the Gospel directed this question to his steward, “What is this I hear about you?”
It is a question perhaps I need to ask myself from time to time. To check in with myself to see where I am with my walk with our Lord Jesus Christ. Or, reworded, ”Does my walk match my talk? Do my actions speak as loud as my words?”
What if Jesus directed this question to me, “What is this I hear about you?” Would it be good things that he heard about me? Would people tell Jesus about me, “She is a holy, righteous woman”? Or would they tell Jesus, “She claims to be so holy and righteous and goes to Mass all the time, but she never gives food to the hungry, she never visits the sick. She talks about mercy but does not offer compassion or mercy to others”?
Giving an account
Dramatic sky scenery with a mountain cross and a worshiper (Creative Images)
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Pope Francis spoke about how Jesus told his disciples after his Resurrection to return to Galilee where they first give their lives to him.
“To return to Galilee means above all to return to that blazing light with which God’s grace touched me at the start of the journey.”
I look back to a Protestant youth retreat one spring when I was 15. One evening we gathered around the campfire we built up on the mountain. I can still smell the marshmallows melting into the fire. We sang camp songs and church songs. My favorite was the story of Jesus’ life sung to the music of “Danny Boy.” I still can sing most of the words and the haunting chorus, “The Savior, Savior, of the world has come.” Continue reading
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