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November 15, 2018 - As My Own Heart

Thursday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Several years ago, my husband and I saw the movie “Cloud Atlas” based on the book.  I won’t give a review of it, but one part of the movie comes to mind as I reflect on the first reading today.  The scenario involves a stowaway slave on a ship in the 1800s who relies on the at-first-reluctant- kindness of one of the passengers, an American businessman, to save him from either starving or being cast overboard.  Later, the slave ends up saving the life of the American who is being poisoned by the greedy doctor who he thinks is trying to heal him.  He eventually ends up denouncing slavery.  It was quite beautiful to see the change of heart and relationship in this thread of the movie.

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November 14, 2018 - Responding to God’s Gift of the Sacraments

Wednesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Today’s scriptures give us an opportunity to think about the importance of God’s gifts of the sacraments to us - and to reflect on our own responses to God’s great gifts.

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November 13, 2018 - As Christ to You

Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

Scripture Readings

I appreciate St. Paul and a lot of the beautiful Scripture writing attributed to him. I also find that some of his words get under my skin as a 21st century Christian woman trying, along with my husband, to pass on to our daughter and two sons the value that women and men (and all people, for that matter) are equal and are to be treated as such. Granted, in Paul’s letter to the Galatians (3:28) we have the radical-at-that-time proclamation, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ.” But today’s Letter to Titus does not demonstrate a similar equality.

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November 12, 2018 - Faith That Moves the Human Heart

Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

Scripture Readings

My husband and I have recently returned from a pilgrimage where we walked in the footsteps of St. Paul in Greece and Turkey.  As we spent time visiting these places and reflecting on scripture relevant to where we were, it became obvious that St. Paul’s tremendous gift of faith and His zeal for Christ were instrumental in bringing many people (and nations) to accepting Jesus as the Son of God and the source of their salvation.  Although he preached in many places with eloquent words, St. Paul practiced his faith through the way he lived, and he called others to do the same.

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November 11, 2018 - The Invitation to be Poor

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

There are two stories in today’s reading and they both involve poor widows. In the first story, Elijah, as he flees from his murderous enemies, seeks refuge with a poor widow. The story tells us that she and her son had only and handful of flour and a little oil left. They were desperately poor. The second story tells us about Jesus’ admiration of a poor widow who “from her poverty” (Mk 12:44), put in two small coins into the treasury. The two coins were all she had. These two thought-provoking stories. 

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