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August 9, 2017 - Attitudes

Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Have you ever wanted something so bad, that you did all you could to make your wish come true?  You did everything in your power to make your desire a reality.  Everything from petitioning God, to focusing on a reality so much that it seems to become true.  Wishes can create false dilemmas in us or they can help us find a hope that will lead us to faith and truth.

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August 8, 2017 - Faith is What is Required

Memorial of Saint Dominic, Priest

Scripture Readings

When I was a high school student in Denver, Josh McDowell’s book, Evidence that Demands a Verdict, swept through our evangelical youth group as something akin to a tidal wave. In this book McDowell claimed to provide all sorts of undeniable evidence for the truth of Christianity. To this day I can recall the book’s high point, which was the chapter entitled, “The Resurrection – Hoax or History?” In McDowell’s telling, the historical evidence is absolutely overwhelming that Jesus really did rise from the dead.

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August 7, 2017 - God Feeds His People

Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Food is such a wonderful part of all of our lives. Like most people I enjoy eating, but I also love to cook, and I find great joy in sharing my cooking with other people.  In today’s scripture readings God shows us that He understands the significance of food for our daily living. God not only tends to our spiritual needs, but He recognizes that our physical needs are important, and therefore He provides food for the journey.  Because of His care and compassion, God recognizes all of our needs, and He responds generously to satisfy our hungry bodies and souls.

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August 6, 2017 - Awesome Yet Ordinary

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Scripture Readings

Whenever I read passages like the ones we have as our readings today, I feel a little disconnected. I am not saying that I have any doubts about the marvelous experiences of Daniel in today’s first reading or the apostles in today's second reading and the gospel. All I am saying is that I haven’t had them. I am not sure about you, but, I am left with a piece of bread and some wine in my hands. It takes everything in me to believe that the God who appeared to Daniel and the apostles is the same God I hold in my hands. I lay my hand on people who are ill, anoint them with Holy Oil and believe that God is hearing my prayer. All I have is the quiet time I spend before God in prayer. Sometimes, it takes everything in my to believe that there is somebody on the other side. 

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August 5, 2017 - Just Practice

Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Talking small children into using the potty can be difficult, as many of you may know.  With my son, Ignatius, I sometimes find myself using the phrase, “just go practice.”  Iggy knows how to use the bathroom, but I want him to become proficient at responding to the need to go potty.  As Christians, as we pursue lives of virtue, we need to practice like a three-year-old practices on the potty.

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