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Gospel According to Saint Mark

Saint Mark's GospelToday we celebrate the Feast of St. Mark, author of the Gospel According to Saint Mark. In Mark’s Gospel, we read succinct passages central to the life of Christ. Mark was not loquacious, but, rather to the point! His gospel was termed, urgent, brief and direct. For example, the evangelist’s entire message can be considered summed up within one verse: “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)

Mark’s Gospel

Mark wrote his gospel for the Roman Gentiles. Therefore, he wrote it in Greek, Continue reading

Worthy of Awe: The Blessed Sacrament

Awe of Adoration

With this upcoming weekend being Pentecost Sunday, I thought this to be a good post to revisit today. Awe also means reverence, and reverence is a virtue. But, I am getting ahead of myself…

Wisdom, Counsel, Understanding, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord (awe): These are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. We specifically receive these gifts at our Confirmation, when we become full-fledged Christian adults. However, in my rather long lifetime, I seem to receive these gifts over and over. The well never seems to run dry.

Apparently these gifts are important, since we seem to grasp Continue reading

Spring Cleaning of the Soul!

Spring Cleaning of the Soul Spring has arrived! Hurrah! As we take to performing spring cleaning around our homes, perhaps it is time to think about the spring cleaning of our souls as well. What clutter of sin might be taking up room in your soul? What dust muffins of ambivalence might be swirling around you, but you pay no attention? Got some stains that might require a little “muscle” to remove? Is the window of your soul sparkling clean, or is there a murky film casting a shadow?

How to “Spring Clean” Your Soul

Remove the clutter of sin by going to Confession, so Continue reading

Judas’ Betrayal of Christ

Judas Betrayal

Today is Holy Wednesday. In today’s reading from the Gospel of Matthew 26: 14-25 we hear of Judas Iscariot’s betrayal of Jesus Christ:

One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.

We are Judas when we betray Christ

I think it is safe to say, that we are all kindred spirits to Judas Iscariot. We may not Continue reading

Jesus, What Were You Thinking?

Palm Sunday

It was just another day of the week, or was it? Jesus knew, as God, that before the week would end, He will have given His life, for many, to conquer death.

What must Jesus have been thinking?

He arrived in Jerusalem the day before; greeted with fanfare; literally, with palms waving in the springtime breeze. Jesus knew, only too well, how fickle man can be; how in the blink of an eye, they would turn on Him. He would be turned over to the authorities and would be put to death. Jesus only had a few more days to Continue reading

Easter Blessings to You and Yours!

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Easter Blessings to You and Yours! I wanted to take a moment wish everyone a very Happy, Blessed Easter! May you and yours be filled with Christ’s blessings this Easter season.   As with spring, Easter is a time of renewal – renewal of  our spirits. Take this time to reflect on Our Savior and all that He did, so that we might live. Take a moment to think about how much He loves you today, and know that when He hung on the cross, died, and rose from the dead 2,000 years ago, He did Continue reading

Merry Christmas – Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas to all of my family and friends. Merry Christmas to my followers, who this past year have become my friends. Your interaction with me through Google +, Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in, Pinterest and www.catholicbloggersnetwork.com have been an inspiration to me. Sharing in God’s love with you has been a source of joy for me. As we move into 2015 together, may we find God in the virtues, and make His presence known to those around us by practicing the virtues to live a happier life!

May God bless you and yours this Christmas season, and may you have a Continue reading

Veterans and Your Families – Thank You!

Veterans DayVeterans and your families: A huge thank you for your service and sacrifice. Thank you for your fortitude, commitment, leadership, courage, bravery and willingness to serve on our behalf. You are a virtuous group of people. May Our Lord bless you and your families on this day. May we as Americans, never forget the sacrifice you paid to maintain our freedom. May we never take you or our freedom for granted.

God bless you!

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