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Reflections of Family and Faith
"The family that prays together stays together." - Venerable Patrick Peyton
Behold Your Mother | mother's role | motherhood
Now and then, I need help remembering something. Did I remember my homily, my keys, to call someone, to check on some pictures for an article I'm writing? Something as important as the time of the Sunday Mass I am celebrating to slightly less significant — to grab the coffee travel cup from the roof of my car (before driving away...again). Okay, so maybe it's more than every now and then; perhaps it's every day, throughout the day!
Holy lives of inspiration | Love thy Neighbor
My hometown basketball team, the Boston Celtics, used to have a star player by the name of Paul Pierce. His nickname was “The Truth.” The people that gave him that nickname weren’t trying to be sacrilegious or blasphemous, only pointing out that he was the real deal of what it means to be a star in the NBA.
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Are you familiar with the phrase, “passing the torch”? Reading and reflecting on Paul’s address and Jesus’ prayer to the Father led me to see how Jesus and Paul were preparing their listeners to carry on the mission. Or as some would say, “they were passing the torch.” (Which by the way, is lit and burns, radiating light for us to see the way.)
As I got to the end of today’s gospel from St. John, I had one of those aha moments, an answer to something I think most of us wrestle with … why does God allow certain things in life to occur? I’d bet that, by now, all of us have a list of things that we’d categorize as: “This just doesn’t seem right or fair.” And, among our faithful brothers and sisters, I’ve heard it said, “Well, one day, if I make it to Heaven, I’m going to ask Jesus a lot of questions!”
Holy lives of inspiration | Why pray?
Today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles is a reminder of the important role that wives and mothers, grandmothers, and aunts play in our families, as demonstrated by Lydia, who listened to Paul after the Lord opened her heart. I love how the reading begins as if one of the Apostles is writing home to us, describing that they
Celebrating family life | Strengthening family unity
In John's Gospel, Jesus links two powerfully uplifting emotions: love and joy. And, it makes sense when we love someone, and they love us; there's a unifying force that stirs our souls and makes us joyful.