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"The family that prays together stays together." - Venerable Patrick Peyton

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Waiting in Silence - Family Reflection Video

William Hutton, an English Poet and Historian says, “The charity that hastens to proclaim its good deeds ceases to be charity and is only pride and ostentation.” Jesus healed and cleansed the leper, saying to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone” (Mark 1:43). But the Leper could not withhold his excitement. Why would Jesus tell him to say nothing about the miracle? Was he afraid of appearing to be proud? Was he afraid too many people would be coming to him?

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This Epiphany: Still Seeking?

With the approach of the Epiphany (Matthew 2:1-12), we behold quite a scene — one of perceived royalty and the other of unassuming divinity wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. And here, this quote by St. Gonzalga finds its resonance, revealing a profound truth of the Nativity story.

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Finding Anything Good - Family Reflection Video

Jesus' story is a human story. Although He lived two thousand years ago in a culture and climate different from ours, His story is our shared human story.    Who has not suffered discrimination because of our family history, education, status, age, profession, social class, ethnicity, or simply the color of our skin? Jesus was discriminated against too. 

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The Christ Child Changes Everything

I am blessed to have served as a priest for 17 years in our Holy Cross ministries in Peru. I love Christmas in Peru. As night falls on Christmas Eve, a quiet settles, along with a sense of waiting. Christmas Eve Mass is celebrated around 10 p.m. The Churches are packed for beautiful celebrations as the feast begins, and people return to their homes, yet there is still a sense of waiting—until midnight!

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Always be Grateful to the Lord - Family Reflection Video

At the end of a 30-minute sermon on gratitude, a visiting preacher said, "And remember, no matter how small the gift, always be grateful to the Lord." Later, when it was time for the collection, an usher used the preacher's hat to take up the offering. When the hat returned to the preacher, he shook it carefully but didn't hear any sound. Then he turned it upside down. But nothing came out. It was empty!

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Mary’s Faith, Fear, and Obedience to God – Family Reflection Video

Today’s readings are a great example of how the Old Testament is fulfilled in the New Testament. At times, it takes a great deal of study to see it, and then, on other days like today, it’s right there!

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