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"The family that prays together stays together." - Venerable Patrick Peyton
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.
Love thy Neighbor | Strengthening family unity
Today, as we gather as a family, let our hearts be filled with joy and overflowing gratitude for the Word of God that has been proclaimed to us. In Acts 17, we hear from the Apostle Paul that we are God’s offspring and that He is not far from us. In fact, it is in Him that we live and move and have our being. In John, we hear Jesus promise to send the Holy Spirit who will lead us into all truth. From these proclamations, we learn about the incredible power of God's love and the boundless blessings that await us as we walk together in faith as a family.
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It's a beautiful spring day here, with warm temperatures. Yet our troubled world abounds in gun violence, murder, and war, making it difficult to see Jesus' command to love fulfilled. Even in difficult circumstances, people choose to live out this commandment of love by listening with care and concern and providing assistance when necessary.
In our first reading today from the Acts of the Apostles, we are given a glimpse of what the Christian culture of the early followers of Christ looked like. They were of one heart and soul, they held everything in common, they testified to the resurrection of Jesus, grace was upon them, there was no needy person among them, etc. This culture of the early Christians is what inspired the religious communities in the Church, where all is held in common, people live in communities, and life revolves around common prayer, and a common table.
We are still in the Easter Octave and our readings are focused on the post-resurrection stories. We are reflecting on what happened in the days after the resurrection, and we are also reflecting on what happened in the lives of the followers of Jesus after the resurrection.
Healing the family | Love thy Neighbor
Have you ever had one of those days, one that, from the beginning, it’s one thing after another that you forget to bring or do, and you just want to hit the reset button and begin again? I had one of those days yesterday that I’m blaming on the change of clocks. But in reality, there’s always more to it.