THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY

Although it is not mentioned in scripture, the Assumption of Mary has been a solidly held belief of our faith since apostolic times. It has been celebrated liturgically since the 6th century AD. The Assumption of Mary was declared a dogma (a divinely revealed truth) of the Catholic Church by Pope Pius XII in 1950 … [Read more…]

Man wakes up after 12 years in ‘vegetative state’: reveals, ‘I was aware of everything’

Martin Pistorius hates Barney. And it’s no wonder why. For 12 years, while he was in a coma that doctors described as a “vegetative state,” nurses, thinking that he couldn’t see or hear anything, played endless re-runs of Barney as he sat, strapped into his wheel chair.  But Martin wasn’t the “vegetable” that doctors said … [Read more…]

What is the Transfiguration?

A mountaintop encounter with Jesus and his apostles holds valuable lessons for all followers of Christ. All three synoptic gospels tell the story of the transfiguration of Jesus. The transfiguration is a highly symbolic story. Jesus took his inner circle of apostles -Peter, James, and John – up a mountain, which in the Bible is a … [Read more…]

18th Sunday: Do we have our Priorities Straight?

Some of the most famous tourist sights in the world are tombs. Among them are: the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt; the Taj Mahal in India; the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, and the Jewish Cemetery in Prague. An anonymous author wrote: First I was dying to finish high school and started college. And … [Read more…]

17th Sunday: Why Does God Not Always Answer Our Prayers?

“What am I doing wrong?  God isn’t listening or doesn’t care?” Some ask themselves. Well, let us take a brief look at some possible reasons why some people’s prayers may go unanswered, remembering that it is never God who distances Himself from us, but rather, it is us who through our rebelliousness and sin distance … [Read more…]

16th Sunday: “Martha, Martha”

You work well, you don’t harm anyone, but you don’t pray. But machines work well, don’t harm anyone, and don’t pray. Sometimes we can get so busy that we forget what life is all about. We can get so involved in pursuing the things money can buy, that we forget the things money can’t buy. … [Read more…]

INDEPENDENCE DAY REFLECTION

Respecting our differences, even if we don’t always see eye-to-eye. Excerpts taken from an article by Beth Baumann, July 2019 Former “Dirty Jobs” host, Mike Rowe has a keen understanding of American history and he recently took to Facebook to answer one of his followers’ questions: why on earth would Nike listen to washed up … [Read more…]

15th Sunday: The Good Samaritan

There are a number of stories about people who helped others and who were greatly rewarded as a result. Most of us are familiar with the story of The Beauty and the Beast, where a wicked witch curses a handsome prince and changes him into an ugly monster. He remains that way until a princess … [Read more…]

14th Sunday: Boasting in the Cross

“May I never boast save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  This is quite a change.  Saint Paul is speaking positively about boasting. I thought boasting was bad.  I thought we were never supposed to boast.  Is there ever a time when boasting is OK, even good? Well, boasting is certainly bad when … [Read more…]