How can we use our gifts for great good?

Sunday, September 25, 2022 | By Rev. Michael P. Hanifin Readings: AM 6:1A, 4-7; PS 146:7-10;1 TM 6:11-16; LK 16:19-31 We have all been given great power by God in the form of Time, Talents, and Treasure. The readings this weekend remind us that this power is meant to be used for great good. And,…

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How to live in imitation of Christ

Sunday, September 18, 2022 | By Rev. Michael P. Hanifin Readings: AM 8:4-7; PS 113:1-2, 4-8;1 TM 2:1-8; LK 16:1-13 or LK 6:10-13 Have you ever been warned about the dangers of mixed-up priorities? The Scripture readings on this 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time are so very clear on the necessity of putting God first…

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The personal, passionate, merciful love of God

Sunday, September 11, 2022 | By Rev. Michael P. Hanifin Readings: EX 32:7-11, 13-14; PS 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19; 1 TM 1:12-17; LK 15:1-32 or LK 15:1-10 The readings on this 24th Sunday in Ordinary focuses on the personal, passionate, and merciful love of God which should fill us with unending gratitude to Him. This…

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The only life that can truly satisfy

Sunday, September 4, 2022 | By Rev. Michael P. Hanifin Readings: WIS 9: 13-18B; PS 90: 3-6,12-14, 17; PHMN 9-10, 12-17; LK 14:25-33 On this 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, the readings make very clear the demands that will be made of those wanting to be called disciples of Jesus Christ. We must be prepared…

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What is the chief Christian virtue?

Sunday, August 28, 2022 | By Rev. Michael P. Hanifin Readings: SIR 3: 17-18, 20,28-29; PS 68: 4-7, 10-11; HEB 12:18-19, 22-24A; LK 14:1, 7-14 This weekend’s readings remind us of a chief virtue that characterizes the Christian virtue: humility. This virtue is widely thought of as a form of self-abasement. That understanding, however, is…

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Staying on the Narrow Path

Sunday, August 21, 2022 | By Rev. Michael P. Hanifin Readings: IS 66:18-21; PS 117: 1-2; HEB 12:5-7, 11-13; LK 13:22-30 Today’s readings on this Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time show us that it is not enough to be Christ’s disciples in name only. To be a real disciple, we must live for Christ every…

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Setting a High Bar

Sunday, August 14, 2022 | By Rev. Michael P. Hanifin Readings: JER 38:4-6, 8-10; PS 40:2-4,18; HEB 12:1-4; LK 12:49-53 On this Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary time, today’s readings set a high bar for us Christian stewards, reminding us that a stewardship way of life is meant be a challenging way of life. In the…

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What do we treasure?

Sunday, August 7, 2022 | By Rev. Michael P. Hanifin Readings: WIS 18: 6-9; PS 33: 1, 12, 18-19, 20-22; HEB 11: 1-2, 8-19; LK 12:32-48 or LK 12:35-40 On this Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, today’s readings challenge us to ask this important question and to reflect upon it. The question is this: “What…

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A “pat on the back” from Heaven!

Sunday, July 31, 2022 | By Rev. Michael P. Hanifin ECC 1:2, 2:21-23; PS 90:3-6, 12-13, 17; COL 3: 1-5, 9-11; LK 12:13-21 The month of July has flown by, and we have already reached the 31st of the month.  On the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Gospel passage comes as a “pat on…

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We are beloved and infinitely blessed!

Sunday, July 24, 2022 | By Rev. Michael P. Hanifin Readings: GN 18:20-32; PS138:1-3, 6-8; COL 2:12-14; LK 11:1-13 In the Cycle C Scripture readings, the Gospel on most Sundays is from Saint Luke.  In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, some of Jesus’ disciples asked our Lord to teach them how to pray. Jesus instantly offered…

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