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Daily Thought For Aril 11, 2021

  Divine Mercy & The Importance of Forgiveness "He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God. As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart"  St. Faustina Diary, 390

Daily Thought For April 10, 2021

  Easter & The Joy Beginning Anew The women thought they would find a body to anoint; instead they found an empty tomb.  They went to mourn the dead; instead they heard a proclamation of life.  For this reason, the Gospel tells us, the women “were seized with trembling and amazement” (Mk 16:8); they were filled with trembling, fear and amazement.  Amazement.  A fear mingled with joy that took their hearts by surprise when they saw the great stone before the tomb rolled away and inside a young man in a white robe.  Wonder at hearing the words: “Do not be afraid!  You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has risen” (v. 6).  And a message: “He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him” (v. 7).  May we too accept this message, the message of Easter.  Let us go to Galilee, where the Risen Lord has gone ahead of us.  Yet what does it mean “to go to Galilee”? To go to Galilee means, first, to begin anew.  For the disciples it meant going back to the place where th

Daily Thought For April 9, 2021

  Unpredictability in Prayer  “We sometimes forget that the goal of prayer is primarily to deepen our relations of love with God, and this implies a certain unpredictability in the time of prayer.  What we start out ‘looking at’ in prayer is sometimes quickly blanketed in shadow despite our efforts and quickly disappears from sight.  Likewise, the words of Scripture that initially hold our mind with some interest may abruptly collapse into fragments and fade away as if the wind had suddenly caught and scattered them.  What seems at first a failure of this sort may actually conceal an invitation to relinquish our sense of control over prayer and allow the hand of another to take over, namely, God’s hand. ...Indeed, we learn in time that what God seems most to desire are encounters with himself that will be poor and unsupported by any ability on our part.”  (Fr. Donald Haggerty, April 2021 Magnificat for 4-7-21, p. 62-63.)

Daily Thought For April 8, 2021

  Easter People We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song! St. John Paull II

Daily Thought For August 6, 2021

  Christ At Work In Us A Christian is: a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves, a voice through which Christ speaks, and a hand through which Christ helps. St. Augustine

Daily Thought For April 5, 2021

  Faith in the Resurrection Lectio Matthew 28:8–15 Meditatio “Say, ‘his disciples came by night and stole him.’  The religious authorities didn’t know what to make of Jesus’ disappearance, and wanted to squelch any rumors at the outset. So they came up with a tale about theft. People would buy it, they thought. And people did buy it. The story was still circulating when Matthew’s Gospel reached its final edit, several decades later. A deep gulf had been dredged between people who passionately believed in the resurrection of Jesus and others who emphatically did not. Our world today is both similar to that world and different from it. The gulf is present, but seldom mentioned. There is little evidence of passionate belief. Why does the somber season of Lent come so naturally, while the joyous season of Easter seems so challenging? By way of an answer, how often do we think of Easter, once the feast itself has passed? In some cultures, people used to (and may still do) greet one another

Daily Thought For April 2, 2021

  Good Friday ⏤ Jesus Lowers Himself To Raise Us Up This evening, in faith, we have accompanied Jesus as he takes the final steps of his earthly journey, the most painful steps, the steps that lead to Calvary. We have heard the cries of the crowd, the words of condemnation, the insults of the soldiers, the lamentation of the Virgin Mary and of the women. Now we are immersed in the silence of this night, in the silence of the cross, the silence of death. It is a silence pregnant with the burden of pain borne by a man rejected, oppressed, downtrodden, the burden of sin which mars his face, the burden of evil. Tonight we have re-lived, deep within our hearts, the drama of Jesus, weighed down by pain, by evil, by human sin. What remains now before our eyes? It is a crucified man, a cross raised on Golgotha, a cross which seems a sign of the final defeat of the One who brought light to those immersed in darkness, the One who spoke of the power of forgiveness and of mercy, the One who asked