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Today’s Prayer: May 31, 2020

At the end of Saint Matthew’s gospel is the Great Commission: Go, teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. And in Saint John’s gospel we learn the way in which this is possible. Jesus sends us forth, all of us with the breath of the Holy Spirit.

Today’s Prayer: May 30, 2020

Saint Paul is the victim of injustice. Held by the Romans, for charges brought by the Jewish leadership. Charges brought about because of fear and jealousy. Even the miraculous deeds performed in their sight does not counter the worst of human emotions.

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Today’s Prayer: May 29, 2020

Peter and Judas. It has been observed by many that both Peter and Judas sinned greatly against Jesus by betraying and abandoning him when Jesus needed them most. Yet Judas is remembered as a traitor, while Peter is remembered as the first pope. Why the difference?

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Today’s Prayer: May 28, 2020

It is no secret, especially to those who keep an eye open for studies on faith participation, that these days for the Christian faith present a challenge. It is simple. For more and more people, especially the young, Christian faith is simply not a factor in their lives.

Today’s Prayer: May 27, 2020

It was once said to me that life is a series of beginnings and endings. We start something, but invariably it comes to an end. We finish something and can find ourselves sad until we begin something new.

Today’s Prayer: May 26, 2020

When everything works according to plan, hard work is possible. We can travel incredible distances in short times because of planes, cars, trains and busses. We can lift heavy objects with the help of machines. Information can be processed faster than our ancestors could have imagined thanks to technology. Even at great distances, we can see and hear those we talk with on a phone or computer.

Today’s Prayer: May 25, 2020

When I was in college, there was a program, popular in parishes and other settings, called “Life in the Spirit Seminars.” It was largely a program that encouraged people to participate in the charismatic renewal by highlighting the importance of a relationship with the Holy Spirit, and the reception of the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the New Testament by Saint Paul. The culmination of the program was to be “baptized in the spirit.”

Today’s Prayer: May 10, 2020

One of the great images of the Second Vatican Council was viewing a family as a domestic Church. This is a natural outcome when the Church is seen as the Bride of Christ, for it is this relationship that marriage is called to emulate.

Today’s Prayer: May 8, 2020

Just think of it. From all eternity, Jesus has a place in heaven prepared for us. He has shown us the way to this place, because he himself is the way. He has given us a preview of his relationship with him here on earth, as a foretaste of the eternal relationship he calls us to share with him in heaven for ever.

Today’s Prayer: May 7, 2020

Sometimes when we think of Jesus, we consider him to be only a little better than we are. We can reduce him to being simply a very nice guy, perhaps even someone we admire.

But again and again we are reminded that Jesus is so much more. Jesus is the second person of the Blessed Trinity. He is the divine Son of God. He is, as we are reminded by Saint John the Baptist, so great, that even John the Baptist, his cousin, feels unworthy to unfasten his sandals.

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