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  • Daily Mass Gospel Reflection- Gratitude

    11/23/2023 4:52:13 PM PST · by MurphsLaw
    Word on Fire Ministry ^ | 11.23.23 | Bishop Robert Barron
    Luke 17:11-19 Friends, today we celebrate the national feast of Thanksgiving. Biblical Christianity insists that our lives must be acts of praise and gratitude to the Creator.Such obligations would indeed be burdensome and dehumanizing if they proceeded from a competitive and needy supreme being, but since they come from the one who cannot compete with us and who stands in need of nothing, they are in fact liberating. The gratitude that we offer to the true God is not absorbed by God but rather breaks against the rock of the divine self-sufficiency, redounding to our benefit.In one of the prefaces...
  • Prosperity gospel is on the rise among US churchgoers, survey finds

    08/25/2023 8:51:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/25/2023 | Anugrah Kumar
    An increasing share of American Protestant churchgoers believe that financial prosperity is part of God's plan for them and that giving more money to their church and charities will result in blessings from God, according to a recent study by Lifeway Research.The study, conducted from Sept. 19-29, 2022, and released this week, found that 52% of churchgoers say their church teaches that God will bless them if they donate more, up from 38% in 2017.Additionally, 76% believe God wants them to prosper financially, an increase from 69% in 2017. The belief that they must do something for God to receive...
  • My Catholic Life!: Perfection - August 21, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    08/21/2023 8:50:08 AM PDT · by fidelis · 2 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | August 21, 2023 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCB)“If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions. Matthew 19:21–22This is the conclusion to the conversation that Jesus had with a rich young man who came to Him and asked, “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?” Jesus went on to tell him to keep the commandments. The young man said he has done so from his youth...
  • My Catholic Life!: Begging for Scraps of Mercy - August 20, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    08/20/2023 8:13:30 AM PDT · by fidelis · 5 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | August 20, 2023 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCB)At that time, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” Matthew 15:21–22After Jesus was harshly challenged by the Pharisees, He and His disciples took a 35-mile journey to the northwest to a region that was in pagan territory and outside of the jurisdiction of Herod and the Jewish leaders. It might have been a time of repose for Him and His disciples and an opportunity for Jesus...
  • [Catholic Caucus] My Catholic Life!: The Love for Holy Living - All Are Welcome - August 19, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    08/19/2023 12:44:24 PM PDT · by fidelis · 2 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | August 19, 2023 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCB)Children were brought to Jesus that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them…” Matthew 19:13–14In the Catechism of the Council of Trent, which was promulgated by Pope Saint Pius V, this passage is linked with infant baptism. It states, “Besides, it is not to be supposed that Christ the Lord would have withheld the Sacrament and grace of Baptism from children, of whom He said: Suffer the little children, and forbid them not to come to...
  • My Catholic Life!: The Love for Holy Living - August 18, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    08/18/2023 9:09:27 AM PDT · by fidelis · 2 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | August 18, 2023 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCB)He answered, “Not all can accept this word, but only those to whom that is granted.” Matthew 19:11This was Jesus’ response to a lengthy discussion about the indissolubility of marriage. One of the reasons that “Not all can accept this word…” is because marriage, and every other vocation, requires wholehearted sacrifice and selflessness. When this is not present, and when the selfless living that is required of us turns to selfishness, then every conflict becomes a heavy burden. A burden that is unbearable without grace. What is love? What form of love is required in marriage...
  • Progressive religion may be dying worldwide, but the Gospel is thriving

    08/18/2023 8:05:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/18/2023 | Dr. Michael Brown
    The headline was stark and unnerving: “‘Religion Is Dying’: Same-Sex Blessings Allowed but Is It Too Little Too Late for the Church’s Shaky Future?” But was it a true and accurate statement? Is “religion” — meaning the Christian religion — dying worldwide? And is the Church’s only hope the embracing of same-sex “marriage” and other “progressive” theological positions?Actually, true religion — meaning a vibrant, Jesus-centered, biblically-based, compassion-filled, Spirit-empowered, no-compromise expression of the Christian faith — is thriving worldwide. In stark contrast manmade religion — meaning a me-centered, rationally-based, (per)version of the faith that substitutes affirmation for transformation — is dying...
  • My Catholic Life!: Always and Forever Forgiving - August 17, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    08/17/2023 8:13:57 AM PDT · by fidelis · 2 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | August 17, 2023 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCB)Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:21–22Saint John Chrysostom, in commenting upon this passage, explains that “seventy-seven times” was a way of saying “always.” In other words, Jesus was not giving a specific number to the times we must forgive, He was saying that forgiveness must be offered forever and always, without limit. This is the depth of forgiveness offered to us. This passage also...
  • My Catholic Life!: Praying Together with the Son - Wednesday, August 16, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    08/16/2023 8:37:55 AM PDT · by fidelis · 2 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | August 16, 2023 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCB)“Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:19–20This is a bold and awe-inspiring promise from our Lord. This passage reveals Jesus’ desire that we pray with others, uniting our prayer as one and offering it to the Father. Jesus says that when we do this in union with His prayer, our prayer...
  • [Catholic Caucus] My Catholic Life!: The Assumption of the Mother of God - August 15, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    08/15/2023 10:09:52 AM PDT · by fidelis · 3 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | August 15, 2023 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCB)“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his Name.” Luke 1:46–49Today we celebrate one of seventeen different memorials, feasts and solemnities in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary that are found on the Roman Liturgical Calendar. Today’s celebration is one of the four great Solemnities by which our Blessed Mother is honored. Obviously, no other person other than...
  • My Catholic Life!: Overcoming the Impossible - Miracles of Hope - Monday, August 14, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    08/14/2023 9:18:28 AM PDT · by fidelis · 2 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | August 14, 2023 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCB)From whom do the kings of the earth take tolls or census tax? From their subjects or from foreigners?” When he said, “From foreigners,” Jesus said to him, “Then the subjects are exempt. But that we may not offend them, go to the sea, drop in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up. Open its mouth and you will find a coin worth twice the temple tax. Give that to them for me and for you.” Matthew 17:25–27Prior to this minor miracle, Jesus had just told His disciples for the second time about...
  • My Catholic Life!: Overcoming the Impossible - Sunday, August 13, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    08/13/2023 8:32:48 AM PDT · by fidelis · 5 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | August 13, 2023 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCB)After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone. Matthew 14:22–23Our Gospel today presents us with two different images to ponder. The first one is recorded above, and the second one is the story of Jesus walking on the water. In the second story, the disciples were rowing against the wind and waves in the early morning before...
  • My Catholic Life!: Doing the Unimaginable - Saturday, August 12, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    08/12/2023 9:53:09 AM PDT · by fidelis · 4 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | August 12, 2023 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCB)Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:19–20A man came up to Jesus, fell on his knees before Him and begged Jesus to cure his son who was possessed by a demon. The man explained that Jesus’ disciples had tried to...
  • My Catholic Life!: Purifying Worldly Desires - Friday, August 11, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    08/11/2023 8:46:05 AM PDT · by fidelis · 2 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | August 11, 2023 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCB)“What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life?” Matthew 16:26Would you like to “gain the whole world?” Many people daydream about becoming exceptionally rich and being able to purchase everything they ever wanted. Others dream of doing heroic acts that thrust them into the public spotlight and lead to public admiration. Still, others dream of having great power in this world and being a person of great importance. Though none of these are bad in and of themselves,...
  • y Catholic Life!: The Loss of All and the Gain of More - Thursday, August 10, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    08/10/2023 9:00:29 AM PDT · by fidelis · 2 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | August 10, 2023 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCB)Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. John 12:25This is one of the many powerful and even shocking statements of Jesus. A similar statement by Jesus is found in all four of the Gospels. In this, John’s version, the words “love” and “hate” are used. By loving our lives we lose them, but by hating our lives we preserve them. At first read, one may think that those words “love” and “hate” were accidentally reversed. One might conclude that what Jesus meant to...
  • My Catholic Life!: Perseverance in Humble Faith - Wednesday, August 9, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    08/09/2023 9:50:40 AM PDT · by fidelis · 2 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | August 9, 2023 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCB)At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not say a word in answer to her. Matthew 15:21–23The district of Tyre and Sidon was non-Jewish territory. The people there were said to have been descendants of Cain, the son of Adam and Eve who killed his brother, Abel, and was banished. He and his descendants settled in the area of Tyre and...
  • My Catholic Life!: Come With Your Fears -Tuesday, August 8, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    08/08/2023 9:02:21 AM PDT · by fidelis · 2 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | August 8, 2023 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCB)“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” Matthew 14:27–29Peter and the other disciples were frightened. They were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee, the wind was strong, and the waves were crashing. This scene took place “during the fourth watch of the night,” which meant the time was early in the morning, between 3:00 and 6:00 a.m., when it was still dark. Jesus had been alone on a mountain...
  • My Catholic Life!: Giving What You Receive - Monday, August 7, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    08/07/2023 8:50:53 AM PDT · by fidelis · 2 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | August 7, 2023 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCB)Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over—twelve wicker baskets full. Matthew 14:19–20An important aspect of this miracle that is easy to miss is that Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes through His disciples’ instrumentality. He did this by inviting them to assist in the distribution of the loaves and in the gathering of the fragments...
  • My Catholic Life!: Overcoming Regret - The Glory of the Transfiguration - Sunday, August 6, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    08/06/2023 7:11:58 AM PDT · by fidelis · 6 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | August 6, 2023 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCB)Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Mark 9:5–7Just prior to the Transfiguration, Jesus began to reveal to His disciples that He would suffer greatly, be rejected by the elders, be killed and then rise on the third day. This...
  • Daily Mass Gospel Reflection- Giving Your Life to Christ

    08/05/2023 5:44:18 PM PDT · by MurphsLaw
    Word on Fire Ministry ^ | 8.5.23 | Bishop Robert Barron
    Matthew 14:1-12 Friends, in today’s Gospel, Herod has John the Baptist beheaded, making him a protomartyr of Christ’s followers, the first of many martyrs to come.Can we read that terrible and wonderful book of martyrs, the book of Revelation, without seeing the power of bold, truthful proclamation in the early Christian Church? And the cloud of witnesses grows up and down the Christian centuries. Today, from Pakistan to Nigeria, from Egypt to Iraq, ordinary Christians routinely risk their lives simply by declaring their faith and worshiping according to their consciences.They are walking in the footsteps of great martyrs of the...