April 3, 2020

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Matthew Compares Peter and Judas

Jesus is the main character of the Passion Narrative. It was Jesus who presided over the Last Supper, underwent the Agony in the Garden, was arrested, placed on trial, sentenced to death, scourged and mocked, crucified, died, and was buried. The story is told in two chapters of Matthew’s gospel, chapters 26 and 27, and the gory details of Jesus’ bloody death are conspicuously absent.

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April 3, 2020

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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord A Dual Feast

It has traditionally been known as Palm Sunday because the Mass begins with a gospel text that recounts how palm branches were used to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem, and because palm branches are blessed at the beginning of Mass and carried in procession as part of the Entrance Rite. It has also traditionally been known as Passion Sunday because the Passion Narrative is proclaimed during the Liturgy of the Word.

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March 27, 2020

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Do you believe?

Jesus asked Martha: “Do you believe?” (Jn 11:26), and she replied, “Yes” (Jn 11:27). That was then. This is now. The question that Jesus addressed to Martha two thousand years ago he addresses to each of us at this very moment, “Do you believe in me?”

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March 20, 2020

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Hints of Easter and baptism this Sunday

It is the Fourth Sunday of Lent. Easter is only three weeks away, and Baptism moves to the forefront on Easter. Catechumens are baptized at the Easter Vigil. The faithful renew their baptismal promises and are sprinkled with holy water at the Easter Masses. This weekend the Scripture readings offer hints of Baptism that point ahead to Easter and the celebration of the greatest feast of the Christian faith.

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March 20, 2020

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St. Turibius de Mongrovejo, Bishop

St. Turibius

St. Turibius was born Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo in Mayorga, Spain, in 1538. He is also known as St. Turibius of Lima. His memorial is celebrated on March 23 on the General Roman Calendar, and in a few localities he is remembered on April 27.

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March 13, 2020

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St. Patrick the shepherd

St. Patrick spent six years as a shepherd. When he was sixteen Irish pirates swept into his village, kidnapped him, and forcibly took him back to pagan Ireland where he was sold as a slave. His master ordered him to tend his sheep, which he did until a voice spoke to him and instructed him to escape. He fled at the age of twenty-two.

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March 6, 2020

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St. Frances of Rome

St. Frances of Rome

Frances was born in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome in 1384, the only child in a wealthy family. Her birth name was Francesca dei Roffredeschi. As a child she had a deep desire to be a nun, but her parents arranged her marriage to Lorenzo Ponziani, a soldier, when she was thirteen. They had six children, two which died, victims of a plague.

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February 28, 2020

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The Battle with Temptation

Lent focuses on sin, evil thoughts, words, and deeds, as well as the good that we have failed to do; and the First Sunday of Lent focuses on temptation, those things that would induce us to sin. Jesus wants us to turn away from sin (see Mt 4:17; Mk 1:15). He also wants us to battle temptation and resist it with all our might.

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February 21, 2020

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Plan to make a good Lent this year

Lent is a penitential season, a time to “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.”

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February 14, 2020

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Heaven: Imagining the Unimaginable

Saint Paul wrote a beautiful encouragement to the Corinthians: “Eye has not seen, and ear has not heard … what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor 2:9). Heaven is the place that God has prepared for those who love him.

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