Weekly Devotion – January 14th

Weekly Devotions

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Our reflection from the readings this week is:

“The one who comes will baptize you with fire and the Spirit.”

Fire and the Spirit—courage in the face of life’s challenges to faith and the wisdom to live it with depth and reflection—is the great gift of our baptism and our relationship with Christ.


Weekly Devotion – January 7th

Weekly Devotions

Magi EditIt’s easy for us to see the difficulties that can emerge in relationships between people of different cultures.

In Sunday’s readings we are told that the Epiphany, our celebration of God becoming man and revealing Himself to us, is for everyone.

God is here for all cultures and all nations. He loves everyone, and no one is excluded.

The gifts we receive from God are meant to be shared, and through the Father, we all have riches and blessings to give.

We pray together: St. Jude, open us to the richness of one another’s vision and the good we can accomplish when we share one another’s views.


Weekly Devotion – December 31st

Weekly Devotions

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Jesus was born into this world to accomplish the Father’s plan for our salvation. At the age of twelve Jesus would speak intelligently about the scriptures, amazing all who listened with His wisdom and understanding.

That scene foreshadows the teaching ministry of Jesus that would take place two decades later as crowds would gather from near and far to listen to Him preach. We are also part of the story, for we have the great privilege of listening to the Lord Jesus every time we open the Bible.

Now, as then, His words have the capacity to inspire, convert, motivate, and console. Jesus continues to draw us to Himself and bids us to be nourished at the two-fold table of Word and Sacrament every time we participate in Mass.

May we keep these things in our heart and place our confidence in the Lord Jesus so that we might remain in Him, and He in us.

We pray together: St. Jude, together we seek happiness and peace. Walk with me and my family in the new year, and help us to grow in virtue.


Weekly Devotion – December 24th

Weekly Devotions

4th Sunday wreathThe Fourth Sunday of Advent highlights the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the story of our salvation. God chooses to enter into our human experience through the Blessed Mother.

By assenting to the invitation of the angel Gabriel, Mary changes the course of human history. Her unconditional “Yes” to God’s will untangles the knot tied by the sin of Adam and Eve.

Her example of fidelity and obedience serves as a model for us to follow as we seek the path of holiness and everlasting life. As we prepare to celebrate Christmas in a worthy manner, we ask the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

We ask her to pray with us and for us, that we might welcome the saving presence of the Lord into our lives and embrace Him as our Savior and King.

As she was privileged to hold the Lord Jesus in her womb and in her arms, so may we be fashioned by God’s grace into bearers of the Lord.


Weekly Devotion – December 17th

Weekly Devotions

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The third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday, a name that comes from the Latin word meaning “Rejoice!” As the rose candle on the Advent wreath is lit, we rejoice that Christmas is near.

We rejoice in the fact that our God does not keep His distance from us, but enters into our human experience, shares our sorrows and our struggles, and takes upon His shoulders the weight of our sins so that we might dare to hope for the gift of eternal life.

Today we rejoice in the Good News that the Lord’s love is greater than anything we could have ever imagined. He reconciles us poor sinners and abides with us so that we might never again fear the powers of sin and death. He gives us consolation in times of sorrow and courage in times of weakness.
He fills our hearts with the “peace of God which surpasses all understanding.” We rejoice this day not simply because of the nearness of the celebration of Christmas but also for the nearness of our God who makes that celebration possible.