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The man was blind but now he sees!

“There was a time when you were in darkness, but now you are in the light of the Lord…”

Everything we do during lent aims at awakening our consciences, arousing them to make good judgments and understand that the Light offered us dispels the darkness of the world and those secrets we hide from even ourselves.

A person who has a hardened heart and a formless conscience becomes a spiritually blind man who cannot see or hear the call to repentance or exercise the freedom that results from a life with Jesus.

We will never be able to live a full life, a meaningful life, a life of satisfaction unless we live the life of Jesus. Nor can we avoid the consequences of our actions no matter how big or small they might be; we cannot pretend them away.

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by Father Cioppi

“Give me this Water to drink!”

By this third week of Lent, we come to the well of the Eucharist, tired, worn out and thirsty. So too, does the Samaritan woman and even Jesus Himself.

We are thirsting for water as a basic human need, and it is through our common human heritage that God intends to touch our lives and to replenish our spirits by opening the floodgates of His eternal love within us.

God became man to dwell among us, and today He was with us in the Sacrament of Confession – reconciling us to Himself through our admission of sin and sorrow.

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“Get up and GO!”

The Scriptures give us two examples of extraordinary events. We can wonder how they can relate to our own lives. But, in fact, they have everything to do with who we are as true disciples of Christ.

I think that ordinary men and women like us can make a difference in the world if we would just believe in our God given power to do something and not be afraid to stand up and make a difference in the world.

Look at what the Gospel says about you. Jesus takes you up the mountain. He calls you from your homes to be here on the mountain, on this holy place. He shows you His Face in the Eucharist with Moses and with Elijah, the Law and the Prophets. Then He says, “Listen.”

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We will be tempted in the same way!

In the Gospel today, Jesus gives us remedies for the temptations we will all encounter during our Lenten Fast.

Jesus goes into the desert because the Holy Spirit directed Him there. He fasts for forty days and forty nights at the end of which He is tempted in three ways: with hunger, with loneliness and with power.

We can expect to be tempted in the same way.

Anyone who knows me, knows I am a foodie; I love any kind of food. Recently I had stitches on my tongue (all well now). I couldn’t eat anything but soups and yogurt and little quantities of that. During this time, I realized I don’t need a lot of food to survive. If I gave away the abundance of food I really didn’t need, I could feed a lot of people. What I really need in my life is to consume the Word of God and the Bread of Life. This is the food that will satisfy me.

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“Love God and do what you like.”

Saint Augustine said that the Christian life can be summoned up in one phrase, “Love God and do what you like.”  It sounds good, doesn’t it until you realize that it is filled with responsibility and consequences. “Love God and do what you like.” When we realize how much God has loved us, the one desire of our life is to answer that love; this becomes our greatest task and primary focus in all the world, for it presents us with the obligation to love the way God loves.

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Confession, Communion, Prayer

“Keep your family safe, O Lord, with unfailing care.” In these hystercial times, we all want to keep our families safe.

The Book of Isaiah reminds us when we find our lives steeped in the darkness of sin or we find ourselves stuck in an attitude of gloom and doom, to “share your bread with the hungry.”

Jesus reminds us that we are “the salt of the earth.” But what if salt goes flat? There are three demonstrations of ‘Spirit and power’ that you can do to keep your faith active and effective: Confession, Communion and Prayer.

  1. Confession keeps us working on a life of virtue rather than a life stunted by vice.
  2. Communion transforms our earthly life into the Divine Life able to attract others away from sin.
  3. Prayer assures a deep and lasting relationship with Jesus Who is the Face of God.

No where does it say that it will be easy. It depends on how strong our earthly desires have become. Relying on good Christian practice will ignite a desire to share with others the Good News we have been given freely and unconditionally.

“So that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God,” do not be afraid to take up the Cross of Virtue every day consciously and joyfully.

May our families always be defended by God’s protection and by our example in virtues: Confession, Communion and Prayer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jesus calls us to become better for the sake of the lost

The Beatitudes serve as a code of moral attitudes based in the Ten Commandments that guide us to true and lasting happiness.

Jesus reminds us that all other desires in this world are fleeting. The only real sense of happiness, our only true peace in life is what we will find by putting into practice the commandments in this way.

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“Come after Me!”

“The Lord is my light and my salvation.”

In order for the Lord to become a light in our life, we have to remember what Jesus did in the Gospel of John: He first ‘withdrew,’ and from that stillness He begins to preach, “repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

These are not just words however, Jesus tells Peter and Andrew, “come after Me.” “Come after Me” means that God reaches through the words of your mouth and into your heart and once He has your attention, He fills you with the grace and the courage to convert from sin repent and accept being reconciled with God.

If you do this. If you allow God to reach in and hold your heart; if you do this in Love for Jesus, you can gladly proclaim to each other and to the poor, “The Lord is my light and my salvation” and they would believe you; they would begin to seek Him out.

 

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Allow the Door of your Heart to open for Him

During the Advent Season, we are given many signs of the coming of the Savior. The first reading tells us there will be a great sign and then the Gospel reassures us that the Lord is coming.

We have signs here in our Church that give us a sense of the presence of God among us. You see here at the head of the Sanctuary a doorframe. The doorframe is the Door to Heaven. The key to that door is the Cross.

When we celebrate Mass, we face that door as we, as a people as well as individuals are journeying toward heaven. The door swings into the heavenly Kingdom.

In this last week before Christmas, God wants us to stand back from the busyness of the holiday and allow this door to be swung open toward us, allowing Him to enter into our hearts. God wants you to prepare a small place in your heart for His Son, for Jesus, so that He might rest there a while in peace.

In these last few days, take ten minutes to sit quietly and prepare that place so that when you come to the manger on Sunday, what you will find there is a reflection of the love and the time you offered to the Child Jesus.

Allow God our Father, with the help of Mary, our Mother, to open the Door of your heart and prepare a small place where He can dwell!

 

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