Water, washing, and the desert

First Sunday of Lent:  Cycle B Reading 1 Gn 9:8-15 Responsorial Psalm Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9. Reading 2 1 Pt 3:18-22 Gospel Mk 1:12-15   In the first reading, we hear the classical Old Testament story of Noah and the Ark.  On the surface, this story appears to be about one man and his family that God selected to be spared the Great Flood, but as we hear today, it is Read more [...]
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Join the Women of Grace #50ShadesofGrace Rosary Novena!

“Those whose hearts are pure are the temples of the Holy Spirit.”  - Saint Lucy   We invite you to participate in the Women of Grace #50ShadesofGrace Novena to pray against the potentially devastating impact of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie.  This prayer campaign will begin on February 6th and end on February 14th, the Feast of St. Valentine, coinciding with World Read more [...]
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9 Days for Life: Day 9 Prayers and Reflection

#9DaysforLife: From the sick to persons with disabilities, all are equally treasured by the Lord. Intercession: May we treat others with the love & respect that is due to each person as a “masterpiece of God’s creation.” Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection:  When God created each of us, He did so with precision and purpose, and He looks on each of us with love that cannot be Read more [...]
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9 Days for Life: Day 8 Prayers and Reflection

#9DaysforLife: 75% of Americans are reported to know a victim. Learn the warning signs. Intercession: For an end to all domestic violence. Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: “A correct reading of Scripture leads people to an understanding of the equal dignity of men and women and to relationships based on mutuality and love. Beginning with Genesis, Scripture teaches that women and Read more [...]
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9 Days for Life: Day 7 Prayers and Reflection

#9DaysforLife: Let us witness to God’s gifts of life, hope and mercy. Intercession: For an end to the use of the death penalty in our country. Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: As Catholics, we believe and put our hope in a merciful and loving God. We are conscious of our own brokenness and need for redemption. Our Lord calls us to imitate him more perfectly by witnessing to Read more [...]
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9 Days for Life: Day 6 Prayers and Reflection

#9DaysforLife: God is ready to forgive each of us! Don’t be afraid. Draw close to his heart. Intercession: May each person suffering from the loss of a child through abortion find hope & healing in Christ. Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: Today, on this 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we consider the past four decades in which our society has legally permitted abortion. Read more [...]
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9 Days for Life: Day 5 Prayers and Reflection

#9DaysforLife: Only God can truly fulfill our hearts. How can his love help us live for others? Intercession: May all people reject pornography and discover the true meaning of love through an encounter and relationship with Christ. Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: Today we honor the life of St. Agnes, a 12-year old girl martyred in Rome in AD 304. Agnes never wavered in her Read more [...]
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9 Days for Life: Day 4 Prayers and Reflection

#9DaysforLife: See today’s reflection for a link to one couple’s story of adopting their son. Intercession: May children awaiting adoption be welcomed into loving families. Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: Let us reflect on today’s reading from Hebrews (6:10-20)*, which reminds us to “hold fast to the hope that lies before us. This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure Read more [...]
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9 Days for Life: Day 3 Prayers and Reflection

#9DaysforLife: Life isn’t always what we expect. In what ways can we choose to trust God?   Intercession: May those who long for a child of their own be filled with trust in God’s loving plan. Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: It can be very difficult and painful when the Lord doesn’t answer our prayers the way we hope. We may have many doubts and questions, wondering Read more [...]
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9 Days for Life: Day 2 Prayers and Reflection

#9DaysforLife: Life is always precious—from conception to natural death. Intercession: May those near the end of their lives receive medical care that respects their dignity and protects their lives. Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: In today’s Gospel reading (Jn 1:35-42),* John the Baptist testifies that Jesus is “the Lamb of God.” How often do we meditate on Jesus as Read more [...]
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