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Sunday Reflection for April 20, 2014
Easter Sunday: Solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord
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Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Only those who eat and drink with the risen one can bear witness to him.

Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 The boundless mercy of God is the wonderful reason we give thanks.

Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8 Above and below, inside and out, we seek to "hide" our lives in Christ.

John 20:1-9 The stone is removed and the tomb is empty. What do we see in this space?

Easter Sunday

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Exploring the Word
Faith starts here
In what or in whom do you trust? Money says we trust in God, but surely some of us trust in money almost as much (or perhaps more). Maybe you base your ultimate confidence in your spouse, your family, your parish community—or your country, right or wrong. My parents used to trust with an almost religious fervor in the reports of Walter Cronkite. In the same way I tend to trust a little too much in Wikipedia. More than a few of your fellow citizens have grown too cynical . . .
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Weekday Homily Reflection for April 18, 2014
World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, April 20, 2014

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» Loved ones left adrift in Malaysian 370’s disappearance – “Losing confidence in false authorities is not a bad position from which to discover what the truth is,” says Alice Camille in this Easter Sunday's PrepareTheWord reflection. As the search for Malaysian Airlines flight 370 moves deep . . . More...
» Power to the people – “The right hand of the Lord has struck with power,” exclaims the psalmist this Easter Sunday, adding that “it is wonderful in our eyes.” Electrical power finally struck home for Margie and Alivin Tso Monday, after the Navajo Nation members who are in their 80s raised . . . More...
» As nation warms up, so does the economy – Easter is the season of Resurrection and hope. With the removing of the stone recounted in this Sunday's gospel, the season of possibility and promise is upon us. And the U.S. economy seems to be cooperating, with the latest sales . . . More...
» Vatican sheds digital light on ancient manuscripts – In this Sunday’s first reading, Saint Peter describes how God raised Jesus “on the third day and granted that he be visible, not to all the people, but to us.” The Vatican’s manuscript archives have operated in a similar fashion, visible only to a few . . . More...
Quote of the Week
"My superior is a gamer. You know you're a media nun when your superior is a gamer."
—Daughter of Saint Paul Sister Helena Burns, who is "constantly zipping over to social media" to discuss vocations while she goes about her daily routine.

Source: The Atlantic
Fact of the Week
Millennials spend as much as 18 hours a day surfing the Web, watching T.V., texting, playing video games, and using social media, sometimes at the same time, according to a new analysis.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Pastoral Trends
Dialogue needed about parish ministry
Priests are happy—but morale is low. Pastors find encouragement from their parishioners—but not enough from their fellow pastors. Associate pastors often become pastors . . .  Read more...