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Sunday Reflection for August 09, 2015
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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1 Kings 19:4-8  The prophet Elijah loses heart for his mission, till an angel revives him.
Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9  Human beings need tangible signs of intangible realities. Taste and see.
Ephesians 4:30—5:2  If we are in Christ, we must look like Christ. No malice, fury, reviling will do.
John 6:41-51  The crowd is baffled that Jesus claims some sort of divine origin they can’t understand.

19th Sunday
in Ordinary Time

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Food for the journey
When Ernest Shackleton, the great polar explorer, advertized for crews to join his legendary expeditions, he didn’t beat around the bush. Shackleton didn’t promise fame and glory, or propose a glamorous adventure. Here’s an ad he put in the papers: “MEN WANTED FOR HAZARDOUS JOURNEY: small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in case of success.” ...
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Weekday Homily Reflection for August 04, 2015
Say hello to a priest today

To the sophisticated of the 21st century, Saint John Vianney can seem a funny, well-intentioned but bumbling Catholic antique. But his commitment, especially to those seeking forgiveness and reconciliation, was anything but antiquated, and he continues to inspire. We can forgive his overzealous threat to withhold absolution from penitents who refused to give up dancing (!) and celebrate parish priests, who—like Saint John—place the good of their parishioners and their growth in holiness above all else. Know a priest? Why not call and give him a word of encouragement and gratitude today?

Today's readings:Numbers 12:1-13; Matthew 14:22-36 or Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14 (408). 
“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

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World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, August 02, 2015

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» Boy, is he ready to read – This Sunday’s first reading narrates how the hungry Israelite community in the desert marveled when their prayers were answered by manna from heaven. Matthew Flores, a 12-year-old boy in a Salt Lake City suburb, was so hungry to learn . . . More...
» Thou shalt not, rules Oklahoma Supreme Court – Moses the lawgiver, famous for delivering the Ten Commandments, plays a central role in the Exodus saga referenced in several readings this Sunday. Despite their historical significance, a stone monument of the Ten Commandments . . . More...
» “Bishop of bling” may get big bill – Now that we are a new creation in Christ, Saint Paul encourages us to “put away the old self … corrupted through deceitful desires.” A German bishop who apparently had not overcome the desire for luxury is being called to account by his former diocese . . . More...
» Bernie barnstorms – “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites,” said the Lord as he promised manna in the morning and quail in the evening to sustain the people in the desert in the first reading this Sunday. “The American people are saying loudly and clearly, enough is enough," . . . More...
Quote of the Week

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

—Martin Buber

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Fact of the Week

Close to half of all people in developing countries suffer at any given time from a health problem caused by water and sanitation deficits.

Pastoral Trends
Participation is more than a laughing matter
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . .  Read more...