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7 Audio Reflections


Homily

From St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
By Fr. Addisalem Mekonnen
October 24, 2021

The Steadfast Love of God

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
December 7, 2003

Everything in nature, culture, and the cosmos is passing away. Nothing here below finally lasts. Though certainly sobering, this is not, ultimately, bad news, for it orients us toward the one power that does last: the steadfast love of God. In the Gospel for today, the Word of God comes not to the mighty and powerful of the world, but to John who is living a life of renunciation and prayer in the desert. How...

Whom Will You Trust?

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
February 14, 2010

Our life takes shape in relation to that which we are willing to trust. What then is worthy of our trust? Worldly powers can disappoint and will all ultimately fail us. The Scriptures insist that we trust in the Lord’s promises, promises that are proved to be true through the Resurrection of Jesus from dead.

All Is Loss

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
March 21, 2010

In our second reading for this Sunday, St. Paul lays out his resumé. In terms of the Judaism of his time, Paul was about as accomplished as one could hope to be: he was a defender of the tradition, steeped in the wisdom of his people, and blameless under the law. But after seeing Jesus risen from the dead, Paul said that he counted all of those achievements as loss and refuse. So we, he...

Have You Found Joy?

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
December 12, 2021

Friends, on this Gaudete Sunday, we are called to rejoice! Detach yourself from the anxieties of the world and live in the peace and joy of Christ.

Give Up the Ego-Drama!

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
December 19, 2021

Friends, most of us are stuck in the boring and narrow confines of the ego-drama. Mary is not playing an ego-dramatic game; she is playing a theo-dramatic game. We hear of how she sets out “with haste”—the sign of the saints—and it’s because she knows her mission and her purpose in God’s story.

To What Does Your Heart Belong?

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
February 13, 2022

Friends, when our heart belongs to anything in this world, we live in an empty and lifeless spiritual space. But when our heart belongs to the Lord, the rest of our life falls into right order around that center. Our readings this week raise a crucial question: To whom—or to what—does your heart belong?

11 Written Reflections


It Is Written

From A Catholic Moment
By Mary Ortwein
March 5, 2022

On this first Sunday of Lent, the readings give us a handy two-edged sword to help us have a Lent that leads us closer to God.

"It isn’t enough to keep Lent with some external behaviors. I need to open myself to God."

Offer It Up

From A Catholic Moment
By John Ciribassi
April 3, 2021

When I was a kid I often heard my Mother, Grandmother and Aunts say something like “Offer it up to God” if something went wrong or I was having a problem. I am not sure they knew what it meant. It was more of one of those Catholic “throw-away” lines that people used because it sounded like a good thing to say to someone who was having difficulties.

"No matter what type of suffering the world can throw at us, none of it can compare to what Jesus endured…for us. And he did not allow suffering to sidetrack His mission and His love of the Father…and His mission of sharing the Good News of the Father with anyone who would listen"

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
By Melissa Altman
February 27, 2022

“But what about Eli?” my sassy, then-4-year-old used to ask me when it was time to stop playing on electronics or when it was time to set the table. My daughter, Evey, even asked this when she received a special treat. Everything was a comparison to her brother.

"As a 4-year-old, my daughter always wanted to know what her brother was doing rather than focusing on herself. Upon reflection, I now ask myself how often I fall prey to thinking in terms of Evey’s childish question, considering what other people are doing and instead of worrying about my own actions."

Ash Wednesday

From Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
By Sr. Elizabeth Zwareva, MM
February 14, 2018

God, who is unseen, speaks through the prophets and says to the people, repent, come back to me who am your merciful, compassionate God. Remember and repent!

"The first step towards conversion is becoming conscious of our inordinate desires for transient and perishable things that draw us away from God"

He is alive

From A Catholic Moment
By Fr. Lawrence Obilor
April 12, 2020

Easter is the greatest and the most important feast in the Church. It can only be described as the core of the Church’s life.

"The Lord will never allow us to remain in despair and at his own time, he will transform our “Good Friday” tears into an “Easter sunday” joy"

Finding Joy Through it All

From A Catholic Moment
By Joseph LaCombe
May 12, 2019

My son loves sports. Right now, it is baseball season and this kid eats, breathes and lives baseball. A month ago it was basketball. And so I love to use sports as a means to teach – not so much about the game – but about life because there are so many parallels. Every moment is a teaching moment. Hard work pays off.

"We need to have courage that Christ will get us through the disappointments and trials, and help us to become better people"

Get Ready to Purge

From A Catholic Moment
By Joseph LaCombe
March 3, 2019

So this is my garage right now. It is super-cluttered with stuff. All kinds of stuff. Old stuff, materials for various projects, things that just need to be put away. Some things we’re hanging onto for whatever reason, other things that just have no place right now. We don’t have a basement and we lack in attic space, and so the garage is just a dumping ground for numerous things. And unfortunately, this spills into...

"God needs the space to work in us. And we cannot let Him work, and we cannot do His work out in the world if we ourselves are cluttered with negativity, sin, and pain."

Remember the Lord’s Goodness

From Torch
By Fr. Nicholas Crowe
March 3, 2022

Moses gives some interesting advice in our first reading. He tells the people: when you finally claim the land that God has promised you and have begun to harvest the first fruits of its soil bring these first fruits to the altar and offer them up to God as a gift. And as you do so, testify. Testify before the priest and the people. Begin by reminding yourself where you came from; then, remind yourself...

"when the Gospel is at the front of our minds, we are more able to keep things in perspective, more able to choose the right path, more able to live in hope with our thoughts and emotions under control"

They Have Had Their Reward

From Torch
By Fr. Leo Edgar
March 5, 2014

“They have had their reward !”(Mt. 6: 2) To whom is Jesus referring when he addresses these words? It’s an interesting question. Undoubtedly, he had in his sights the Pharisees, whom he referred to several times in Matthew’s gospel as ‘hypocrites’ ( 23; 25-29) ) – but was it only these upholders of the Jewish law who had attracted Jesus’ wrath? Probably not, I suspect.

"Lent is indeed a time for seeking an audience – but with God, rather than with other people"

No One Shall Snatch Them Out My Hand

From Torch
By Fr. Martin Ganeri
April 21, 2013

In the liturgy for the fourth Sunday of Eastertide the Church presents us with the powerful and appealing image of Christ as the Good Shepherd. A common and very ancient way in which Christ as the Good Shepherd is depicted in Christian art is that of Christ carrying a sheep on His shoulders, holding its legs firmly with His hands. It is an image full of reassurance; one that promises safety and security; one that...

"if Christ’s word is to have any chance of sinking into our minds and hearts to the extent that we do recognise His voice and are motivated to follow Him by committing our lives to Him, then we have to discipline our minds in the art of attentiveness to His voice"

Fitness for Life

From Torch
By Fr. Anthony Axe
February 17, 2010

Putting on weight not only means that we can’t get into our favourite clothes but also that we don’t feel as well as we would like and don’t function as efficiently. So we try to get rid of it by eating sensibly. Many of us approach Lent in the same way. Since Easter of last year we have slipped back into bad habits that result in the carrying of the excess immoral weight that impedes...

"A close relationship with God is the purpose of our lives but we must have the will to devote all our efforts to it"

Bible Verse Reflections


Jonah in the Fish

Luke 14:6

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God Asks. How Do We Answer?

Do we spend our energy challenging God that we are unable to see God’s grace?

cross silhouette on mountain during golden hour

Romans 8:18

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Focused on God, Not Suffering

If our priority is on ourselves instead of God why do we think we can endure suffering?

people riding camels

Malachi 3:20

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Hearts Set on God

Is our fear of God driving our lives or are we succumbing to the will of the world?

person standing on rocky cliff

Luke 10:40

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Do Not Burden God

Are we letting our problems overcome how we approach Jesus in prayer?

Jonah in the Fish

Jonah 1:3

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Stop Running from God’s Mission

Are we spending every part of our days spreading Jesus to the world?

Black and White Cross

Baruch 1:22

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Sinning in Front of God

Are we aware that by keeping our hearts away from God we begin to offend God?

Grave Fog Autumn

Psalm 49:18

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Choosing God or Wealth

Are our days oriented on gaining money or gaining God?

people riding camels

Luke 5:11

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Leaving Everything for Jesus

Are we truly giving up everything to follow Jesus?

Empty Tomb

Luke 4:20

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God Speaks

Are we focusing on Jesus the right way?

close up photo of body of water

1 Thessalonians 4:3

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God’s Will

Are we setting ourselvs apart and being Holy for God?

Cross Image

Psalm 66:17

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Praise God First

When we pray, are we allowing time to glorify God instead of just asking for things?

close up photo of body of water

Matthew 14:31

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Path of Jesus

Are we stumbling in following after Jesus with our crosses?

silhouette of two person walking on desert

Matthew 12:15

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Jesus Walks Away

Are we following after Jesus or are we dwelling in the evils of the world?

Black and White Cross

Psalm 116:12

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Grateful to God

Are we continously aware of the many blessings from God?

sun rays peak through clouds over herd of goats on hill

Matthew 11:30

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Yoke of Jesus

Are we tied down to Jesus or being tied down by fears and concerns?

gray sand under white and blue sky

Genesis 46:4

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God With Us Always

Can we overcome our fears and trust in God as God leads us in life?

cross desert sun

Ephesians 2:21

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Jesus My Glue

Are we uniting ourselves to Jesus who holds all things together?

Grave Fog Autumn

Matthew 6:25

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More to Life Than

Are we spending our days for the earthly that perishes or for God who is life?

cross desert sun

2 Corinthians 11:30

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Boasting of God

How have we humbled ourselves today to show others of our love for Jesus?

Black and White Cross

Matthew 6:7

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Babbling to God

Where is our focus when we pray to God? Is it on ourselves or God?

selective focus of pink petaled flower

Psalm 85:9

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Listening for Peace

Why do we spend so much away from Jesus when only with God do we have peace?

snow mountain under stars

Psalm 146:2

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God in My Soul

Are we being grateful and thankful to God throughout our day?

Guadalupe Mexico Maria The Virgin

Luke 1:46-47

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God-Centered Like Mary

Mary shows us how to stay focused and joyful with God in us.

silhouette of woman raising her right hand

Mark 10:38

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Asking Jesus Ambitiously

Are we properly focused on Jesus' resurrection or are we still seeking earthly things?