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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 28

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Friday, March 1, 2013, In : Homilies 
February 28, 2013 - To Jesus through Mary

Thus says the LORD:
Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He is like a barren bush in the desert
that enjoys no change of season,
But stands in a lava waste,
a salt and empty earth.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary shows us what it looks...
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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 18

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Friday, February 22, 2013, In : Homilies 
February 18, 2013 - To Jesus through Mary

Today our Living God speaks to us; “Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.”  To be holy is to be our real selves, who God created us to be.  To be holy is to be like God in my human nature.  In the first reading, God shows us that the first step in being holy is to avoid sin. It calls us to avoid dark choices in our life such as living a lie, harming another’s reputation with gossip, holding onto a grudge, and so many other decisions that h...
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The birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Thursday, September 8, 2011, In : Catholic resources 

The Church has celebrated Mary's birth since at least the sixth century. A September birth was chosen because the Eastern Church begins its Church year with September. The September 8 date helped determine the date for the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8 (nine months earlier).

Scripture does not give an account of Mary's birth. However, the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James fills in the gap. This work has no historical value, but it does reflect the development of Christian ...


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