Category Archives: “Speak to Me Lord”

Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 23, 2020: St. Josephine Bakhita

Each year on Feb. 8, the church marks the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita. Patroness of Sudan and victims of human trafficking, this saintly woman lived the meaning of today’s Gospel with extraordinary strength and grace. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture reading, Feb. 16, 2020: Aim for peace

Today’s Gospel features parallel statements by Jesus. He begins, each time, with “you have heard that it was said …” and follows this received wisdom with a correction: “But I say to you …” Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 9, 2020: Fan into flame

Feb. 9 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A 1) Is 58:7-10 Psalm 112:4-9 2) 1 Cor 2:1-5 Gospel: Mt 5:13-16 By Jem Sullivan Catholic News Service The first Christian communities were made up of small groups of disciples of … Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture reading, Feb. 2, 2020: An encounter with the Lord

In a few months, God willing, my wife Louise and I will go to St. Joe’s Hospital, here in town, take the elevator to the maternity ward, put on temporary ID stickers, and head for the room where our daughter Margherita will be sitting up in bed, surrounded by son-in-law Freddy, other children, and who knows who else. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 26, 2020: A great light

Michelangelo Merisi, known to the world as Caravaggio, was a celebrated painter of his generation. He lived in the late 16th century and completed some 40 masterpiece paintings during his young and troubled life. He would exert considerable influence on an entire generation of artists who followed in the new Baroque style. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture reading, Jan. 19, 2020: Here I am, Lord

Lovely melodies have been written for today’s responsorial psalm (the response is “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will”), which make for pleasant congregational singing. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 12, 2020: New year, new creation

There’s something about the beginning of a new year that makes us want to start afresh. Television reality makeover shows tap into this natural human desire to begin anew. Something in all of us longs for a makeover, whether spiritual, physical or emotional. Continue reading

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