Category Archives: “Speak to Me Lord”

Sunday Scripture reading, March 29, 2020: God’s spirit dwells in you

Recently I got into a conversation with a few fellow Catholics about confession. Someone remarked on how hard it is to maintain the sense of restored innocence very long after exiting the confessional. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 22, 2020: The Good Shepherd

Deep beneath the Eternal City of Rome is a vast maze of underground tunnels used by the first Christians who inhabited the ancient city. Known as the catacombs of Rome, these ancient spaces are visited by thousands of pilgrims and tourists, even today. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture reading, March 15, 2020: An invitation to drink and eat

A friend of mine liked to quote a saint — I don’t remember which one — who said that food is God’s love made edible. In our first reading, the biblical authors indicate that water is God’s love made drinkable. When the Israelites become dehydrated during their journey through a broiling desert, God pulls them back from the brink of death with a miraculous supply of water. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 8, 2020: Do not be afraid

When World War II broke out in 1939, Karol Wojtyla, the future St. John Paul II, had just turned 19. At that point in his young life, he had lost his mother and his brother. His father would die soon after the war began, leaving the young Karol alone. During the chaotic destruction of his home country of Poland under Nazi occupation, Karol would be separated from close friends and trusted neighbors. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture reading, March 1, 2020: A starter question for Lent

Our first reading contains a symbolic story in which a kind of Everywoman and Everyman face a basic human question: How will I live — God’s way or my way? In the story, the woman and the man are presented with the option not just of committing a simple little sin but of going wrong in the most fundamental way. Continue reading

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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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