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S+L BLOG: John Paul II



Good Friday, Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion – April 14th, 2017 As we commemorate Good Friday for this year, I have chosen to share with you the following reflection on what Pope John Paul II taught us at the end of his life. I cannot recall Good Friday without remembering Saint John Paul II, especially ...read more
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – February 26th, 2017 In today’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel (6:25-34), Jesus does not deny the reality of human needs (6:32), but forbids making them the object of anxious care and, in effect, becoming their slave. Those who truly know God as the heavenly Father revealed by Jesus ...read more
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – February 19th, 2017 The three Scripture readings today issue three calls to us – to be holy as the Lord our God is holy; to not deceive ourselves with the wisdom of this age; and to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Let ...read more
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – January 29th, 2017 As the Church continues her pilgrim journey throughout history, we need a vision to sustain us and give us hope in the midst of our shadows, ambiguities, and sins, our joys and hopes and victories. That biblical vision is found in the great Christian ...read more
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – October 30th, 2016 Today’s Gospel story remains forever engraved in my memory. I still remember a song from my early grade school years that began with, “There was a man from Jericho named Zacchaeus.” Years later, I would visit Jericho on many occasions during my graduate studies ...read more
Thérèse Martin was born on January 2, 1873, in France. After their mother died, her two older sisters, Pauline and Marie, entered the Carmelite convent of Lisieux. These losses plunged young Thérèse into an emotional illness from which she was miraculously cured by the “Smiling Virgin” Mary. Early on, Thérèse dreamed of becoming a Carmelite ...read more