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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Ex 2:1-15; Ps 69:3,14,30-34; Mt 11:20-24  As more and more knights became disillusioned with the crusades, violence became less and less a way to solve the problems of the Holy Land. Some of these converted warriors found hermits living on the ancient holy mountain of Carmel.  These men gradually became organized and were known from the […]

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Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

We know from reading the Gospels that the Pharisees and Scribes regularly looked for opportunities to test Jesus.  Jesus would answer with the truth that originated from God, was expressed in the Scriptures, and was brought to fulfillment by Jesus, the Word made flesh.  The antagonist in this Gospel passage is identified as a scholar, […]

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Memorial of Saint Benedict

 Gn 44:18-21; 23-29; 45:1-5; Ps 105:16-21; Mt 10: 7-15 From the mouth of each Benedictine comes the antiphon, “Sustain me, O Lord, as you have promised that I may live and disappoint me not in my hope.”  Saint Benedict knew that everyone serious about a prayer life had to be sustained by the LORD.  Early […]

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14th Sunday of the Year

Two strikingly different images confront us immediately this week:  first, Isaiah uses the image of a nursing mother gently tending to her child to describe the Lord’s care for his people Israel (Isa 66:10-14). Contraposed to this beautiful scene we find Saint Paul extolling and finding strength in the cross of Christ, yet at the […]

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