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CBLOGS UNEDITED, ROUGH DRAFT, SEPT 2011 THRU FEB 2012

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2/24/12 blessed sac, 12 p, fr anglo m"...Woody Allen re 90% of success is just showing up...it sounds nice, but not sure its true..here the Israelites had shown up, were going thru the motions, were sacrificing, ..but what was missing was their hearts, he wanted more..likewise lent, fasting & praying..we can just go thru the mechanics of it..but not a formula ..when I was a kid, st Jude prayers were popular..my sister getting divorced..parents upset, tried the 9 days St Jude prayer..but she got divorced anyways,...its like abracadabra..magic..can't depend on it to make god do something for us..must seek god's will, for Israel its easier for them to do a task & then sit & wait for god to do his thing, but god wants them to change their hearts, ..more like him,/.purpose of fasting is to make us less selfish..[its a means to an end, not an end in itself?]

2/23/12 incarnation, zak, "2nd day of lenten journey, moses tells us , both blessing & curse before us, whichever we choose shall be ours, ..choose life not death, listen to lord, obey, take up our cross every day, follow after him, this is what lent is .about, striving to follow the lord, placing hope in lord alone, as we engage in special observance of lent, prayer, hearts minds, to god, & fasting, giving up things we don't want to have power over us, want god alone to have power over us, be mindful of choosing the blessing,choose life, choose to obey.." 2/21/12 PRIEST WRONG RE BOOK OF JAMES NOT IN PROTESTANT BIBLE lady of sorrows, sta Barbara 8a, fr anglo (apparently a new priest here) [Did I hear him wrong, or did he say "the book of James" isn't in the "protestant Bible"? Hmmm, that's NOT true. Protestants DO read the book of James & it IS in the "protestant Bible." Historically, Luther apparently had some reservations to the book of James, but that's not so true today for protestants or even Lutherans as far as I know. There may be differences of emphasis on faith v works depending on the denomination or even a particular pastor, but still, book of James is included & used in worship & liturgy] M:" re letter of James..does not appear in protestant bibles [wrong, it is in rot bible] ..Jesuits such as myself say "we are sinners but profoundly loved by god". ..I haven't been here long enough to know what conflicts exist, thank god, but all parishes have them..James reminds us to practice the lord's prayer, ..ties that bind us, ..adulterers ..if u love the world u r in enmity with god, ..going on to say that god's grace is stronger, ..to make this day an act of fidelity, renewal of mutual commitment ^forgiveness..Ignatius recommended taking a stick to push demons out of the house, don't recommend it if people r around..but we can exhale that is not all of Jesus, .."
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2/20/12 "IF U CAN !?" JESUS CAN DO ANYTHING ! lady of sorrows, sta Barbara 8a m: "In this gospel so many rich wonderful things..I will pick a few to help u in your daily faith..at the end..disciples ask "why can't we drive out this demon" it comes out only thru prayer,..when Jesus replies, what's he replying to? Why this demon or at another level, when god gives an answer to prayer, sometimes he answers on more than one level,..indeed. literally yes .pray more, but deeper, ..Jesus may be speaking of "this demon" as the lack of faith of the father, that's a greater demon..'oh faithless generation"..that's a ..strong interjection, for Jesus to utter that, its bigger than a boy being possessed..the father himself says "if u can do this lord? What unbelief ! That may be why the demon could not be cast out for so long..how about us, ? What demons are we afflicted by ? "If I can?" ..saying have more faith, & even the child began to understand "increase faith"...thru growth of faith we r able to ...prayer life to render ..." 2/20/12 TRUE WISDOM COMES FROM GOD, HOLY CROSS, STA BARBARA, 8a, m: "on a day like today, presidents days, election year, people ask themselves..the way we elect..is this the way to attract people to the job..politician became a bad word ...wisdom..what we need for president/congress is best interests of all at heart,..if u need ..those..aren't the ones who always get the job..St James didn't know this would be read on presidents day, wisdom that matters comes fr god..." 2/16/12 St f Assisi SF, 12P M; "The response today "lord hears the cry of the poor"..that's fine but what does the lord do about it..he wants god..suddenly cloths food roof appear, but that's not the way god operates, ..god operates thru ordinary ways and means, then the lord says to u & me, u use your ordinary ways to take care of the needs of the poor, .put clothes food roof on them..why James says its wrong to ignore the have nots for the haves, or vice versa, ..we often say god has a preferential option for the poor, but the rich have needs too..mostly spiritual, less material, ..if we fail to take care of the poor either spiritually or materially, ..then we make the lord deaf, ..we give our time talent treasures, and say use us..Lord, ..story of a town in Italy , bombarded in ww2, statue of Jesus,..American soldiers being pulled out, ..affection for Italians to show their affection they reconstructed the demolished Jesus, but the hands were gone..they wrote a sign in Italian "u be my hands now" 2/12/12 St. Dominic sf, "hs freshman..glasses..look made him vulnerable..walking home, bullies knocked him down, books scattered, why vulnerability invites persecution..if u want to , u can make m clean..& Jesus did..the more I read & explored this gospel, the more intense it becomes..1st, something was not right, w/pity..does thislepter just wantpity,.engl trabslvetraysJesus m betrays Greek..its more like "moved" as a mother is moved in her guts for her child..Jesus feels His pain..leper wanted cleansing as much as healing..shut out..he was shunned as a leper..unclean unclean he had to yell wherever he went, leprosy is a fearful, society has to protect itself fr disease..to defend itself, we say regrettable but necc,..fact is, hansens disease was unknown in Jesus day..it was simply scaly skin disease..psoriasis, eczema..but Jesus dint recoil..he healed hi,..restoration..wholeness..Israel a caste culture..Jesus does more than dies for us, he pours life into us, ..take eat drink, compassion does this, wonderful.."infuriated" Jesus stretched out hand..more literal., translator however
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said "compassion"..if it is anger in fact, what caused it? We see Jesus' anger for, anger for lack of human compassion..Jesus asks, "is it lawful to do good or harm on Sabbath, to save or kill?" They were silent..Jesus does not understand cruelty. Compassion reveals the heart, brings healing,..to kyle the bullied kid..went to Georgetown..bc valedictorian ..in his speech he revealed he was taking books home bc he intended to commit suicide..didn't want mom to have to empty his locker..the kid who helped him saved his life..touch of compassion..this is valentines day weekend..invite married couples to s

2/11/12 St dom, sf, "in fullness of time god sent angel, announced a baby, son of David, son of god, hope of the messiah, reestablish friendship w god...all creation let out a cry of joy..promise of immortality..fullness of this son's youth passed..Mary Joseph @ wedding but they had no wine..Mary whispered to son..Jesus says "my hour has not yet come.."..odd reply..but she's unfazed ..tells the attendants to "do whatever he tells u"..and he changed the water to wine..changing us into vessels of salvation, ..a spring of clean waters, grotto of hope for sick & sinful..to come for relief..this hope of healing fulfilled..sign of a greater hope...salvation..thru His holy spirit..we have the hope of heaven..at Lourdes..1899..fella working on train..they collided w another..he almost died..paralyzed waist down..2 years..refused to go to Lourdes..had no faith, finally he went..1st to confession..Eucharist..sacrament..soon after they carried him. To pool of waters..he passed out..they thought maybe dead..but as they wheeled him back to the hotel..priest passed by..he blessed the group..suddenly he sat up..muscles atrophied but he walked..e ate a full meal for first time..he had been healed..! Yet a sign of something much greater..soul converted..next 50 years..Gabriel returned..his formerly paralyzed body..now were the hands & feet of Christ for others...we too have hope of healing & salvation..history points us to the lesson of cana , of Lourdes..healing we receive..points us to greater hope..we become temple of the spirit..as we seek healing..& grace to act on the healing..persons whose lives & actions reveal salvation...come to this day..we come seeking god's grace..that we might become..those who do whatever he tells us"

2/9/12 fr pat, incarnation, 530p (paul mccarney, hit car) m; "...savid ..Solomon..Solomon sinned yes but did he eve repent..bible doesn't say he did..so we try to figure out what's the meaning for us today, recognizing our sins..so important..confessing to god, ..if we don't do that....give me honesty, wisdom..Solomon asked for it..for a while it was good, bit his appetites got out of hand..what things do we need versus want 2/9/12 WE TOO HAVE GIFTS WE SHOULD USE, DON'T LET A DEMON TAKE THEM; St victor 12p m: "Solomon was given the gift of wisdom but later he didn't use the gift, demon got hold of him, ..we too have gifts we should use, ..yet we can be threatened by a demon..let us be very faithful to the gifts god has given ..."

2/9/12 ho tri"..nun teaching re Solomons wives & concubines..kid asked "why did Solomon have so many porcupines?" ..Henry 8......young king five masses per day...but later rebelled..pope tried to control him, ..he refused..founded by Anglican church..its why. USA is mostly protestant..Solomon too..turned away from prayer..god...money becomes a god, pleasure, politic power, ..any society where god is forgotten, always fall away, must struggle to become holier, ..u say u r holy enough,..dangerous attitude, .Solomon, ..think all is fine, today I'm using euch prayer 4.. 2/8/12 bless sac, hw, fr intimidator, 12p, "Todays gospel sounds like a lesson on anatomy..re queen of Sheba & Solomon..reputation re king Solomon..Sheba says I heard great things bat u ..great acceptance of Solomon, gift giving of spiecs..gold..etc ..rumored pursuit of ..importance of encounter in lives..as we r called to be disciples..goodness * love to others..r we the good messengers, to go out & create these encounters,..would an outsider..not chr r cath encounter the life of the spirit..and love us toward..let's remember the times when we encnounterthe lord..& help others to encounter Him

2/8/12 WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK: christ king 730a m: "in our gospel today we r reminded how important..our thoughts essential to our spiritual life..acting out behavior, while vindictive or whatever, we have to examine our thinking..won't feel better until u think better, understanding that thoughts of resentment, anger, hurt, affects our emotions,..hard to live a dignified life,..we become what we think, don't bc paranoid re the thoughts that enter our minds, .. approach will affect our behavior..this is why Christ emphasized what's in our hearts minds..when we mull, fantasize, dramatize, attributions...enters our hearts minds..challenges us when we encounter sin. Or temptations to sin..so how we spend time in thoughts..fears,..fantasizing..spend time..false attributions, these thoughts...from the heart..back to the emotions..think like him..the way we think will affect our emotions & behavior.." 2/8/12 St. Basil fr frank m: "..xlothtrappings..that will be thrown away..evenht7all5 kingdom of Solomon came to a bad end..kingdom divided..whts in your heart mind..what motivates your action..u4 not in the appearances.but to the depth of a person..who will reside in heaven..the inner person..the soul, the spirit...not appearances..Thats a sideshow, that's a distraction..how u live your life..thanks be to god...goodness * evil comes from within"..

2/8/12 SELF-FORGETFULNESS LEADS TO HAPPINESS: St. Brendan 8a "We all want a successful life..what u seek, that's what u get..what u think, that's what u become..lord says something like this today..happiness..not handsprings..reward for what Solomon had..very successful..he had a loving heart..we should all long for..access to goodness..what comes forth from The heart...fr.** a Jesuit says
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;purification from within..self forgetfulness..charity..result is joy..take in the concern for others..make ourselves forgetful based on charity, the result is joy, ..one f the principle strengths the result is joy, apostolic. Life, image of the lord, thiinkabt ..self-absorbed, ot absorbed in others, do good, great joy, what we ..qualities virtues,..these can be fostered, ..reach for the gifts of the spirit, true family life, ..self forgetfulness....the danger of vanity,..if its about me..trouble ahead, if abt helping others..joy, dangers of vanity,..she thinks the world has done her wrong..what she wants..when things go badly, she blames sb else,..barriers erected..variety of richness...queen of Sheba..key to happiness..loving ..forgiving heart..self forgetfulness..liberates..all the fruits of the holy spirit..charity, peace, patience, kindness, modesty, ..goodness..today we also celebrate the feast of St. Josephine.she was born in 1869..raised in Islamic faith, kidnapped, ..was she unhappy bc of the tragedy..resold..many times..finally ended up in hands of Italian consulate..she became a member of a nunnery..joined daughter of charity..cook seamstress..free from servitude..loved for her sweet nature, ..beautiful voice.."
2/7/12 St. Dom 6p, m: "once again I bet sb is sorry for asking Jesus a question..we wouldn't do that would we, ask him abt hand washing ? Hopefully better q's..but in some ways we r like Pharisees, in a. good sense wanna do well, were the churchie types, pray well, give god honor, change our hearts, Jesus knew their hearts, ..like hypocrites, playing lip service, but not w hearts, hypocrite mean one who answers, one who follows a script..but any good actor is somehow not telling lies bu..maxim "don't judge your character" ..ot u won't be able to play who they r..so actors say "when I talk abtmurdering people" think in mind how I hurt people , or wanna hurt people, trying to identify w the character they're playing, reading the part needs to be truthful, likewise sometimes we don't always feel what we r saying in prayer, but hopefully that it will change us and hearts, so were always wanting all our actions to leads us toward god, toward change of heart,..not to impress god, but to glorify god, allow to change us"

2/7/12 incarnation, fr Eugene, 530p, m; "Observance of the commandments..observing..& adding exceptions....but disciples..first to Jews then gentiles ..controversy...moving from ot to nt, ..new covt, ..new & everlasting covt..&since his apostles,..Paul had to repre..assoc w gentiles,..Jews jersialm..Antioch,..he stopped..he sided w Jews..Paul said that's not proper, ..u came to establish & unite Jew & gentile, one kingdom, teachings thru Jews, but Christ new covt, ..whole new thing, freedom, ..new spirit, salvation, not from practicing works of the law, ..did this & that therefore heaven..no, by reason of baptism, I give u, father son spirit, dwelling in u, don't earn, its a gift, freely given, Jesus' commands, important, whole new attitude..pause , recognize unworthiness..its a gift, not to diminish rspnsblt,....try to keep comms, love god-neighbor, last supper, read...wonderful, "

2/7/12 good shep, bev hills 12, fr Irish"...How lovely is your dwelling place. Lord,..church synagogues. Worship..sacred, but god is not confined..god so great, reflect ..all he wants is our hearts, our love, our surrender,..god is more concerned w ..they had taken the revealed law of god, added 600 variations to it..they made a mockery of the law, .unless we come as little children, so imp, that out life be backed up ..." 2/7/12 vibiana m: "..help us to understand ..Solomon..acting as a priestly role..acknowledgement of who god is..2nd aspect of prayer..ask..then we ask,...ask Mary to intercede..2nd reading..Jesus challenging tradition..great..our tradition is good but must be dynamic , not static, ..prayers too, need dynamic prayers,..not just memorize prayers,.." 2/16/12 Notre dame des victoires, "Jesus not a bubble gum machine..." 2/16/12 St v de Paul, "like married couples, ..they grow in their knowledge of e/o , so "WHO DO U SAY I AM" changes over time" 2/16/12 TO GIVE OURSELVES IN HUMBLE LOVING SERVICE: "Were so familiar w matt version, but its not in marks gospel,..mark estab the ID of Jesus..he suffering servant,..not easy to accept, ..we want power & might,..but if this is the messiah ..a suff servant, how are we to be ? ..keep in mind, Jerusalem community, lole a communist state, ..all shared everything..mutual care, ..how do we love that out? The thrust remains the same "to give selves in loving humble service to god"

2/16/12 BUT WHO DO U SAY THAT I AM? St p & p sf, 9a "James reminds us were all equal before the lord, even though we r not infinite we r to love e/o as Jesus loves us,...St mark ..as w matt "who do u say I am" ..same response but then who do U say I am, peter says u r Christ, messiah, son of god, ..why does Jesus say don't tell..because he came for eternity,..but when he tells of the suffering & rejection he will exp, peter says no, ..but Jesus says "get behind me satan..." this one upon whom Jesus is going to build a community of disciples..what a horrible rebuke, yet, calls peter, jolting him, ..how many of us deserve the same rebuke?..."
2/15/12 BE DOERS, NOT HEARERS ONLY: St dominic,SF 630a m: "James exhorts us to be slow to speak..can damage rshps by what we say, so be quick to hear,..first listen, be doers, not hearers only, listen & welcome the word, ..he who walks blamelessly & does justice, pray this morn, may truly see hear..lords work in our lives, ..by word & deed may we faithfully speak his truth..." 2/6/12 St. Dominic: "Sod...model of forgiveness..on the cross he forgave..soften anger, soften hatred, ..had need feel love & compassion..

2/6/12 borromeo: "We have the lord so close to us in the sacrament..sometimes we r not so excited re seeing Jesus as we go to movie..we should be excited..ne surrounds sd w his love on the feast of the martyrs.."

2/6/12 fr pat, incarnation, 530p m; "Many kinds of suffering..in those days, connection between sin & sickness..they figured if u were ill, it was punishment.."sons your sins r forgiven"..which is easier...anybody here not have some illness..anybody here not have something stressing them..what would we ask..it seems to me, whatever brings us closer, ..everything we do..needs to be healed..if under spell of alcoholism..if involved in scheme of cheating, lying, then this needs to be healed, ..what is it..kind of key, .." 2/6/12 St. Finbar, 8a m: "Did u watch superbowl ? (To kids)..did u see the trophy award..players touching it.some kissing ..why ? Happy, excited..did it give them any power..? No..well today people touching Jesus..did it do anything..u say no, u say YES..that's right, .di u blv St. Mark ? Yes we do, ..do u think today if we touch Jesus will we be healed? Yes.but how do we touch Jesus..not here physically, we pray,..He comes closer..if we come close to Jesus he will touch us. ..receive healing, ..not just for sick, but for sad, .maybe u r worried, have test coming..u can pray, .or confession..pray..talk to Jesus, .also communion gives us the power of Jesus"

2/3/12 St cat lab, 530p m:"...so many people..re Abraham, he was a good man..faithful ..he asked the lord for..to pardon him, god forgave his sins, ..he was --- afterwards in his life, also remembering jbap, he was trusting the law, his life was simple, we r remembering jbap today, today in the gospel, of the lord Jesus, though ..centuries apart, .. Jesus, message of John, ..which is going to..r u living holy life, ..if u live as David & jbap..it can be remembered always ..but ru living a good life, ..there must be something re,truly great Christian, he or she may die, disappear, but .after he or she left the stage, 2nd .also today , feast of St. Blaise, ..St blaise..4th cent.....re a fishbone stuck in his throat..he healed it ...blessing of throats.. blessing of the sick in imitation of Christ himself,..my dear friend, thru intercession of St blaise..., "

2/3/12 law mart , 12p m; "People in their own unique way..even David..leader..but also faults, David sought the lords forgiveness..psalms..his gift to god, the psalms..he sung,..we have jbap who lost his head for Christ, echoed the words of Jesus, needed to turn back to the lord, ..prepared the hearts of many so they could receive the message of Jesus, ..and they had to decide whether to turn their self to
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Christ even if it mean their lives..now re sod St blaise,he was a bishop in Armenia..at time when church was still being persecuted,..he escaped to a cave..he was found. And arrested, blais was martyred,....also healed the child w fishbone in throat, .

2/3/12 law mart, fr short, young,8a m: "Today we celebr St. Blaise, bishop martyr,..where from ? ..he was fr Armenia ..every year on this feast day we bless peoples throats, ..as legend has it, a mother came to him,..fishbone stuck in her son's throat, he managed to help them..but he's done much more..he was a very generous man, lived his chr life to the end, back then it was illegal to be Christian, ..but that didn't stop him, .he continued to believe, remained faithful, he was out walking about, group of men knew he was a chr bishop, on his way there he noticed a wolf running for a pig that belonged to a poor woman..legend has it that he talked to the wolf and convinced the wolf to let go if the pig, ..he was supposed to be starved to death, ..but the woman who owned the pig snuck food to him in prison, ..the govt decided to exec, hum he..what we take as an example, whenever sb needs your help , offer to them, do not refuse, ..we r called to stand and ct, ..its easier to hide, but that's not right, ..I have one thing that god can use as a gift , to be a prophet, he gave you a voice, we can run & pretend nothing going on, but god gave u a voice, not just for goodness sake, but Christ asks us to be kind..on this feast day, we remember esp. those who sick, intercession of St. Blaise they be healed, sickness of throat, .." 2/3/12 Lomita: the death of jbap sets up the public ministry of Jesus,..also sets up the exec of Jesus as a parallel, life and ministry of jbap,,says he is not the messiah, ..jbap says he must become less so Jesus can bc more..jbap continues to be a witness, Christ more, we less,..celbr St. Blaise feast today..martyrdom proclaimed Christ lord.. 2/2/12 St James, fr asian,12p, m; "...imag your child..behold..for my eyes have seen your salvation, ..if anything like this for you or your children u would jump ^ praise the lord, prophecy, ...in our lives, god's blessing never one-sided..2nd part..sword will pierce, Mary & Joseph still saying wow..ask lord, what he wants, we don't know,. A lot of times, .only very small percentage of people who learned the art of finding god's will, ..do I know what u want when u ask for ..do u know what the blessing will be if u ask, always 2-sided,..she would never have imagined,.et she accepted it knowingly and gladly, not just passively but actively,..do u know what money will do to I if god gives u the money u secretly want in your heart..." 8

2/2/12 am mart, 8a, fr cane, m:"Today we celebr the feast of the presentation of the lord, & of course there r 2 main figures in the gospel today..simeon & Jesus, ...also Anna the prophetess,. & ...but in this gospel there is the great revelation that Christ is present...simeon must recognize the presence of the anointed, the presence of god, ..immed simeon recognized the presence of god, for our reflection we come to ch every day, & enter into the presence of god, ..recognize god here on altar during sacrifice of mass, but many who do not recognize presence of god ..we must recognize god, ..He is present to us, & we must be present to Him, ...Anna spent night & day praying & worshipping the lord, ..on this feast of the presentation, u & I r called to a special task, ..b/c we r able to recognize god ..must pray for those in our lives, in our comm., our world , who r unable to recognize god, our job is to pray 4 them.we come into the presence..every time..here..pray 4 those"

2/2/12 St cat lab 630a "Today we celeb the feast of thpresentation,..Jesus is the light..ch 13.1 the lord commanded..light..first of all..consecration of the child, ..Jesus being ..marycalled Jesus to the temple..offered him as a sacrifice..[hard to understand what he is saying] ..when the fullness of time had come..so that we may ..adoption as children..this is also candelmas..why called candelmas..bc candle signifies Jesus Christ,..the wick, wax, fire, ..wax is body without corruption..wick is most pure soul..the fire is his dignity..god is the consuming fire..must offer ourselves to the lord and thank him, give praise for his wonderful mercies..light of the world..light is Jesus" 2/1/12 ho fam orange 12p fr"Another..re gospel is abt rejection..maybe we too will be rejected..b/c go to church so much..mass so often, how ..when we r truly ..spirit of community of faith, ..when we go home..we ..we may say we may like Jesus amazed at their lack of faith..say extra prayer for them, they need more our prayer, surrender them to god, don't let an agenda, say prayer, let rest take care by god, so we don't feel frustrated or disappointed..just say a prayer..and surrender to god..we r so blessed we r here w god,..we learn a lesson, compassion patience for others, continue to b patient"
2/1/12 St irenaeus 630a " what we do, good or bad, has an effect on others, even things we do in secret, god knows, and it diminishes us and others,..best gift we can give others is Jesus Christ,,.He is the gift, give the peace of Christ,...people around Jesus wanted a sign..but they had such small faith, look upon others w the eyes of Christ, pray that all will come to salvation..listen to the holy fathers, they r prophetic not just Benedict, but all the recent popes, johnpaul et al, pray 4 increase in faith, without faith,..faith is complete trust in Christ, He is Savior in Lord, .."

1/31/12 Dominic, fr monastery " Most of us have seen Sistine chapel ..michaelangelo,,god's finger touching Adams finger..bring in life, 9

creation..fing of god, source of power, woman who came up behind, if I just touch his clothes..he stopped "who touched me", ..said ;your faith has brought abt this, official roman army, non Jew..blvd in Jesus , nvtes to come heal his daughter, by power of Jesus, how imp is touch, made fist and hit or embrace, ..same hand..for healing or hurting,,.good doc, we have great faith, can heal,,. Tonight, Jesus is here to touch our hearts souls in communion, in 1st reading, David crushed that son Absalom was killed, Absalom trying to kill own father, David didn't want him killed, lord is there..smtm..visit friend touch the sick, ..touch so imp, put arm around sb, stnfthn tem we al need that touch, .. 1/31/12 ho tri m:"Miracle within a miracle...crosses over, lady spent money on docs but nothing helped, just wanted to touch Jesus clothes, &believed it would heal her..Jesus felt the touch, disciples are amazed bc people all around him r touching him,...Jesus wanted her to be a witness...he continues on..paid wailers,,I served in new your..some places they pay people to cry & wail at a funeral, ..I was a deacon, & these wailers were for real, not paid 4, ..Jesus wasn't happy with the wailers, put them out [did he] ..then talitha kum..the woman w hemorrhage..great faith, all of us suffer fr a disease of one sort or another, if we had just a little bit f this womans faith we would be cured....need that childlike true faith, amazing .. 1/31/12 borromeo, 730a m: "...amazing aspects of..compassion...revealed compassion to a man who was able to ..love children..able to discover..wonderful, see how..he said there were 2 things that ,loved him to love children.." 1/31/12 ho tri m:"Miracle within a miracle...crosses over, lady spent money on docs but nothing helped, just wanted to touch Jesus clothes, &believed it would heal her..Jesus felt the touch, disciples are amazed bc people all around him r touching him,...Jesus wanted her to be a witness...he continues on..paid wailers,,I served in new your..some places they pay people to cry & wail at a funeral, ..I was a deacon, & these wailers were for real, not paid 4, ..Jesus wasn't happy with the wailers, put them out [did he] ..then talitha kum..the woman w hemorrhage..great faith, all of us suffer fr a disease of one sort or another, if we had just a little bit f this womans faith we would be cured....need that childlike true faith, amazing ..

1/31/12 incarnation, fr Eugene "In the gospelsjesus worked many miracles w great compassion for sb suffering, , we celebr the feast of St jn bosco, he worked man6 miracles, died in '88, ..salesian fathers & sisters, ..one of biggest Jesuits, Franciscans, salesians...some 15,000 salesians worldwide,..St jn bosco so many miracles "the supernatural b/c natural",..his hometown of turrin Italy, he had compass. For prisoners ..wanted to take them
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out for a picnic, but he convinced the warden , they would all return, ..and it happened, I call that a miracle, ..but he also multiplied food for the poor, , ..we have salesians here ..we celebr

1/31/12 borromeo, 12p, fr gallagher m: "...-in terms of teaching style, Jesus by persuasion ..rather than coercion, ..called by name, didnt threaten..bosco ..great influence..young people by persuasion ..he took kids off street..he was influenced by de sales..then was invited to start a community..founded salesians..large than Franciscans, follow ex of master, taught whole person 1/30/12 St Paul ap m; Always thought stories we find in bible make great epic movies,.esp David, Samuel, ..unexpected kid becomes king..versus Saul, Jonathon..scandal, adultery, murder, ..there is an appointed time for everything,..time for everything..most of us know ther is good* bad,,for us..who trust Jesus, there is always, hope, that a dark day, eventual light again always be a ress.

1/30/12 omgc 8a m:"2 readings this morning that can cause us to...notice how the man cursing David is permitted to continue cursing..David even thinks maybe the Lord is allowing this to teach David something..imagine him throwing rocks & dirt @ David, & David recognizes he is not perfect maybe needs to be cursed & open to god's grace..question if god is doing something in the instance..when seemingly unjust things are being hurled at us...when I read this..police dealing w those on drugs ..superhuman strength..instances among humans..terrible illness temperaments..Jesus sends demons to the swine..look at the loving power..they say leave our district....maybe we need to explain to our family what god is doing in our lives"..

1/28/12 omgc 8a "Wisdom, first reading..undrst how we gain e wisdom....burn by fire, hot cod water, punishment reward..totality of life is about learning..learn fr good & bad..also learning how to treat people..god's spirit thatguardsus..for me..wisdom I love, was philosophy major...in response psal,, "teach me your statues"}+/..what to learn? Why does god allow bad things to happen..this morn I was in hospital..man dying, family asking why..lesson, also opport..pbs video re ground zero, shaken by 911, some lost faith, ..do not be called rabbi, I have but one teacher..don't call anybody father, some apply that to the priests, but its deeper than that...dads mothers teachers..let us pray this morn..strive tobbe.."

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1/27/12 St Dominic "Churc re nre evangelization...& we all have a part to play..sowing seed, watering, harvesting,..as ugooutas gardeners..u have to decide on case by case basis ..this or that person..what he or she needs..initial sowing of the seed or watering, or ready to beharvested,takes spritual,prudence, like being a doctor,diagnosis,..what does this person need, 2nd part, say to self, am I the one that should do this, this person may need to hear the good news but maybe not from me,..u may say this person is ready, but I'm not the one to do it..our sense is that we simply don't know how the church grows, ..do the little that we can in each case, but don't do too much or the wrong thing, don't want to get in the way, but let it work in the heart of the person, and put it in the hands of the one who gives us the gift of faith

1/27/12 bh, good shep, 12p m'One of the biggest frustrations that teachers have,..can be summed up, ..that it is impossible to answer an unasked question,..lot of teachers try to teach w/o students being morivatedby q's..some say to me why don't u put it in the bulletin'..I say "they do read, but if there's something in there they don't ask abt it passes over you..that's why Jesus spoke in parables..we think its a story tot ell convey a message..so we say why not just tell me straight out..but the real reason for a parable is to raise questions..if u notice thru out gospels, the way Jesus taught was to begin w a question..these parables somewhat exaggerated,..so vegi w a q rethe kingdom..what is the kingdom..Jesus gives animage of something 180 degrees counter to our frenetic..to try to please god..Jesus says the kingdom comes w+ u doing anything..u simply receive it, welcome it..so that it will grow in your life, if that bc the q..how do we let the kingdom grow..that's a diff q. .

1/27/12 St tim , fr elder, 8a: "Jesus speaks of the growth of the church and of god in the life of each of us, god grows in us via grace. ..we offer ourselves and all we do for god for love of him, at end of day, pray we will please god..more like him in goodness" 1/26/12 St Paul ap 530p "Today we celeb tim & Titus..in a way they stand for .acts of apostles, most of our names not on calendars of saints, ..so tim & Titus can rep all of us, ..we need help fr others, tim gentle father, Jewish mother..Paul often sent tim & Titus ahead of him, .sometimes to straighten things out, both tim & Titus known for conciliatory..effective in, could accept, tim became bishop of church in Ephesus, Titus Crete..they both lived long lives, .." 12

1/26/12 bless sac, hw 12p, m: "Once when I was a teacher Jesuit..I asked "what is the reward for good work?" Nobody got it right, the answer is "more work". in our own particular places..sure to give a person rspnsblt..hard work, live on it, enjoy it, much more for, to do justice, I am a hard worker b/c my grandfather a hard working carpenter, both parents govt workers, I reference ..silence .use of time..but come to realize ..work can become a compulsion, a mask, can stunt growth, want all to get a habit of good work, ..liberate from deadly routine of work,..college grad applied for work, interviewer asked "how much do u study?' Intrvwr had suspicion the position was below his capacity "I don't work half as much as I could & I know it." How old ? 22 that means you're barely 11..only used half your life capacity, ..work can be addictive, ..u try to have a. W boiling water, ..try to put a flame under candle, ..work can bring satisfaction, 1/26/12 Brendan "Christ one of the first community organizers..timing, workm make sure things r ready, critique, ..tim & Titus, they were his emissaries, ..occ. on Sunday, read fr tim & Titus, checking up o them giving encrgment, renewed their faith, church grows by grassroots, leadership, direction, today, write letters, encouraging, corrective, great love conver, faith protected spread"

1/26/12 c king 730a "how do u treat people when u first meet them ? Nickname? Bring up the past? Facial feature not happy to see the ..make them feel inferior..how do u greet people. Todays readings..letter of Paul to titus.more of a greeting, u see peace to this household, how we greet people. "Grace mercy peace..."...say "peace to this house.."..often we r competitors..try to box people make them feel inferior. How u greet people says a lot abt how u feel abt yourself, life, .your understanding..prodigal son..father says nothing about son's past ..how have u greeted people in the past week "I'm better"? Or otherwise, joke, trying to put them below u, put them down, subtly, mark of a true believer ..make them feel good even when its not merited..look see god's beloved children, sign of holiness, unmerited rejoicing, versus name calling, bringing up history of past, whatever it might be,...do u greet those w "grace mercy and peace from our father peace to the household, .." may the lord who greets us today @ Eucharist, beautiful, "peace to your house" we have done nothing to merit the embrace of god, ..Jesus affirms us, wishes us to affirm those we meet..likewise"

1/25/12 culver 530p m; "Took the name Paul, reason ...chose Paul I knew he was a convert, preached to nations, ..St j chrustotm emphasized love & Paul a ..I never assoc Paul & love, weddings always 1 cor 13, "set heart on greater gifts' if u don't have love they're meaningless..love kind patient believes all things, key aspect ...is love, Paul would be first to
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mention..greatest of all gifts is love, found in Christ, preach Christ, ..St j chris..Paul suffered immensely to preach Christ..bc of love, he wanted to share it w whole world, we often say peter to Jews, Paul to gentiles, but..ocwexome disunion btw Jews& gentiles,paul said for his own jewish people if he could save them he would go to hell, ..he was a fervent Jews in his prev life ..he persecuted those who were not Jewish..conversion doesn't mean he was a great sinner, but change of ways, ..keep life faith alive or conseq.. ..hell is sep btw hell & Jesus, I love my own people, would suffer damnation for their sake, do any of us have the strength to die for sinners,.the big sinners

1/25 St James 12p, Asian fr, m: A hypothetical question..don't answer..do u know what Paul actually experienced on way to Damascus ..we could understand wo mnowing the content..we may say yes conversion , we can relate..? But can we..church has trained us to really communicate.those ..firsthand..knowledge, maybe not as mstical,we dont say I understand, we say I know what it ..face to face..but doesn't happen to most caths, and I fault the church for that, they gave me same answer, why did I leave the cath ch. What..I found family and friends, but I never ..we need to try harder, but church is big, but we are so much bigger than Mormons, urge people to be more friendly and intimate..but what I've seen last 20 yrs..ifauly..wher do ..caths go to, ? Prot evangelical..they say "we do meet god here" ..and I fault cath church , Christianity up to..I know I taught theology in Jesuit ins. Itsimp re dogma, I believe church as a faith..church as a treasure, ..1st gen eaelty chris ..experienced god in very personal direct way, ..so much that people would endure pain and die....what think happened to Paul. To make him change 180 degrees...church isn't helping caths to understand, which is why we r losing so many..u say I don't feel like prophesying..is that the only way to exp god NO..MANY ways time to ask ch. How to exp what the 1stgen chrs experienced, .then we know what really hppd, then we know what enables us to live that kind of life, without..church lacks fundamental ..wo exp of Paul peter virg Mary dogma never happens, .they knew Jesus as god, ..not fr studying, but holistically..what I propose..fast & prayer..no..I used to fall asleep so easily in prayers,..I sed to fall asleep so easily in prayer, bros & sis called it "horizontal meditation", ask ch what its like to be uncondi loved..then we know Paul peter Mary experience..loved by god face to face..

1/25/12 am mart, 8a m" one of my fav feast days, conversion of St. Paul/.tells me there is real hope for conversion,..growing up I used to watch oral Roberts...people would come to him, he'd touch their forehead..they'd fall down get up & be converted, but conversion is more..we have to live Jesus, ..fr Richard Moore? Said conversion is a fundamental change in who we r..stop focusing on "god out there" and "look outward from the god that is within each one of us". Take that god ands share it w everyone we meet..here is Paul/Saul..a roman Jew..persecuting gentiles..arresting them..trials/.then, on way to Damascus "why r u persecuting me;, blinding light, Jesus was telling him we r all part of the body of Christ, we r persecuting Jesus, know the god within each one of us, ..first reading after conversion Paul told by Jesus to go and share good news, same message from mark, at end, after resurrection, Jesus visits apostles tells them to "go tell good news", conversion for must of us doesn't
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happen in an instant as w St Paul ..but a lifetime..maybe u can recall something happen. Inside of u, think abt the moment..prob 30 years ago, was training to be ccd instructor to teach catechism to kids, during lent, priest invited all of the class up on the altar, being close to Jesus, that was a pivotal point in my conversion, fr gives a moment to reflect on the liturgy, spend a few minutes today, in own life, that u recognized god in you ..being asked to share, bros& sis, that's what it means to be converted spiritually in Christ

1/25/12 scl, 630a'Sp tjat I may preach the good news, ..proclaiming the good news, gospel of, in all its ..go throughout the whole world and preach the good news to all mankind, continue to, ..but very nature, Christ wants to ..by body of Christ, ..must constantly renew themselves, in letter to Galatians, to be conformed to Christ, to think like Jesus, share his attitude and values,..the mind of Christ, proclaim the good news of Jesus"

1/24/12 law mart "when taking Latin @ bishop Montgomery..teacher tried to make it exciting, ..deus vot(?) "God wills it"..what is god's will.? Spend too much time trying to figure it out, often forget, ask selves what is the will of god, today we celebr St Frances de sales, doctor of the church, witness of Christ, spoke well, also kind,...the will of god is for us to be like Christ, ..often grappling with..find our own will is lacking, then we start listening..back in old days of Korea, a lot of people don't waste time trying to get to..when I was little,..not the best way, he told me if u have a close friend like a brother, won't listen, ..go to his house, beat him senselessly, ..then he will start thinking "why did this happen to me?" Then he may be open to god's will.

1/24/12 Lomita "St Francis..call to holiness..higher degree in civil & canon law..horseman, dancer, everybody thought he would do well, but he became a priest..author, co founded a...and a spiritual director,..he realized he could reach more people thru publication..he used it to spread the good news, "intro to devout life" still read today 100 years later, how to com to holiness..discipleship, each has their own journey,..St Paul was called to preach to the gentiles the great riches of Christ, ..as we are all called..to be a friend of Jesus in a special way.."

1/23 sjf Ridawhen we father god has guided. Us, we don't want evol..sent by heavenly father, he has ev lasting life 1/23/12 HE'S TALKING ABOUT PROTECTING LIFE am mart m: "...looking at red hats, thinking house of lord..re violation to the 15

dignity of the person committed thru acts of abortion, pray for the full restoration for the legal guarantee to the right-for-life, interesting, the church is calling for all of us to do penance, not just those who do abortions, but all who do not show 100% concern for human dignity, it prevents an "us v them" attitude..we all bear the marks in our hearts, each of us has a darker side..we devalue human life, or fail to treasure others as God treasures us, . We may not have an active role in abortion but Jesus says that not killing somebody is not enough, even anger at brother is ...we all have repenting to do, let us examine our hearts & minds, turn back to the lord, thru our penance we can turn the world, a ...humble revolution..for the sake of defenseless lives...Jesus forgive us all, restore us all, so we can be united under the banner of life & love..." 1/23/12 St cat lab fr India (hard to understand) "Difficulty explaining the ...sin of todays gospel..scribes refused to ack god's power...that was their sin,.why..blasphemy v holy spirit..working thru the power of the cross ..today we r not realizing the gifts & fruits of the holy spirit,..wisdom underst, right judgment...we r not realizing these gifts, we realize these gifts, we will be blessed, ..we r not realizing the fruits of the spirit...Galatians..love joy peace kindness goodness gentleness..etc..when we realize these fruits we will be blessed, realize gods grace in our lives, ..so. many mistakes in our lives, let us realize these gifts & fruits, .. 1/23/12 St James 12p "nobody today would say Jesus is a devil, but ..let me apply this..we often attribute ourhappinesto what we have in our lives, ..presume thiswoll makeus happy, confusing gifts from god versus what is of god, ..if you truly learn our happiness comes from the giver of gifts rather than the gift itself, ..too often we focus on the gift rather than the giver.."

1/22/12 irenaeus , new fr m: "All 3 of these readings ..an urgency..I tend to drive a little fast..I get that from my mother's side..german..we need an Audubon...cop pulled me over before seminary..for speeding..gave me a break, warning..just slow down..as disciples we can become complacent..meed reminder re Christian urgency, ..we can be called like the apostles, but what do u do & how do u respond..the disciples dropped everything and went .we may think all we have is time ..but ...I just did a few baptisms..they have a life expectancy, but don't know u will reach it,..so u need a daily urgency re our calling, ..Paul says time us running out, world is passing away, ..crazy person on corner holding up a sign saying "kingdom is coming.."..people just walk by, but there is something to it..u don't become a holier person just by going thru motions ...conversion can be total physical turn ..and heart..increases our faith..so we don't become bored w our faith..become like child..doesn't mean not heaven, but u won't "get it" in the kingdom now..child
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1/20/12 St Cornelius "u sang so well, give me a hi 5, ..sometimes we listen to news..know the weather tomorrow..u like rain? I don't, but when it comes, we sb glad..esp. in so cal..where we b wo water..sm planning golf,but if rain, will have to change..did u ever think of knowing as a light, who r u supporting in football this weekend..how can we bea lightren trusting, vulnerable..we may go thru renewed conversion ..

1/20/12 spc, fr admin , message re revenge..don't take revenge, stop the vicious cycle 1/19/12 bless sac hw "more psychotherapy ..at 10 on morn..dr said..re good friends..thoughts re friendship 1st reading, ..king Saul, Jonathon..near insanity hatred, time & again, against wishes of his own father, friendship most genuine, to be understood ..appreciated,..friendship multiplies when..friendship. enjoys our joys and ...our sorrows.." Jesus calls us friends, he initiated friendship w our followers, the lord accepts us for whom & what w are, how many times he has forgiven us, the lord..but do we have time for the lord. if only we would take dome to develop friendsp Jesus offers us, Jesus takes our side, when we sinners apprch our heavenly fathetr,.cont thank the lord for his friendship, sharing out inmost feelings, .."

1/19/12 Dominic" I watched first episode of American idol last night..funny..am idol, they idlizethe person..top 3...all very manufactured like a communist rally where they practically pay people to watch and cheer..in the readings today, ..women are chanting Saul slayed 1000's women slayed 10,000's..wonder if not sincere praise..in the gospel today, adulation , Jesus a rockstar,people from all over,..Jesus ready/hashis henchman & boat so he won't get crushed..that's what we do, we revere Jesus, we worship him, seems good peopkewant to touch, but ..then we don't even want to get near certain strangers, ..love, justice, worship Christ"

1/18/12 Brendan 8a, Is this larrymurphy or joe dabrie ? M:"Here we see in the gospel, memorable momen,when lord who could read the hearts of the Pharisees, in this case the lord had healed this man on the savvath and they had misconstrued the function of the savvath, ..its a time to back off and recognize that everything is in god's hands, ...re book "the whole of spirituality...give self totally to god's design.."..do god's will, do no wrong, looking for whether the lord's law was broken by what Jesus did,..healing on Sabbath, fr ----was a proponent..book ///"and divine providence"..abandon self to divine providence..(book as popular today as it was ..years ago).."since god offers to manage our affairs..do god's will.."do the acts of virtue, be kindly, since god offers to manage our affairs, hand them over to his infinite wisdom,..god calls us to love one another .."let us now pass..remaining content
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with god.." we do what is good..not engage imprudently ..sb full of anxiety, we all feel scattered at times..snares of devil and men..prejudices..let us fly like eagle..fixed on sun..light of the world, god is creator of the sun, above clouds, ..more than a feeling..spiritual home..infinite removed..remain calm even when our senses are a prey of the tempest...independent of the senses, agitations & disquietudes.. Divine providence..hand of god..apart from sin, nothing happens unless god wills POEM/DREAM;IN A BIG BiLLOW OF BUTTERBALL w/ all-loving people

1/17/12 Dominic m: "Todays readings reminds us that gods messengers r not always what we expect them to be, ..appearances and lofty expectations..2 groups..children versus "crazies"...term of endearment..I'm an uncle now, uncle Jerome, 4 year old wants to know why bad things happen to good people ..also at the school kids get 20 minutes every week to ask me questions, ..sometimes we want to say that's just human nature, kids don't always get it, why would people be mean to others..god says u should be bothered by people being bad to people..the other group are the crazies, term of endearment...look like john the Baptist, .what r they saying ? Always a nugget of truth, be careful, never know when entertaining angels, just bc they look like jbap doesn't mean god...we r reminded that god will speak to us thru others..don't dismiss the messenger 1/17/12 incarnation, fr Eugene, m: "In todaysgospel, picking grain v harvesting on savvath, .king David did it too..if he can, I can,..what an insult,..as if they don't read scr ..sabbathfor man, need time to rest, dedoxate to spiritual things, ...silence is a lost virtue,.."

1/17/12 borromeo, 12p fr admin: "My sis lived in small town of Idaho most of her married life,..pool across the street, public..every hour for 10 minutes they have to get out..sisyer said to prevent them from getting sick..Sabbath for man not man for Sabbath, not perfect analogy, ..every 6 days good to rest, ..otherwise we would work too much..we need to regenerate, reguel, need rest, ..disciples eating gtrain on Sabbath, for necessity pulling it off the stalk, ..should try to use the Sabbath to do some worthy things, for some must work if necessity, ..but need a day to refresh

1/16/12 incarnation " -I..obedience to god...lord is able to discern reflections..thoughts in heart..discern..that's the new wine..renewed from within so our outer actions may be a true reflection of what is in us.."

1/16/12 vibiana, mlk day m: "Reflect on what brings progress to peoples lives? Amenities, facilities, road construction ? Accessibility? Systemms? To connect ? What r some key
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hallmarks? Progress real & authentic ..re one people. Of faith ..unity..what re MLK ? ..RE ONE PEOPLE..IS THIS PROGRESS REAL, Where am I in the progress of the people? Do I still reject some of the core that affects the progress of people, king Saul sees the progress of his people, lord looked at him thru Samuel and said this "why did u disobey the lord?" In Sauls minds, everything he did to allow progress of he people, yet lord said he was disobedient, its abt the act of worship, ..Saul thought he was doing will of god , yet he worshipped idols instead of giving thanks to the lord,..one of the keys, progress of people doing god's will, ..reflective of our politicians..maybe they think they're doing good for progress of people but god asks why do u disobey

1/13/12 St Dominic "What gave u done 4 me lately...God does something for us, we quickly nforget what He did,..all the good things He has done,...pray 4 daily bread, beneficial to remember what he's done, ..sac of confession, ..forgiveness of sins, not everyday occurrence, ..hoped 4 a few times per year, ..sin destroyed was infrequent at best, gospel today, lord 4giving sins, who but the lord vcntgive, true forgiveness possible only by god, what abt us, often times we become ..forgetting confession is a sacrament,..blessed to gave it avail, . Don't be ..don't forget the wonders god has done 4 us, don't 4get the gratitude, repeat don't forget works of lord as psalmist says" 1/13/12 Ho tri "saint of the day (sod) St Hilary,..re trinity, defending, if u don't believe Jesus is god, not Chr...Hilary as youth was pagan but read scr & became converted, .Aryans, , semi-Aryans, homousious, . Changed to homoi, meaning similar, ..one letter changed ..St Hilary exiled, Jerome said so many became Aryans...mostly bishops, but the people kept the faith, ..later the bishops accepted ..so imp, that Jesus is god, must have human nature but w/o sin, true god, true man..thank lord 4 raising up Hilary, ..pagans helped nobody but selves, Christians different, w/ god's grace ..

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1/19/12 incarnation, fr Eugene m: " little book I'm reading..says everything we do is centered on celebrations, celbr life, change of seasons, excellence..the saints, birth, eternal life, baptismburialm ..truth beauty..ceelebr Christmas Easter, pilgrimage, common journey, salvation forgiveness, reconcil., service to god, celebr educ, communion, community,unity, ..love, marriage, we celebrate all these things,..and more, spirit of cath is of celebration..we become what we celebrate in our lives, ..try to imitate,..has an effect on our lives, ..gets u thinking,..all the celbr we do, cakes and candles, its good, that makes us better and the community better" 23

1/19/12 ho tri, guest fr. M: "Preconceived ideas..Jesus didn't fit their plans ..why did Jesus sternly command them not to reveal, bc the Jewish people had a preconception. That the messiah wb a strong military man who conquers,..Jesus was a king but not the typical kind of king..but that's why Jesus silence th2 demons..blindness 2 kinds..Jesus offered signs of power & miracles, but that's not what the Pharisees wanted,..pride & fear kept the people from accepting Jesus, ..pride is self-love..we all inherit it, ..fear ..crowds of people followed Jesus,..pray, refresh selves spiritually,..god offers great gifts 4 those who r humble, ..mother Mary..h 1/15 g globes good shep, m ; "Hanna wanted child so bad..prayed..finally had Samuel,...Hannahs dream not for self, dream for child who would grow up to be a just wise leader, mlk had a dream,smtms it seems trie to mention it..but he wanted a nation of. ..equal,..summer of 65, ..another, .prophet of Isaiah,..whomshalli send, ..Isaiah said "here I am" ..thats whyc alled to priesthood, Jonathon daniels. Joined march onselma, stayed in rural alab, voting rights protest v segreg, one day, ..protest segreg, arrested..6 days jail,.as leaving jail angry white man..shot..and daniels, one survived, daniels killed, ..shooter acquitted by jury, lived to 86, ..what's your dream>? Some want dream car boat...but is that a real dream ...what abt a dream to change the world..today Eli sounds like wise man ..but he wasn't so great,..when Eli saw Hannah praying for a son at temple he would scoff, Eli had 2 corrupt sonsm ..but even Eli realized something was going on..tells Eli to say "speak lord, here I am", in hebr imp, "yes I agree","I am fully focused on what u tell me", ..I am listening, aware, send me, .how Abraham responded, how Joseph responded to Jacob, as did mlk,,..what abt u?have u heard god calling u? Samuel thought Eli ..during Elis time "word of lord was scarce, visions infrequent", like today..who has a vision, who can lead? Maybe the community of faith. How do we respond. To call that comes at night? Its not an easy abc checklist to complete, ..usually in stages, merely b open and listen, in gospel, tentative step ..but willing, ..imag rsponse,to what u want and u say "where r u staying?"...I want to want, want to dream, can u help me, at which point sit at feet of Jesus, and He will show us this dream, unique 4 each of us" 1/15/12 g globes good shep, m ; "Hanna wanted child so bad..prayed..finally had Samuel,...Hannahs dream not for self, dream for child who would grow up to be a just wise leader, mlk had a dream,smtms it seems trie to mention it..but he wanted a nation of. ..equal,..summer of 65, ..another, .prophet of Isaiah,..whomshalli send, ..Isaiah said "here I am" ..thats whyc alled to priesthood, Jonathon daniels. Joined march onselma, stayed in rural alab, voting rights protest v segreg, oneday, ..protest segreg, arrested..6 days jail,.as leaving jail angry white man..shot..and Daniels, one survived, Daniels killed, ..shooter acquitted by jury, lived to 86, ..what's your dream>? Some want dream car boat...but is that a real dream ...what abt a dream to change the world..today Eli sounds like wise man ..but he wasn't so great,..when Eli saw Hannah praying for a son at temple he would scoff, Eli had 2 corrupt sons ..but even Eli realized something was going on..tells Eli to say "speak lord, here I am", in hebr imp, "yes I agree","I am fully focused on what u tell me", ..I am listening, aware, send me, .how Abraham responded, how Joseph responded to Jacob, as did mlk,,..what abt u?have u heard god calling u? Samuel thought Eli ..during Elis time "word of lord was scarce, visions infrequent", like today..who has a vision, who can lead? Maybe the community of faith. How do we respond. To call that comes at night? Its not an easy abc
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checklist to complete, ..usually in stages, merely b open and listen, in gospel, tentative step ..but willing, ..imag rsponse,to what u want and u say "where r u staying?"...I want to want, want to dream, can u help me, at which point sit at feet of Jesus, and He will show us this dream, unique 4 each of us"

1/13/12 incarnation, fr zak, 530p,,m: "They want to have a human king to lead them, sam reminds them they will regret it,..we r reminded too, our leaders don't replace god as king of our lives, show selves to be subject to the king..he forgives, which shows us who our king is and to whom we give allegiance.." 1/11/12 cblog OUR DAILY BREAD, DAILY LIFE OF JESUS, vibiana, fr nguyen "[just a quick update re church facility and. Safety..sometimes..people under influenceofalcohol & drugs..to make sure people don't sleep here..but some slept here & acted crazy..apologize] ..m: what is your day like, some wonder.what do fr truc..or you..today we hear Jesus' daily life, mark 1, beginning..find deserted place to pray, go into places to preach, partic synagogues..as he preaches, find guidance for help, go into disciples home, in this .a lot of people come to him for help, wisdom preaching, daily lives of Jesus, pause, as we begin this day in prayer, sacred place, allow lord,..thn outside reflective .." 1/11/12 St basil , fr stnnr, m: "Beautiful readings..Jesus in begin of mnstery, 1stchap of mark, Jesus arrives, people cured by his presence, bc the love of god..as our heart feels it, brings us to life, we r truly alive, ready for action sense of hope, deep understanding of who we r.trust and respond..we r alive, have a light, call today every day, listen to it sometimes, comes to us sometimes, we r sent, open to the. Joy god gives us 1/10/12 spc 12p, "Ordinary time..begins..but there's stilla lot of grace, every day of the year,..god's graces, Christmas lent, or ordinary time..so ordinary time is also extraordinary time..we see also that we sinned ..or made mistakes, but also good things..new gift from god, ..extraordinary grace in ordinary time,..we here Samuel story..woman named Hannah, who is preferred by her husband but bore no children,..source of shame for Hannah..other wife looked down on Hannah, ..long silent prayer, priest mistook her as being drunk ..but she was praying, & god heard her. & she became the mother of Samuel, the last judge of Israel, who anointed 1st & 2nd king..Hannahs heartfelt prayer, ..she would dedicate her son to the lord, ..blessed mother story ...sanctuary of Shiloh, Hannahs song sounds a lot like the magnificat of Mary,..strength in god,..given good things to the lowly, ..other wife many children...but her children didn't compare to the godly child of Hannah,..Jesus in gospel beginning ministry..book of mark, Jesus casting out demon..new teaching w authority,..now & than a movie re exorcism..more common we commit a mortal sin and become possessed by it..somebody possessed by demon versus by our own free will we commit mortal sin..." 1/10/12 Brendan, 8a, m "Jesus has Power over unclean spirits...man who is possessed ..they notice Jesus is well-spoken, kind compassionate person..ordinary time begins .."
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1/9/12 Dominic "Several years ago...went to...icon painting..led by..he put it into the context of gods mercy, love for us..what Christ did was make all things new, ..to make all creation the image of god..another cal for us, what god has done in his mercy for us, ....no partiality 1/9/12 incarnation 530 p fr zak, m: "Conclude w baptism of the lord..feast of the baptism...manifest of god to his people, god has already manifested..as father, on Christmas, when Christ is born of the virgin, revealed as son of god,..today baptism, presence of spirit..as he rises from the Jordan, manifest fa so hs, ..Christmas season comes to end, remember lord called all of us @ baptism..he continues to call us that today, grace of baptism, cont to be men & women pleasing to our god,..bring others the knowledge of god" 1/9/12 ho fam 12p, " for30 years we don't hear anything abt Jesus, seems quiet, ..but he was growing in wisdom & grace, ..cold water of Jordan, Jesus was baptized, sinless, ..recognize presence of holy trinity,..voice saying "u r the beloved son", u can see the sky opening. Descent of the dove, ..baptism of lord Jesus, close of Christmas season, not so much an end, but new beginn., invit to begin , new baptism, ..like flowers under the snow, allow spirit to speak to our conscience, ..continue mission of our savior, not looking back but toward future, hear voice of beloved father "my beloved son w whom I am well pleased" 1/9/12 columban "nobody enjoys bdays more than children, ..as we age we don't have such. Enthusiasm , yet we are called to be like children, ..birth baptism,..some of u left your country of birth due to communism,..celebr of new life, ..ccelebr this great day of baptism into the lord, when we celebr feast day of saints, always remember our birth day, .make sure we know our day of baptism, on that day heaven opened to us..;;1/7/12 vigil mass, St Anthony san berdu, 5p, upland, 1/7/12 St Anthony upland, short homily"Fr joe from erie pa,..teaches at Penn state ..honor to be here..welcomed new twins yesterday..honor to share this Eucharist, .meeting of woman libbers, god made mistake sending 3 men..they brouhtjewelry..women would haveborught diapers, food,..what gift do we give..our love.." (see audio)

1/7/12 borromeo 730a sat morn "the lord Jesus makes it possible to have a foretaste of his banquet. Promise of eternal life in heaven, cana ..wedding, some say Jesus talks back to his mother, ..calls her woman, more imp, he says his hour has not yet come, time to spread the gospel, good news, life actions work mercies, ..ult act of giving life for us, promise eternal life, re sod (saint of day), a Dominic,..their theme is to spread good news, serve poor,..he started credos that led to canon law 1 Jn 5:14-21 Beloved: We have this confidence in God, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, we know that what we have asked him for is ours. If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly,
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he should pray to God and he will give him life. This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin, about which I do not say that you should pray. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly. We know that no one begotten by God sins; but the one begotten by God he protects, and the Evil One cannot touch him. We know that we belong to God, and the whole world is under the power of the Evil One. We also know that the Son of God has come and has given us discernment to know the one who is true. And we are in the one who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Children, be on your guard against idols.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 149:1-2, 3-4, 5 and 6a and 9b R. (see 4a) The Lord takes delight in his people. or: R. Alleluia. Sing to the LORD a new song of praise in the assembly of the faithful. Let Israel be glad in their maker, let the children of Zion rejoice in their king. R. The Lord takes delight in his people. or: R. Alleluia. Let them praise his name in the festive dance, let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp. For the LORD loves his people, and he adorns the lowly with victory. R. The Lord takes delight in his people. or: R. Alleluia. Let the faithful exult in glory; let them sing for joy upon their couches; Let the high praises of God be in their throats. This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia. R. The Lord takes delight in his people. or: R. Alleluia.
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Jn 2:1-11 There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever he tells you." Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told them, "Fill the jars with water." So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, "Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter." So they took it. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from (although the servers who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one;but you have kept the good wine until now." Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.

1/6/12 St Dominic, 6p, Priest from monastery, m:"we could ask why Jesus is baptized..when baptized orig sin is washed away, but Jesus has no sin..so it is to show us the power of the holy spirit,..how the sprit moves and transforms people, now empowered by the spirit, 3 short yrs of ministry..spirit to mt to be tempted, what kind of messiah..humble but powerful in love, what spirit has for us, can't even say name Jesus w/o the spirit, ur here tonight bc the spirit moved u,..could be home watching tv, ..but the spirit movedu, every time we pray, encourage defend, those r fruits of spirit....when...respecting..all called to be children, spirit.. 1/6/12 Serbian, Christisborn, indeed he is born 750p
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some exchanged gifts ystd...also magi,..in Glendale be aware the Armenians r celebrating epiphany/Christmas, ..today we also recognize a saint,..called the "miracle man", died in..estab'd the pratory to St Joseph, ..he was extremely popular in Montreal, people wet to the shrine, he was known for many miracles, at age 91, a when died..million passed his coffin, canonized in 2010, ..

1/6/12 good shep, fr Irish m: "Today is orthodox Christmas eve..epiphany..we are all called to be an epiphany ..re saint of day, ..they saya million people walked by his corpse,..our title means less thanour ..reminds me of marin deporres,..caring for the poor, both epiphanies, revealed Christ in their lives, show Christ by
1/5/12 St Paul apostle, m:"There were factions...some took sides,..john speaks of love, but it wouldn't convey to us what it means..modern..love was the glue to keep them together..need community, nothing without it, love, deeper meaning, incarnation of Christ, model of love, need to follow as disciples, broken world,..need self-fivcing love, help us bonde be community , peace, the joy that Christmas offers, embody god's love, better future, filled w justice mercy

1/4/12 Cornelius m:"today we celebr seton..she became destitute, persevered, but she kept her eyes on Jesus, converted to Catholicism, ..came to usa, started catholic schools, example of faithfulness & trust amid trials and pain, ..ask for the same faith.she did not deny the faith, did not blame god, .declared a saint 1975, .ask for her intercession, that we 1 Jn 3:7-10 "Children, let no one deceive you. The person who acts in righteousness is righteous, just as he is righteous. Whoever sins belongs to the Devil, because the Devil has sinned from the beginning. Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the Devil. No one who is begotten by God commits sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot sin because he is begotten by God. In this way, the children of God and the children of the Devil are made plain; no one who fails to act in righteousness belongs to God, nor anyone who does not love his brother. Responsorial Psalm Ps 98:1, 7-8, 9R. (3cd) All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God. Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds; His right hand has won victory for him, his holy arm.
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R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God. Let the sea and what fills it resound, the world and those who dwell in it; Let the rivers clap their hands, the mountains shout with them for joy before the LORD. R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God. The LORD comes; he comes to rule the earth; He will rule the world with justice and the peoples with equity. R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God. Gospel Jn 1:35-42John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, "Behold, the Lamb of God." The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which translated means Teacher), "where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come, and you will see." So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, "We have found the Messiah," which is translated Christ. Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas," which is translated Peter."

1/4/12 St peter Chanel m: "great theologians hans Balthazar, made observation,..if u look up in sky, see stars, ,some stars brighter than others, those would be the canonized saints, if u liij up at the sky in nyc ..Elizabeth seton, ..we should be rejoicing,..this is a first, 1975 canonized by pope Paul 6, this saint is extraordinary for many reasons, born2 yrs bf independence..1774, she was born not as catholic, but Episcopalian, she was brought up by good parents, loved god, her parents, father aa doctor, mother and step mother imparted to her a great love for poor as well as love for scripture, ..we see great love for god, poor, and scripture, ..brought up in aristocratic nyc, ..back then nyc & Philadelphia most aristocratic,..she married William seton, successful shipping business,. Neither catholic, had 5 children, ..turn of events, husband lost everything, bankrupt, with that, also b/c sick,..they knew a family in Italy, invited eliz and her husband to go to Italy for, ..so the climate would
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help him ..but when he arrived they quarantined him, damp cold room, health got worse,& he died,..she becomes widow, b/c of the good example of this fam she becomes catholic, fam is converted, ..she's rejected by fam back in nyc, she decides to start a cath boarding school, ..named daughters of charity, choose her to be the mother of this community, while there her 2 daughts become religious, ..how about the president of Notre dame inviting our pres to speak? 1/3/12 St. Philip, fr af, 12p "naming a child, imp event, jbap named john ..telling his name is john, ..dad had right to name child, Joseph Mary also names the child, ..named him Jesus ..this was done in front of fam& friends, this is important, to be part of Jesus, u had to belong to His family, and john is the cousin of Jesus of Nazareth, ..father testified this is my beloved son, jbap recognized Jesus as the messiah,..learn lesson fr today's gospel, become fam member in spirit, ..members of body of Christ, thank Joseph Mary , ask the lord always to respect name wherever taken, give us the grace to honor name of Jesus always" 1 Jn 2:29-3:6 If you consider that God is righteous, you also know that everyone who acts in righteousness is begotten by him. See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure. Everyone who commits sin commits lawlessness, for sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who remains in him sins; no one who sins has seen him or known him. Responsorial Psalm Ps 98:1, 3cd-4, 5-6 R. (3cd) All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God. Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds; His right hand has won victory for him, his holy arm. R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; break into song; sing praise.
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R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God. Sing praise to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and melodious song. With trumpets and the sound of the horn sing joyfully before the King, the LORD. R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God. Jn 1:29-34 'John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I said, 'A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.' I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel." John testified further, saying, "I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky and remain upon him. I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God." 1/5/12 Brendan, "when we ask others, also admiration that exists btw 2 people, realize, greater ability...to follow Jesus" 1 Jn 3:11-21 Beloved: This is the message you have heard from the beginning: we should love one another, unlike Cain who belonged to the Evil One and slaughtered his brother. Why did he slaughter him? Because his own works were evil, and those of his brother righteous. Do not be amazed, then, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers. Whoever does not love remains in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him. The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him?
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Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth. Now this is how we shall know that we belong to the truth and reassure our hearts before him in whatever our hearts condemn, for God is greater than our hearts and knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence in God. Responsorial Psalm Ps 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5R. (2a) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; serve the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful song. R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. Know that the LORD is God; he made us, his we are; his people, the flock he tends. R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise; Give thanks to him; bless his name. R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. The LORD is good: the LORD, whose kindness endures forever, and his faithfulness, to all generations. R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. Jn 1:43-51 Jesus decided to go to Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth." But Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, "Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him." Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel."
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Jesus answered and said to him, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this." And he said to him, "Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."

1/4/12 Dominic. M'Ann seton born episcop. Father taught her the value of loving and serving others, ...he died in Italy, she was left penniless,, she saw the strength of cath faith, ..ad the true presence of Jesus at the Eucharist,...she started schools,..relig comm. life, foundation of sisters of charity, she said to her fellow..to do the will of god in manner he wills bc it is his will, life ofpovery, ..sgelived a life of righteousness, followed will of god,..come and see..they went saw stayed, experience Jesus in our lives, stay w son, eliz ann seton, she stayed w Jesus, we receive hisstrngth, manner god wills,..
1/3/12 " point to people the messiah ..when he saw Jesus, he said "this is the ,anb of god..".on whomever the sprit descends, he will be the appointed..jbap did not steal the limelight, ..lord has given us..we r all disciples ..must lead others,.bring them to the lord, ..like jbap,,like a movie, jbap is a supporting actor, points to the star, for jbap,he is content w self,

1/3/12 vibiana, alt priest, prof at Loyola? ; "Wonderful, we continue, re holy name of Jesus, jbap testimonybre who is Jesus, temple accusatory of john, asking who he is, should report that he is a prophet or what ...as Jesus approaches, there is the son of god, ..there is Jesus, or do we have that ability, ..there's god's activity in or daily lives, sometimes we miss out, ..to see god's activity, sometimes I admire monks, I wouldn't be a good one, they havegreatr wisdom in prayer life, when pray, selves lives, whatever doing, should have thst searchingl to point ut, there is Christ at work today in my life, today, people slowly starting to go back to earth, bc Christmas & ny day on sundays,,.we have unique program at Loyola for seniors (students), we send them out as missionaries, ask them, to look for Christs activity in our daily lives, ..then semester break, they think its a vacation ...but they also see Christs activity
12/31/11 St Philip 12p, "recognize our altar servers, ...can't believe last day of year, perfect to take stock of where we've been, where we r going, St Ignatius says #1 begin by thanking god for blessings, 2) ask for grace to know self ..sins to get rid of them, 3) keep diary, events special, consider hi's lows victories defeats, ..where been , where did I turn away, where loving, where respond to spirit, #4) ask god's forgiveness, ..make things right.5) time for resolution,..enlightened by looking back, move forward w confidence, w god's grace, and readings invite us to see beginning end,

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.carry, ..powerful, help us in challenges, pray for each of u, family friends, cherish, peace, good things, pray 4 happy year.." 12/31/11 cola ny eve m: "Instead of gomez, us 3 amigos ..word january comes from januarius, 2 faces, front back, january begin and end..let this be a year of grace ..blessing..god's life sustaing power...say god bless u,..always move forward like shepherds, ..Mary mother of god, ..an example for all blvrs, ..3rd hope,..become more reflective,..Mary reflected, ,..ponder, cherish deeply,..

12/30/11 borromeo730 am p"Today, example of holy family, Jesus Joseph Mary, pope Ben said the family..good for people esp. foundation for society, life long treasure, unique good for children, self-fovong of parents, blessed john Paul 2 ,,said "family becomes what u r,..intimate unit of life & love , mission to communicate love, .."today, so many attempts to destroy family, teachers, priests catechists cannot teach everything..only here a few hours, main thing is the home "domestic church" let us pray for our own fams, ..follow example of holy fam, ..challenge to remain together, god help us strngth us ..guide us Gn 15:1-6; 21:1-3. "The word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying: "Fear not, Abram!" I am your shield; I will make your reward very great." But Abram said, "O Lord GOD, what good will your gifts be, if I keep on being childless and have as my heir the steward of my house, Eliezer?" Abram continued, "See, you have given me no offspring, and so one of my servants will be my heir." Then the word of the LORD came to him: "No, that one shall not be your heir; your own issue shall be your heir." The Lord took Abram outside and said, "Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so," he added, "shall your descendants be." Abram put his faith in the LORD, who credited it to him as an act of righteousness. The LORD took note of Sarah and had said he would; he did for her as he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time that God had stated. Abraham gave the name Isaac to his son of his whom Sarah bore him.
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Or Heb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19 "Brothers and sisters: By faithful Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was to go. By faith he received power to generate, even though he was past the normal age and Sarah herself was sterile for he thought that the one who had made the promise was trustworthy. So it was that there came forth from one man, himself as good as dead, descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky as countless as the sands on the seashore. By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was ready to offer his only son, of whom it was said, "Through Isaac descendants shall bear your name." He reasoned that God was able to raise even from the dead, and received Isaac back as a symbol. Responsorial Psalm Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 R. (cf. 1)Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways. Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways! For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork; blessed shall you be, and favored. R.Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the recesses of your home; your children like olive plants around your table. R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways. Behold, thus is the man blessed who fears the LORD. The LORD bless you from Zion: may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways. Or Ps 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10 R. (cf. 5a)Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord. How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD.
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My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord. Happy they who dwell in your house! Continually they praise you. Happy the men whose strength you are! Their hearts are set upon the pilgrimage. R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord. O LORD of hosts, hear our prayer; hearken, O God of Jacob! O God, behold our shield, and look upon the face of your anointed. R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord. Lk 2:22-40 When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, They took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord. Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, He took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: "Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel." The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
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and to be a sign that will be contradicted --and you yourself a sword will pierce-so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. Or Lk 2:22, 39-40 When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him." 12/30/11 finbar, m:h "...Bc Christmas fell on Sunday, changed dates for holy fam and baptism, but since advent season so long..Monday after eiphant celbr baptism of lord remind is of Mary Joseph Jesus, rekind usall become part of the family..all baptized bc god's children, came upon Jesus thru. Baptism, , new fam, god's holy fam,new year resolution, how can we grow holier in 2012, not abt perfection not just abt not sinning, but abt doing god's will, Joseph..obeying god, asking god what to do, seems diff imposs. ...trust even. ...ending 2011, remind of god's faithfulness, give us incentive to grow in holiness, remain active members of god'sgfam Gn 15:1-6; 21:1-3. "The word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying: "Fear not, Abram!"
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I am your shield; I will make your reward very great." But Abram said, "O Lord GOD, what good will your gifts be, if I keep on being childless and have as my heir the steward of my house, Eliezer?" Abram continued, "See, you have given me no offspring, and so one of my servants will be my heir." Then the word of the LORD came to him: "No, that one shall not be your heir; your own issue shall be your heir." The Lord took Abram outside and said, "Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so," he added, "shall your descendants be." Abram put his faith in the LORD, who credited it to him as an act of righteousness. The LORD took note of Sarah and had said he would; he did for her as he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time that God had stated. Abraham gave the name Isaac to his son of his whom Sarah bore him. Or Heb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19 "Brothers and sisters: By faithful Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was to go. By faith he received power to generate, even though he was past the normal age and Sarah herself was sterile for he thought that the one who had made the promise was trustworthy. So it was that there came forth from one man, himself as good as dead, descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky as countless as the sands on the seashore. By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was ready to offer his only son, of whom it was said, "Through Isaac descendants shall bear your name."
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He reasoned that God was able to raise even from the dead, and received Isaac back as a symbol. Responsorial Psalm Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 R. (cf. 1)Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways. Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways! For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork; blessed shall you be, and favored. R.Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the recesses of your home; your children like olive plants around your table. R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways. Behold, thus is the man blessed who fears the LORD. The LORD bless you from Zion: may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways. Or Ps 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10 R. (cf. 5a)Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord. How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD. My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord. Happy they who dwell in your house! Continually they praise you. Happy the men whose strength you are! Their hearts are set upon the pilgrimage. R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord. O LORD of hosts, hear our prayer; hearken, O God of Jacob! O God, behold our shield, and look upon the face of your anointed. R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord. Lk 2:22-40 When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, They took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord,
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just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord. Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, He took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: "Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel." The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted --and you yourself a sword will pierce-so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
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The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. Or Lk 2:22, 39-40 When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him."

12/30/11 Dominic "a little over a year bf I entered Dominican order,my father had a stroke..he was in rehab.stroke .caused dementia..lost memory,..not always sure who we were..other times lucid ..I did paperwork, my sister researched best places, my mom. Always w him...one outing..he in car, he said he felt our love, knew how hard we were working for him,..told him we r always there 4 him,..we were fulfilling sirach,..says even if father's mind tarts to go, care for him, ..I feel blessed w the family I have..fam still care for him in salt lake city,..any big decision, would call..theydsa sounds good go ahead, had support of all siblings, all united,..I hear people have fractured fams, ..my fathers 2 sisters were no on speaking terms since high school..one accused the other of stealing. Boyfriend, kept them apart for entire lives, these readings r calling us to reunite w family..Joseph Mary..cared loved, obedience not fr resentment. Pure love, fams so imp, god created human famto model divine,soo precious,..sktms hurts go deep such as my2 aunts, ..hurts deep, seems irrecon., but e must keep trying, share love.."

12/30/11 incarnation, fr pat, ;how stop a tantrum of a child,..don't ask me, I don't have kids, what is a holt fam, ..his holiness is wholeness..to be holy, to be complete, ..sometimes distract a person, wath, ..been warching church for years, sb else will pick up the child, ...brought in something more imp than getting upset, ho fam, we r all sinners, ..good to try to do it, ..u can't eliminate sin by force, ..think of ho fam, ..love ebters in and distracts us from..and holiness enters in.. Gn 15:1-6; 21:1-3. "The word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying: "Fear not, Abram!"
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I am your shield; I will make your reward very great." But Abram said, "O Lord GOD, what good will your gifts be, if I keep on being childless and have as my heir the steward of my house, Eliezer?" Abram continued, "See, you have given me no offspring, and so one of my servants will be my heir." Then the word of the LORD came to him: "No, that one shall not be your heir; your own issue shall be your heir." The Lord took Abram outside and said, "Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so," he added, "shall your descendants be." Abram put his faith in the LORD, who credited it to him as an act of righteousness. The LORD took note of Sarah and had said he would; he did for her as he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time that God had stated. Abraham gave the name Isaac to his son of his whom Sarah bore him. Or Heb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19 "Brothers and sisters: By faithful Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was to go. By faith he received power to generate, even though he was past the normal age and Sarah herself was sterile for he thought that the one who had made the promise was trustworthy. So it was that there came forth from one man, himself as good as dead, descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky as countless as the sands on the seashore. By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was ready to offer his only son, of whom it was said, "Through Isaac descendants shall bear your name."
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He reasoned that God was able to raise even from the dead, and received Isaac back as a symbol. Responsorial Psalm Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 R. (cf. 1)Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways. Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways! For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork; blessed shall you be, and favored. R.Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the recesses of your home; your children like olive plants around your table. R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways. Behold, thus is the man blessed who fears the LORD. The LORD bless you from Zion: may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways. Or Ps 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10 R. (cf. 5a)Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord. How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD. My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord. Happy they who dwell in your house! Continually they praise you. Happy the men whose strength you are! Their hearts are set upon the pilgrimage. R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord. O LORD of hosts, hear our prayer; hearken, O God of Jacob! O God, behold our shield, and look upon the face of your anointed. R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord. Lk 2:22-40 When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, They took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord,
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just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord. Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, He took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: "Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel." The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted --and you yourself a sword will pierce-so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
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The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. Or Lk 2:22, 39-40 When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him." 12/29/11 St. Philip , 12p m: "my name is fr joe,..I have a mission ..I came to see the rose parade..do research in..esp. the..that has not developed my research failed, not able to create the dream rosemsky blue, but wish sb success, ..great Indian poet,..wrote abt spiritual soul & journey, he compared ..to a beggar, ..who o to for begging, ..king would come out, if pleased him, would give..every seeker of the lord is a beggar, today, ..gospel re man who was a beggar, temple of jrslmm, wanted to see messiah before he died, lord took time,..but before died, fulfilled..took Jesus in arms, days when feel enlightened, ..days empty handed, but most imp, keep seeking, ..go on begging an f begging, same day in our spiritual journey mission will b accomplished, lord decides what day, not u or I .." 1 Jn 2:3-11 "Beloved: The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, "I know him," but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with him: whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked. Beloved, I am writing no new commandment to you but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. And yet I do write a new commandment to you, which holds true in him and among you, for the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light, yet hates his brother, is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is nothing in him to cause a fall.
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Whoever hates his brother is in darkness; he walks in darkness and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes. Responsorial Psalm Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 5b-6 R. (11a) Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice! Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all you lands. Sing to the LORD; bless his name. R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice! Announce his salvation, day after day. Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his wondrous deeds. R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice! The LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty go before him; praise and grandeur are in his sanctuary. R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice! Lk 2:22-35 "When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, the parents of Jesus took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, and to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord. Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: "Lord, now let your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled: my own eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the sight of every people,
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a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel." The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

12/28/11 blessed sac, hw, 12p, Dark-hair, partly bald , Fr Joseph spieler ? Or wayne negrete? Or leo prengaman? M: " In spiritual exercises of St Ignatius, person contemplates nativity mysteries, ..while indiv praying re god coming to world in person of Jesus, Mary Joseph, great love generosity of god father sending son, feeling grateful, god's love, nostalgic for childhood..sentimentality, Ignatius says "don't forget evil is trying to destroy..." remember in background is herod, trying to destroy what is good, god's love,..that happens in our life, may start project w good intentions, but something abt it goes wrong..infighting..occurs, ..holidays, celebr Christmas, hopefully experience god's love on c day, now back to the grind...tensions..starts eating away from the consolations we felt on c day [I'm surprised he doesn't talk about Christmas being 12 days] , today's feast of holy innocence, herod seeking to destroy what had been hopeful, we memorialize the young boys who lost lives b/c of herod,bt remember the witness they gave, remember to respect life, cherish good, ..protect as Joseph sought to protect ..." 1 Jn 1:5-2:2 Beloved: This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say, "We have fellowship with him," while we continue to walk in darkness, we lie and do not act in truth. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the Blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin. If we say, "We are without sin," we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. If we say, "We have not sinned," we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. My children, I am writing this to you so that you may not commit sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one.
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He is expiation for our sins, and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world. Responsorial Psalm Ps 124:2-3, 4-5, 7cd-8 R. (7) Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler's snare. Had not the LORD been with us? When men rose up against us, then would they have swallowed us alive, When their fury was inflamed against us. R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler's snare. Then would the waters have overwhelmed us; The torrent would have swept over us; over us then would have swept the raging waters. R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler's snare. Broken was the snare, and we were freed. Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler's snare. Mt 2:13-18 When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him." Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, Out of Egypt I called my son. When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi. Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet: A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more.
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12/28/11omgc "every time I come to this feast I think of how improbable the action of herod was, how opposite what Christmas is about..horror of humanity, drive by shootings, we become numb, peace today, peace that reminds us we can destroy innocence or build it up, be stalwart re sanctity of life, imp of non-violence, way we interact, way we vote, but out care for the innocent, the young, ..think of this feast, children killed as Christ was being taken to Egypt by parents, .." 1 Jn 1:5-2:2 Beloved: This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say, "We have fellowship with him," while we continue to walk in darkness, we lie and do not act in truth. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the Blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin. If we say, "We are without sin," we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. If we say, "We have not sinned," we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. My children, I am writing this to you so that you may not commit sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one. He is expiation for our sins, and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world. Responsorial Psalm Ps 124:2-3, 4-5, 7cd-8 R. (7) Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler's snare. Had not the LORD been with us? When men rose up against us, then would they have swallowed us alive, When their fury was inflamed against us. R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler's snare. Then would the waters have overwhelmed us; The torrent would have swept over us; over us then would have swept the raging waters. R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler's snare. Broken was the snare, and we were freed. Our help is in the name of the LORD,
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who made heaven and earth. R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler's snare. Mt 2:13-18 When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him." Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, Out of Egypt I called my son. When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi. Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet: A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more.

12/28/11 ?? cblog THRU MYSTERY of SACRIFICE, WE R STRENGTHENED; St. Augustine ,Culver m: What's the problem in the gospel today, generation like children..didn't dance, didn't mourn, what's he talking abt, ..cannot see hear, nothing satisfies us ...our first reading will tell us ..way of the sea. Challenge of advent, wait in joyful hope ..we in between time r called to reflect...how r we doing his will now, sent jbap to prepare way, ask selves, during this season, what's going to satisfy us, ..way we do things or ...knowing only Jesus is savior ..can forgive sin, teach us how to live, follow his comm., ..none of us good at it, but thru mystery of sacrifice, w r strengthened, god is w us, Emmanuel, ..reflect on these words, where r we doing it..our way instead of gods way, where by grace of god can we change to go god's way, ..during this season of advent, may we do what god asks..follow his son? Is 61:1-2a, 10-11

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The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God. I rejoice heartily in the LORD, in my God is the joy of my soul; for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation and wrapped me in a mantle of justice, like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem, like a bride bedecked with her jewels. As the earth brings forth its plants, and a garden makes its growth spring up, so will the Lord GOD make justice and praise spring up before all the nations. Responsorial Psalm Lk 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54 R. (Is 61:10b) My soul rejoices in my God. My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: R. My soul rejoices in my God. the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. R. My soul rejoices in my God. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, R. My soul rejoices in my God. Reading 2 1 Thes 5:16-24 Brothers and sisters: Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit.
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Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. Refrain from every kind of evil. May the God of peace make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will also accomplish it. Gospel Jn 1:6-8, 19-28 A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. And this is the testimony of John. When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him to ask him, "Who are you?" He admitted and did not deny it, but admitted, "I am not the Christ." So they asked him, "What are you then? Are you Elijah?" And he said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" He answered, "No." So they said to him, "Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us? What do you have to say for yourself?" He said: "I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, 'make straight the way of the Lord,'" as Isaiah the prophet said." Some Pharisees were also sent. They asked him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?" John answered them, "I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie."
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This happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

12/27 Good shep "that passage always raises q's re answers to prayer..parents freq say no to children..if they didn't we would say they r negligent..but more fundamental..re total dependence on ..which is mystery of universe..we r always rcving gifts..I didn't bring myself into this world ..ecen mass..offering self up ..even happiness..must beg for..if u bug the lord enough ? No thats not it either..its abt the reality..ultimately the prayer changes me...makes me more lie the lord.. 12/27 St dominic"This feast close to the feast of Christmas to emphasize jhn the beloved disciple "behold my mother", Jesus entrusted to him his own mother, john, the only one never martyred, lived in island off Greece, lived to age 100,,.wrote the gospel at age 90 or so, nuances..takes place at ress., ..peter, and john run to the tomb....john faster, waits for peter, b.c peter is head of church, they find burial cloths, wrapped in tight clothes, point that they were rolled up neatly as if Jesus wants to clean up..inderline his resurrection compared to Lazarus being bound and needing others to untie him, Jesus untied himself, .."I write of what we have heard seen touched,," who they love so well, ..times tiredvisuapize who is jesus,,personality,,.gospel Christmas day "in begin. Was world,.." this man existed thr eternity..john goes on to say, he has existed thru eternity, this same Jesus we receive at Eucharist, ..come to know who Jesus is..to know god likewise, ..remember name f Jesus Emmanuel god w us" 12/27/11 holy trinity, fr India, Thomas peacha, m: "The 1st one..matt is identified w alumna or angel, mark is identified w lion, Luke is ox, john iseagle,why identified,,why kkphm os odentofed w eae ..the rea wh..john is identicved w eagle..eagle has highest elevation, ..and can penetrate thry the clouds, and see clearly, ..then from there comes pick up ..fl high, penetrate downward, john is identiedw eagle, when exiled, he had a vision ..he had the kingdom of god, why john is identied w eagle..smtm back in hacienda heights, benefactors re India, siddenlhman rcvd email, opened,,iwas sitting side him, big book, many pages, ..lord I sincerely thank u, have given me wisdom undrst, able to write ..but no pahes in book, writer says u gave m undrstnding, but no pages in the book, ..women so mysterious...john..given so much knowledge..so many things to write,..at another parish, yes..ihave seen, ..there is a woman..same woman took me to forest lawn, ..left side of Jesus..no beard so thought he was woman..Jesus loved john more than anybody, why..3 reasons 1) from among all apostles , Jesus experienced the true friendship from john, .."true friend walks in when world walks out", ..hundus ask why priests don't marry..all the apostles were married, ..had wives and children, only one who wasn't married was john, ...3rd)..among all the children,..Jesus gave to john 6 privileges, ..Jesus gave his heart to john, ..john was given the closes place to the heart of Jesus, ..when they .were brought my mother Salome, .left right,..jss..she asked, Jesus gave, ..kept close to breast, 2nd priv god gave to john was " no other apostle given divine rev, exc john..great knowlsge..he gave to nobody except john, .3rd priv,.."behold your mother"..he gave his mother to john, among all apostles, 1sst to blv in ress was john, 2 went inside, john blvd, gift of faith given 1st to john, ..greatest gift given, ..next one is (jan 9 to feb 9 I'm going to India), ..that all apostles killed except john, ....john ..94 years john lived, ..also on 3 occasions Jesus took 3 apostles, ..transfig, agony garden,..john was there, ..what we experienced ..if u want to have all these privs, have fellowshp w Jesus ."
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12/27 fr Eugene Incarn, 1st letter of john, word of life, we the apostles have seen, heard, touched, we know him, and says he testifies to it, and proclaims to us eternal life, that was life w the father, ,ade visible in time, proclaim so that u too may have fellowship, it us w the father and the son, writing so our joy may be complete, beautiful letter, inspiring enlightening, apostle wants us to have the same joy ..be connected to father & spirit

12/27/11 cblog PREACH EVERYWHERE, if MUST, USE WORDS; good shep "...we now proclaim to you so have fellowship,,,writing this so u join in..if we could only get this message..we would be fulfilled, expanded,, to extent we believe what we say we believe, remind me of a hymn..may Christ find a dwelling place, may our lives be rooted in love, Christ dwelling place, divinized, made holy by baptism and Eucharist, to proclaim this to the world, St Francis of Assisi, preach everywhere, if must, use words,.. by being.... Hopeful, seeing good in others, potential, ..not putting down, towards end of ..always.. as the father loves me I love u, .seeing potential, life long struggle, worries guilt, Christ just wants us ..." 1 Jn 1:1-4 Beloved: What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life ? for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was made visible to us? what we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing this so that our joy may be complete. Responsorial Psalm Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12 R. (12) Rejoice in the Lord, you just! The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
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let the many isles be glad. Clouds and darkness are around him, justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne. R.Rejoice in the Lord, you just! The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the LORD of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his justice, and all peoples see his glory. R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just! Light dawns for the just; and gladness, for the upright of heart. Be glad in the LORD, you just, and give thanks to his holy name. R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just! Gospel Jn 20:1a and 2-8 On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, "They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we do not know where they put him." So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.

12/26/11 cblog KEEP the FAITH, DIFFICULT TIMES WILL PASS; law mart, 8a m: "day after Christmas come back to reality, ..Stephen defending faith ..they r unable to answer his q's ..wisdom with which he spoke..called to be beheaded..eyes on god . Also prays for forgiveness for the people..keep eyes on lord, spirit of ..overflows..love.in our lives day by day, those 2 elements. Focusing eyes on god, heavens open, son of man standing, young man standing there, holding coats, takes a while, persecuting members of church, Jesus himself,
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reflect on martyrdom of Stephen, in our lives, wisdom spirit of god to proclaim oout faith, eyes on goal to see father, son of man standing,..whatever difficulties we have will pass..."

Acts 6: 8 - 10
8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyre'nians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cili'cia and Asia, arose and disputed with Stephen. 10 But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.

Psalms 31: 3 - 4, 6, 8, 17
3 Yea, thou art my rock and my fortress; for thy name's sake lead me and guide me, 4 take me out of the net which is hidden for me, for thou art my refuge. 6 Thou hates those who pay regard to vain idols; but I trust in the LORD. 8 and hast not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; thou hast set my feet in a broad place. 17 Let me not be put to shame, O LORD, for I call on thee; let the wicked be put to shame, let them go dumbfounded to Sheol.

Matthew 10: 17 - 22
17 Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues, 18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles. 19 When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; 20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21 Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; 22 and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
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12/26/11 St Joseph, espanol 5p: " Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59 "Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people. Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and people from Cilicia and Asia, came forward and debated with Stephen, but they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke. When they heard this, they were infuriated, and they ground their teeth at him. But he, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their ears, and rushed upon him together. They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. As they were stoning Stephen, he called out "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Responsorial Psalm Ps 31:3cd-4, 6 and 8ab, 16bc and 17R. (6) Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety. You are my rock and my fortress; for your name's sake you will lead and guide me. R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God. I will rejoice and be glad because of your mercy. R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. Rescue me from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors. Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your kindness. R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. Mt 10:17-22 "Jesus said to his disciples: "Beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues,
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and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved."

12/25/11 cblog The ORPHAN WHO UNDERSTOOD CHRISTMAS; St. Brendan, m:"2 Franciscan sisters..used paper, charcoal, old magic markers, 2 babies in the crib..who did this..mickail, why don't u explain..so he repeated the Christmas story, ..all correct, but what abt the 2nd baby? He said " I had a conv w Jesus, told him, I didn't feel worthy b/c I had no gift, ..I was afraid, Jesus said, "I don't need a gift, just come.." so the lad said he would just lay in the manger to help keep Jesus warm, the lad understood it,..he was a Russian orphan, he knew a baby needed to stay warm..he has a baby doll, ..repeating what happened yesterday, ..a 3 yo said "monsignor, the baby needs a blanket"..and she left her blanket here on Christmas eve..." Isaiah 52: 7 - 10 7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns." 8 Hark, your watchmen lift up their voice, together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the LORD to Zion. 9 Break forth together into singing, you waste places of Jerusalem; for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. 10 The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Hebrews 1: 1 - 6 1 In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature, upholding the universe by his word of power. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much
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superior to angels as the name he has obtained is more excellent than theirs. 5 For to what angel did God ever say, "Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee"? Or again, "I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son"? 6 And again, when he brings the first-born into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship him."John 1: 1 - 18 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God; 3 all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light. 9 The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. 11 He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. 15 (John bore witness to him, and cried, "This was he of whom I said, `He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.'") 16 And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known.

12/25/11 St Paul ap m: "Jesus..went to parties, ..bar mitzvah,...take it to heart, joy..more u do itmmor u want to do it, & if we all gave..kept giving forward, nobody would have any needs. .. (audio) Isaiah 52: 7 - 10 7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns." 8 Hark, your watchmen lift up their voice, together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the LORD to Zion. 9 Break forth together into singing, you waste places of Jerusalem; for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. 10 The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
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Hebrews 1: 1 - 6 1 In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature, upholding the universe by his word of power. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has obtained is more excellent than theirs. 5 For to what angel did God ever say, "Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee"? Or again, "I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son"? 6 And again, when he brings the first-born into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship him."John 1: 1 - 18 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God; 3 all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light. 9 The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. 11 He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. 15 (John bore witness to him, and cried, "This was he of whom I said, `He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.'") 16 And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known.

12/25/11 cblog re CHRISTMAS JOY, midnight mass, St. basil, fr frank m: "Good morn..I love Christmas want to extend warmest greetings for all the staff, I love Christmas, wonderful time of year, joy happiness, gift giving, all the things, course I read that's not exclusive to believers,..they're celebrating the holiday,...preached on that a few weeks ago, more than a statistic, you're a beloved, saved by the son sent the father, not just for kids...Christ...a carpenter, wrote no books, never on TV but changed the world ...capture that joy that he promises..not just thru..re acknowledging our Christian belief to the secular
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world, that abortion is wrong,.. they were breathed into existence by the father, birth to natural death , acknowledgment of the father, justice, and one-ness..a parishioner reminded me of a homily I preached some time ago re the war, how it broke... lives 1923 England..midnight mass,.no music, English police, German pow's outside of town, no organist, ..that German can play the organ..he played w the spirit of Christmas in his heart, ..they became united,..oneness of joy, healing...tiny moment..they were all worshipping, acknowledging self worth of all ...JOY, ..yes to Christ, ..I will surrender my life...salvation..sacrifice,..every time u acknowledge Christ and they ridicule u, ..press, movies, TV, real, its your response. To stay steadfast..to self to lord, acknowledge..gave message, cross of calvary,,now tomorrow, yes I am a blvr,..joy to all human kind, not just children, all of us, that's the message wonder joy, Christ in our lives, let us abide, ..when Christ came,..." Isaiah 9: 1 - 6 1 But there will be no gloom for her that was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zeb'ulun and the land of Naph'tali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. 3 Thou hast multiplied the nation, thou hast increased its joy; they rejoice before thee as with joy at the harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. 4 For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, thou hast broken as on the day of Mid'ian. 5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Psalms 96: 1 - 3, 11 - 13 1 O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! 2 Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his
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salvation from day to day. 3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! 11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; 12 let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy 13 before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth. -----------------------------------------------------------------------Titus 2: 11 - 14 11 For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, 12 training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world, 13 awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds. Luke 2: 1 - 14 1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. 2 This was the first enrollment, when Quirin'i-us was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. 7 And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
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8 And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10 And the angel said to them, "Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; 11 for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger." 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!"

12/24/11 cblog The TRUTH SET ZECHARIAH FREE omgc 8a m: "... a famous canticle, ..magnificat ...eve prayer, this response of Zechariah, ...new sense to be free, not just freedom from sin, but a deep sense of being liberated, the explanation of that, to do w Christmas themes.." 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 "When King David was settled in his palace, and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side, he said to Nathan the prophet, "Here I am living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God dwells in a tent!" Nathan answered the king, "Go, do whatever you have in mind, for the LORD is with you." But that night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said: "Go, tell my servant David, 'Thus says the LORD: Should you build me a house to dwell in? "'It was I who took you from the pasture and from the care of the flock
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to be commander of my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you went, and I have destroyed all your enemies before you. And I will make you famous like the great ones of the earth. I will fix a place for my people Israel; I will plant them so that they may dwell in their place without further disturbance. Neither shall the wicked continue to afflict them as they did of old, since the time I first appointed judges over my people Israel. I will give you rest from all your enemies. The LORD also reveals to you that he will establish a house for you. And when your time comes and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins, and I will make his Kingdom firm. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. Your house and your Kingdom shall endure forever before me; your throne shall stand firm forever.'" Responsorial Psalm Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29R. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. The favors of the LORD I will sing forever; through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness. For you have said, "My kindness is established forever"; in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness. R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. "I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant: Forever will I confirm your posterity and establish your throne for all generations." R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. "He shall say of me, 'You are my father, my God, the rock, my savior.' Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him, and my covenant with him stands firm." R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. Lk 1:67-79 "Zechariah his father, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied, saying:
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"Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; for he has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David. Through his prophets he promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us. He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant. This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hand of our enemies, free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace."

12/23/11 cblog HOLINESS SHOULD BE MORE FASCINATING than EVIL; St Dominic, 6p "Series of advertisements..re "the worlds most interesting man", premise..goes on re the Virtues..and what's the most interesting man like..cured narcolepsy just by walking in a room, police question him just bc they find him interesting, ..on& on, ..being interesting is overrated .I am a boring person, .happy that way, interesting not necc sign of good,....and in TV ..interesting is the bad guy..why so interesting.., what abt saints, ..we tend to group them into two..boring versus interesting saints..vast majority of saints have names we don't know..simple lives, most don't end up on talk shows,..hard to see, how god operates a..still there..god operates thru saints, ..smth intrst there... world's must interesting man..they are very different..they to be holy to be set apart, different, ..Elijah...they both fear and r fascinated, then jbap, St Zech, normal folks, but god has broken thru, frighted fascinate kinsman..Zechariah, harbinger, what abt us, every day, too many try too hard 2b interesting, to entertain, to amuse,people realize ..there's not much there..even movie star,
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familiarity breeds contempt..if we live our lives acc to god's will, but authentic saints make people listen..mother Theresa, for example.."

12/23/11 incarnation, fr Eugene, NO HOMILY m: " 12/22/11 holy trinity , deacon homily "Simbang means mass, gabi night 1669...prep for Christmas, friars..masses..early morning,,practical reasons,filipinos were farmers..started early days.catholic church adopted to their lifestyle,.."

1 Sm 1:24-28 In those days, Hannah brought Samuel with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh. After the boy's father had sacrificed the young bull, Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said: "Pardon, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request. Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD." She left Samuel there. Responsorial Psalm 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcdR. (see 1a) My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. "My heart exults in the LORD, my horn is exalted in my God. I have swallowed up my enemies; I rejoice in my victory." R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. "The bows of the mighty are broken, while the tottering gird on strength. The well-fed hire themselves out for bread, while the hungry batten on spoil. The barren wife bears seven sons,
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while the mother of many languishes." R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. "The LORD puts to death and gives life; he casts down to the nether world; he raises up again. The LORD makes poor and makes rich, he humbles, he also exalts." R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. "He raises the needy from the dust; from the dung heap he lifts up the poor, To seat them with nobles and make a glorious throne their heritage." R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. Lk 1:46-56 Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. for he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever." Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her home. 12/22/11 cblog I AM GRATEFUL, I GIVE MY LIFE; incarnation fr pat m: " for a married woman not to have any children, thought to be a curse
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tragedy..Hannah almost gave up, when angel apprd, and she conceives...then she hands him over..maybe good for us, given our, ..how should we give thanks, body of Christ, what should we do, maybe say youve given me everything", ..I guess I should give my life back,..I got to thinking..why sounds like so much,..we do have the power to hand over our life to god, difficulty is that we only know so much..if we give life away, there's nothing else, adults have had life-changing experience, ..they give..what if our faith in god says, most important things, I haven't experienced yet, ..can we do any less than say "I am grateful, I give my life", ..what does lord say, but that's not it, abt half of the men who were ordained with me..abt half have left the ministry,..50 yrs ago,..we all took the same vows, ....what is it. Abt giving life, maybe like Hannah, lord, thank u, step by step day by day, I will try to give u my life, anything to lose, I have more to gain, easy to say the words..." 1 Sm 1:24-28 In those days, Hannah brought Samuel with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh. After the boy's father had sacrificed the young bull, Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said: "Pardon, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request. Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD." She left Samuel there. Responsorial Psalm 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcdR. (see 1a) My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. "My heart exults in the LORD, my horn is exalted in my God. I have swallowed up my enemies; I rejoice in my victory." R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. "The bows of the mighty are broken, while the tottering gird on strength. The well-fed hire themselves out for bread, while the hungry batten on spoil.
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The barren wife bears seven sons, while the mother of many languishes." R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. "The LORD puts to death and gives life; he casts down to the nether world; he raises up again. The LORD makes poor and makes rich, he humbles, he also exalts." R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. "He raises the needy from the dust; from the dung heap he lifts up the poor, To seat them with nobles and make a glorious throne their heritage." R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. Lk 1:46-56 Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. for he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever." Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her home.

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12/22/11 St timothy 730a "notice the malls around here..busy..good for business..some start thinking of attending a religious service,..holiday..big holiday..reminds us of getting back to..Mary to visit Elizabeth, eliz said Jon leapt in her womb..Mary responds..patterns her prayer on Hannah, ..time to reflect on Mary rliz" 12/21/11 cblog The BABY LEAPED 4 JOY INSIDE the WOMB at the GOOD NEWS; incarnation fr zork "The days....to Christmas draw closer, hear prophet..shout for joy, sing joyfully, our god. Himself rejoices w us. In us.he renews within us his love, his rejoicing greater the more we, believe, what spoken. To us by the lord, recognize.. still in womb of eliz, leaped for joy, recognize lord's presence, ..exalt in lord, sing to him a new song.." Song of Solomon 2: 8 - 14 8 The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills. 9 My beloved is like a gazelle, or a young stag. Behold, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattice. 10 My beloved speaks and says to me: "Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; 11 for lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. 12 The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. 13 The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. 14 O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the covert of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet, and your face is comely. Psalms 33: 2 - 3, 11 - 12, 20 - 21 2 Praise the LORD with the lyre, make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! 3 Sing to him a new song, play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. 11 The counsel of the LORD stands for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the
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people whom he has chosen as his heritage! 20 Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and shield. 21 Yea, our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Luke 1: 39 - 45 39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." 12/21/11 cblog TRAPPED UNDERWATER, STORY of SALVATION; blessed sac, hw m: "The Christmas season reminds me of an accident in 1975..guy on platform in gulf, platform tipped and fell, age 21 he was trapped in the oil rig. Lights out, filled up w water, thrashing about, he found an air bubble to keep breathing..but thought he was being buried alive..started to pray, he sensed Jesus, next 22 hours, he tried to stay afloat in the air bubble, but the oxygen supply was being depleted..but then he saw a Star of light in the water..not sure real or an illusion,...he squinted..it was real, a diver's helmet..they found him,...he survived..good illus of what Christmas is about, sin has tipped & crashed us..no hope, lord. we have become unclean, please help us, then a tiny light apprd in sky, shepherds asked "what's that?"l it was real, then angel appeared & glory shone, "I proclaim good news of great joy.." ..rescue happened..if we had to choose an image..light is right..Jesus chose light as an image "I am light of the world.." before Jesus came, people were lost, but Jesus rescued us showed us way to father..' let's be thankful this Christmas..."

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1 Sm 1:24-28 "In those days, Hannah brought Samuel with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh. After the boy's father had sacrificed the young bull, Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said: "Pardon, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request. Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD." She left Samuel there. Responsorial Psalm 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcdR. (see 1a) My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. "My heart exults in the LORD, my horn is exalted in my God. I have swallowed up my enemies; I rejoice in my victory." R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. "The bows of the mighty are broken, while the tottering gird on strength. The well-fed hire themselves out for bread, while the hungry batten on spoil. The barren wife bears seven sons, while the mother of many languishes." R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. "The LORD puts to death and gives life; he casts down to the nether world; he raises up again. The LORD makes poor and makes rich, he humbles, he also exalts." R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. "He raises the needy from the dust; from the dung heap he lifts up the poor, To seat them with nobles and make a glorious throne their heritage." R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
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Lk 1:46-56 Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. for he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever." Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her home. 12/21/11 cblog WE R LOVED, PAY IT FORWARD; St basil "Time of year scr so explicitly loving..healthy passionate, faith, we r loved by the lord, his love, life-giving, cheerful, reminder its all about , we r loved, bring love to others" Sg 2:8-14 Hark! my lover--here he comes springing across the mountains, leaping across the hills. My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag. Here he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattices. My lover speaks; he says to me, "Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one, and come!
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"For see, the winter is past, the rains are over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of pruning the vines has come, and the song of the dove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines, in bloom, give forth fragrance. Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come! "O my dove in the clefts of the rock, in the secret recesses of the cliff, Let me see you, let me hear your voice, For your voice is sweet, and you are lovely." or Zep 3:14-18a Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! Sing joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has removed the judgment against you, he has turned away your enemies; The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear. On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem: Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged! The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, He will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals. Responsorial Psalm Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21 R. (1a; 3a) Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song. Give thanks to the LORD on the harp; with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises. Sing to him a new song;
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pluck the strings skillfully, with shouts of gladness. R. Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song. But the plan of the LORD stands forever; the design of his heart, through all generations. Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. R. Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song. Our soul waits for the LORD, who is our help and our shield, For in him our hearts rejoice; in his holy name we trust. R. Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song. Lk 1:39-45 Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."

12/21/11 cblog re EXCITEMENT for CHRISTMAS; Christ king "even Jbap wife recognized ...coming leaped in the womb..touched baby as its moving..do we have an excitement re Christmas or do we say just another Christmas..its fun for kids..Santa Claus coming..we had Santa here last week..very skinny, must have been on diet..but kids teach us.. excited..re the deep understanding..the ot groom excited to see bride, poetic psalm..our wedding day...do we have that
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excitement..its our Christmas..lord comes to nourish us, give strength...song of joy..." Sg 2:8-14 Hark! my lover--here he comes springing across the mountains, leaping across the hills. My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag. Here he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattices. My lover speaks; he says to me, "Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one, and come! "For see, the winter is past, the rains are over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of pruning the vines has come, and the song of the dove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines, in bloom, give forth fragrance. Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come! "O my dove in the clefts of the rock, in the secret recesses of the cliff, Let me see you, let me hear your voice, For your voice is sweet, and you are lovely." or Zep 3:14-18a Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! Sing joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has removed the judgment against you, he has turned away your enemies; The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,
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you have no further misfortune to fear. On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem: Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged! The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, He will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals. Responsorial Psalm Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21 R. (1a; 3a) Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song. Give thanks to the LORD on the harp; with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises. Sing to him a new song; pluck the strings skillfully, with shouts of gladness. R. Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song. But the plan of the LORD stands forever; the design of his heart, through all generations. Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. R. Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song. Our soul waits for the LORD, who is our help and our shield, For in him our hearts rejoice; in his holy name we trust. R. Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song. Lk 1:39-45 Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women,
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and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."

12/21/11 cblog WAITING on the LORD; Brendan: " importance of constancy & patient ..in a world that, expect, prepare for arrival, learn from the father..anticipates the harvest, Jesus Christ come to be with us, ..nothing but a small speck in mothers womb, now jbap matures, forerunner of Jesus, attitude of enthusiasm, full bloom, flower bursts forth, ..

1 Sm 1:24-28 "In those days, Hannah brought Samuel with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh. After the boy's father had sacrificed the young bull, Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said: "Pardon, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request. Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD." She left Samuel there. Responsorial Psalm 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcdR. (see 1a) My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. "My heart exults in the LORD, my horn is exalted in my God.
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I have swallowed up my enemies; I rejoice in my victory." R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. "The bows of the mighty are broken, while the tottering gird on strength. The well-fed hire themselves out for bread, while the hungry batten on spoil. The barren wife bears seven sons, while the mother of many languishes." R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. "The LORD puts to death and gives life; he casts down to the nether world; he raises up again. The LORD makes poor and makes rich, he humbles, he also exalts." R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. "He raises the needy from the dust; from the dung heap he lifts up the poor, To seat them with nobles and make a glorious throne their heritage." R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. Lk 1:46-56 Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. for he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel
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for he remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever." Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her home.

12/21/11 cblog ASIANS RESPECT & FEAR GOD, BUT WHAT ABOUT LOVE ? vibiana, special simbang Gabi evening mass m: "What language would u speak if u were to talk to god tonight?" I'm Vietnamese by the way (he makes a few quotes in filipines)..are you ready to encounter god, prepare to be watchful? .would u be ready, ashamed?those moments..4 days we encounter birth of Christ, ..if u were to encounter Christ on Christmas what reaction would u have? what kind of reaction do u have when u encounter people, ? U say "it depends on the person" 11 years as priest, I have a gift 4 u, ..pray for 8 consec days, ..we ask for $10 for 8 days, fr +++ wanted to invite people to encounter your own culture..what is largest, 2nd largest 3rd largest island? Do u make distinctions re class, education? What part of country, here today we don't make such distinctions ..only united as Catholics, ...sometimes in Asian culture ..so much respect for god, there's great fear, but Zephaniah says "fear not, lord god in midst" ..Make a difference, change lives, our reaction, 2nd emotion, come to see in eliz & Mary, reaction of jbap was to leap for joy...r u still buying lottery tix, waiting 2 leap for joy if u win ? But what else ? What lang do u speak when u encounter god? English, Vietnamese, tagalog, or language of the spirit ? How cultivate that language?" Song of Solomon 2: 8 - 14 8 The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills. 9 My beloved is like a gazelle, or a young stag. Behold, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattice. 10 My beloved speaks and says to me: "Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; 11 for lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. 12 The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. 13 The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom;
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they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. 14 O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the covert of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet, and your face is comely. Psalms 33: 2 - 3, 11 - 12, 20 - 21 2 Praise the LORD with the lyre, make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! 3 Sing to him a new song, play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. 11 The counsel of the LORD stands for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! 20 Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and shield. 21 Yea, our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Luke 1: 39 - 45 39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." 12/20/11 cblog WE ARE ALL GOD's HANDMAIDENS vibiana "as advent season closes..annunciation words of angel..reflect on our responses to god, will we be resistant or ..maybe lead to conflict, great willingness..embrace word of Mary, she said
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behold I am the handmaiden, embracing that we r gods creatures, for us to participate, reflect that we are all god's handmaidens, " Reading 1 Is 7:10-14The LORD spoke to Ahaz: Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God; let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky! But Ahaz answered, "I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!" Then Isaiah said: Listen, O house of David! Is it not enough for you to weary men, must you also weary my God? Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel. Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6R. (see 7c and 10b) Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory. The LORD's are the earth and its fullness; the world and those who dwell in it. For he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. R. Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory. Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD? or who may stand in his holy place? He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean, who desires not what is vain. R. Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory. He shall receive a blessing from the LORD, a reward from God his savior. Such is the race that seeks for him, that seeks the face of the God of Jacob. R. Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory. Gospel Lk 1:26-38In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David,
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and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end." But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?" And the angel said to her in reply, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God." Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.

12/19/11 Incarn, fr pat "Re attendance at mass..said if its not magic, its nothing..magic has many connotations ..birth of children is marvelous..years ago I was living in woodland hills, at St mels..one day I walked by..lady w baby..none of the hs girls even looked at the baby..not touched ..but we should be touched by
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a baby,,,baby Jesus, here the body of Christ at Eucharist, ..a lot of people who like latin.its not a language spoken anymore....Latin mass.no prophet wo respect except in own country..must have feeling to look up..learn how to let ourselves celebrate god's presence, ..we need to be drawn into..." Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a There was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren and had borne no children. An angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, "Though you are barren and have had no children, yet you will conceive and bear a son. Now, then, be careful to take no wine or strong drink and to eat nothing unclean. As for the son you will conceive and bear, no razor shall touch his head, for this boy is to be consecrated to God from the womb. It is he who will begin the deliverance of Israel from the power of the Philistines." The woman went and told her husband, "A man of God came to me; he had the appearance of an angel of God, terrible indeed. I did not ask him where he came from, nor did he tell me his name. But he said to me, 'You will be with child and will bear a son. So take neither wine nor strong drink, and eat nothing unclean. For the boy shall be consecrated to God from the womb, until the day of his death.'" The woman bore a son and named him Samson. The boy grew up and the LORD blessed him; the Spirit of the LORD stirred him. Responsorial Psalm Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17 R. (see 8) My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory! Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are my rock and my fortress.
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O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. R. My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory! For you are my hope, O LORD; my trust, O God, from my youth. On you I depend from birth; from my mother's womb you are my strength. R. My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory! I will treat of the mighty works of the LORD; O God, I will tell of your singular justice. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds. R. My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory! Gospel Lk 1:5-25 In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah of the priestly division of Abijah; his wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both were righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren and both were advanced in years. Once when he was serving as priest in his division's turn before God, according to the practice of the priestly service, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense. Then, when the whole assembly of the people was praying outside at the hour of the incense offering, the angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right of the altar of incense. Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him. But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John.
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And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He will drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother's womb, and he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of fathers toward children and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to prepare a people fit for the Lord." Then Zechariah said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years." And the angel said to him in reply, "I am Gabriel, who stand before God. I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news. But now you will be speechless and unable to talk until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at their proper time." Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah and were amazed that he stayed so long in the sanctuary. But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He was gesturing to them but remained mute. Then, when his days of ministry were completed, he went home. After this time his wife Elizabeth conceived, and she went into seclusion for five months, saying, "So has the Lord done for me at a time when he has seen fit to take away my disgrace before others."
12/19/11 cblog DECLARE the PLEASANT TIDINGS, immac conc, Monrovia m: "I- was sent to speak and announce this good news..last sat..barb and I helped the environment team in decorating ..trees..ornaments....we tested the lights..worked in harmony..we set up ..broadcast.advertise and proclaim..coming of our lord into our hearts, similar to events of annunciation, bearer of good is an angel ..to people ordinary salt of earth..imp of messenger, declaring the pleasing tidings..good news being that a special son would be born..testifies to
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notion that nothing is impossible w/ god, ..both those sons, Sampson & jbap in their own style became forerunners...laying foundation for the chosen one. Bedrock of faith for our sacred Christ...Christmas a week away..eager longings, joyful hope, last candle of advent wreath...gospel means "glad tidings"., Jesus was telling to all, believe in my good & cheerful tidings, this ardent yearning for new life, prepare for arrival of Christ child who gives new life, we r fortunate as caths to have the Eucharist, receive the real body here at mass..Christmas yes, but also now here at the perimeter of the altar of forgiveness, advocate of peace, fulfillment of good news, perfection of gospel of the lord, like the work of the env. Team, we r all getting ready for the special occasion, angel speaking in fervent hope, we who r faithful, I was sent to speak to you, announce this good news" Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a There was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren and had borne no children. An angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, "Though you are barren and have had no children, yet you will conceive and bear a son. Now, then, be careful to take no wine or strong drink and to eat nothing unclean. As for the son you will conceive and bear, no razor shall touch his head, for this boy is to be consecrated to God from the womb. It is he who will begin the deliverance of Israel from the power of the Philistines." The woman went and told her husband, "A man of God came to me; he had the appearance of an angel of God, terrible indeed. I did not ask him where he came from, nor did he tell me his name. But he said to me, 'You will be with child and will bear a son. So take neither wine nor strong drink, and eat nothing unclean. For the boy shall be consecrated to God from the womb, until the day of his death.'" The woman bore a son and named him Samson. The boy grew up and the LORD blessed him; the Spirit of the LORD stirred him. Responsorial Psalm Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17 R. (see 8) My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory! Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety,
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for you are my rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. R. My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory! For you are my hope, O LORD; my trust, O God, from my youth. On you I depend from birth; from my mother's womb you are my strength. R. My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory! I will treat of the mighty works of the LORD; O God, I will tell of your singular justice. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds. R. My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory! Gospel Lk 1:5-25 In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah of the priestly division of Abijah; his wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both were righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren and both were advanced in years. Once when he was serving as priest in his division's turn before God, according to the practice of the priestly service, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense. Then, when the whole assembly of the people was praying outside at the hour of the incense offering, the angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right of the altar of incense. Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him. But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He will drink neither wine nor strong drink.
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He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother's womb, and he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of fathers toward children and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to prepare a people fit for the Lord." Then Zechariah said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years." And the angel said to him in reply, "I am Gabriel, who stand before God. I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news. But now you will be speechless and unable to talk until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at their proper time." Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah and were amazed that he stayed so long in the sanctuary. But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He was gesturing to them but remained mute. Then, when his days of ministry were completed, he went home. After this time his wife Elizabeth conceived, and she went into seclusion for five months, saying, "So has the Lord done for me at a time when he has seen fit to take away my disgrace before others."

12/17/11 530pSt cat lab m: "..fulfillment of the covenant..imagine last monnday.reading scr just heard..maybe be of inspiration help..every preacher's task,.sais to myself, scr reading..connection, praye poem, David rape adultereeybathsheebam..politicians today..connect dots.fdavid further had Bathshebas husband killed by sending to front of battle,. Psalm 51 is Davids prayer of repentance, today David recognizes the incongruence..while the mosaic of in a floppy tent..he wanted to erect solid bldg for approp dignity..think of the rev we have for tabernacle, ..probably ...covtwas god's guarantee of being w his people..vital connection, Jesus himself eternal covt..he is the new eternal covt...it leaves all Hollywood in the dust.."greatest story ever told" ..2nd reading w/o apology I say weird..re grammatical aspects, ..the sentence says "to him...yadaya..be the glory forever.." describing this Jesus..contrast longwondedpaul, to Luke not a spare word anywhere..pondering..we don't ponder enough..always on the run...we r perpet in a state of mania..god's enormous
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intervention..bombshell..that same god did for u and me at baptism what he did for Mary at the annunciation..holy spirit brought forth Jesus from womb of Mary..we found favor w god. same holy spirit ..u me. change the world, redeem, sanctify the world, there's a vision..Jesus said it bluntly..u r the light..that they may see our good works, that is our mission, to grow into christlike in attitu6des good works inspiration, praised and glorified, ..we know the biggest obstacle..to belief is the bad example of believes, ghandi said he loves our Jesus but not his followers...we must truly get it..that personal favor..that god bestowed on us in baptism,.so well others may believe and follow too.."u will be my witnesses..to end of earth"..staggering tall order, butw god all things possible, baptism, intentional motivation,,..when we have the intention & commitment to follow thru, real thing, baptism radical call to god's service..sadly we have so diminished baptism,, the angels in heaven must weep, we used to think preVatican 2 that only nuns and priests are called to serve..we have to bring christlikeness into..example. of married ones .u don't have to be thinking of each other all the time to love them..love of Jesus, faith of Jesus in our hearts, love lord holt spirit in you, celebration..birth and growth of him in us ..what a challenge...king David gave an example of ..increase decrease, Gabriel fear nervant, Mary be it done to me..she is perfect model, committed discipleship

Gn 49:2, 8-10 Jacob called his sons and said to them: "Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob, listen to Israel, your father. "You, Judah, shall your brothers praise --your hand on the neck of your enemies; the sons of your father shall bow down to you. Judah, like a lion's whelp, you have grown up on prey, my son. He crouches like a lion recumbent, the king of beasts--who would dare rouse him? The scepter shall never depart from Judah, or the mace from between his legs, While tribute is brought to him, and he receives the people's homage." Responsorial Psalm Ps 72:1-2, 3-4ab, 7-8, 17
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R. (see 7) Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever. O God, with your judgment endow the king, and with your justice, the king's son; He shall govern your people with justice and your afflicted ones with judgment. R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever. The mountains shall yield peace for the people, and the hills justice. He shall defend the afflicted among the people, save the children of the poor. R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever. Justice shall flower in his days, and profound peace, till the moon be no more. May he rule from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever. May his name be blessed forever; as long as the sun his name shall remain. In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed; all the nations shall proclaim his happiness. R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever. Gospel Mt 1:1-17 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham became the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar. Perez became the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab. Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab. Boaz became the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth.
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Obed became the father of Jesse, Jesse the father of David the king. David became the father of Solomon, whose mother had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon became the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asaph. Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, Joram the father of Uzziah. Uzziah became the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah. Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amos, Amos the father of Josiah. Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the Babylonian exile. After the Babylonian exile, Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, Zerubbabel the father of Abiud. Abiud became the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, Azor the father of Zadok. Zadok became the father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud, Eliud the father of Eleazar. Eleazar became the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ. Thus the total number of generations from Abraham to David is fourteen generations; from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations; from the Babylonian exile to the Christ, fourteen generations.
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12/16/11 cblog U R the PROOF that JESUS CAME to EARTH, or U R NOT; immac conc Monrovia, m: "...Crowds wanted Jesus to prove he was the messiah..so they sought witnesses..this is a list of the reasons given the crowd..the biggest is jbap..strap I am unworthy to loose..I have more important and greater..it is the works that the father has sent me..at least even see what I do as proof ..what I do..not even what I say..watch what I do..those r the works of the father..all the testimony..the miracles..the wonderful things..actually its all the fathers doing..its the father... thru john..it was the father bearing witness..kids what does this have to do w us..lots of people don't believe Christmas happened..like a fairytale..just to remind us to be kind generous..but not that a baby really came into the world..kids the proof is the same as Jesus proclaimed... its the works of the father, he's not around anymore to be seen..but there is sb around to be seen..proof..kids look at person next to u ..u know them, classmates, ..that's the proof..how u live, do u give proof of the fathers work in u..that's the best proof, Jesus cont to say if u want proof look at works of the father..healed yes..& raised from dead, ..Jesus also touched lepers, disgusting, touched & embraced sinners, ate w people who many wouldn't associate with..the kingdom is abt inviting all to the table..this tax collector, this sinner..I broke bread w them.startled confused some of the respectable folk..exerted energy..speak w bless talk..all kinds of folk..that was the work of the father..sacrifice time energy..gentleness forgiveness..our..sharing w others..work of the father, we r changed we r made brave..we dare to love the unloveable..that's the proof of Christmas..Jesus really did come.." Is 56:1-3a, 6-8 Thus says the LORD: Observe what is right, do what is just; for my salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, the son of man who holds to it; Who keeps the Sabbath free from profanation, and his hand from any evildoing. Let not the foreigner say, when he would join himself to the LORD, "The LORD will surely exclude me from his people." The foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, ministering to him, Loving the name of the LORD,
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and becoming his servants-All who keep the Sabbath free from profanation and hold to my covenant, Them I will bring to my holy mountain and make joyful in my house of prayer; Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be acceptable on my altar, For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. Thus says the Lord GOD, who gathers the dispersed of Israel: Others will I gather to him besides those already gathered. Responsorial Psalm Ps 67:2-3, 5, 7-8 R. (4) O God, let all the nations praise you! May God have pity on us and bless us; may he let his face shine upon us. So may your way be known upon earth; among all nations, your salvation. R. O God, let all the nations praise you! May the nations be glad and exult because you rule the peoples in equity; the nations on the earth you guide. R. O God, let all the nations praise you! The earth has yielded its fruits; God, our God, has blessed us. May God bless us, and may all the ends of the earth fear him! R. O God, let all the nations praise you! Jn 5:33-36 Jesus said to the Jews: "You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth. I do not accept testimony from a human being, but I say this so that you may be saved. John was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light. But I have testimony greater than John's.
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The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me."

12/15/11 cblog GOD's DESIRE 4 ALL of US; mt carmel Newport, 8a, m: "scr readings lead us closer to Christmas..Christ our truth & life, yesterday time mag wheeled out their "man of the year"..they chose a generic man of year..the protesters..Egypt Libya..unthinkable things..deeds..cry for dignity freedom..able to topple tyrant leaders...changed the face of their own country, the world itself in its time..see the deep desire they have. fullness of life..godly dignity freedom, something that's closest go god's heart his desire for all of us,, from conception to death. That promise is echoed in Isaiah, exile, images..barren womb...married cast aside by husband..god holds out light...that we see and believe..hope tenderness compassion..god will raise the lowly..higher places..gospel Jesus is telling as great as jbap is. In preparing the way, least in the kingdom r greater, Jesus is not playing power games, his home place will not be found in royal palaces, ..those who protest, only they in their heart of hearts can be honest enough to say what motivates them to protest cry out..is it faith in god who wants to raise us all from lowly sinfulness,..to be great..he doesn't promise royal palaces this side of heaven, but abt our own godly dignity, ... created loved..gods own image likeness..not to take pride in or safeguard, gift from god, Christ in Eucharist, be recognized in ourselves, be appreciated deeply..share w those who remain outcasts...lowly and powerless..anyone protesting without seeking godly greatness..newness..r badly mistaken..on the wrong track..if just looking to topple leaders so they can take power..the Jewish leaders at time of Christ walked away from the plan of Christ..they already had power status authority..why shake up a good thing..in their mind..not eyes of faith, eyes of world...continue" Is 54:1-10 Raise a glad cry, you barren one who did not bear, Break forth in jubilant song, you who were not in labor, For more numerous are the children of the deserted wife than the children of her who has a husband, says the LORD.
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Enlarge the space for your tent, spread out your tent cloths unsparingly; lengthen your ropes and make firm your stakes. For you shall spread abroad to the right and to the left; your descendants shall dispossess the nations and shall people the desolate cities. Fear not, you shall not be put to shame; you need not blush, for you shall not be disgraced. The shame of your youth you shall forget, the reproach of your widowhood no longer remember. For he who has become your husband is your Maker; his name is the LORD of hosts; Your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, called God of all the earth. The LORD calls you back, like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, A wife married in youth and then cast off, says your God. For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with great tenderness I will take you back. In an outburst of wrath, for a moment I hid my face from you; But with enduring love I take pity on you, says the LORD, your redeemer. This is for me like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah should never again deluge the earth; So I have sworn not to be angry with you, or to rebuke you. Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, My love shall never leave you nor my covenant of peace be shaken, says the LORD, who has mercy on you. Responsorial Psalm Ps 30:2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12a and 13b R. (2a) I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. I will extol you, O LORD, for you drew me clear
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and did not let my enemies rejoice over me. O LORD, you brought me up from the nether world; you preserved me from among those going down into the pit. R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. Sing praise to the LORD, you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger lasts but a moment; a lifetime, his good will. At nightfall, weeping enters in, but with the dawn, rejoicing. R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. "Hear, O LORD, and have pity on me; O LORD, be my helper." You changed my mourning into dancing; O LORD, my God, forever will I give you thanks. R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. Lk 7:24-30 When the messengers of John the Baptist had left, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John. "What did you go out to the desert to see a reed swayed by the wind? Then what did you go out to see? Someone dressed in fine garments? Those who dress luxuriously and live sumptuously are found in royal palaces. Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom Scripture says: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, he will prepare your way before you. I tell you, among those born of women, no one is greater than John; yet the least in the Kingdom of God is greater than he." (All the people who listened, including the tax collectors, who were baptized with the baptism of John, acknowledged the righteousness of God; but the Pharisees and scholars of the law,
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who were not baptized by him, rejected the plan of God for themselves.)

12/14/11 St James. .m; ."Today's gospel ..2 ..that have nothing to do w e/o..selfdenial..john of the cross..song of songs..actually met god face to face..one of drs of church..Ignatius of loyla..true mystics..experienced god..w/o dying..john was a Carmelite..brown in color..by invite of Ignatius of Loyola..discourse..wore sandals..sign of reformation at the time..scared of him..strong selfdiscipline..some were afraid of him ..he got locked in the..a monastery at the time had their own prison cell ..he broke free..if u read that poem..easy guess..what it feels like to meet god..john..later imprisoned again..reformed brothers..died hungry sick..people who were supposed to share the same dream..that he had..very simple.inspanish last words "nada" in Spanish means nothing..critics say he confessed he was faking his mystical experiences..nothing in this world..how beautiful loving god is..that even if ..once again..I believe that god totally escapes ..not even imaginable..nothing to compare to ..acc to john of the cross..I am quoting strictly.."u and I are as much god as Jesus".sounds blasphemous..why did he say this ? John actually saw himself in god ..u and I r completely beautiful in god..do we really want to meet Jesus..not the ego selfish petty ..true pride of sons and daughters of god..r we waiting for the truly godlike..care..sb so beautiful god would sacrifice self for..r we going to celebrate such or treat selves like dirt..waiting for beautiful true self to finally break free. Become truly divine..that's u & me .."

Is 45:6c-8, 18, 21c-25 I am the LORD, there is no other; I form the light, and create the darkness, I make well-being and create woe; I, the LORD, do all these things. Let justice descend, O heavens, like dew from above, like gentle rain let the skies drop it down. Let the earth open and salvation bud forth; let justice also spring up! I, the LORD, have created this. For thus says the LORD, The creator of the heavens,
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who is God, The designer and maker of the earth who established it, Not creating it to be a waste, but designing it be lived in: I am the LORD, and there is no other. Who announced this from the beginning and foretold it from of old Was it not I, the LORD, besides whom there is no other God? There is no just and saving God but me. Turn to me and be safe, all you ends of the earth, for I am God; there is no other! By myself I swear, uttering my just decree and my unalterable word: To me every knee shall bend; by me every tongue shall swear, Saying, "Only in the LORD are just deeds and power. Before him in shame shall come all who vent their anger against him. In the LORD shall be the vindication and the glory of all the descendants of Israel." Responsorial Psalm Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 R. (Isaiah 45:8) Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior. I will hear what God proclaims; the LORD --for he proclaims peace to his people. Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him, glory dwelling in our land. R. Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior. Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven.
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R. Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior. The LORD himself will give his benefits; our land shall yield its increase. Justice shall walk before him, and salvation, along the way of his steps. R. Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior. Lk 7:18b-23 At that time, John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?" When the men came to the Lord, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, 'Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?'" At that time Jesus cured many of their diseases, sufferings, and evil spirits; he also granted sight to many who were blind. And Jesus said to them in reply, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me." 12/14/11 cblog LISTENING TO JESUS EVERY DAY; St Joseph, Hawthorne, 8a m: "How are we expecting Jesus, why am I here at mass today..we have many disciples helping us..we have community..listen, to others, not just ourselves,..be in touch w others..who? Sick, dying, blind, lepers, those raised from dead, each day, new day, ..going around me, in god's world, opening listening to Jesus every day, blind do see, deaf do hear, bring them the gospel, wonderful new day..." Is 45:6c-8, 18, 21c-25I am the LORD, there is no other; I form the light, and create the darkness, I make well-being and create woe; I, the LORD, do all these things. Let justice descend, O heavens, like dew from above, like gentle rain let the skies drop it down. Let the earth open and salvation bud forth;
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let justice also spring up! I, the LORD, have created this. For thus says the LORD, The creator of the heavens, who is God, The designer and maker of the earth who established it, Not creating it to be a waste, but designing it be lived in: I am the LORD, and there is no other. Who announced this from the beginning and foretold it from of old? Was it not I, the LORD, besides whom there is no other God? There is no just and saving God but me. Turn to me and be safe, all you ends of the earth, for I am God; there is no other! By myself I swear, uttering my just decree and my unalterable word: To me every knee shall bend; by me every tongue shall swear, Saying, "Only in the LORD are just deeds and power. Before him in shame shall come all who vent their anger against him. In the LORD shall be the vindication and the glory of all the descendants of Israel." Responsorial Psalm Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14R. (Isaiah 45:8) Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior. I will hear what God proclaims; the LORD ?for he proclaims peace to his people. Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him, glory dwelling in our land. R. Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior. Kindness and truth shall meet;
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justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven. R. Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior. The LORD himself will give his benefits; our land shall yield its increase. Justice shall walk before him, and salvation, along the way of his steps. R. Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior. Lk 7:18b-23At that time, John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?" When the men came to the Lord, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, 'Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?'" At that time Jesus cured many of their diseases, sufferings, and evil spirits; he also granted sight to many who were blind. And Jesus said to them in reply, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me."

12/14/11 cblog GOD SPOKE thru the PROPHETS; Lomita, fr Africa m; "god spoke to people thru prophets.."when that day comes the the blind..lame will walk, deaf will hear.."words of prophet Isaiah..Christ has confirmed the prophecy of Isaiah..let us at this mass..to help us understand his message of the prophet, ask lord to take care of our people, esp. those who have inner ear problem..or .." Is 45:6c-8, 18, 21c-25I am the LORD, there is no other; I form the light, and create the darkness, I make well-being and create woe;
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I, the LORD, do all these things. Let justice descend, O heavens, like dew from above, like gentle rain let the skies drop it down. Let the earth open and salvation bud forth; let justice also spring up! I, the LORD, have created this. For thus says the LORD, The creator of the heavens, who is God, The designer and maker of the earth who established it, Not creating it to be a waste, but designing it be lived in: I am the LORD, and there is no other. Who announced this from the beginning and foretold it from of old? Was it not I, the LORD, besides whom there is no other God? There is no just and saving God but me. Turn to me and be safe, all you ends of the earth, for I am God; there is no other! By myself I swear, uttering my just decree and my unalterable word: To me every knee shall bend; by me every tongue shall swear, Saying, "Only in the LORD are just deeds and power. Before him in shame shall come all who vent their anger against him. In the LORD shall be the vindication and the glory of all the descendants of Israel." Responsorial Psalm Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14R. (Isaiah 45:8) Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior. I will hear what God proclaims; the LORD ?for he proclaims peace to his people.
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Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him, glory dwelling in our land. R. Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior. Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven. R. Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior. The LORD himself will give his benefits; our land shall yield its increase. Justice shall walk before him, and salvation, along the way of his steps. R. Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior. Lk 7:18b-23At that time, John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?" When the men came to the Lord, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, 'Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?'" At that time Jesus cured many of their diseases, sufferings, and evil spirits; he also granted sight to many who were blind. And Jesus said to them in reply, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me." 12/13/11 cblog ALLOW CHRIST's LOVE PRESENCE 2B PART of YOUR LIFE; St James "2 sons, 1 says yes but didn't go, the other said no but did go..its a dilemma..remind u of your own kids?..golden age community here to celebr mass & have lunch..does this mean its never too late..even as golden agers..still do things right,..? Following Christ, allow his love presence to be part of ...our advent journey to open up hearts expectant..how god can still use us..can gift us..come as people of trust.." Zep 3:1-2, 9-13Thus says the LORD: Woe to the city, rebellious and polluted,
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to the tyrannical city! She hears no voice, accepts no correction; In the LORD she has not trusted, to her God she has not drawn near. For then I will change and purify the lips of the peoples, That they all may call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one accord; From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia and as far as the recesses of the North, they shall bring me offerings. On that day You need not be ashamed of all your deeds, your rebellious actions against me; For then will I remove from your midst the proud braggarts, And you shall no longer exalt yourself on my holy mountain. But I will leave as a remnant in your midst a people humble and lowly, Who shall take refuge in the name of the LORD: the remnant of Israel. They shall do no wrong and speak no lies; Nor shall there be found in their mouths a deceitful tongue; They shall pasture and couch their flocks with none to disturb them. Responsorial Psalm Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19 and 23R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor. I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. Let my soul glory in the LORD; the lowly will hear me and be glad. R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
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and your faces may not blush with shame. When the poor one called out, the LORD heard, and from all his distress he saved him. R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor. The LORD confronts the evildoers, to destroy remembrance of them from the earth. When the just cry out, the LORD hears them, and from all their distress he rescues them. R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. The LORD redeems the lives of his servants; no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him. R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Mt 21:28-32 "Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: "What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, 'Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.' The son said in reply, 'I will not,' but afterwards he changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, 'Yes, sir,' but did not go. Which of the two did his father's will?" They answered, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the Kingdom of God before you. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him."

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12/13/11 sjf fr admin: m:"Doesn't just talk the talk but walks the walk..." 12/13/11 cblog GOD WANTS US 2 have an ATTITUDE of SURRENDER (to HIM) Am mart 8a m; "Tax coll & prost befor u..how many heard "lord helps those who help themselves".the chief priests were good people, studied law, wanted to help people enter kingdom, so why would god say sinners & prosts before them ,? Somehow their eagerness to do right led to a reliance on their own efforts..Jesus wanted them to be humble enough to rely on him, ..the sinners realized this..when we try to change selves by sheer force of our efforts, we risk making it harder on ourselves ..we do have our own..we have to obey commandments, do unto others, ..but god wants us to obey out of attitude of surrender, how to yield ..grace fill us, open selves to spirit. Find selves changed & purified..let god change and purify you, desire to please him, multiply w divine grace.." Zep 3:1-2, 9-13Thus says the LORD: Woe to the city, rebellious and polluted, to the tyrannical city! She hears no voice, accepts no correction; In the LORD she has not trusted, to her God she has not drawn near. For then I will change and purify the lips of the peoples, That they all may call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one accord; From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia and as far as the recesses of the North, they shall bring me offerings. On that day You need not be ashamed of all your deeds, your rebellious actions against me; For then will I remove from your midst the proud braggarts, And you shall no longer exalt yourself
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on my holy mountain. But I will leave as a remnant in your midst a people humble and lowly, Who shall take refuge in the name of the LORD: the remnant of Israel. They shall do no wrong and speak no lies; Nor shall there be found in their mouths a deceitful tongue; They shall pasture and couch their flocks with none to disturb them. Responsorial Psalm Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19 and 23R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor. I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. Let my soul glory in the LORD; the lowly will hear me and be glad. R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame. When the poor one called out, the LORD heard, and from all his distress he saved him. R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor. The LORD confronts the evildoers, to destroy remembrance of them from the earth. When the just cry out, the LORD hears them, and from all their distress he rescues them. R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. The LORD redeems the lives of his servants; no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him. R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Mt 21:28-32 "Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: "What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, 'Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.'
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The son said in reply, 'I will not,' but afterwards he changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, 'Yes, sir,' but did not go. Which of the two did his father's will?" They answered, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the Kingdom of God before you. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him."

12/12/11 cblog HOW GOD USES PEOPLE in HISTORY of SALVATION; St pius, m: "Lady Guadalupe..patroness of..and..Mexico city..over 20 million visit every year.. apparitions,,.not to queens..but to simple people,,peasants..how god uses people in history of salvation...people of simplicity prayer..chose Mary.. Zec 2:14-17 Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD. Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day, and they shall be his people, and he will dwell among you, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land, and he will again choose Jerusalem. Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD! For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling. Or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.

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A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems. Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth. She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne. The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have salvation and power come, and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed." Responsorial Psalm Jdt 13:18bcde, 19 R. (15:9d) You are the highest honor of our race. Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God, above all the women on earth; and blessed be the LORD God, the creator of heaven and earth. R. You are the highest honor of our race. Your deed of hope will never be forgotten by those who tell of the might of God. R. You are the highest honor of our race. Lk 1:26-38 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her,
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"Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end." But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?" And the angel said to her in reply, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God." Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her. Or Lk 1:39-47 Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." And Mary said:
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"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior."

12/12/11 cblog LET NOTHING DISCOURAGE US, Ho fam 12p"As we approach closer the celeb of savior..wonderful time of year, to place ourselves in god's presence,..Guadalupe ..perpetual virgin Mary..let nothing discourage you..shadow and protection...do not fear illness anxiety, vexation..help us on journey of faith, as we approach birth of savior..may god cont to bless us abundance of love mercy.." Zec 2:14-17 Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD. Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day, and they shall be his people, and he will dwell among you, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land, and he will again choose Jerusalem. Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD! For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling. Or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems. Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth. She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne. The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God.
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Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have salvation and power come, and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed." Responsorial Psalm Jdt 13:18bcde, 19 R. (15:9d) You are the highest honor of our race. Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God, above all the women on earth; and blessed be the LORD God, the creator of heaven and earth. R. You are the highest honor of our race. Your deed of hope will never be forgotten by those who tell of the might of God. R. You are the highest honor of our race. Gospel Lk 1:26-38 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end." But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?" And the angel said to her in reply, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
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has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God." Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her. OrLk 1:39-47 Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." And Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior." 12/12/11 cblog REMEMBERING LADY GUADALUPE; columban "lady Guadalupe ..day..lady g is the patron of our diocese..r u familiar w the story? Help us to reflect..one f faith..missionaries who 1st came to Mexico..at that time only a few of the ... had converted to the faith..1531 appeared to Juan Diego..beautiful image of...& then 1000's were converted to Catholicism..she appeared to Juan Diego as an Indian woman ..* spoke in Aztec language ...appreciate the culture.. Zec 2:14-17 Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD. Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day, and they shall be his people,
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and he will dwell among you, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land, and he will again choose Jerusalem. Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD! For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling. Or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems. Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth. She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne. The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have salvation and power come, and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed." Responsorial Psalm Jdt 13:18bcde, 19 R. (15:9d) You are the highest honor of our race. Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God, above all the women on earth; and blessed be the LORD God, the creator of heaven and earth. R. You are the highest honor of our race. Your deed of hope will never be forgotten by those who tell of the might of God. R. You are the highest honor of our race.
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Gospel Lk 1:26-38 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end." But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?" And the angel said to her in reply, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God." Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her. OrLk 1:39-47 Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
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cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." And Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior."

12/12/11 cblog REMEMBERING LADY GUADALUPE; columban "lady Guadalupe ..day..lady g is the patron of our diocese..r u familiar w the story? Help us to reflect..one f faith..missionaries who 1st came to Mexico..at that time only a few of the ... had converted to the faith..1531 appeared to Juan Diego..beautiful image of...& then 1000's were converted to Catholicism..she appeared to Juan Diego as an Indian woman ..* spoke in Aztec language ...appreciate the culture.. Zec 2:14-17 Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD. Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day, and they shall be his people, and he will dwell among you, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land, and he will again choose Jerusalem. Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD! For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling. Or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.
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A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems. Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth. She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne. The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have salvation and power come, and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed." Responsorial Psalm Jdt 13:18bcde, 19 R. (15:9d) You are the highest honor of our race. Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God, above all the women on earth; and blessed be the LORD God, the creator of heaven and earth. R. You are the highest honor of our race. Your deed of hope will never be forgotten by those who tell of the might of God. R. You are the highest honor of our race. Gospel Lk 1:26-38 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
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Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end." But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?" And the angel said to her in reply, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God." Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her. OrLk 1:39-47 Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."
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And Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior."

12/11/11 cblog EVERYONE of US is a MIRROR of LIGHT, Polycarp 730p m: "Twice a year we wear this ..what color u think this is ..rose or pink..one cup of coffee, 2 cups of tea,& one glass of wine, coffee for brain, tea for detox, wine for heart..soul too ..esp. before going to bed..get good night rest,,,pink or rose..that Christ the son is coming..rejoice be happy, also the theme for today,, ..distinguished btw pleasure & joy..most of u know ..joy lasts, but not pleasure, ..joy..esp. in 2nd reading..St Paul..way to keep joy within us...pray, avoid evil, give thanks in all circumstances ..7 habits of highly effective people..private and public virtues, taken from bible..private v public virtues, ..u should read it...last week .we went to retreat..right next to festival of the arts...back to 10th anniversary..guiding light..everyone of u is a mirror of light..of good news, prepare the way of the lord, ..bring the good news to other people,..real joy, ..bring that good news to fellow classmates,..sister Mary to give us a presentation.." Is 61:1-2a, 10-11 The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God. I rejoice heartily in the LORD, in my God is the joy of my soul; for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation and wrapped me in a mantle of justice, like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem, like a bride bedecked with her jewels. As the earth brings forth its plants, and a garden makes its growth spring up, so will the Lord GOD make justice and praise spring up before all the nations. Responsorial Psalm Lk 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54
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R. (Is 61:10b) My soul rejoices in my God. My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: R. My soul rejoices in my God. the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. R. My soul rejoices in my God. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, R. My soul rejoices in my God. Reading 2 1 Thes 5:16-24 Brothers and sisters: Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. Refrain from every kind of evil. May the God of peace make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will also accomplish it. Gospel Jn 1:6-8, 19-28 A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. And this is the testimony of John. When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him to ask him, "Who are you?"
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He admitted and did not deny it, but admitted, "I am not the Christ." So they asked him, "What are you then? Are you Elijah?" And he said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" He answered, "No." So they said to him, "Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us? What do you have to say for yourself?" He said: "I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, 'make straight the way of the Lord,'" as Isaiah the prophet said." Some Pharisees were also sent. They asked him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?" John answered them, "I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie." This happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

12/7/11 cblog GOD WILL NOT IMPOSE UPON US THINGS THAT WILL KEEP US DOWN PERMANENTLY; borromeo "1st reading reminds us, hold fast to faith, lord will give us strength, nt reminds us to run the race, will give strength, sometimes we fall, but lord says have great hope, & those who hope will be strengthened, lifted up, gospel reminds us lord will not impose upon us things that will keep us down, gives us ability to pick us up, sacrament of reconcile., reading scrp, , todays saint..defended faith against Arian heresy..." Is 40:25-31 To whom can you liken me as an equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these things: He leads out their army and numbers them, calling them all by name. By his great might and the strength of his power not one of them is missing!
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Why, O Jacob, do you say, and declare, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God?" Do you not know or have you not heard? The LORD is the eternal God, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint nor grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny. He gives strength to the fainting; for the weak he makes vigor abound. Though young men faint and grow weary, and youths stagger and fall, They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles' wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint. Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10 R. (1) O bless the Lord, my soul! Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all my being, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. R. O bless the Lord, my soul! He pardons all your iniquities, he heals all your ills. He redeems your life from destruction, he crowns you with kindness and compassion. R. O bless the Lord, my soul! Merciful and gracious is the LORD, slow to anger and abounding in kindness. Not according to our sins does he deal with us, nor does he requite us according to our crimes. R. O bless the Lord, my soul! Mt 11:28-30
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Jesus said to the crowds: "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."

12/6/11 vibiana 8a Todays gospel re god cares for all..even f we betray,, run away, deny faith, god will cont to search and cre for us, Isaiah, ..god comes w great care, comfort, to my people sats lord, we too r invited, care concern for one another, parents, describe rshp ...no matter how few hours, care is uncond., refl of gods image, givongeach every day, go ever way to find them, in this image how god cares always rejoice,, help us to understand ..god cares, deep joy.."

Is 40:1-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated; Indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD double for all her sins. A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low; The rugged land shall be made a plain, the rough country, a broad valley. Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
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A voice says, "Cry out!" I answer, "What shall I cry out?" "All flesh is grass, and all their glory like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower wilts, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it. So then, the people is the grass. Though the grass withers and the flower wilts, the word of our God stands forever." Go up onto a high mountain, Zion, herald of glad tidings; Cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news! Fear not to cry out and say to the cities of Judah: Here is your God! Here comes with power the Lord GOD, who rules by his strong arm; Here is his reward with him, his recompense before him. Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, Carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care. Responsorial Psalm Ps 96:1-2, 3 and 10ac, 11-12, 13 R. (see Isaiah 40:10ab) The Lord our God comes with power. Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all you lands. Sing to the LORD; bless his name; announce his salvation, day after day. R. The Lord our God comes with power. Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his wondrous deeds. Say among the nations: The LORD is king; he governs the peoples with equity. R. The Lord our God comes with power.
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Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound; let the plains be joyful and all that is in them! Then let all the trees of the forest rejoice. R. The Lord our God comes with power. They shall exult before the LORD, for he comes; for he comes to rule the earth. He shall rule the world with justice and the peoples with his constancy. R. The Lord our God comes with power. Mt 18:12-14 Jesus said to his disciples: "What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost." 12/5/11 bless sac, hw, "how many of u have heard messiah's Handel, 35th chap of Isaiah, ..."then will the eyes of the blind be open..." beautiful image..1720's, listen to this woman's voice, ..(plays clip of messiah)..often for Jewish audience...gospels are a catechism, not a biography, thoughts back on to Jesus, so that Jewish people listening..will gasp and say "that Jesus is the messiah" because Isaiah predicted it, ..this is increased by post-ress community, tremendous man who was with them..years later, ..its not a cd of what happened, ..we r ..when read these scrips try to have apprec. ..when eyes get opened..sometimes we hear words of people we love in new way,smtms we r stuck paralyzed, ..go to places we need to go,.gospels are catechism, want to project a truth, way beyond biography, scarps have meaning now, that's what advent does, ..advent, expectation of lord's coming ..perennial status of Christians, advent is always, .."

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The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom. They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song. The glory of Lebanon will be given to them, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; They will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God. Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak, Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; With divine recompense he comes to save you. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; Then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing. Streams will burst forth in the desert, and rivers in the steppe. The burning sands will become pools, and the thirsty ground, springs of water; The abode where jackals lurk will be a marsh for the reed and papyrus. A highway will be there, called the holy way; No one unclean may pass over it, nor fools go astray on it. No lion will be there, nor beast of prey go up to be met upon it. It is for those with a journey to make, and on it the redeemed will walk. Those whom the LORD has ransomed will return and enter Zion singing, crowned with everlasting joy; They will meet with joy and gladness, sorrow and mourning will flee.
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Responsorial Psalm Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 R. (Isaiah 35:4f) Our God will come to save us! I will hear what God proclaims; the LORD --for he proclaims peace to his people. Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him, glory dwelling in our land. R. Our God will come to save us! Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven. R. Our God will come to save us! The LORD himself will give his benefits; our land shall yield its increase. Justice shall walk before him, and salvation, along the way of his steps. R. Our God will come to save us! Lk 5:17-26 One day as Jesus was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there, and the power of the Lord was with him for healing. And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence. But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "As for you, your sins are forgiven." Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask themselves, "Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who but God alone can forgive sins?" Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply, "What are you thinking in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,'
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or to say, 'Rise and walk?' But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins?" he said to the one who was paralyzed, "I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home." He stood up immediately before them, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God. Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God, and, struck with awe, they said, "We have seen incredible things today." 12/5/11 cblog RAISE the BAR, DON'T LOWER IT; Brendan 8a, deasy "Scribes Pharisees seeking Jesus..they had heard of his miracles..hope .messiah..they couldnt understand how forgiveness could ......lower the bar..Here comes Jesus..paralyzed man..they highered the bar...amazing..lowered him, did not expect to rise, god raised him up, higher expectations..they chose to keep the bar low..they wanted piece of pie..higher expectations..raised the bar ....those who wanted to keep people down, those who wanted to keep people up ..many want to stay down..like in 2nd grade, ..have to higher the bar, .. Is 35:1-10 The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom. They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song. The glory of Lebanon will be given to them, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; They will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God. Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak, Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; With divine recompense he comes to save you. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
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the ears of the deaf be cleared; Then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing. Streams will burst forth in the desert, and rivers in the steppe. The burning sands will become pools, and the thirsty ground, springs of water; The abode where jackals lurk will be a marsh for the reed and papyrus. A highway will be there, called the holy way; No one unclean may pass over it, nor fools go astray on it. No lion will be there, nor beast of prey go up to be met upon it. It is for those with a journey to make, and on it the redeemed will walk. Those whom the LORD has ransomed will return and enter Zion singing, crowned with everlasting joy; They will meet with joy and gladness, sorrow and mourning will flee. Responsorial Psalm Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 R. (Isaiah 35:4f) Our God will come to save us! I will hear what God proclaims; the LORD --for he proclaims peace to his people. Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him, glory dwelling in our land. R. Our God will come to save us! Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven. R. Our God will come to save us! The LORD himself will give his benefits; our land shall yield its increase. Justice shall walk before him,
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and salvation, along the way of his steps. R. Our God will come to save us! Lk 5:17-26 One day as Jesus was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there, and the power of the Lord was with him for healing. And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence. But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "As for you, your sins are forgiven." Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask themselves, "Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who but God alone can forgive sins?" Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply, "What are you thinking in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise and walk?' But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins?" he said to the one who was paralyzed, "I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home." He stood up immediately before them, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God. Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God, and, struck with awe, they said, "We have seen incredible things today."

12/4/11 (also see audio)ST BASIL, 9a FR FRANK m:"The beginning..many years ago, when I was in college..midst of cold war, threat of soviets, I studied poly scie, ..they didn't have freedom of press. When Stalin died..days before announcing his death..they used somber music ..mark
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reaches back into T, OTHER 2 start w genealogy..john not synoptic..even herod,was fascinated w jbap, jbap was a dynamic speaker, willingness to be diff.not just reject vil but embrace good, ..what is the goodness u. Going to do, reject past, embrace future, many of u remember the movie, great novel, re roman times parsec of Christians...Leviticus a roman soldier falls in love with a Christian lady, .wants to marry,her, ....1hat was this thing..he listened heard message, of forgiveness, of love, of change, carousing w other soldiers, he knew that would have to go, but also knew he had to embrace the good news of JC, AS WAS john saying I come as a symbol, willingness to change, corruption rot..throw..listen to one coming. grandeur so great, I don't havegodnes oto unstrap sandals, embrace whathes going topronouce, the coming of Christ, direction of eternal light, pointing way to jc ..he descents as Jesus ascends, ..come to salvation, ..manuscript pattern, lead us o to eternity father son spirit..all pointing to Christ crucified. .generosity of forgiveness"

Is 40:1-5, 9-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated; indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD double for all her sins. A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low; the rugged land shall be made a plain, the rough country, a broad valley. Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken. Go up on to a high mountain, Zion, herald of glad tidings; cry out at the top of your voice,
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Jerusalem, herald of good news! Fear not to cry out and say to the cities of Judah: Here is your God! Here comes with power the Lord GOD, who rules by his strong arm; here is his reward with him, his recompense before him. Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care. Responsorial Psalm Ps 85:9-10-11-12, 13-14 R. (8) Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation. I will hear what God proclaims; the LORD--for he proclaims peace to his people. Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him, glory dwelling in our land. R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation. Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven. R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation. The LORD himself will give his benefits; our land shall yield its increase. Justice shall walk before him, and prepare the way of his steps. R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation. Reading 2 2 Pt 3:8-14 Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard "delay," but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish
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but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar and the elements will be dissolved by fire, and the earth and everything done on it will be found out. Since everything is to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be, conducting yourselves in holiness and devotion, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved in flames and the elements melted by fire. But according to his promise we await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace. Gospel Mk 1:1-8 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert: "Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths." John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. People of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins. John was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He fed on locusts and wild honey. And this is what he proclaimed: "One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.
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I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

12/1/11 law mart 8a m: "Perfect gospel given the winds last night..thank god our rectory built well..in our hearts, we love to gamble, not sure why, but we can't bet or gamble w/ our salvation,..faith..such a slippery slope at times, esp. if u study theol.don't want to. Say anything that limits god, .u dont want to tell a person their image of god is messed up, but at same time...re salvation..we think we can....better to say sorry than ask for permission..young people playing with it..their actions dictate..they may want to say I'm a good person but, ..I do this or that, can u still say,, I wonder, person who commits small crimes, isn't salvation little more than, rshp must be a little deeper, u owe me salvation, u have to forgive me..play these mental games, but in end we trap ourselves..our god demands relationships, 7n ythe end I hope and pray I am more willing to give it than have it taken from me..not everyone who says lord lord will enter the kingdom...

Sjf 11/30/11 "from our viewpoint it was great that they followed Jesus.. but they were fishermen..left all their belongings..so how could they survive..it was a great decision, they became fishermen..bringing more people..were not called to be like them to leave everything & go far away..but practice the word daily, tell good news..lord called all of us.. 11/30/11 St law mart 12p "Andrew was actuakk5 the first pope not peter..strikes me they immediately followed..picture the scene for a moment..imagine the fr thinking..here they are they take off and he's left alone.zebedee ..wondering if he will ever see the two again..imagine more colorful things..as were preparing for m..time of ..to have him reborn..hearing confessions..mind re confessions of children..more I'm oppressed with when children want to go to mass..but r unable to..they've heard the call of Christ..I've never seen children come to mass on their own, to take a bus..remind parents..they can't go to mass unless they r taken to mass..words of Paul ring true..blessed r the feet r those who bring them the gospel, maybe at this mass today..maybe friends neighbors..don't judge them..remember others..parents take children to mass...

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11/29/11 Brendan"...the obsession w succession..Isaiah going to great lengths to show connection btw..and the line of David ..so we stop and reflect on how imp these ..imp of w

Sirach 44: 1, 10 - 15
1 Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers in their generations. 10 But these were men of mercy, whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten; 11 their prosperity will remain with their descendants, and their inheritance to their children's children. 12 Their descendants stand by the covenants; their children also, for their sake. 13 Their posterity will continue for ever, and their glory will not be blotted out.

Psalms 24: 1 - 6
1 The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein; 2 for he has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers. 3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully. 5 He will receive blessing from the LORD, and vindication from the God of his salvation. 6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. [Selah] 14 Their bodies were buried in peace, and their name lives to all generations. 15 Peoples will declare their wisdom, and the congregation proclaims their praise

Mark 10: 17 - 21
17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 18 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19 You know the commandments: `Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'" 20 And he said to him, "Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth." 21 And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." .

11/14/11 Polycarp, "Jesus, god knows what we wan..knows our situation..fact that we need pity from god, many times we really cant see ..amazing grace, .."saved a wretch"...written by
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john Newton, an Anglican pastor, who was rig a slave trader, during a voyage, he fell sick, storm, he prayed, ..saw the evilness of slave trading..after he became a pastor he preached against slavery, likewise in us there r things we can't see, ask god for grace to open our eyes" 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63 [From the descendants of Alexander's officers] there sprang a sinful offshoot, Antiochus Epiphanes, son of King Antiochus, once a hostage at Rome. He became king in the year one hundred and thirty seven of the kingdom of the Greeks. In those days there appeared in Israel men who were breakers of the law, and they seduced many people, saying: "Let us go and make an alliance with the Gentiles all around us; since we separated from them, many evils have come upon us." The proposal was agreeable; some from among the people promptly went to the king, and he authorized them to introduce the way of living of the Gentiles. Thereupon they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem according to the Gentile custom. They covered over the mark of their circumcision and abandoned the holy covenant; they allied themselves with the Gentiles and sold themselves to wrongdoing. Then the king wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people, each abandoning his particular customs. All the Gentiles conformed to the command of the king, and many children of Israel were in favor of his religion; they sacrificed to idols and profaned the Sabbath. On the fifteenth day of the month Chislev, in the year one hundred and forty-five, the king erected the horrible abomination upon the altar of burnt offerings and in the surrounding cities of Judah they built pagan altars. They also burned incense at the doors of the houses and in the streets. Any scrolls of the law which they found they tore up and burnt. Whoever was found with a scroll of the covenant, and whoever observed the law, was condemned to death by royal decree. But many in Israel were determined and resolved in their hearts not to eat anything unclean; they preferred to die rather than to be defiled with unclean food or to profane the holy covenant; and they did die. Terrible affliction was upon Israel. Responsorial Psalm Ps 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158 R. (see 88) Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands. Indignation seizes me because of the wicked
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who forsake your law. R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands. Though the snares of the wicked are twined about me, your law I have not forgotten. R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands. Redeem me from the oppression of men, that I may keep your precepts. Lk 18:35-43 "As Jesus approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging, and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." He shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!" The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me!" Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He replied, "Lord, please let me see." Jesus told him, "Have sight; your faith has saved you." He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God."

11/7/11 St corn There is a way..Jesus faces reality & says it is inevitable we will sin..not a new revelation, but a consolation..jess knows we can be hot & cold, absorb hat fact wo being undone, sin will inecit occur thru mw..dissxiplwa ask lord for faith, need to make up & forgive, for a person toonce com2 z7 say sorry, seven times same day, same infraction, more than we can endure,reqiesst for faith, genuine respect, incessant need for forgiveness

11/2/11 Fontana: "..yesterday we remembered all the saints..lord rcvd them..they r examples of disciples..today..we r btw two very important events..our birth..and ..we r on the road to eternal life .. 11/3/11 cblog JESUS CAME 2 CHANGE LIVES, ESPECIALLY SINNERS LIVE

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10/30/11 DISTURBING MESSAGE BY JAMIE KIM ...Jamie Kim was the guest preacher @ Holy Wave SaRang church on Sunday, October 30. He talked about Christians, including, or maybe specifically, the mostly well-to-do Korean-American congregation, being too comfortable, & seeking, as well as hanging on to, material things too much. His repeated theme was that we can't take material things with us, & as an example of how Christians should be, he gave the example of a missionary by the name of Jim Elliot (& 4 others) who willingly died for their faith. I agree that we have a generation of spoiled Christians, especially some of the immigrants whose new-found wealth is something they cherish perhaps above anything else, but the story of Jim Elliot & his 4 missionary companions is startling, even disturbing. Apparently they were in a rough part of Ecuador trying to reach a tribe known for being brutal to outsiders. In fact, the missionary headquarters knew how rough it was & therefore insisted that the five of them carry handguns. Also Jim was in radio contact with people outside the area just in case something happened. However, after they had been there a while, he told them that he thought they had made a positive point-of-contact with the tribe and not to worry if he didn't call them on the radio the next morning. However, he didn't call for the next several days and they sent a team to investigate & found all five missionaries had been killed. But the chilling thing is that none of them had used their guns to defend themselves, apparently Jim having told somebody (& had agreed with his fellow missionaries) that he would never kill one of these savages because they were not yet saved, while they already were. After the service I went online & found few stories about Jim Elliot (or "Philip James Elliot") which corroborates most of what Jamie Kim said. ".... The five missionaries had guns with them in their camp but they did not use them to fight the Indians. When the Auca men came toward them with their spears, they did not shoot back with their guns. They knew that if they would shoot the Indians, they could probably save their own lives. But then they would never be able to teach the Aucas about Jesus! So they chose to let themselves be killed, and let the Aucas have another chance to become Christians ..." http://www.crossroad.to/Victory/stories/missionary/11-auca.htm Also See http://www.christianheroes.com/people/christian_heroes_jim_elliot.asp "...His journal entry for October 28, 1949, expresses his belief that missions work was more important than his life. "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." (Wikipedia) Of course there are non-Christians & other secular groups who will try to place in doubt the heroics of the missionaries, & I found one such group who alleges that one of the Indians was, in fact, shot & killed, but others say it was the Indians own mother who caused it by hitting his arm when the missionaries were shooting up in the air, just to indicate they had guns, but were not going to use them (that's actually a relief to me to know that they at least tried to deter the Indians from killing them, even if not by self-defense or shooting at them). Others say nobody was shot,
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but that one of them died from a snake bite (its rather confusingly narrated). See http://www.akha.org/news/2006/jan/reportfromactivisthuaorani.html Recorded on: 10/30/11 12:22p Duration: 41:11

10/23/11 St irenarus "If we love god, everything else falls into place, ..respect life Sunday, last week, why somucheffort for life ? How sacred life is..when forces do things, small things that threaten the worth of human life, read news, see that life is becoming cheap, by cheap I mean more expendable, somets we hear a person gets killed to steal a few dollars, or recall seal beach salon, ona grander scale, 40,000 Mexicans killed in the drug war, ..list goes on, from our protect of life, thenwmmphasis moves to how live loving life, do we respect peoples feelings, it is possible "just get over it"at times but sometimes sh outraged by uncivil behavior, ..how r we unloving today, sometimes treat strangers better than those close to us ??? Stranger hasn't disappointed me yet, ..hw bt stranger is a friend we havent met yet, , ..as connected as we try to be, social networks, ..we r actually alienated, we need to be informed but viewer beware, ..sometimes exposed to more than we can handle,..why not good news told its not marketable, not good ratings, ..church for good news we turn..but even in the day of ;esus.the world & powers didn't want to hear the good news, Jesus makes phariseelook bad, bc he knows the spirit of the law, he cared abt the people, ..Jewish law..600 laws, ..they tried to trick Jesus, trip him up, we've heard these 2 great comms ..our way of loving..love god w all being and neighbor as self..deut & levit ..combng them wasn't new..what was so original ,, Jewish understanding of neighbor meant only fellow Jews ..but Jesus expanded it to included all people,,plus he expands love of god & love of neighbor as equals..how can we do this ? If we love god all else falls into place, ..sacredness of human life, people like u ^ me..love one another as much as we love god..in seminary ..studied image of god, imago deo, ...this comes fr genesis acct, ..rooting our sifnity on anything less, ..all of those not enough, safeguard our dignity, ..anythingbubased on love of god leads to distoerions of rshps, ..life bc cheap, lack of love takes over, ..if we r just biol ..we come to worship, encounter sacred body blood, u. Special, ..good wants to feed u spiritually, ..sounds simple love god, love neighbor..beautiful simplicity, ..one way to help all do better,,blv & never forget, every person..imago dei hard to be disrespectful..to others when remember they too r in imago deo, ..our duty as Christians,..act w love of god in hearts, .. Ex 22:20-26

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Thus says the LORD: "You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt. You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry. My wrath will flare up, and I will kill you with the sword; then your own wives will be widows, and your children orphans. "If you lend money to one of your poor neighbors among my people, you shall not act like an extortioner toward him by demanding interest from him. If you take your neighbor's cloak as a pledge, you shall return it to him before sunset; for this cloak of his is the only covering he has for his body. What else has he to sleep in? If he cries out to me, I will hear him; for I am compassionate." Responsorial Psalm Ps 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51 R. (2) I love you, Lord, my strength. I love you, O LORD, my strength, O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer. R. I love you, Lord, my strength. My God, my rock of refuge, my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold! Praised be the LORD, I exclaim, and I am safe from my enemies. R. I love you, Lord, my strength. The LORD lives and blessed be my rock! Extolled be God my savior. You who gave great victories to your king and showed kindness to your anointed. R. I love you, Lord, my strength. Reading 2 1 Thes 1:5c-10 Brothers and sisters: You know what sort of people we were among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, receiving the word in great affliction, with joy from the Holy Spirit,
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so that you became a model for all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth not only in Macedonia and in Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything. For they themselves openly declare about us what sort of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God and to await his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus, who delivers us from the coming wrath. Gospel Mt 22:34-40 When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He said to him, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."

10/23/11hol fam "First thank u for being patient..as u know we have Oktoberfest, ..parking..thanks for coming..and after mass, feel free to stay ..next week, deepen apprec of sacraments..anointing of sick instead of homily ..used to be 'extreme unction"...fear of this..when Jesus ascended he gave promise to be here to the end of time .. lords presence,..person receives spiritual & physi healing, thru god's grace working thru the spirit ..sin..spiritual sickness..some need grace to forget, .sacraments..ordinary signs. Lord used them to give grace,,his presence among us , ..gospel of mark, when he sent disciples to share good news, 143

incl cast out demons, ..this is the injunction, ..don't wait until last minute to call priest for sacrament ..when we have fear of death we project it on to others ..day bf my father died , ..I accept this pain as way of paying back to god for all the graces we recvd ..my mom survived heart surg, she still smokes & works, 80 yrs old, ..called her tita..in manila tita or tito ..last mass of day ..speakers outside..so many people, .."I never knew my pain had meaning" she said...redemptive value of suffering..

10/21/11 cat lab, fr Asian w/ att 530, m: 'Paul is my fav saint..great qualities in life of St pa..one of them honesty..honest enough to tell u & me.his,internal struggle..hear,paul describe his misery ..everybody ..when want to do good, evil is at hand.when he says that..I don't do the good I want but the evil I do not want..he cries out in frustration..who will deliver him...he has answer that Jesus our lord is one who delivers us ..if we have good sense to turn to Jesus so we can win ove,war v temptation, then we turn to Jesus re forgiveness..then we forget all..neglect ..reason why we fell..lose war v temptation..Jesus in gospel calls ...hypocrites ..a good sense often..when is ..re right & wrong..in today's complicated hectic world, we make complex decisions every day..not east to find answer..but Jesus tells us to use same intell n working out salvation..eat drink body blood..as we ..as he gave to St Paul..so that we may come to him, fight v tempt. we might be able to win the evil. Ins

Rom 7:18-25a Brothers and sisters: I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh. The willing is ready at hand, but doing the good is not. For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. So, then, I discover the principle that when I want to do right, evil is at hand. For I take delight in the law of God, in my inner self, but I see in my members another principle at war with the law of my mind, taking me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Miserable one that I am! Who will deliver me from this mortal body? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Responsorial Psalm Ps 119:66, 68, 76, 77, 93, 94 R. (68b) Lord, teach me your statutes. Teach me wisdom and knowledge, for in your commands I trust. R. Lord, teach me your statutes. You are good and bountiful; teach me your statutes. R. Lord, teach me your statutes. Let your kindness comfort me according to your promise to your servants. R. Lord, teach me your statutes. Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight. R. Lord, teach me your statutes. Never will I forget your precepts, for through them you give me life. R. Lord, teach me your statutes. I am yours; save me, for I have sought your precepts. R. Lord, teach me your statutes. Gospel Lk 12:54-59 Jesus said to the crowds, "When you see a cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain--and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot--and so it is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time? "Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate, make an effort to settle the matter on the way; otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the constable, and the constable throw you into prison. I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny."
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10/17/11 cblog FAITH Sjf m: "humans ..accumulate .n..material things..we r one comm. ..of faithful ...expect to make use. Of blessings ..life bit here forever .. Rom 4:20-25 Brothers and sisters: Abraham did not doubt God's promise in unbelief; rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God and was fully convinced that what God had promised he was also able to do. That is why it was credited to him as righteousness. But it was not for him alone that it was written that it was credited to him; it was also for us, to whom it will be credited, who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over for our transgressions and was raised for our justification. responsorial Psalm Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75 R. (see 68) Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people. He has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty savior, born of the house of his servant David. R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people. Lk 12:13-21 "Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me." He replied to him, "Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?"Then he said to the crowd, "Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions." Then he told them a parable. "There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, "What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?" And he said, "This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, "Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!"" But God said to him, "You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?"
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Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.

10/16/11. Basil m: Nothing wrong w money . Culture corruption . Golden calf. Non equitable society ...tax...rambling. ..re Bishop in Kansas .

10/16/11 cblog RAMBLING PRIEST DEFENDING KANSAS BISHOP St basil, fr rambler: .priest critical of Kansas Bishop charges..this priest rambles on & on...even critical of the arrest of the Bishop who failed to report the priest who he knew was a pedophile. . u would think he'd be happy, not defensive ...& he shouldn't be doing that here

Is 45:1, 4-6 Thus says the LORD to his anointed, Cyrus, whose right hand I grasp, subduing nations before him, and making kings run in his service, opening doors before him and leaving the gates unbarred: For the sake of Jacob, my servant, of Israel, my chosen one, I have called you by your name, giving you a title, though you knew me not. I am the LORD and there is no other, there is no God besides me. It is I who arm you, though you know me not, so that toward the rising and the setting of the sun people may know that there is none besides me. I am the LORD, there is no other. Responsorial Psalm Ps 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10 R. (7b) Give the Lord glory and honor. Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all you lands. Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his wondrous deeds. R. Give the Lord glory and honor.
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For great is the LORD and highly to be praised; awesome is he, beyond all gods. For all the gods of the nations are things of nought, but the LORD made the heavens. R. Give the Lord glory and honor. Give to the LORD, you families of nations, give to the LORD glory and praise; give to the LORD the glory due his name! Bring gifts, and enter his courts. R. Give the Lord glory and honor. Worship the LORD, in holy attire; tremble before him, all the earth; say among the nations: The LORD is king, he governs the peoples with equity. R. Give the Lord glory and honor. Reading 2 1 Thes 1:1-5b Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: grace to you and peace. We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father, knowing, brothers and sisters loved by God, how you were chosen. For our gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction. Mt 22:15-21 The Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech. They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone's opinion, for you do not regard a person's status. Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?" Knowing their malice, Jesus said, "Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax." Then they handed him the Roman coin.
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He said to them, "Whose image is this and whose inscription?" They replied, "Caesar's." At that he said to them, "Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God." [Manny Paquiao sat in the same row as me] 10/6/11 Christ the King (message on audio, scripture below) Wis 6:12-16 Resplendent and unfading is wisdom, and she is readily perceived by those who love her, and found by those who seek her. She hastens to make herself known in anticipation of their desire; Whoever watches for her at dawn shall not be disappointed, for he shall find her sitting by his gate. For taking thought of wisdom is the perfection of prudence, and whoever for her sake keeps vigil shall quickly be free from care; because she makes her own rounds, seeking those worthy of her, and graciously appears to them in the ways, and meets them with all solicitude. Responsorial Psalm Ps 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8R. (2b) My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God. O God, you are my God whom I seek; for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water. R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God. Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary to see your power and your glory, For your kindness is a greater good than life; my lips shall glorify you. 1 Thes 4:13-18We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself, with a word of command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, console one another with these words.
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or 1 Thes 4:13-14We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. Mt 25:1-13 "Jesus told his disciples this parable: "The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight, there was a cry, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise ones replied, 'No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.' While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked. Afterwards the other virgins came and said, 'Lord, Lord, open the door for us!' But he said in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.' Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour." Recorded on: 11/6/11 8:45a Duration: 06:48

10/2/11 say yes lord ...Sheila: not a miracle u can't perform...u have provided again & again...man said I need a coat ..its getting cold..but there was no coat ..lady asked for clothes for interview..didn't have any..ran home..dug thru closet, son's closet ..& thank all of u ..you r always so responsive ..nov 5, ministry commitment celebration ..family friendly..bring your children..celebrate the amazing things god is doing here..chance to say thanks ..miracles ..lives r being transformed ..intro to you a church member..wait 'til u hear..Debbie bonilla ..here u stand
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..its been a journey..your mom..she needed a driver ...featured in 7 PRAYERS GOD ALWAYS ANSWERS. ...I was going thru severe depression..social drinking..then used it to medicate myself ..celebrating 18 mos sobriety .once I got help & accepted Jesus Christ as lord ..took classes..people helped every step of the way ....& u helped w/ harvest crusade..now taking classes in southern cal school of ministry ..

Is 5:1-7 Let me now sing of my friend, my friend's song concerning his vineyard. My friend had a vineyard on a fertile hillside; he spaded it, cleared it of stones, and planted the choicest vines; within it he built a watchtower, and hewed out a wine press. Then he looked for the crop of grapes, but what it yielded was wild grapes. Now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard: What more was there to do for my vineyard that I had not done? Why, when I looked for the crop of grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes? Now, I will let you know what I mean to do with my vineyard: take away its hedge, give it to grazing, break through its wall, let it be trampled! Yes, I will make it a ruin: it shall not be pruned or hoed, but overgrown with thorns and briers; I will command the clouds not to send rain upon it. The vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his cherished plant; he looked for judgment, but see, bloodshed! for justice, but hark, the outcry! Responsorial Psalm Ps 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20 R. (Is 5:7a) The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel. A vine from Egypt you transplanted; you drove away the nations and planted it.
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It put forth its foliage to the Sea, its shoots as far as the River. R. The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel. Why have you broken down its walls, so that every passer-by plucks its fruit, The boar from the forest lays it waste, and the beasts of the field feed upon it? R. The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel. Once again, O LORD of hosts, look down from heaven, and see; take care of this vine, and protect what your right hand has planted the son of man whom you yourself made strong. R. The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel. Then we will no more withdraw from you; give us new life, and we will call upon your name. O LORD, God of hosts, restore us; if your face shine upon us, then we shall be saved. R. The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel. Reading 2 Phil 4:6-9 Brothers and sisters: Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you. Gospel Mt 21:33-43 Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: "Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower.
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Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey. When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned. Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones, but they treated them in the same way. Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, 'They will respect my son.' But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.' They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?" They answered him, "He will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times." Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes? Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit."

10/9/11 St irenarus "I can do all things .." ..share w/ u some reflections ..the scr often can lift our spirits & give us hope..Paul makes claims "all things possible" as an instrument to claim good news to gentiles ..Paul knew since god chose him for this noble task, god will also provide what was necc to do so ..Paul called on god for power & was never disappointed ...this applies to each one of us who was baptized ..like St Paul, god has given each one of us A special role in life ..& god will give us the strength to meet life's challenges w/ joy & confidence..spiritual exercise...3 days..commit ch4.13 to memory..let this word simmer in your hearts & minds for 3 days..identify those situations in which the verse is true for u ..I can do anything in him who strengthens me ..person wrestling w/ tempt to medit on this verse to avoid sin..as your patience grows thin..say I can do anything thru him who strengthens me ..similarly..person feeling frightened ,discouraged. For cancer treatment can repeat this....will give hope..attending mass is appropriate time to thank god ..when u return here next sun u can pray this prayer of thanksgiving..helping u to realize god never gives a burden that we can't meet ..next week feel power & love of god in your life ..3 days pray this 10/6/11 St. Brendan "we r coming to the end of church year..we talk abt the wedding feast..wonderful events..kings & queens marry off...everybody gets invited, even the poor get
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to see some of the procession, its a wonderful time, but not always perfect, ..maybe old uncle harry..cousin, but their family..in this story bridegroom was late..point is to be prepared..we've lost some of the context in transl to English...to better understand..."the good of all his holy church"..how am I making church holy,, Wis 6:12-16 Resplendent and unfading is wisdom, and she is readily perceived by those who love her, and found by those who seek her. She hastens to make herself known in anticipation of their desire; Whoever watches for her at dawn shall not be disappointed, for he shall find her sitting by his gate. For taking thought of wisdom is the perfection of prudence, and whoever for her sake keeps vigil shall quickly be free from care; because she makes her own rounds, seeking those worthy of her, and graciously appears to them in the ways, and meets them with all solicitude. Responsorial Psalm Ps 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8R. (2b) My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God. O God, you are my God whom I seek; for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water. R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God. Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary to see your power and your glory, For your kindness is a greater good than life; my lips shall glorify you. R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God. Thus will I bless you while I live; lifting up my hands, I will call upon your name. As with the riches of a banquet shall my soul be satisfied, and with exultant lips my mouth shall praise you. R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God. I will remember you upon my couch, and through the night-watches I will meditate on you: You are my help, and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy. R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God. 1 Thes 4:13-18We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself, with a word of command,
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with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, console one another with these words. or 1 Thes 4:13-14We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. Mt 25:1-13Jesus told his disciples this parable: "The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight, there was a cry, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise ones replied, 'No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.' While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked. Afterwards the other virgins came and said, 'Lord, Lord, open the door for us!' But he said in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.' Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour." 9/26/11. "Physicians who refused pay for their services..didn't wait for those w appt ..but went
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looking for people..tried to do what Jesus did..traitors..Christians were considered traitors..their martyrdom..not that they gave up their lives but gave their lives..our call too Zec 8:1-8 This word of the LORD of hosts came: Thus says the LORD of hosts: I am intensely jealous for Zion, stirred to jealous wrath for her. Thus says the LORD: I will return to Zion, and I will dwell within Jerusalem; Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the LORD of hosts, the holy mountain. Thus says the LORD of hosts: Old men and old women, each with staff in hand because of old age, shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem. The city shall be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets. Thus says the LORD of hosts: Even if this should seem impossible in the eyes of the remnant of this people, shall it in those days be impossible in my eyes also, says the LORD of hosts? Thus says the LORD of hosts: Lo, I will rescue my people from the land of the rising sun, and from the land of the setting sun. I will bring them back to dwell within Jerusalem. They shall be my people, and I will be their God, with faithfulness and justice. Responsorial Psalm Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23 R. (17) The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory. The nations shall revere your name, O LORD, and all the kings of the earth your glory, When the LORD has rebuilt Zion and appeared in his glory; When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute, and not despised their prayer. R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory. Let this be written for the generation to come, and let his future creatures praise the LORD:
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"The LORD looked down from his holy height, from heaven he beheld the earth, To hear the groaning of the prisoners, to release those doomed to die." R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory. The children of your servants shall abide, and their posterity shall continue in your presence. That the name of the LORD may be declared in Zion; and his praise, in Jerusalem, When the peoples gather together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD. R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory. Gospel Lk 9:46-50 An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest. Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed it by his side and said to them, "Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest." Then John said in reply, "Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow in our company." Jesus said to him, "Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you."

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