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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

True Ministry

1 But, as a help to you, we exhort you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says: “In a favorable time, I heeded you; and on the day of salvation, I helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 3 May we never give offence to anyone, so that our ministry may not be disparaged. 4 But in all things, let us exhibit ourselves as ministers of God with great patience: through tribulation, difficulties, and distress; 5 despite wounds, imprisonment, and rebellion; with hard work, vigilance, and fasting; 6 by chastity, knowledge, and longsuffering; in pleasantness, in the Holy Spirit, and in unfeigned charity; 7 with the Word of truth, with the power of God, and with the armor of justice to the right and to the left; 8 through honor and dishonor, despite good reports and bad, whether seen as deceivers or truth-tellers, whether ignored or acknowledged; 9 as if dying and yet truly alive; as if chastised and yet not subdued; 10 as if sorrowful and yet always rejoicing; as if needy and yet enriching many; as if having nothing and possessing everything. 11 Our mouth is open to you, O Corinthians; our heart is enlarged. 12 You are not narrowed by us, but it is by your own inner selves that you are narrowed.
2 Corinthians 6:1-12

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Universal Call to Holiness

Religious communities  dedicate themselves to living the evangelical counsels of poverty, obedience and chastity in a community that practices these counsels in their unique way. They are neither lay nor clergy, although some religious communities have ordained ministers (clergy) living in these communities.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Submission Does not Mean Inferiority

Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. Wives should be submissive to their husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the Church. He is the Savior of his body. Therefore, just as the Church is subject to Christ, so also should wives be subject to their husbands in all things. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church and handed himself over for her, so that he might sanctify her, washing her clean by water and the Word of life, so that he might offer her to himself as a glorious Church, not having any spot or wrinkle or any such thing, so that she would be holy and immaculate. So too, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
Ephesians 5:21-28

Monday, May 21, 2018

Everyone's Vocation: Holiness

Fathers and mothers of families, those who are godparents through Baptism, and in particular those members of the laity who collaborate with the ecclesiastical hierarchy in spreading the Kingdom of the Divine Redeemer occupy an honorable, if often a lowly, place in the Christian community, and even they under the impulse of God and with His help, can reach the heights of supreme holiness, which, Jesus Christ has promised, will never be wanting to the Church.Mystical Body of Christ (Pope Pius XII)

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Confirmation: Strengthening the Gift of the Holy Spirit

Now, when the apostles, who were in Jerusalem, had heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John. And when they had arrived, they prayed for them, so that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For he had not as yet come to any of them, since they were only baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them: and they received the Holy Spirit.
Acts 8:14-17

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The World Needs God

The oath that he swore to Abraham our father, that he would grant to us, so that, having been freed from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him without fear, in holiness and justice before him, throughout all our days.
Luke 1:73-75