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  • Palm Sunday

    Posted Apr 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, Palm Sunday) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, an...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Apr 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Blessed Margaret of Castello Bl. Margaret of Castello (1287–1320) was born to noble Italian parents who were awaiting the birth of the child of their dreams. Instead, they bore a daughter who was blind, dwarfed, lame, and hunchba...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you ar...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 5th of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 11,45-56): Many of the Jews who had come with Mary believed in Jesus when they saw what He did; but some went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees called the Sa...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 13 2019   « April 12  |  April 14 » Saturday of the Fifth Week of LentLectionary: 256 Reading 1 Ez 37:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD:I will ...

  • People

    Posted Apr 12 by Gary V.

    People can be rude, crude, unprofessional, deceiving, clever, not so cleaver People can hurt your feelings, be crass, scornful People can sometimes be nice, polite, understanding, loving, caring People bother me sometimes. Even my sisters can upset me, especially when it comes to asking for finan...

  • Palm Sunday

    Posted Apr 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 12, 2019 Palm Sunday: Isolation & Innocence Gayle Somers “Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel. Hosanna in the highest!” (Mt 21:9) Gospel (Read Lk 22:14-23:56) On Palm Sunday, Catholics all over the globe, in...

  • Let Holy Week Prepare Us for Easter

    Posted Apr 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 12, 2019 Let Holy Week Prepare Us for Easter Joy Maria Augusta Von Trapp The liturgy follows Christ’s life step by step. During the Christmas season, we learn of the birth in the stable, the adoration of the shepherds, the slaughter of the innocents, the flight into Egypt, the ado...

  • The Signs and Mystery of Holy Week

    Posted Apr 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 12, 2019 The Signs and Mystery of Holy Week David La Mar “Why is this night different from all other nights?” is a question asked at the Pesach Haggadah, the Jewish Passover meal, by the youngest at the table capable of asking the question. Christians ask a similar question ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

      The Radical Secret Of The Garden Tomb   Friday, April 12, 2019   The Garden Tomb... did you ever realize how strange, unique, contradictory, and radical it is? What’s a Garden? A place where life begins. What’s a Tomb? A place where life ends. So what&rsqu...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Apr 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Just for You by Max Lucado   Behold the sun! Every square yard of it is constantly emitting 130,000 horsepower, the equivalent of 450 eight-cylinder car engines. Consider the earth! Our globe’s weight is estimated at six sextillion tons—that’s a six with 21 z...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:26 A Time to Think Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. –Emory Austin, moti...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Apr 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   You overcame all of the evil in this world.   You overcame all temptations and You overcame death itself.   When I look at the world around me, I see injustice and evil, but in the end, You will p...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Apr 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Teresa of the Andes St. Teresa of Jesus (1900 - 1920), also known as St. Teresa of the Andes, was born in Chile to an upper class family. She was a pious child with a profound spirituality and a deep devotion to Jesus and Mary. Yet s...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from thi...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 5th of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 10,31-42): The Jews then picked up stones to throw at him; so Jesus said, «I have openly done many good works among you which the Father gave me to do. For which of these do you stone me?». The Jews answe...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 12 2019   « April 11  |  April 13 » Friday of the Fifth Week of LentLectionary: 255 Reading 1 Jer 20:10-13 I hear the whisperings of many:...

  • Before Casting the Stone at Others

    Posted Apr 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 11, 2019 Before Casting the Stone at Others Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV When I once asked a congregation the first thing that came to their mind when I mentioned the name King David, someone answered, “David and Bathsheba.” David did so many good and great things in his life. He...

  • Prepare for Easter By Embracing the Cross

    Posted Apr 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 11, 2019 Prepare for Easter By Embracing the Cross Constance T. Hull In a few days, Holy Week will begin. This coming Sunday, as we celebrate Our Lord’s entry into Jerusalem, we will come face-to-face with His Passion in the Gospel reading. We will once more walk the path to Golgo...

  • Life Becomes Easier

    Posted Apr 11 by Tony Villari

    Many of us have experienced wanting "the apology you never got."  We tend to let it go because the offense wasn't really worth dwelling over.  Often times, not getting an apology was everything we expected from the person owing us one, and it speaks volumes about who they are.  A...

  • Responsibility for Happiness

    Posted Apr 11 by Tony Villari

    "I can't be responsible for everybody else's happiness."  The author of this quote isn't anonymous to me, but I know he would appreciate not being assigned to this quote.  He had a valid point though.  Everyone seemed to expect him to make their miserable lives easier o...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Apr 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jesus' Burialby Max Lucado When Pilate learned that Jesus was dead, he asked the soldiers if they were certain. They were. Had they seen the Nazarene twitch, had they heard even one moan, they would have broken his legs to speed his end. But there was no need. The thrust of a spear removed all doub...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

      The Fruit Of Adam And Messiah   Thursday, April 11, 2019   In Genesis, we read of the fall of man. It centered on the partaking of the forbidden fruit. All sin comes from this act- the partaking of the fruit. What about redemption? Before He gave His life to bring red...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Cease striving and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 NAS A Time to Think The tendency of the world is down – God's path is up. —Dwight L Moody A Time to Act Be assured ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Cease striving and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 NAS A Time to Think The tendency of the world is down – God's path is up. —Dwight L Moody A Time to Act Be assured ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Apr 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   My soul exalts You.   My Lord Jesus, I want to abide in You, Thank You for abiding in me...   Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear the fruit of itself, unless it abides i...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Apr 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Gemma Galgani St. Gemma Galgani (1878-1903) was born in Italy, the fifth of eight children born to a prosperous pharmacist. When she was young, Gemma's mother and three of her siblings died of tuberculous. When she was 18 her ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Verse of the Day "Surely there is no one on earth so righteous as to do good without ever sinning. Do not give heed to everything that people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you; your heart knows that many times you have yourself cursed others." Ecclesiastes 7:20-21 ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 5th of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 8,51-59): Jesus said to the Jews, «Truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never experience death». The Jews replied, «Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died and the prophet...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 11 2019   « April 10  |  April 12 » Thursday of the Fifth Week of LentLectionary: 254 Reading 1 Gn 17:3-9 When Abram prostrated himself, G...

  • Meditations

    Posted Apr 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "We must beg God constantly in our prayers to uphold us by His hand; we should keep ever in our minds the truth that if He leaves us, most certainly we shall fall at once into the abyss, for we must never be so foolish as to trust in ourselves. Af...

  • John Stamos Posts Precious Childhood Prayer

    Posted Apr 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    This is such a great example of childhood innocence and simplicity! Actor John Stamos posted a handwritten prayer that his mother supposedly saved from his childhood. Stamos is most well-known for his work playing Jessie on the1980s/1990s sitcom, Full House. Here is a photo of the prayer: ...

  • What Is The Sign of the Cross?

    Posted Apr 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    What Is the Sign of the Cross? St. Francis de Sales The Sign of the Cross is a Christian ceremony that represents the Passion of our Lord by tracing the shape of the Cross with a simple motion. It is a ceremony, I say, and here is what is meant by that term. A skillful manager assigns to ea...

  • How Can We Restore Reverence In Society?

    Posted Apr 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 10, 2019 How Can We Restore Reverence in Society? Jeannie Ewing “Reverence…is a strange word, this combination of fear and honor: fear which honors; honor which is pervaded by fear.” – Romano Guardini, Learning the Virtues, p. 57 Reverence Involves Fear of...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Apr 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Bademus St. Bademus (d. 376 A.D.) was a wealthy and noble citizen of Bethlapeta in Persia. Desiring to give himself completely to God, he gave away his wealth and founded a monastery where he led a life of prayer and austerity. His s...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Apr 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    What We Do to Himby Max Lucado How we treat others is how we treat Jesus. The soldiers bowed before Jesus, making fun of him, saying ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ They spat on Jesus. They began to beat him on the head. Then they led him away to be crucified.” (Mark 15:18-19). The so...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

      The Zeroah Of Israel’s Gathering   Wednesday, April 10, 2019   In Ezekiel 20, it’s written, “I will bring you out from the nations and will gather you out of the nations from which you are scattered… with an extended arm, and with fury poured ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection You will surely forget your trouble. Job 11:16 A Time to Think You are valuable because you exist. Not because of what you do or what you have done, but simply because you are. –...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Apr 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   You fill and bless all areas of my life.   Even in the darkest parts of my heart, Your presence brings light, hope, and redemption.   Lord, protect me from the lies the enemy tells me. ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 5th of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 8,51-59): Jesus said to the Jews, «Truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never experience death». The Jews replied, «Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died and the prophet...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 10 2019   « April 9  |  April 11 » Wednesday of the Fifth Week of LentLectionary: 253 Reading 1 Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 King Nebuchadnezzar ...

  • Je Ne Sais Quoi

    Posted Apr 9 by Tony Villari

    Describe God.  A simple two-word request?  Can you describe God adequately?  Is God really male, or is God both genders?  God knew Adam required a wife, so did God also have a wife, as some evidence would have us believe?  Is God omnipotent or impotent?  Take a moment a...

  • The Final Say on Unholy Marriages

    Posted Apr 9 by Joseph Esquivel

    Same Sex Marriage God’s Word: "Not in My World"             Let is understand that God has the final say on the legitimacy of same sex marriages performed in churches. Knowing this as truth in our knowledge of God, we must understand that an...

  • A feeling of disbelief from the loneliness person in the world.

    Posted Apr 9 by Gary V.

    WHEN WE ARE CHILDREN, WE WANT TO PLAY HOUSE AND DRESS UP LIKE ADULTS. MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND I HAD A MUSICAL GROUP AND PLAYED CHURCH MASS. SOME ADULTS WANT TO BE A KID AGAIN- ELTON JOHN DID...IN A SONG OF HIS. WOULD FORTUNE AND FAME BE THE DECIDING FACTOR TO BE THE HAPPY ONE? WILL YOU EVER ...

  • 15 Ways Jesus Christ Suffered In Love

    Posted Apr 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 9, 2019 Fifteen Ways Jesus Christ Suffered in Love Fr. Ed Broom, OMV Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen comments on the many names and titles that we can give for Jesus. Jesus is often called the Way, the Truth, the Life, the Bread of Life, and the Living Water. He also might be calle...

  • Hannah & Waiting on God's April 9, 2019 Hannah & Waiting on God

    Posted Apr 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 9, 2019 Hannah & Waiting on God’s Gift of Children Éline Landon Reflect on 1 Sam. 1:7–18 So it went on year by year; as often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat. And Elkanah, her husband, sai...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Apr 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Deeds of Kindness by Max Lucado “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16   In the final days of Jesus’ life, he shared a meal with his friends Lazarus, Martha, and M...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    There Is No Country Tuesday, April 9, 2019 At the end of the Civil War, the Southern Confederate general, Robert E. Lee, was being pursued by the Union general, Ulysses S. Grant. Lee told his associate he could not surrender his country, meaning the Confederacy. The associate replied, &l...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10   A Time to Think God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which He must work. Only to know th...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Apr 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Thank You for the trees and flowers that bud, blossom, and bloom in the sunshine.   I praise You for this season that brings new life.   Please bring new life and passion into my heart.  ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Apr 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Bl. Katarzyna Celestyna Faron Bl. Katarzyna Celestyna (Catherine Celestine) Faron (1913-1944) was born in Zabrzez, Poland. At the age of five she was orphaned and raised by pious, childless relatives. Desiring the religious life, she ent...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ... For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen. Romans 9:33,36  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 5th of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 8,21-30): Jesus said to the Pharisees, «I am going away, and though you look for me, you will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come». The Jews wondered, «Why does he say that we can't c...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 9 2019   « April 8  |  April 10 » Tuesday of the Fifth Week of LentLectionary: 252 Reading 1 Nm 21:4-9 From Mount Hor the children of Isra...

  • Meditations

    Posted Apr 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "We may have become careless in being faithful to our spiritual commitments such as attendance at daily Mass, our daily time of prayer, spiritual reading, and so on. Or we may have become careless in valuing the gifts God gives us, or in rejecting...

  • Bachelor- tired of retirement- for hire.....

    Posted Apr 8 by Gary V.

    For those of you here who have gotten to know me...you... Might recall that I have been a mite restless as of late... I have not worked a real job since 2010. And of course, I have been struggling.... Spent a few years taking care of my dad who developed vascular dementia, and that was cool. He p...

  • The Rasing of Lazarus Assures Us of Eternity

    Posted Apr 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 8, 2019 The Raising of Lazarus Assures us of Eternity Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet Jesus nears Jerusalem. He is already at Bethany, a village at the foot of the Mount of Olives. His death nears, and what he does to prepare us for it is miraculous: He raises Lazarus from the dead. Jes...

  • The Prodigal Son, The Father & the Rest of Us

    Posted Apr 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 8, 2019 The Prodigal Son, the Father, & the Rest of Us Dustin Siggins In last Sunday’s reading, Jesus reminded Catholics of God’s magnanimity. The Prodigal Son story showed God’s love and care for all who turn from sin and towards Him. Each of us has been or will be t...

  • Obeying God Is About Much More Than Duty

    Posted Apr 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 8, 2019 Obeying God Is About Much More Than Duty Stephen Beale It is easy to think of obedience as submission to authority, as something we do out of duty. There is truth in this, but obedience to God is about much more. Archbishop Luis Martinez explains why in his classic The Sanctif...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Romans 5:8 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Messiah died for us.   Tree of Life Version (TLV) Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright &cop...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Apr 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Simon from Cyrene Carries Jesus' Cross by Max Lucado   “A man named Simon from Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was coming from the fields to the city. The soldiers forced Simon to carry the cross for Jesus” (Mark 15:21)   Simon grumbles ben...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Marriage Bed & The Sexualized Culture Monday, April 8, 2019 Modern culture is inundated with sexuality. Sexuality permeates television, film, music, magazines, commercials, the internet - every facet of modern media. Our culture is sexualized. Sexuality has always been part of life, ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8   A Time to Think Worry often gives a small thing a great shadow. –Swedish proverb   A Time to Act Focus not on your fears b...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Apr 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Your perfect love for me "keeps no record of wrongs." 1 Corinthians 13:5   You have cleansed me of all my sins even though I am so undeserving.   Thank You for Your forgiveness.   ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...