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  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Aug 4 by Arch 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 Aug 4 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. John Vianney (Cure of Ars) St. John Vianney (1786–1859) was born in France to a farming family, one of six children of devout Catholic parents. He was baptized on the day of his birth. When he was four years old the French Re...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Aug 4 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” John 20:29  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Aug 4 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 18th (C) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 12,13-21): Someone in the crowd spoke to Jesus, «Master, tell my brother to share with me the family inheritance». He replied, «My friend, who has appointed me as your judge or your at...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Aug 4 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   August 4 2019   « August 3  |  August 5 » Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 114 Reading 1 Ecc 1:2; 2:21-23 Vanity of vanities, says ...

  • Meditations

    Posted Aug 4 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Jesus Christ could have appeared among us, radiant with joy and encompassed by divine splendor, amidst the glitter and pomp of His sovereign majesty. He deemed it more worthy of His glory and more profitable to the salvation of men, to show Himse...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Aug 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Perfect Love by Max Lucado   Isn’t it good to know that even when we don’t love with a perfect love, he does? God always nourishes what is right. He always applauds what is right. He has never done wrong, led one person to do wrong, or rejoiced when anyone did wrong...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Aug 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. 1 Peter 5:7   A Time to Think You will find it is necessary to let things go, simply for the reason that they are too ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Aug 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   You are the Potter; I am the clay...   “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are y...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Aug 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!" Jeremiah 18:6

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Aug 3 by Arch 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 Aug 3 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time) 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,  ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Aug 3 by Arch 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 Aug 3 by Arch 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 Aug 3 by Arch 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 Aug 3 by Arch 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 Aug 3 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Lydia Purpuraria St. Lydia Purpuraria, also called Lydia of Thyatira (1st. c), was a pious and wealthy woman involved in the textile trade in Philippi, Macedonia. She and her husband manufactured and traded in the lucrative business ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Aug 3 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand." Isaiah 41:10  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Aug 3 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 17th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 14,1-12): On one occasion the news about Jesus reached King Herod. And he said to his servants, «This man is John the Baptist. John has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Aug 3 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   August 3 2019   « August 2  |  August 4 » Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 406 Reading 1 Lv 25:1, 8-17 The LORD said...

  • Equally Terrifying

    Posted Aug 2 by Tony Villari

    No.  I don't think we're alone in the universe, but I have to disagree with the best-selling author, Dan Brown, when he wrote, "Any life-form advanced enough to travel light-years through interstellar space would have nothing to learn by probing the rectums of farmers in Kansas."  Wel...

  • The Root of All Evil?

    Posted Aug 2 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    August 2, 2019 The Root of All Evil? Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. In his space trilogy, C.S. Lewis called him ‘the Bent one.” That is really an apt name for the one the Bible is calls “Satan” or the Accuser. The perverse choice he made to serve himself rather than his ...

  • Be Rich in What Matters to God

    Posted Aug 2 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    August 2, 2019 Be Rich in What Matters to God Gayle Somers A man wants Jesus to settle a family squabble but finds his problem is much bigger than getting his share of an inheritance. Gospel (Read Lk 12:13-21) It’s always a little surprising to see someone in a Gospel story tell Jesus...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Aug 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Take Every Thought Captive by Max Lucado   Today’s thoughts are tomorrow’s actions. Today’s jealousy is tomorrow’s temper tantrum. Today’s bigotry is tomorrow’s hate crime. Today’s anger is tomorrow’s abuse. T...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Aug 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Jewish People & The Sabbath Mystery Friday, August 2, 2019 Here is a mystery concerning the Sabbath. The Sabbath is the appointed Holy day that the Jewish people gather on to honor God. It doesn’t come at the beginning of the week – or in the middle of the week. The Sabba...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Aug 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV) ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Aug 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook the rocks split. Matthew 27:50-51   Dear Lord ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Aug 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook the rocks split. Matthew 27:50-51

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Aug 2 by Arch 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 Aug 2 by Arch 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 Aug 2 by Arch 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 Aug 2 by Arch 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 Aug 2 by Arch 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 Aug 2 by Arch 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 Aug 2 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Blessed Jane of Aza Blessed Jane of Aza (12th c.), also known as Joanna or Juana of Aza, belonged to the Spanish nobility. At a young age she married a nobleman and together they had five children. She was a pious woman known for her lif...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Aug 2 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Aug 2 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 17th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 13,54-58): Jesus went to his hometown and taught the people in their synagogue. They were amazed and said, «Where did He get this wisdom and these special powers? Isn't He the carpenter's son? Isn't M...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Aug 2 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   August 2 2019   « August 1  |  August 3 » Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 405 Reading 1 Lv 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-...

  • 5 Facts to Ignore Before Accusing Catholics of "Mary Worship"

    Posted Aug 1 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    August 1, 2019 5 Facts to Ignore Before Accusing Catholics of “Mary Worship” Gary Zimak I love the Blessed Mother! There…I said it and I’m glad I did! As a Catholic, I’m so blessed to be a member of the Church that truly honors and respects the Mother of my Lord...

  • The "Un-hefted August 1, 2019 The “Un-hefted” Vanishing Flock K

    Posted Aug 1 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    August 1, 2019 The “Un-hefted” Vanishing Flock Kevin Wells When Irishman Declan Dinneny spoke, I caught every fifth word. His voice came in a wild chorus of undulated high pitches that crescendoed when he spoke of something important, like maybe a heifer who’d miscarried tha...

  • Devotion of the Month

    Posted Aug 1 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Devotion of the Month Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary The Church dedicates the month of August to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is a dogma of the Catholic faith that Mary is the Immaculate Conception; that is, in preparation for the Incar...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Aug 1 by Arch 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 Aug 1 by Arch 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 Aug 1 by Arch 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 Aug 1 by Arch 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 Aug 1 by Arch 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 Aug 1 by Arch 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 Aug 1 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Alphonsus Liguori St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696–1787) was born near Naples, the eldest of eight children of a noble family. He became a lawyer after receiving doctorates in canon and civil law at the age of 16. For many ye...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Aug 1 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve . . . but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Aug 1 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 17th in Ordinary Time View saints August 1st: St. Alphonsus Marie Liguori, bishop and doctor of the Church View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 13,47-53): Jesus said to his disciples, «Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a big fishing net let down into th...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Aug 1 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   August 1 2019   « July 31  |  August 2 » Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the ChurchLectionary: 404 Reading 1 Ex 40:16-2...

  • Unlike Us, Jesus Truly Knows the Hearts of Others

    Posted Jul 31 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    July 31, 2019 Unlike Us, Jesus Truly Knows the Hearts of Others Fr. John R.P. Russell Jesus knew what the scribes were thinking (Matt 9:4). He knows what we’re thinking too. He knows everything. There are no absences in the omniscience of God. This is not true of any of his creatures &...

  • Hope & Conversion Belong Together

    Posted Jul 31 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    July 31, 2019 Hope & Conversion Belong Together Derek Rotty Burt Bacharach sings a wonderful little song telling us that “love, sweet love” is what the world needs now.  While the world certainly does need more love, more charity, at every moment, we must also realize that th...

  • "Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock':

    Posted Jul 31 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    July 31, 2019 ‘Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock’: Christ’s Desire for Us Stephen Beale Revelation 3:20 paints an enduring image of what it’s like when Christ comes to our hearts. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jul 31 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Focus on the Task at Hand by Max Lucado   Life is tough enough as it is. It’s even tougher when we’re headed in the wrong direction.   One of the incredible abilities of Jesus was to stay on target. His life never got off track. Not once do we find h...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jul 31 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Sinking And The Rising Wednesday, July 31, 2019 Some years back, the director of “The Titanic” called a press conference announcing a discovery that was supposed to shake the world and disprove the Gospel. What was it? The discovery of the “real tomb” of Jesus...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jul 31 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2   A Time to Think Faith is the belie...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jul 31 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Mighty God,   You are mighty to save...   “I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.” Isaiah 63:1   I know You are mighty to do all things.   Please be mighty to guide...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 31 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jul 31 by Arch 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 Jul 31 by Arch 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 Jul 31 by Arch 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 Jul 31 by Arch 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 Jul 31 by Arch 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 Jul 31 by Arch 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 Jul 31 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Ignatius of Loyola St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) was born at the castle of Loyola in Basque country, Spain, the youngest of thirteen children. In keeping with the young aristocrats of his day, Ignatius sought after military pr...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 31 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For who is God except the Lord? And who is a rock besides our God?— the God who girded me with strength, and made my way safe. He made my feet like the feet of a deer, and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jul 31 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 17th in Ordinary Time View saints July 31st: St. Ignatius of Loyola View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 13,44-46): Jesus said to the crowds, «The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. The one who finds it buries it again; and so happy i...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jul 31 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 31 2019   « July 30  |  August 1 » Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, PriestLectionary: 403 Reading 1 Ex 34:29-35 As Moses came down fro...

  • Do you have to make mine?

    Posted Jul 30 by Aaron Rabin

    What governs our thoughts and draws the boundaries of our expression? My dad wasn’t a giant of a man, standing 5'5" if my memory serves me correctly, however, when my dad walked into a room, he had a presence that could not be denied. Many things from my younger days have faded yet my dad'...

  • We shout Jesus's Gospel

    Posted Jul 30 by Joseph Esquivel

    We Have a Voice Let it Be Heard I have been using this site and Facebook as a base of operation to spread Jesus Christs thoughts on todays political problems. Yes! Political no one wants to become a part of the politics in our country it's not our place most say. But when you have such egregious be...

  • Just a Pawn?

    Posted Jul 30 by Aaron Rabin

    The King, the most important of them all, hardly ever moves from his spot and even though he may move in any direction, he only moves one space at a time.   The Pawn, if he chooses to, may move forward two squares on his first move, after that, he can only move forward one space at...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jul 30 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Honor God in Your Work by Max Lucado   Heaven’s calendar has seven Sundays a week. God sanctifies each day. He conducts holy business at all hours and in all places. He uncommons the common by turning kitchen sinks into shrines, cafés into convents, and nine-to-fi...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jul 30 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Everything is possible for him who believes. Mark 9:23 A Time to Think Go where your best prayers take you. –Frederick Buechner, writer A Time to Act Think prosperity, abun...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jul 30 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Untrembling Hand Tuesday, July 30, 2019 The Emancipation Proclamation officially abolished slavery in the South. It was brought to Abraham Lincoln’s desk on January 1, 1863. Lincoln picked up a pen, dipped it in ink, and unrolled the document. He was about to sign it when he he...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jul 30 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear God of all creation,   I want to know You more.   You are so great and You do great things.   I want to spend more time with You.   Please help me to make more time with You to...   ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jul 30 by Arch 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...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 30 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day ​Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jul 30 by Arch 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 Jul 30 by Arch 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 Jul 30 by Arch 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 Jul 30 by Arch 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 Jul 30 by Arch 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 Jul 30 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Peter Chrysologus St. Peter Chrysologus (406-450 A.D.) was born in Imola, Italy. He was an adult convert to Christianity and studied under his bishop, Cornelius, who ordained him a deacon. In his day the city of Ravenna was the cente...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 30 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jul 30 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 17th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 13,36-43): Jesus sent the crowds away and went into the house. And his disciples came to him saying, «Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field». He answered them, «The one who ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jul 30 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 30 2019   « July 29  |  July 31 » Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 402 Reading 1 Ex 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28 The ten...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jul 30 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Although we feel the humiliation keenly when we are insulted, persecuted, or calumniated, this does not mean that we cannot suffer such trials with sentiments of true humility, subjecting nature to reason and faith, and sacrificing the resentment...

  • Within and Without..

    Posted Jul 29 by Aaron Rabin

    I've loved, I've hatedI've agreed and debated,I've forgotten to remember and remembered what I've forgotten.I've cried myself to sleep and I've woken myself up with laughter,I've lost and I've gained,I've experienced traumatizing sadness while in good health and overwhelming joy while in traumatizin...

  • Prayers in a Waiting Room

    Posted Jul 29 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    July 29, 2019 Prayers in a Waiting Room Maura Roan McKeegan “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yea, wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14 I was in the emergency room, doubled over in excruciating pain from appendicitis. As I sat in the waiting room with...

  • Never Let Go

    Posted Jul 29 by Aaron Rabin

    “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” At first glance, this seems like a bold statement from someone who knows exactly what they want and will go to great measures to obtain it. When we press the rewind button, however, we find the desperation at the core of Jacob’s enc...

  • So, what's in a name?

    Posted Jul 29 by Aaron Rabin

    When I was filling out my profile I stumbled over thoughts about the title I should use, here is what it was like. . .   I'm not a Pastor, a Priest , a Rabbi or Reverend, or am I, am I a Rabbi? I didn't graduate from rabbinical school nor am I recognized as a perpetual student a...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jul 29 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Empire That Had To Fall Monday, July 29, 2019 The land of Israel had been under the rule of the Islamic Ottoman Empire for four centuries. But being Muslim, the empire was hardly sympathetic with the idea of the Jewish people returning to the land of Israel. And yet the Bible said it...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jul 29 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Too Good To Be True? by Max Lucado   “Free Flight: Rio de Janeiro to Miami, Florida.”   I wasn’t the only person to hear about the offer but one of the few to phone and request details. The courier service offered an airline ticket to anyone wi...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jul 29 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11   A Time to Think Faith is for that which lies on the other side of reason. Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startl...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jul 29 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   Please work in me today to grow the fruit of the Spirit in my life...   But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithf...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 29 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jul 29 by Arch 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 Jul 29 by Arch 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 Jul 29 by Arch 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...