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  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will s...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Monday 5th (C) of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 8,12-20): Jesus said to the Jews, «I am the Light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have light and life». The Pharisees replied, «Now you are speaking on y...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 8 2019   « April 7  |  April 9 » Monday of the Fifth Week of LentLectionary: 251 Reading 1 Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 In Babylon ther...

  • Do We Fear Death?

    Posted Apr 7 by Tony Villari

    "For in the sleep of death what dreams may come..."  And, when we finally approach shuffling off this mortal coil, must it give us pause?  Do we go quietly into that good night, or rage against it? Do we move toward the light, or not?  Must it give us pause?  A recent c...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. John Baptist de la Salle St. John Baptist de la Salle (1651-1719) was born in Rheims, France, to a noble family. He was pious and smart, and his parents took great care over his moral and intellectual training. He entered seminary an...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Thus says the Lord: 'Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool; what is the house which you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? All these things my hand has made, and so all these things are mine, says the Lord. But this is t...

  • Feast Day

    Posted Apr 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Passion Sunday The 5th Sunday of Lent is historically known as "Passion Sunday" which ushers in the final two weeks of Lent, called "Passiontide." Passiontide is characterized by a heightened celebration of Lent as Easter approach...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 5th (C) of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 8,1-11): Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At daybreak Jesus appeared in the Temple again. All the people came to him, and he sat down and began to teach them. Then the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees brou...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 7 2019 - Year C   « April 6  |  April 8 » Fifth Sunday of Lent – Year C ReadingsLectionary: 36 Reading 1 Is 43:16-21 Thus says the L...

  • sleep study

    Posted Apr 6 by Gary V.

    When I sleep I dream often. I have to get up and use the restroom about seven [7] times a night until the sun comes up. My dreams are very strange and scary sometimes.... I hate not sleeping soundly. Is it because I eat and drink beer at night- only a few beers- but lots of food because I am hungry...

  • Show Me the Money!

    Posted Apr 6 by Tony Villari

    I opened an interesting article on the internet and noticed an advertisement off to one side.  It asked the reader to "click" if you're a Christian.  Being a somewhat well-trained dog, I dutifully "clicked."  Well, to no great surprise, Reverend Franklin Graham, son of renowned, wealt...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 6 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 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 5th Sunday of Lent) 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 ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Bl. Juliana of Mont Cornillon Blessed Juliana of Mont Cornillon, also known as Juliana of Liege (1193-1258) was born near Liege, Belgium. She was orphaned at the age of five and placed in the convent of Mt. Cornillon near Liege. She made...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell." Matthew 10:27-28 ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 4th of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 7,40-53): Many who had been listening to the words of Jesus began to say, «This is the Prophet». Others said, «This is the Christ». But some wondered, «Would the Christ come from Galil...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 6 2019   « April 5  |  April 7 » Saturday of the Fourth Week of LentLectionary: 249 Reading 1 Jer 11:18-20 I knew their plot because the ...

  • Divinity Self-Education: Christianity

    Posted Apr 5 by Mark DeFillo

    Since the majority of the ministers who post actively on this, our networking site, appear to be Christian, and I am not, I will only offer a few suggestions of my own for self-education about Christianity and its many branches. I cordially and respectfully invite our colleagues who are Christian to...

  • The real meaning of: CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS-

    Posted Apr 5 by Gary V.

    Most people probably relate to 'cleanliness is next to godliness' as a term to keep your house clean....or whatever- clean and spotless.... My house and car are clean but not spotless or disinfected regularly.... But after reading many of Tony's blogs, I discovered in my spirit that this term or pr...

  • Love Of The Cross

    Posted Apr 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 1, 2019 Love Of The Cross – Divine Intimacy Meditation Dan Burke Presence of God– Again I come to You, O my Crucified God, with the desire to penetrate more deeply into the mystery of the Cross. MEDITATION The Cross is suffering viewed in the supernatural light of faith as...

  • The Adulterous Woman and Costly Grace

    Posted Apr 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 5, 2019 The Adulterous Woman and Costly Grace Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. It really looked like the end of the road for her.  Caught in the act of a capital crime, her fate lay in the hands of an angry mob.  Desiring to kill two birds with one stone, the rabble decided to use...

  • Morphing to a Better State of Being

    Posted Apr 5 by Tony Villari

    I'm going to share someone, in my own life, whose words of wisdom have guided me since I was a young airman.  He is gone now, a tragic loss to mankind.  I stumbled upon Leo on a television special, probably PBS, when I was in my early twenties.  He was discussing love, and happiness, ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Vincent Ferrer St. Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419) was born in Valentia, Spain, the son of a knight. From his parents he learned virtue and generosity to the poor. As a child he fasted every Wednesday and Friday and was tenderly devoted t...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Guard your steps when you go to the house of God; to draw near to listen is better than the sacrifice offered by fools; for they do not know how to keep from doing evil. Never be rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be quick to utter a word before...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 4th of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 7,1-2.10.14.25-30): Jesus went around Galilee; He would not go about in Judea because the Jews wanted to kill him. Now the Jewish feast of the Tents was at hand. But after his brothers had gone to the festival, He al...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 5 2019   « April 4  |  April 6 » Friday of the Fourth Week of LentLectionary: 248 Reading 1 Wis 2:1a, 12-22 The wicked said among themselv...

  • Meditations

    Posted Apr 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "And let me make it quite clear that when Christians say the Christ-life is in them, they do not mean simply something mental or moral. When they speak of being ‘in Christ’ or of Christ being ‘in them’, this is not simply a...

  • God's Desire to Unleash Love Through Our Suffering

    Posted Apr 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 4, 2019 God’s Desire to Unleash Love Through Our Suffering Constance T. Hull The story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead is arguably one of the most beautiful passages in Sacred Scripture. It reveals to us the reality of the resurrection and it demonstrates God’s great...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Isidore of Seville St. Isidore of Seville (560 - 636 A.D.) was born in Carthagena, Spain, to noble and pious parents. After the example of their parents, he, as well as his two brothers and sister, all became saints. Isidore received...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Apr 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Thank You for creating this fruitful and beautiful earth.   I thank You for Your creation, the ecosystems and forests around the world, please help them to thrive and grow.   I ask that You instil...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, and makes me tread upon the heights." Habakkuk 3:19  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 4th of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 5,31-47): Jesus said to the Jews: «If I bore witness to myself, my testimony would be worthless. But Another One is bearing witness to me and I know that his testimony is true when He bears witness to me. Joh...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 4 2019   « April 3  |  April 5 » Thursday of the Fourth Week of LentLectionary: 247 Reading 1 Ex 32:7-14 The LORD said to Moses,"Go down a...

  • Meditations

    Posted Apr 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "There is good reason to be astonished that men should sin so boldly in the sight of Heaven and earth and show so little fear of the most high God. Yet it is a much greater cause of astonishment that while we multiply our iniquities beyond the san...

  • Turn It All Off

    Posted Apr 3 by Tony Villari

    "Turn it all off!"  I have been saying this for years and still, I keep seeing technology bury us under a repressive weight of self-indulgent crap which that make mega-corporations richer at the expense of our souls.  Author and columnist Chuck Klosterman once wrote, "However, it cert...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Richard of Chichester St. Richard of Chichester (1197-1253), also known as St. Richard de Wyche, was born in Worcestershire, England to a land-owning squire. His father died when he was young, causing the family to suffer hardship fo...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Ah, my Lord God! You made the heavens and the earth with your great power and your outstretched arm; nothing is too difficult for you. ... Great and mighty God, whose name is Lord of hosts, great in counsel, mighty in deed, whose eyes are fixed ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 4th of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 5,17-30): Jesus said to the Jews, «My Father goes on working and so do I». And the Jews tried all the harder to kill him, for Jesus not only broke the Sabbath observance, but also made himself equal wi...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 3 2019   « April 2  |  April 4 » Wednesday of the Fourth Week of LentLectionary: 246 Reading 1 Is 49:8-15 Thus says the LORD:In a time of ...

  • Humility & Honesty

    Posted Apr 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 2, 2019 Humility & Honesty: How We Witness to the Perfection of Christ Fr. George W. Rutler As Our Lord was about to go to the Cross, He prayed to His Father in Heaven, “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do” (see John 17:4). It might ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Hebrews 13:1-3 Tree of Life Version (TLV) Brotherly Love in the Community 1 Let brotherly love continue.   2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers—for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it....

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Apr 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    He Wants Your Heart Whole by Max Lucado God gives us more by going deeper than we ask. He wants not only your whole heart—He wants your heart whole. Why? Hurt people hurt people. Think about it. Why do you fly off the handle? Why do you avoid conflict? Why do you seek to please eve...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Treasures Of The Morning Light Tuesday, April 2, 2019 An ancient fable tells of three merchants who were crossing a desert. One dark moonless night, they came to the bed of a dried up creek. There, they heard a voice tell them to gather stones and travel as far away as possible and in th...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid. John 14:27   A Time to Think Flowers grow out of dark moments. –Sister Mary Corita Kent, art...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Apr 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God, Your love knows no bounds. You entered the homes of sinners and You placed Your healing hands on those who were untouchable. Your love redeems the broken ones and Your grace and mercy are unending. Today, I lift up the men and women who are involved in jail and prison ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Francis of Paola St. Francis of Paola (1416-1507) was born in Calabria, Italy, to a husband and wife known for their holiness. After suffering childlessness for many years, his parents had recourse to prayer, especially the intercess...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 15:5-6  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 4th of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 5,1-3.5-16): There was a feast of the Jews and Je­sus went up to Jerusalem. Now, by the Sheep Gate in Je­rusalem, there is a pool (called Beth­zatha in Hebrew) surrounded by five galleries. In these gall...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 2 2019   « April 1  |  April 3 » Tuesday of the Fourth Week of LentLectionary: 245 Reading 1 Ez 47:1-9, 12 The angel brought me, Ezekiel,...

  • Your Life Is Hidden With Christ In God

    Posted Apr 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 1, 2019 Your Life Is Hidden With Christ in God Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet “You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Col. 3:3-4) You have died: to what? To sin. You...

  • How God's Distance Can Be Comforting

    Posted Apr 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 1, 2019 How God’s Distance Can Be Comforting Stephen Beale God’s nearness to us — nearer than our inmost being, as St. Augustine puts it — is one of the great comforts of our faith. Yet, in Jeremiah 23:23, God, speaking through the prophet, stresses His distance...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Jeremiah 1:5-10 New International Version (NIV) 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”   6 “Alas, Sovereign L...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Apr 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet by Max Lucado   It has been a long day. Jerusalem is packed with Passover guests, most of whom clamor for a glimpse of the Teacher. The spring sun is warm. The streets are dry. And the disciples are a long way from home. A splash of cool water w...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    AN EXPLOSION OF WITCHES Monday, April 1, 2019 Soon after Donald Trump won the presidential election a strange story appeared in the news. Gatherings of witches were being held under the crescent moon across America and the world to cast spells against the new president. This past autumn,...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. James 5:13 A Time to Think Laughter is the most beautiful and beneficial the...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Apr 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Thank you for the healing transformation that your presence provides to me.   Please continue to be the foundation of my life during my hardships, my every day, and in my times of rejoicing.   Ple...

  • Devotion of the Month

    Posted Apr 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Devotion of the Month Month of the Holy Eucharist The month of April is traditionally dedicated to devotion to Jesus in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. The Catholic Church teaches that the Blessed Sacrament is the real and living presence of Chris...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 1 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 1 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 1 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 1 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 1 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 1 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 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Bl. Anacleto Gonzalez Flores Bl. Anacleto Gonzalez Flores (1888–1927) was the second of twelve children born to a poor family in Jalisco, Mexico. He was baptized the day after his birth. As he grew, a priest recognized his intellig...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my cry of supplication. In the day of my tr...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 4th of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 4,43-54): Jesus left for Galilee. Jesus himself said that no prophet is recognized in his own country. Yet the Galileans welcomed him when He arrived, because of all the things He had done in Jerusalem during the Fes...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 1 2019   « March 31  |  April 2 » Monday of the Fourth Week of LentLectionary: 244 Reading 1 Is 65:17-21 Thus says the LORD:Lo, I am about...