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  • 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...

  • The Legendary Catholic Origin of April Fools' Day

    Posted Mar 31 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    The Legendary Catholic Origin of April Fools' Day Mar 29, 2019 By Ashley Osmera Did you know? According to popular tradition, one of the most likely origins of April Fools’ Day is the result of the Western world switching from the Julian calendar to the Christian Gregorian calendar in t...

  • LGB, LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQIA... and I'm Confused?

    Posted Mar 31 by Tony Villari

    Author Adrienne Sigeti wrote the article "Important Truths About Labeling Sexuality".  In her article, she states, "For these people, labels are not only a means of self-expression but also an instrument for self-advocacy and empowerment."  This is true for professional people an...

  • The Prodical Son Shows That Sin Severs Relationships with God,

    Posted Mar 31 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday Guide |  Mar. 31, 2019 Prodigal Son Shows That Sin Severs Relationships With God, Others User’s Guide to Sunday, March 31 Father Jordan Schmidt, OP Sunday, March 31, is the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year C). Mass readings: Joshua 5:9a, 10-12; Psalm 34:2-7; 2 Corinthians 5:1...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 31 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection 31 March 2019 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23   A Time to Think An optimist is the human personification of spring. –Susan J. Bissonette, author   A Time to Act ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 31 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Isaiah 53:5-6 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 5 But He was pierced[a] because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities. The chastisement for our shalom was upon Him, and by His stripes, we are healed.   6 We ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 31 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   Thank You for Your Word, The Holy Bible, and for how it always points towards Your love for me.   I ask that You release my mind from all distractions today so that I can focus on Jesus and those around m...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 31 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 Mar 31 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 Mar 31 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 Mar 31 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 Mar 31 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 Mar 31 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 Mar 31 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Benjamin St. Benjamin (d. 424 A.D.) was a deacon martyred in Persia during a forty-year-long Christian persecution under two tyrannical Persian kings. He was imprisoned for a year due to his Christian faith and then released with t...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 31 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug." Isaiah 51:1  

  • Feast Day

    Posted Mar 31 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Laetare Sunday The fourth Sunday of Lent is traditionally known by the name Laetare Sunday. This name is taken from the Introit at Mass, Laetare Jerusalem which means "Rejoice, O Jerusalem." Laetare Sunday marks the halfway point ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mar 31 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 4th (C) of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 15,1-3.11-32): Tax collectors and sinners were seeking the company of Jesus, all of them eager to hear what He had to say. But the Pharisees and the scribes frowned at this, mut­tering: «This man welcom...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mar 31 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 31 2019 - Year C   « March 30  |  April 1 » Fourth Sunday of Lent – Year C ReadingsLectionary: 33 Reading 1 Jos 5:9a, 10-12 The LORD...

  • Meditations

    Posted Mar 31 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "I've appointed the Devil to tempt and to trouble My creatures in this life [St. Catherine of Siena reports that Our Lord said to her]. I've done this, not so that My creatures will be overcome, but so that they may overcome, proving their virtue ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 30 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 Mar 30 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 4th 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 Mar 30 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 Mar 30 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 Mar 30 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 Mar 30 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 Mar 30 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Fergus of Scotland St. Fergus of Scotland (d. 730 A.D.), also known as St. Fergustian or Fergus the Pict, Bishop of the Gaels, was a bishop serving in the north of Scotland. Little is known of his life. He is believed to have been tr...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 30 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mar 30 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 3rd of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 18,9-14): Jesus told another parable to some per­sons fully convinced of their own righteous­ness, who looked down on others: «Two men went up to the Temple to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other a...

  • Proof of God - Theists v. Atheists

    Posted Mar 30 by Tony Villari

    I think most of us can agree that God doesn't look like Michelangelo's depiction on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  As a matter of fact, I remember someone telling me if you actually saw God you would go blind, and if you heard God you would go deaf, so tremendous is the presence of the Alm...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mar 30 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 30 2019   « March 29  |  March 31 » Saturday of the Third Week of LentLectionary: 242 Reading 1 Hos 6:1-6 "Come, let us return to the LOR...

  • The Balancing-Act of an Interfaith Church

    Posted Mar 29 by Mark DeFillo

    As part of an interfaith church, the underlying fact is that we all come into it with different beliefs, ideas and opinions. This is part of the "deal": before we sign up, the information provided tells us that people of all beliefs are welcome. This gives all of us the need and responsibility to pe...

  • Steadfast

    Posted Mar 29 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    “No one wins a victory without fighting, nor finds rest without working.” — Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ III.19 The virtues that preserve our freedom as agents are twins: temperance and fortitude. By the former, we are unchained from cruel shackles; by the...

  • Joseph of Arimathea

    Posted Mar 29 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 29, 2019 St. Joseph of Arimathea We learn about Joseph of Arimathea in Sacred Scripture. Arimathea was his place of birth, which was most likely the same city also known as Ramatha, birthplace of the prophet Samuel. All the authentic information that we have about Joseph is from Sacre...

  • Atonement & the Prodical Son

    Posted Mar 29 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 29, 2019 Atonement & the Prodigal Son Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. “For our sakes God made him who did not know sin to be sin, so that in him we might become the very holiness of God” (2 Cor 5:21). Some Christians reading these words over the last few centuries have gotten ...

  • What the Prodical Son Teaches Us About Lent

    Posted Mar 29 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 29, 2019 What the Prodigal Son Teaches Us About Lent Gayle Somers Today, Jesus’ critics level a charge against Him that unwittingly sums up the glory of salvation history.  What was it? Gospel (Read Lk 15:1-3, 11-32) St. Luke tells us “tax collectors and sinners ...

  • Solomon & Getting More Than What We Ask For

    Posted Mar 29 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 29, 2019 Solomon & Getting More Than What We Asked For Michelle Schroeder Do you know the story of Solomon, son of King David? When King David died after reigning for forty years, the throne was passed to his son Solomon because God willed it. Solomon was young and inexperienced and now...

  • Women - Just a Thought

    Posted Mar 29 by Tony Villari

    Blemishes, scars, and such, do not define who you are.  Your titles, certificates, and college degrees only define what you are.  Your ethics and how you treat other people, how you befriend them, love them, mentor, and cheer them on, these are the ways you define who&n...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 29 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6   A Time to Think One of the best ways to demonstrate God's love is to...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 29 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 Mar 29 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 Mar 29 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 Mar 29 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 Mar 29 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 Mar 29 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 Mar 29 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Berthold of Mt. Carmel St. Berthold of Mt. Carmel (d. 1195), also known as Bartoldus of Calabria, was born in France, the son of a Count. He excelled at his studies and was ordained a priest. Berthold's brother, Aymeric, became the L...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 29 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well." Philippians 1:29  

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 29 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord Jesus,   You came to set us free from darkness, pain and our sins.   I lift up the men, women, and children around the world who are enslaved in any way.   Lord, help them to find freedom and justice. ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mar 29 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 3rd of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 12,28b-34): A teacher of the Law came up and asked to Jesus, «Which commandment is the first of all?». Jesus answered, «The first is: ‘Hear, Israel! The Lord, our God, is One Lord; and you sha...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mar 29 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 29 2019   « March 28  |  March 30 » Friday of the Third Week of LentLectionary: 241 Reading 1 Hos 14:2-10 Thus says the LORD:Return, O Isr...

  • Five Steps to Begin Overcoming Bitterness

    Posted Mar 28 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 28, 2019 Five Steps to Begin Overcoming Bitterness Dr. Gregory Popcak No one wants to be bitter. It sneaks up on us. Bitterness is unforgiveness fermented. The more we hold onto past hurts the more we become drunk on our pain and the experience can rob us of the joy ...

  • Five Steps to Begin Overcoming Bitterness

    Posted Mar 28 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 28, 2019 Five Steps to Begin Overcoming Bitterness Dr. Gregory Popcak No one wants to be bitter. It sneaks up on us. Bitterness is unforgiveness fermented. The more we hold onto past hurts the more we become drunk on our pain and the experience can rob us of the joy ...

  • Time & Grace God's Most Precious Gifts

    Posted Mar 28 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 28, 2019 Time & Grace: God’s Most Precious Gifts Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV What is the very first thing that we think of when we face the numerous tragic deaths of our times? It may be the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines flight some weeks ago and the death of the entire crew and pass...

  • Forgiveness Leads Us To Love As Christ Loves

    Posted Mar 28 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 28, 2019 Forgiveness Leads Us To Love As Christ Loves Constance T. Hull All of us have been hurt by someone. Sometimes the pain we carry from injuries others have inflicted upon us runs very deep. In our Fallen state, we will all fail in our call to love others as Christ loves them. Whe...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 28 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 Mar 28 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 Mar 28 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 Mar 28 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 Mar 28 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 Mar 28 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 Mar 28 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Conon of Naso St. Conon of Naso (1139–1236) was a wealthy nobleman, the son of a Count, from Naso, Italy. He was a devout young man, and at the age of 15 become a monk. He lived as a hermit until being called to serve the local...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 28 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows." Matthew 10:29-31 &n...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mar 28 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 3rd of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 11,14-23): One day Jesus was driving out a dumb demon. When the demon had been driven out, the mute person could speak, and the people were amazed. Yet some of them said, «He drives out demons by the power of...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mar 28 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 28 2019   « March 27  |  March 29 » Thursday of the Third Week of LentLectionary: 240 Reading 1 Jer 7:23-28 Thus says the LORD: This is wh...

  • I AM TRULY UPSET

    Posted Mar 27 by Gary V.

    I am upset over the current World we live in..... When I was a little boy, my parents, nor on TV that I could see- were never obese people- were never gay people! My parents were farmers and they could not get fat because they worked so hard. Many people today refuse to lift a finger and work, real...

  • The Friendship of the Saints

    Posted Mar 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 27, 2019 The Friendship of the Saints Fr. Aloysius Roche Solomon says, “A faithful friend is the medicine of life and immor­tality”; and he adds the significant words: “They that fear the Lord shall find him.” The Old Testament delights us with the story...

  • God Wants Us to Find Peace

    Posted Mar 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 27, 2019 God Wants Us to Find Peace Alan Scott Surely we can, for one day,  do the necessary work that seems impossible for one lifetime. In other words, it’s the process of taking one day at a time. It’s certainly not easy, but it is often necessary. It’s a sad...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Psalm 62:7-9 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 7 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my strong tower—I will not be moved.   8 On God, my salvation and my glory is the rock of my strength. My refuge is in God.   ...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Mar 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Every Knee Shall Bow by Max Lucado   “. . . whoever believes in him shall not perish . . .”   How could a loving God send sinners to hell? He doesn’t. They volunteer.   Once there, they don’t want to leave. The hearts of dam...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Power Of The Broken Wednesday, March 27, 2019 In the account of Gideon, we learn the power of broken pitchers. When Gideon’s men smashed their vessels, the light of their torches shone forth and they were given the victory. In the Gospels, we learn the power of broken container...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:5   A Time to Think Courage is born at the point where God's grace and human ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord Jesus,   You have overcome death.   I desire Your holy presence today.   Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 27 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 Mar 27 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 Mar 27 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 Mar 27 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 Mar 27 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 Mar 27 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 Mar 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. John of Egypt St. John of Egypt (4th c.), also known as John the Hermit or John the Anchorite, worked alongside his father, a carpenter, until he was twenty-five years old. He then discerned a call from God to go out into the desert ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil." 2 Corinthians 5:10  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mar 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 3rd of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 5,17-19): Jesus said to his disciples, «Do not think that I have come to remove the Law and the Prophets. I have not come to remove but to fulfill them. I tell you this: as long as heaven and earth last, n...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mar 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 27 2019   « March 26  |  March 28 » Wednesday of the Third Week of LentLectionary: 239 Reading 1 Dt 4:1, 5-9 Moses spoke to the people and...

  • Meditations

    Posted Mar 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Set free from human judgment, we should count as true only what God sees in us, what he knows, and what he judges. God does not judge as man does. Man sees only the countenance, only the exterior. God penetrates to the depths of our hearts. God d...

  • FIFTEEN Steps to Become FISHERS OF MEN!

    Posted Mar 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 26, 2019 Fifteen Steps to Become Fishers of Men Fr. Ed Broom, OMV In the Gospel of St. Luke chapter five, Jesus is busy with His work of preaching the Word of God.  At the same time, several of the future Apostles were fishing without any success. Jesus then asks Peter to let Him i...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Mar 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Sufferings of His Broken Heart by Max Lucado   Go with me for a moment to witness what was perhaps the foggiest night in history. The scene is very simple; you’ll recognize it quickly. A grove of twisted olive trees. Ground cluttered with large rocks. A low stone fenc...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Realm Of Rituals Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Most born-again believers aren’t fond of rituals. They look at the older, more traditional denominations and note the lifelessness in most of their traditions, rituals, and rites. Many rituals, though not all, are indeed without life. Th...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6   A Time to Think Humans may be social beings, but solitude has been shown to have great societal value. Jesus was a great healer...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Philippians 1:29-30 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 29 For to you was granted for Messiah’s sake not only to trust in Him but also to suffer for His sake—   30 experiencing the same struggle you saw in me and now you are heari...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord Jesus,   You have given me new life.   I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Galatians 2:20   Thank You for the scars on Your hands, Yo...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 26 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 Mar 26 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 Mar 26 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 Mar 26 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 Mar 26 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 Mar 26 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 Mar 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Margaret Clitherow St. Margaret Clitherow (1556-1586), also called Margaret of York, lived in York, England, the daughter of a candlemaker and wife of a wealthy Protestant butcher. She was raised Anglican just after the time that K...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

     Verse of the Day "Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always continue in the fear of the Lord. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off." Proverbs 23:17-18  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mar 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 3rd of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 18,21-35): Peter asked Jesus, «Lord, how many times must I forgive the offenses of my brother or sister? Seven times?». Jesus answered, «No, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. »This s...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mar 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 26 2019   « March 25  |  March 27 » Tuesday of the Third Week of LentLectionary: 238 Reading 1 Dn 3:25, 34-43 Azariah stood up in the fir...

  • COLORS

    Posted Mar 25 by Gary V.

    I HAVE ALWAYS LIKED COLORS, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM! AND I'M QUITE SURE YOU CAN SEE ALL THE COLORS IN LIFE JUST BY TAKING A WALK  OUTSIDE.... HOPEFULLY, I CAN PORTRAY TO YOU A COLORFUL PERSONALITY IN ME AS WELL... ALTHOUGH I SELDOM FEEL COLORFUL, PERHAPS SINCE IT'S BEEN COLD OUTSIDE. HOPE...

  • restlessness

    Posted Mar 25 by Gary V.

    Now What- I continue to ask myself, what should I do now that I have not already experienced? There are many things I will not try.... But I have worked 70% of my life; had many girlfriends; Researched many religions; had a great family- not my own, never been married.... So is that it, get marri...