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  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Oh, how I praise You, Lord! You heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds. You count the number of the stars and call them all by name. Great are You, Lord, and mighty in power. Your understanding is infinite. You lift up the humble. I praise you, Lord, you who covers the heavens with ...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jan 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Healing Prayerby Max Lucado In my med school class, we discussed the place of prayer in the hospital. As you can imagine, we heard strong opinions on both sides. What are your thoughts? What is the purpose of healing prayer? We tend toward one of two extremes on this subject: fanaticism or cynicis...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionRemind them . . . to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. Titus 3:1, 2 A Time to ThinkYour prayer for someone may or may not change them, but it always changes you. –Craig Groeschel, pastor A Time to ActConcentrate on helping others and grasp eve...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

    May the Lord Bless you and Keep you, may the Lord's countenance be gracious to you, and May the Peace of Almighty God, The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit Remain With You Forever, Amen.      Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid. &...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Angela Merici St. Angela Merici (1474 – 1540) was born in the region of Lombardy, Italy. Her deep piety drew her to make a private vow of virginity at a young age. Her parents died when she was ten, and soon afterwards she lost...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Therefore let any one who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the ...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Sunday 3rd (C) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 1,1-4;4,14-21): Several people have set themselves to relate the events that have taken place among us, as they were told by the first witnesses who later became ministers of the Word. After I myself had...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 27 2019   « January 26  |  January 28 » Third Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 69 Reading 1 Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10 Ezra the priest brou...

  • Spiritual Threshold

    Posted Jan 26 by Tony Villari

    The threshold of a church used to be as close as I dared go to one, safely. There was no proof that anything negative would occur were I to cross the threshold.  Yet, I would wander around outside, visit with the wedding party, tug at my tie, and generally look uncomfortable until someone final...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

    The Peace of the Lord keep you and guide you. May the Holy Spirit enrich your mind and give you knowledge you never new you had. And may this Day be a good day. May the Lord always watch over you. Amen     Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our a...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 3rd 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 Jan 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 Jan 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 Jan 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 Jan 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 Jan 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Timothy St. Timothy (1st c.) was born in Galatia in Asia Minor, the son of a Greek father and a Jewish mother. Timothy was a convert of St. Paul the Apostle around the year 47 A.D. Timothy became a trusted friend and a beloved spirit...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." Romans 8:18  

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Saturday 2nd in Ordinary Time Saints January 26th: Timothy and Titus, bishops View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 3,20-21): They went home. The crowd began to gather again and they couldn’t even have a meal. Knowing what was happening his relatives came to take ch...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 26 2019   « January 25  |  January 27 » Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops Lectionary: 520/316 Reading 1 2 tm 1:1-8 Paul, an...

  • Scripture Speaks: The Word of God

    Posted Jan 25 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Scripture Speaks: The Word of God Gayle Somers Ever wonder what prompted the Evangelists to write their Gospels?  In Sunday’s readings, we find out. Gospel (Read Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21) In the introduction to his Gospel, St. Luke gives us a rare peek into what prompted him &ldqu...

  • Mentors & Friends

    Posted Jan 25 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 25, 2019 Mentors & Friends: Necessities for Christian Apostles Derek Rotty Since the inception of Christianity, the life of discipleship has required mentors and friends. Mentors raise up others so that they grow more fully into the discipleship to which they are called.  Friends...

  • Quietly Confused

    Posted Jan 25 by Tony Villari

    Where I saw her as attractive, I couldn't help but think she wondered why she just couldn't be herself around everyone.   Just wanting to be pretty, yet not labeled as such; wanting to be seen, accepted, as something other than an object of curiosity.  Ma...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God,   Nothing can separate me from Your love...   For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 25 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    May each day of the week be a good day, May the Lord always watch, and guide you and keep you safe in his everlasting arms. Leaning on His everlasting Arms.   Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glor...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 25 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 Jan 25 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 Jan 25 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 Jan 25 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 Jan 25 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 Jan 25 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Saint Dwynwen St. Dwynwen (5th c.) was a princess from Anglesey in Wales, the beautiful and virtuous daughter of King Brychan Brycheiniog. According to legend she fell in love with a young man, yet refused to marry him due to her piety a...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 25 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." John 14:27  

  • Feast Day

    Posted Jan 25 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day The Conversion of St. Paul of Tarsus St. Paul the Apostle, originally named Saul, was an intelligent and zealous Jewish scholar and Pharisee who fiercely persecuted the first Christian converts among the Jews. While on his way to ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 25 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: January 25th: Conversion of Paul, apostle View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 16,15-18): Jesus showed himself to the Eleven and said to them, «Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 25 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 25 2019   « January 24  |  January 26 » Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, ApostleLectionary: 519 Reading 1 Acts 22:3-16 Paul addres...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jan 25 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Since all our love for God is ultimately a response to His love for us, we can never love Him in the same way He loves us, namely, gratuitously. Since we are fundamentally dependent on God and in His debt for our creation and redemption, our love...

  • Sharing with others

    Posted Jan 24 by Br. E.G. Carriere

    The Corinthian church was a diverse community that Paul was encouraging to behave in countercultural ways – in how they ate together, but also in how they gave. Paul sent Titus and the brothers to help with the practical organisation of the gift – to ensure both financial probity and sec...

  • What is the Sign of The Cross

    Posted Jan 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 24, 2018 What Is the Sign of the Cross? St. Francis de Sales The Sign of the Cross is a Christian ceremony that represents the Passion of our Lord by tracing the shape of the Cross with a simple motion. It is a ceremony, I say, and here is what is meant by that term. A skillful manag...

  • The Works of Jesus

    Posted Jan 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    The Works Of Jesus Dan Burke Presence of God – Grant, O good Jesus, that I may learn how to act as You did, with the one purpose of accomplishing the work entrusted to me by the Father, allowing Him to direct me in everything. MEDITATION “The works which the Father hath gi...

  • The Wisdom of Friends

    Posted Jan 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 24, 2019 The Wisdom of Friends Br. Juan Macias Marquez, O.P. There abides in the human heart a desire for deep and expansive vision. This is proven by the yearning we have for building skyscrapers that provide stunning views of a city’s downtown or skywalks l...

  • Turning the Other Cheek in a Digital Age

    Posted Jan 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 24, 2019 Turning the Other Cheek in a Digital Age Constance T. Hull The Internet and mainstream media have been set ablaze with the latest outrage that seems to be manufactured every five minutes. Each side rushes to judgment and paints the other group as the villain. Meanwhile suppor...

  • A Point of Light

    Posted Jan 24 by Tony Villari

    I'm the master sergeant who took calls from people who dialed the wrong number, wanting to report aliens that were watching them through their bathroom mirror.  I'm the guy that told them to take shaving cream and ensure every inch of the mirror was covered, then get tin foil and make a hat fro...

  • Getting Older

    Posted Jan 24 by Tony Villari

    As I got older, I mellowed.  I removed violence from my life and my soul, with months of introspection, both personal and clinical.  I spent so many years being someone else all the time; it was relieving to finally admit I could just be myself.  The problem:  I didn't ...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jan 24 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    All Things Work for Good by Max Lucado   And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28   We know…There are so many things we do not know. We do not know if the ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 24 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Mighty God, I am in desperate need of Your presence today. Let Your Holy Spirit pour rain upon my thirsty soul, renewing me for this season of my life. I will let Your Word fall afresh on me this morning. I want to truly live the words which Jesus spoke... Do not worry about your life,what...

  • Prayer Against Stess & Anxiety

    Posted Jan 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Dear Lord, I need you now because I am full of stress and anxiety. Reading your word brings comfort, as I ask you to come and take my heavy burdens.  I take each burden, one by one, and lay them at your feet.  Please carry them for me so that I don't have to.  Replace them with yo...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 24 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 Jan 24 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 Jan 24 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 Jan 24 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 Jan 24 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 Jan 24 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 Jan 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Francis de Sales St. Francis de Sales (1567–1622) was born to a noble family in France. He enjoyed a privileged upbringing and education, earning a doctorate in law and theology. He was a well-liked and intelligent man, yet q...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds." Hebrews 10:23-24  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 2nd in Ordinary Time Saints January 24th: St. Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 3,7-12): Jesus and His disciples withdrew to the lakeside and a large crowd from Galilee followed Him. A great number of people also came from ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 24 2019   « January 23  |  January 25 » Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the ChurchLectionary: 314 Reading 1 Heb ...

  • Have Confidence in Accepting God's Will

    Posted Jan 23 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 23, 2019 Have Confidence in Accepting God’s Will St. Francis de Sales While taking a walk by yourself, or when you are alone at some other time, turn your eye to God’s will and see how he wills all the works of his mercy and justice, in heaven and on earth and under the ea...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 23 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionLet all you do be done with love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 A Time to ThinkFaith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe. –Mitch Albom, author A Time to ActBe willing to take lovingly each small gift of life. A Time to PrayLord, day by day, help m...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 23 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Heavenly Father,   Thank You for Your generosity and kindness to me.   I look to You as the perfect example of how to give with a generous heart.   Because of Your Holy Spirit within me, I can learn to love and give generously.   Ple...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 23 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 witho...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 23 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 with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 23 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 witho...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 23 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 ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 23 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 Jan 23 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 Jan 23 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Marianne Cope St. Marianne Cope (1838–1918), also known as St. Marianne of Molokai, was a German-born American immigrant. She worked in a New York factory before entering the Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis in Syrac...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 23 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all y...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 23 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 2nd in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 3,1-6): Again Jesus entered the synagogue. A man who had a paralyzed hand was there and some people watched Jesus: Would he heal the man on the sabbath? If he did they could accuse him. Jesus said to the ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 23 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 23 2019   « January 22  |  January 24 » Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 313 Reading 1 Heb 7:1-3, 15-17 Melchize...

  • Divinity Self-Education: Resources and Suggestions

    Posted Jan 22 by Mark DeFillo

    INTRODUCTION Among the credentials available to ministers of the Universal Life Church Monastery is the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. There are more than one website affiliated with our church, and they describe the degrees slightly differently sometimes; as of this writing, the description o...

  • 10 Ways Creation Can Move Us To Prayer and Gratitude

    Posted Jan 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 22, 2019 10 Ways Creation Can Move Us to Prayer & Gratitude Fr. Ed Broom, OMV Let us always begin with a keen awareness of the glory, greatness, and love of God as Creator in  our own person. Never should we forget our destiny and our dignity that flow from God’s lovin...

  • Learn to Imitate Saints Like St. Thomas Aquanis

    Posted Jan 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sharing this article. Its one of the Best I have seen in ages. And it makes Awesome sense also.  So I hope you enjoy reading it. How it effects your life is How Open you are, How Open your Mind is, and NOT have NEGATIVITY. Negativity is the worst thing anyone can have, use daily and go on with ...

  • Seen in the Mirror Dimly

    Posted Jan 22 by Tony Villari

     Ever thought about the moment when an attractive person leaves you with a sense of desire? How about the moment when your desire moves into the realm of love? When a relationship doesn’t pan out, are you one of those people who can turn your love for someone off, like a switch, or d...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    May the Peace of Christ be with you always.   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,   ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 22 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 Jan 22 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 Jan 22 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 Jan 22 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 Jan 22 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 Jan 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Anastasius the Persian St. Anastasius the Persian (7th c.) was the son of a Persian sorcerer. He became a Zoroastrian soldier in the army of Khosrau II, the Persian monarch who absconded the True Cross of Christ from Jerusalem and to...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed subst...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 2nd in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 2,23-28): One sabbath Jesus was walking through grainfields. As his disciples walked along with him, they began to pick the heads of grain and crush them in their hands. Then the Pharisees said to Jesus, &l...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 22 2019   « January 21  |  January 23 » Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn ChildrenLectionary: 312 Reading 1 Heb 6:10-20 B...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jan 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Now surely I do see what an immense effect such a doctrine [of the Holy Trinity] must have upon life. It is no mere question for theologians, but one that concerns every living soul. Whatever is allowed by God's power must be guided by His wisdom...

  • Towards a Theology of the Universe

    Posted Jan 21 by Mark DeFillo

    "We Are Children of the same Universe" Since this is one of the defining statements of the Universal Life Church Monastery, it behooves us to consider the "Universe" from a theological viewpoint, in the context of our interfaith fellowship. This article is just a beginning, far from the end. I do ...

  • Burning With Love: St. Joseph Sebastian

    Posted Jan 21 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 21, 2019 Burning With Love: St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar Sr. Mary Joseph Calore, SSCJ A snapshot in time.  That’s what this moment was; but not some faded black and white photograph or oil on canvas.  No, this was real, live and in color — Rome, 1866. An assembl...

  • What We Can Learn from the Old Testament's Runaway Prophets

    Posted Jan 21 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 21, 2019 What We Can Learn from the Old Testament’s Runaway Prophets Stephen Beale Who wouldn’t want to be a prophet? Well, a lot of the people who were actually prophets in the Old Testament. Moses, when called out of the burning bush, essentially responded by asking &l...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jan 21 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jesus Heals a Blind Man by Max Lucado “As [Jesus] passed by, He saw a man blind from birth” (John 9:1). This man has never seen a sunrise. Can’t tell purple from pink. The disciples fault the family tree. “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born bl...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jan 21 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Shepherd Or The Butcher Monday, January 21, 2019 An Israeli tour guide was telling his group that in the Middle East, shepherds don’t drive their sheep from behind, they lead them. To their amusement, one of the first sites they saw was a flock of sheep, but the man was in back...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 21 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1   A Time to Think If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way. –Martin Luther King, Jr.   A Time to Act ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 21 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God,   Thank You for being a creative God who inspires me to look at the world through Your eyes.   I look up to the sky and I see Your canvas.   I look at the flowers in the field and I see You tenderness and beauty.   Lord, pl...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 21 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Peace be with you and may the Holy Spirit Guide you and remain with you forever more.   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, ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 21 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 Jan 21 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 Jan 21 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 Jan 21 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...