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  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Agnes of Rome St. Agnes (c. 291–304 A.D.) was born to a noble Roman family. She was a beautiful young woman of twelve or thirteen years of age when many suitors desired her hand in marriage. Instead of marrying, St. Agnes com...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9  

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Monday 2nd in Ordinary Time Saints January 21st: St. Agnes, virgin and martyr View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 2,18-22): One day, when the disciples of John the Baptist and the Pharisees were fasting, some people asked Jesus, «Why is it that both the disciples ...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 21 2019   « January 20  |  January 22 » Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin and MartyrLectionary: 311 Reading 1 Heb 5:1-10 Brothers and sist...

  • Meditations

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

      Meditation of the Day "There was much in the Magdalen that she had never used, perhaps never dreamed of, until she came to our Lord. He revealed to her the secret of true self-development, which is another word for sanctity. And she found under His guidance that everyt...

  • Love is Love

    Posted Jan 20 by Amie Rhoden *Minister*

    Love is Love Love can make deaf can "hear" and blind can "see" through seeing and feeling. Love is sacred and kind like a rose in the glass. Be careful because like rose, Love is frail but yet powerful. Love is all around us and Love is strong than hate. Love is like a faith a size of th...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jan 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Who is God?by Max Lucado So who is God? Can I trust Him to take care of me? How much time do you have? The weather changes—but God is UN-changing! Fashion changes. Even change changes. But Hebrews 6:17 says God is always the same—yesterday, today, and tomorrow. So can we trust God? Is...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionHe shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer. Psalm 102:17 A Time to ThinkA chief cause of worry and unhappiness in life is trading what we want most for what we want at the moment. –Maralee McKee, author A Time to ActPray and re...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God, Thank you for entrusting me with Your resources. Whatever my earthly portion may be, whether it is my creativity, my spiritual gifts, my generosity, or my compassion, Lord, make known to me what you desire of me and my resources. By knowing my gifts, talents, abilities, and resou...

  • A Godless Concept

    Posted Jan 20 by Tony Villari

    If I define faith in the context of religious or spiritual belief, my question then falls to having non-spiritual faith or a life without God.  In my 50 years of searching for answers, doubting, questioning, and discovering, I have come to the realization that something else must be out th...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 20 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Peace be with you and May the Blessings of Almighty God 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Sebastian St. Sebastian (d. c. 288 A.D.) was born in Gaul, present-day France, to wealthy Italian parents. According to tradition he went to Rome to serve and encourage the Christians who were being persecuted under the Roman Emper...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 20 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him." Proverbs 30:5  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 20 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday II (C) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 2,1-12): There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus was also invited to the wedding with his disciples. When all the wine provided for the celebration had been served ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 20 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 20 2019   « January 19  |  January 21 » Second Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 66 Reading 1 Is 62:1-5 For Zion's sake I will not be s...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jan 20 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "That which our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did and suffered for all men, He did and suffered for each one in particular; and He would not have thought it too much to do if it had been a question of saving only a single soul. The salvation of a s...

  • 6 Resons You Should Rest on Sundays

    Posted Jan 19 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Tell the Wife, Girl Friend We are NOT doing anything on Sundays except go to Church, Have dinner and spend time with Family and God.  The women will throw tantrums, so be it.    God rested on the 7th Day!!  So Should WE!!  

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jan 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Everything You Needby Max Lucado Are you hoping that a change in circumstances will bring a change in your attitude? If so, you are in prison, and you need to learn a secret of traveling light. What you have in your Shepherd is greater than what you don’t have in life. May I meddle for a mom...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionWhat is impossible with men is possible with God. Luke 18:27 A Time to ThinkAt least at times of loss, we are reminded of our priorities, of our many blessings. In times of gain, we can so often lose our way. –Mindy Starns Clark, author A Time to ActTake comfort k...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God, Thank You for this new day. Each day the Earth spins on its axis and the sun sheds light on every living thing, all created by You. The light You provide, in the day and through the night, brings life and rhythm to me. It is in You that I live and move and have my being. I cannot...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 19 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 19 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 2nd 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 19 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 19 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 19 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 19 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 19 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Canute IV of Denmark St. Canute IV of Denmark (1042 – 1086 A.D.), also known as Canute the Holy, was one of thirteen sons born to the king of Denmark. Canute later succeeded his brother to the throne and reigned as king from 10...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 19 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Verse of the Day "He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 19 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 1st in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 2,13-17): When Jesus went out again beside the lake, a crowd came to Him and He taught them. As he walked along, he saw a tax collector sitting in his office. This was Levi, the son of Alpheus. Jesus said ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 19 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 19 2019   « January 18  |  January 20 » Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 310 Reading 1 Heb 4:12-16 The word of God...

  • Faith

    Posted Jan 18 by Tony Villari

    Faith   So, to the question of what is faith?  It's one of those questions that I find myself pondering at 2:30 in the morning as I stare at a ceiling I can't see in the dark.  Finally, I just say, screw it.  I roll over on my side and, like the preverbal "coyote" a m...

  • Scripture Speaks: His First Miraculous Sign

    Posted Jan 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 18, 2019 Scripture Speaks:His First Miraculous Sign Gayle Somers At the start of His public ministry, Jesus attended a wedding in Cana.  Why was this the perfect setting for Him to work His first miraculous sign? Gospel (Read Jn 2:1-11) St. John tells us that after Jesus c...

  • Be Faithful to God in Little Things

    Posted Jan 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 18, 2019 Be Faithful to God in Little Things Fr. Jean Nicolas Grou Holy Scripture has said two things that may convince us of the importance of faithfulness in little things: “He that despises small things,” we are told, “shall fall by little and little.” And ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jan 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Measurable MiracleFriday, January 18, 2019Acts 1:3 says Messiah appeared and presented Himself by many convincing proofs. This verse separates our faith from every faith of the ancient world outside of Israel. None of the ancient gods presented themselves with many convincing proofs. But Yeshua,...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jan 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Loved with a Steadfast Loveby Max Lucado The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.Lamentations 3:22–23 RSV Jeremiah was depressed, as gloomy as a giraffe with a neck ache. Jerusalem was under siege, h...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionFight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12 A Time to ThinkOur prayers run along one road and God's answers by another, and by and by they m...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God, Today I lift up those who are lacking a home to live in. I pray for those who find themselves displaced and alone. Help me to live a life that is worthy of what You have called me to, to love and serve others in Your name. Please reveal to me the needs that You have equipped me to...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    May the Peace Of Christ Be With You Each and Everyday.   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 18 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 18 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 18 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 18 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 18 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 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Margaret of Hungary St. Margaret of Hungary (1242–1271) was the daughter of King Bela IV of Hungary, and niece of the famed St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Her royal parents made a vow to God that if Hungary was saved from the Mong...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God." Acts 20:24  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 1st in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 2,1-12): Jesus returned to Capernaum. As the news spread that he was at home, so many people gathered that there was no longer room even outside the door. While Jesus was preaching the Word to them, some pe...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 18 2019   « January 17  |  January 19 » Friday of the First Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 309 Reading 1 Heb 4:1-5, 11 Let us be on ou...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jan 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Worship is a spiritual weapon. When we worship God, we enter into His presence in a powerful way. Because demons tremble at His presence, they are reluctant to follow us there. No doubt the Devil is busy tempting us and trying to distract us even...

  • St. Antony the Abbot

    Posted Jan 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    One can learn from a teacher of faith and humility. The teacher must be of A Faithful Servant of the Lord Committed to the Lord 24/7. Believe, Trusting in the Lord, Obedience and Practice put forth what The Lord Commands. Not Our way but God's Way.     anuary 17, 2019 St. Antony the A...

  • The Spiritual Life is a Constant Beginning & Beginning Again

    Posted Jan 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 17, 2019 This is a story of what a person is going through with medical problems and blows it by not listening to his doctors instructions and God is dealing with him on the situation and how he is suppose to do in what the Lord is instructing him to do.  The Spiritual Life Is a Const...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jan 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dancing With God Thursday, January 17, 2019 Have you ever watched a married couple who’ve been dancing for years out on a dance floor? Every move they make is perfectly synchronized. The man leads, the woman follows, and you can hardly distinguish between the leading of the dance a...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jan 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Judas, The Man Who Never Knew by Max Lucado   I’ve wondered at times what kind of man this Judas was. What he looked like, how he acted, who his friends were.   I guess I’ve stereotyped him. I’ve always pictured him as a wiry, beady-eyed, sly, w...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionOr don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? Don’t you know that you have the Holy Spirit from God, and you don’t belong to yourselves? 1 Corinthians 6:19 (The Daily Life Bible) A Time to ThinkWe fail in the work of gra...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God,   Thank You for Your everlasting love.   You are my God, and I will ever praise You.   Please help me to seek You today.   I pray that Your Holy Spirit will help me to set my eyes on things above.   I pray th...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Anthony of the Desert St. Anthony of the Desert (251–356 A.D.), also known as St. Anthony the Great, was a leading figure among the Desert Fathers, the early Christian monks who lived in the Egyptian desert in the 3rd and 4th...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God who is our salvation." Psalm 68:19  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 1st in Ordinary Time Saints January 17th: St. Anthony, the Abbot View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 1,40-45): A leper came to Jesus and begged Him, «If you so will, you can make me clean». Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched h...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 17 2019   « January 16  |  January 18 » Memorial of Saint Anthony, AbbotLectionary: 308 Reading 1 Heb 3:7-14 The Holy Spirit says:Oh, th...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:13-14  

  • God Uses Power and Gentleness With Us

    Posted Jan 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 16, 2019 God Uses Power and Gentleness With Us Luis M. Martinez Mighty is the work of sanctification. Over the chaos of our miseries, over the dry and empty waste of our poor heart, is seen the Spirit; and His fruitful breath causes a richer and more beautiful creation to arise than t...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jan 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    No One Compares to Himby Max Lucado Psalm 89:6 asks the question: “Who among the sons of the mighty is like the Lord?” And the answer is, any pursuit of God’s counterpart is vain. No one and nothing compares to him. No one advises him. No one helps him. You and I may have power. ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionBecause your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you. Psalm 63:3 A Time to ThinkThe safest place to be is within the will of God –Author Unknown A Time to ActFace your challenges with determination and resiliency. A Time to PrayLord, help us...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God, Thank You for Your presence in my life today, that as I draw near to You, You are so good to draw near to me. James 4:8 Lord, when I struggle to know Your nearness, I pray that You will renew my faith and my awareness that You will never leave me nor forsake me. Hebrews 13:5 Someti...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Priscilla of Rome St. Priscilla of Rome (1st c.) was a Christian noblewoman who served as a benefactor to the Christian community in Rome. She supported St. Peter the Apostle, the first Bishop of Rome, and her home near the catacombs...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 1st in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 1,29-39): As soon as Jesus and his disciples left the synagogue, Jesus went to the home of Simon and Andrew with James and John. As Simon's mother-in-law was sick in bed with fever, they immediately told ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 16 2019   « January 15  |  January 17 » Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 307 Reading 1 Heb 2:14-18 Since the chil...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jan 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "We have difficulty understanding this, just as a blind man has difficulty understanding color, but our difficulty doesn’t alter this fact: God’s omnipotence and omniscience respects our freedom. In the core of our being we remain free...

  • How could Jonah Survive Three days in the Belly of a Whale.

    Posted Jan 15 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Gary, here is an explanation of your question brother. Its better than what I can explain without messing it up and forgetting something.  Hope this helps you.    How could Jonah survive three days in the belly of a “whale”? See this page in: Dutch, French, ...

  • Tough Funeral - Henry Stanco

    Posted Jan 15 by Gail Dobson

    That is a terrible event to endure. I am sorry to hear of such tragedy for the parents and rest of the family. You don't say whether that family is also 'Christian' or a different belief system. If 'Christian', maybe you could pick and choose as you feel most fitting from Baker Funeral Handbook. Pag...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jan 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Fear of Life’s Final Momentsby Max Lucado This is the promise of Christ: “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a pl...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jan 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Ploughed LifeTuesday, January 15, 2019Plowing is a process of breaking up and turning over the soil. Soil needs plowing so it doesn’t become hard, dry, and unreceptive to growing life. What’s true for soil is also true for your heart. The heart left on its own tends to become hard. T...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionNow faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 A Time to ThinkFaith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. –Martin Luther King, Jr. A Time to ActBelieve in God's power to transform you and...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God,   Thank You for being my Advocate and my Counselor.   Please help me to navigate my day with Your wisdom.   I pray that Your Holy Spirit will help me to be slow to anger and slow to speak.   Lord, may I see the world around...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 15 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Have a Great and Blessed Day, Peace of Christ be with you.   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 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Arnold Janssen St. Arnold Janssen (1837–1909) was born in Germany to a large Catholic family. He was a man of simple faith who studied theology, entered the priesthood, and served as a school teacher. He had a profound devoti...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 15 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. For just as we have many members in on...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 15 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 1st in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 1,21-28): Jesus and his disciples went into the town of Capernaum and began to teach in the synagogue during the sabbath assemblies. The people were astonished at the way he taught, for he spoke as one havi...