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  • Max Lucado

    Posted Mar 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Triumph in Tragedy by Max Lucado   What do you say we have a chat about graveclothes? Sound like fun? Sound like a cheery topic? Hardly. Make a list of depressing subjects, and burial garments are somewhere between IRS audits and long-term dental care.   No one l...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Songs Of The Pipers Monday, March 25, 2019 There’s The story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin, who by playing his pipe drew out the children of Hamlin, who was never to be seen again. Beware of pipers. Modern culture is filled with pipers. Pipers of music, pipers of entertainment, of te...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart... Luke 6:45   A Time to Think To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us–and He has given us everything. –Thomas Merton, write...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lamb of God,   Thank You for taking on the form of a servant and bearing my sin upon the cross.   Lord Jesus, please remind me each day of the sacrifice You made for me so that I will seek after You with all my heart, soul,...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day 1 John 1:9 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.   Tree of Life Version (TLV) Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Co...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Dismas St. Dismas (1st c.) is the name Church tradition has given to the "Good Thief," one of the two criminals who were crucified alongside Jesus Christ on Good Friday. All we know about St. Dismas is what is mentioned of him in the...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. For great is your steadfast love toward me." Psa...

  • Feast Day

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

      Today’s Feast Day The Annunciation The Solemnity of the Annunciation, celebrated on March 25th, honors the profound meeting between the Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary, as recorded in St. Luke's Gospel. On this day St. Gabriel announced to Ma...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: March 25th: Annunciation View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 1,26-38): In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth. He was sent to a young virgin who was betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the family of David; and the vir...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 25 2019   « March 24  |  March 26 » Solemnity of the Annunciation of the LordLectionary: 545 Reading 1 Is 7:10-14; 8:10 The LORD spoke to ...

  • TAIZE PRAYER SERVICE

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

    This prayer service is done in most Churches, Monasteries, Friaries daily.  Most churches do it in December for Advent, and Lent.  It is a very spiritual and very meaningful quietness. You can even hear a pin drop.        The quieting, mystical experience of Taiz&ea...

  • Why Multi-Culturalism Doesn't Work

    Posted Mar 24 by Brother Matthew Michael

    We hear it time and again that "diversity is our strength". That is total nonsense. Diversity by it's very definition leads to division. There is no strength in taking a diverse group of people of different races, different cultures, different ethnicities, different morals, different values, differe...

  • Food and Religion

    Posted Mar 24 by Dr. Minister Pauly

    There is a lot to say about this topic. My ritual has been protein shake with milk, and supplements for breakfast. I will have protein and fruit for lunch. My favorite time to eat is dinner. I will have grain, veggie, and protein. The key is to not eat more calories than you burn. Unless you have to...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Mar 24 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    He Bore It All by Max Lucado   Then the soldiers bowed before Jesus and made fun of him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They spat on Jesus. (Matt. 27:26–31)   The soldiers’ assignment was simple: Take the Nazarene to the hill and kill h...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 24 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Proverbs 25:11   A Time to Think Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. –Mother Teresa   A Time to Act Make some...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 24 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Romans 6:23 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 23 For sin’s payment[a] is death, but God’s gracious gift is eternal life in Messiah Yeshua our Lord.   Footnotes: Romans 6:23 Or the wages of sin. Tree of Life Version (TLV...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 24 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   I pray for children in my community and children all over the world.   The new pressures and stresses that have been brought on by social media alone are strong.   Please intervene in these...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

    Set fire to others with its flame. Most blessèd Trinity of love, For whom the heart of man was made, To you be praise in timeless song, And everlasting homage paid. Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal The psalms of the day are shown here. If you are reciting more than one daytime hour ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Catherine of Sweden St. Catherine of Sweden (1331-1381) was the fourth of eight children born to St. Bridget of Sweden and her husband, Ulfo. As a child she was sent by her parents to be educated in a convent, and was later given i...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herse...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Sunday 3rd (C) of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 13,1-9): One day some persons told Jesus what had occurred in the Temple: Pilate had Galileans killed and their blood mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. Jesus replied, «Do you think that these Gali...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 24 2019- Year C   « March 23  |  March 25 » Third Sunday of Lent – Year C ReadingsLectionary: 30 Reading 1 Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15 Moses wa...

  • Nature Gods

    Posted Mar 23 by Gary V.

    I can look out my window every day and see miracles.... This morning I witnessed a cat basking in the Sun. How simple of a chore. Why can't society / individuals see the beauty in nature, and; stop looking for the fame and fortune in money and property, in churches, in any material things? I like t...

  • The More Things Change...

    Posted Mar 23 by Tony Villari

      One would hope that, when it comes to interfaith ministries, the adage "the more things change, the more they stay the same" would seem out of place. The unfortunate reality seems to be that, even in not-so-mainstream religions, this has not been the case. For instance, many broke away ...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Mar 23 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    A Crazy Hunch and a High Hope by Max Lucado   We don’t know her name, but we know her situation. According to the 5th chapter of Mark, she “had been bleeding for twelve years. She suffered very much from many doctors and had spent all the money she had; but instead ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 23 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues from generation to generation. Psalm 100:5   A Time to Think No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new he...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 23 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day James 1:2-4 Tree of Life Version (TLV) Rejoice in Trials 2 Consider it all joy, my brethren,[a] when you encounter various trials,   3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.   4 And let endura...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 23 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord Jesus, You are my hope and my salvation. Thank You for paying my sin-debts upon that old rugged cross. Please forgive me for the sins that I am holding onto. I turn away from my sins and I turn to You in repentance. I lay down all the burdens and shame that I am carrying from my past ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 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 without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 3rd 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 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 without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 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 en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Rafqa / Rebecca St. Rafqa / Rafka (Arabic for Rebecca) (1832–1914) was born in Himlaya, a Maronite village in the Lebanese mountains. She was an only child, and her mother died when she was seven. After her father's remarriag...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:19-20  

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Saturday 2nd 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 welcomes...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 23 2019   « March 22  |  March 24 » Saturday of the Second Week of LentLectionary: 235 Reading 1 Mi 7:14-15, 18-20 Shepherd your people wi...

  • How Fruitful is Our Faith?

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

    March 22, 2019 How Fruitful is Our Faith? Gayle Somers What happens to us when we become experts at identifying the sins of others?  In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus tells us. Gospel (Read Lk 13:1-9) St. Luke describes an episode in which “some people” who were among th...

  • The Fig Tree ^ Fasting

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

    March 22, 2019 The Fig Tree & Lenten Fasting Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. Some think Lent is a time for fasting.  I see it as a time of feasting. I come to this conclusion based on the story of the fig tree in Luke 13.  Three years without bearing fruit.  What could be the pro...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Mar 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    God in a Real Worldby Max Lucado  God calls us in a real world. He doesn’t communicate by performing tricks. He’s not a genie, a magician, a good luck charm, or the man upstairs. He is the Creator of the universe who is right here in the thick of our day-to-day world. And God spea...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Sword Of The Builders Friday, March 22, 2019 In the days of Nehemiah, the enemies of Israel sought to stop the building of Jerusalem. But the builders responded by carrying their building materials in one hand and holding a weapon in the other. They weren’t going to stop buildi...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Thank You for Your grace and for my salvation.   You sent Jesus to Earth to teach us and to accomplish what we could never accomplish...   …by taking the form of a servant, being born ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Ephesians 6:10-18 Tree of Life Version (TLV) Put on the Armor of God 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.   11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you are able to stand against the schemes of the devil. ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Nicholas Owen St. Nicholas Owen (d.1606) was born in England, the son of an Oxford carpenter. He became a carpenter himself, and joined the Jesuits as a lay brother during the era when Catholicism was outlawed in England. After servi...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13  

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Friday 2nd of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 21,33-43.45-46): Jesus said to the chief priests and elders, «Listen to another example: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a fence around it, dug a hole for the winepress, built a watchtower,...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 22 2019   « March 21  |  March 23 » Friday of the Second Week of LentLectionary: 234 Reading 1 Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a Israel loved Jos...

  • What Do We Need To Give Back To God This Lent?

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

    March 21, 2019 What Do We Need To Give Back to God This Lent? Constance T. Hull The Christian life is a long progression of letting go of our own wants and desires in order to live in accordance with God’s will. This is a difficult process for all of us. In our Fallen state, we want to ...

  • A Personal Hell on Earth

    Posted Mar 21 by Tony Villari

    It is said that when we die everything becomes crystal clear; there are peace and understanding unknown to us in the physical world.  If this is true, and evidence presented by those who have passed over and returned would bear this out, one would have to immediately admit the life they led did...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 21 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 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 Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Nicholas of Flue St. Nicholas of Flue (1417-1487) was born in Switzerland, a devout child of pious parents. At the age of 21 he joined the army and fought in local battles. In his mid-twenties, at the advice of his parents, he marrie...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to you. Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress. Incline your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call." Psalm 102:1-2  

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Thursday 2nd of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 16,19-31): Jesus said to his disciples, «Once there was a rich man who dressed in purple and fine linen and feasted every day. At his gate lay Lazarus, a poor man covered with sores, who longed to eat just th...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 21 2019   « March 20  |  March 22 » Thursday of the Second Week of LentLectionary: 233 Reading 1 Jer 17:5-10 Thus says the LORD:Cursed is ...

  • Black Roses for Mary

    Posted Mar 20 by Brother Matthew Michael

    Holy Mary, I hand you this rose, its petals black as ebony. Angels weep with mourning wails for the sake of Our blessed Lord. Prophecy O Simeon, you spoke to the Holy Family. Of a wretched sword you spoke two times thrice and one. The way of sorrow and the way of salvation dipped in tears and christ...

  • Doubting Thomas and the Divinity of Jesus

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

    March 20, 2019 Doubting Thomas and the Divinity of Jesus JP Nunez A few years ago, I had the opportunity to discuss the divinity of Jesus with a couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses. They deny this doctrine and instead believe that Jesus is a created being, so our conversation gave me a chance...

  • Jesus is Ready to Calm Our Waves of Sorrow

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

    March 20, 2019 Jesus is Ready to Calm Our Waves of Sorrow Jeannie Ewing “It is with good reason that the Scriptures often compare sorrow to the waves on the ocean. For sorrow has bitter waves that enter into the very depths of our souls…” – Fr. Jacques-Benigne Boss...

  • You Have Searched Me': God's Special Friendship With Us

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

    March 20, 2019 ‘You Have Searched Me’: God’s Special Friendship With Us Stephen Beale A good friend is someone who gets us. They know what we have been through, how we think, and what we like. They listen and engage with us, and they bring out our best. But no one knows us ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (634-687 A.D.) was born in present-day Scotland to a lowly family, and worked as a shepherd near the Melrose Abbey monastery. A child playmate prophesied that he would one day ...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, 'Do not fear, I will help you.'" Isaiah 41:13  

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 2nd of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 20,17-28): When Jesus was going to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve aside and said to them on the way, «See, we are going to Jerusalem. There the Son of Man will be given over to the chief priests and the teach...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 20 2019   « March 19  |  March 21 » Wednesday of the Second Week of LentLectionary: 232 Reading 1 Jer 18:18-20 The people of Judah and the...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Mar 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Grace Comes After You by Max Lucado   God’s grace! It has a wildness about it. A white-water, rip-tide, turn-you-upside-downess about it. Grace comes after you!   Some years ago I underwent a heart procedure. I asked the surgeon,   “You...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Almah Factor Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Isaiah 7 contains the famous prophecy which states that a virgin will conceive and bear a child. The Hebrew word used for ‘virgin’ is ‘almah.’ The first time the word ‘almah’ appears is in Exodus where a young a...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionThe Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:19 A Time to ThinkHave a sincere desire to serve God and mankind, and stop doubting, stop thinking negatively. Simply start living by faith, pray earnestly and humbly, and get into...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   Thank you for sending your Son to earth to rescue me.   I am humbled by the sinless life which Jesus led, as He overcame all temptations and then he paid the price for my sins.   Please show me ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 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 Mar 19 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 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 Mar 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 Mar 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...