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  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 15 2019   « January 14  |  January 16 » Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 306 Reading 1 Heb 2:5-12 It was not to an...

  • Meditations

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

      Meditation of the Day "Many people seem to worry themselves a great deal more over the things they cannot help than over the things that they can. ... This want of proportion is doubtless observable in myself. Do I think more of the accidents of birth, fortune, and per...

  • Glowing in Christ

    Posted Jan 14 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 14, 2019 Glowing in Christ Br. Juan Macias Marquez, O.P. People often remark at how dazzling-white our Dominican habits are. The question they frequently ask goes something along the lines of, “How do you not get it dirty?” I usually respond to this question, “Well, ...

  • Jesus Wants to Quench Our Spiritual Thirst

    Posted Jan 14 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 14, 2019 Jesus Wants to Quench Our Spiritual Thirst Sr. Mary Joseph Calore, SSCJ “You are the woman at the well.” The startling inspiration took hold of me during my morning meditation. Not that I was used to such lofty thoughts or profound insights. Hardly. In my spirit...

  • How Jesus the Mystical Word Brings Us to the Father

    Posted Jan 14 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 14, 2019 How Jesus the Mystical Word Brings Us to the Father Stephen Beale Isaiah 55:11-12 speaks beautifully of how Jesus is sent on His mission by the Father: So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me empty, but shall do what pleases me, achieving...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jan 14 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Can We Believe the Bible?by Max Lucado Can we believe the Bible? How can we know it is anything more than a collection of sayings and stories? Can we truly believe that the Bible is the Word of God? There are many reasons I believe in the Bible. Here are a few: Composition. It was composed over s...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 14 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionCall unto to Me and I will answer you and will tell you great and hidden things which you have not known. Jeremiah 33:3 A Time to ThinkWeave in faith and God will find the thread. –Old Proverb A Time to ActBelieve in the sun even when it's not shining. A Time to ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jan 14 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Two Messiahs For OneMonday, January 14, 2019The prophets foretold Messiah would come in glory, riding on the clouds, subduing the nations and reigning forever. The prophets also said He would come in humility, riding on a donkey, that He’d be rejected, suffer, and die for sins. The rabbis coul...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 14 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God, Today I surrender all that I am to You. May I speak words that bring healing and encouragement today. May my actions reflect the great mercy You have shown to me. May my attitude be like Yours, my King Jesus. Help me to walk in humility and faith. You are the God who rescues me ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Felix of Nola St. Felix of Nola (d. 250 A.D.) was born in Italy near Naples, the son of a Syrian soldier. After his father's death, Felix gave his goods to the poor and entered the priesthood. He was ordained by his bishop, St. Maxim...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 14 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet I will exul...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 14 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 1st in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 1,14-20): After John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee and began preaching the Good News of God. He said, «The time has come; the kingdom of God is at hand. Change your ways and believe the Good Ne...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 14 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 14 2019   « January 13  |  January 15 » Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 305 Reading 1 Heb 1:1-6 Brothers and sist...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jan 14 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "This great power of grace over nature appears at first sight as unnatural, for which reason nature strives against it and does not even wish to hear of the necessity of penance and mortification. But the obligation of penance remains, and precise...

  • A Sign from God

    Posted Jan 13 by Tony Villari

    We get signs from God constantly and are too wrapped up in our own issues to notice.  I've learned to put selfish concerns aside.  I've learned to take notice.  For instance, did you wake up this morning?  This is a sign from God that you have another day to excel in life.  ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. Psalm 118:14   A Time to Think God enters by a private door into each individual. –Ralph Waldo Emerson, philosopher, and poet   A Time to Act Cultivate t...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God, Thank You for filling Your creation with awe-inspiring beauty. Help me to savor Your glory today as it is displayed in Your creation. Please help me to see the work of Your hands all around me. Your goodness is greater than I can imagine. May Your Holy Spirit give me eyes to see ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 13 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 13 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 13 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 13 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 13 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 13 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 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Hilary of Poitiers St. Hilary of Poitiers (300–368 A.D.) was born in France to noble pagan parents. He was well instructed in philosophy and converted to Christianity after studying the Old and New Testaments. He was baptized i...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are." 1 Corinthians 3:16-17  

  • Feast Day

    Posted Jan 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord The Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord is closely connected with the Solemnity of the Epiphany; both are biblical manifestations of Jesus Christ as the Son of God. On the occasion of Jesus' b...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Baptism of the Lord (C) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 3,15-16.21-22): A feeling of expectancy had grown among the people, who were beginning to think that might be the Christ. Then John answered them, «I baptize you with water, but the one who is coming will ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 13 2019   « January 12  |  January 14 » The Baptism of the Lord Lectionary: 21 Reading 1 Is 42:1-4, 6-7 Thus says the LORD:Here is my se...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jan 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "A hidden and obscure life affords great security to those who sincerely desire to love God. Our Divine Master Himself deigned to teach us this by His own example, for He spent thirty years in the obscurity of Nazareth and the workshop of a humble...

  • Chivalry Is Not Dead!

    Posted Jan 12 by Tony Villari

    I've received my share of odd looks from ladies, the young and old, usually when I stop to hold open a door for them or offer assistance with a heavy bag. I think I get the odd looks because, at first, they don't know how to respond, and then they're not sure what to say.  As if saying "th...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 12 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 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, The Baptism of the Lord) 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,  &nbs...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Marguerite Bourgeoys St. Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700) was born in France to a large middle-class Christian family. After having a deep religious experience at the age of 20, Marguerite dedicated her life to God thr...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: January 12th (Weekdays of the Christmas season) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 3,22-30): After this, Jesus went into the territory of Judea with his disciples. He stayed there with them and baptized. John was also baptizing in Aenon near Salim where water was plenti...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 12 2019   « January 11  |  January 13 » Saturday after EpiphanyLectionary: 217 Reading 1 1 Jn 5:14-21 Beloved:We have this confidence in...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jan 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Man will not consent to drive away the money-changers from the temple of his soul until he realizes that it is a Holy of Holies—not a house of traffic, but in very truth the house of God. We thus reach two striking conclusions: There cannot...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jan 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Shevat Of God Friday, January 11, 2019 Genesis 2:2 says, “And the Lord rested on the seventh day...” The word ‘rested’ is the Hebrew word ‘shevat’ from which we get the English word, ‘Sabbath.’ Hebrews 4:9 promises that for the people o...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionShout His praise with joy! For great is the Holy One. Isaiah 12:6 NLT A Time to ThinkTrials...may come in abundance. But they cannot penetrate into the sanctuary of the soul when it is settled in God, and we may dwell in perfect peace. –Hannah Whitall Smith, author...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God, You give life to all of You beautiful people in this world. You are the hope for the hopeless and You are unwavering in Your love for me. Lord, I lift up all the anxiety that I am harboring in my body, the worries of providing for my needs and the feelings of inadequacy that can ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Pope St. Hyginus Pope St. Hyginus (d. 142 A.D.) was born in Athens, Greece, and became the ninth successor to the Chair of St. Peter. He reigned as pope for four years from about 138-142 A.D. Many of the details of his life have not been...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: January 11th (Weekdays of the Christmas season) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 5,12-16): One day in another town, a man came to Jesus covered with leprosy. On seeing him he bowed down to the ground, and said, «Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean»...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 11 2019   « January 10  |  January 12 » Friday after EpiphanyLectionary: 216 Reading 1 1 Jn 5:5-13 Beloved:Who indeed is the victor over...

  • Canadian Smoke and Mirrors

    Posted Jan 10 by Larry Makinson

    When the smoke and mirrors go away.The original request to remove section 176 did not take place. This is the heading for 176Obstructing or violence to or arrest of officiating clergymanAmendments were made under this heading.   The new: 13.‍1 Paragraphs 176(1)‍(a) and (b) of ...

  • ´╗┐´╗┐Godless Humanoid Robots

    Posted Jan 10 by Tony Villari

    What do you think defines humanity?  When do you think a robot can be defined as a "sentient" being? Are we not, by definition, robotic organisms put together by God, with the only difference being that our parts are made up of cellular material we call flesh?  If we gi...

  • Fully Embracing Christ's Mission for Us

    Posted Jan 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 10, 2019 Fully Embracing Christ’s Mission for Us Constance T. Hull The path to conversion for each one of us is a process. Most of us do not have experiences where we are struck blind, like Saul, and come out of it with the zeal of St. Paul. We are often not like the Apostles wh...

  • Month of the Holy Name of Jesus

    Posted Jan 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Month of the Holy Name of Jesus The month of January is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. After the Blessed Virgin Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit, the angel Gabriel appeared to St. Joseph and told him that the Child’s name should be called Jesus, meaning ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. William of Bourges St. William of Bourges (1155–1209), also known as St. William the Confessor, was born to a noble family in France. He was educated under his uncle who was an archdeacon, and from a young age turned away from ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to do what we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and int...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: January 10th (Weekdays of the Christmas season) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 4,14-22): Jesus acted with the power of the Spirit, and on his return to Galilee the news about him spread throughout all that territory. He began teaching in the synagogues of the Jews a...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 10 2019   « January 9  |  January 11 » Thursday after EpiphanyLectionary: 215 Reading 1 1 Jn 4:19–5:4 Beloved, we love God becaus...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jan 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Our confidence in God must be founded on His infinite goodness and on the merits of the Passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, with this condition on our part: that we should preserve and recognize in ourselves an entire and firm resolution ...

  • Spiritual Warefare Prayer

    Posted Jan 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    A Prayer for those in Spiritual Warfare Today I need your supernatural power, Lord, to stand strong and not surrender. Physical force won't help, because you've said the weapons of our warfare are different from those in this world. As believers, ours are powerful and can demolish strongholds and li...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jan 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Greatest Act Of RepentanceThursday, January 10, 2019Teshuvah is Hebrew for repentance. Most believers think that repentance is done when they first come to the Lord or when they recommit their life to Him. Others think repentance is something one does in response to a particular sin. All these t...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jan 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Blast a Few Walls by Max Lucado   The cross of Christ creates a new people, a people unhindered by skin color or family feud. A new citizenry based, not on common ancestry or geography, but on a common Savior.   My friend Buckner Fanning experienced this firstha...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God,   Thank You for the ways that You have blessed and guided me in the past.   At times it is hard for me to hear Your voice, but I look to the past to remember that You have been faithful in watching over me.   Today, I lift up my deepest n...

  • The Soul of Jesus

    Posted Jan 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    The Soul Of Jesus Dan Burke Presence of God – O Jesus, permit me to contemplate Your soul, the chosen temple of the Holy Spirit, and grant that, following Your example, I, too, may become a temple worthy of Him. MEDITATION Although grace was created equally by the three Persons ...

  • How to Achieve Constant Prayer

    Posted Jan 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 8, 2019 How To Achieve Constant Prayer Matthew Leonard Did you know that every part of our life is meant to be powered by prayer…everything! Is that even possible? Since “with God all things are possible” (Mt 19:26), the answer is a resounding “Yes...

  • How The Saints Overcame Distraction During Prayer

    Posted Jan 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 9, 2019 How the Saints Overcame Distraction During Prayer Fr. Joseph M. Esper For all men who were ignorant of God were foolish by nature; and they were unable from the good things that are seen to know Him who exists, nor did they recognize the Craftsman while paying heed to His work...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jan 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    He is Waiting in the Midst of the Stormby Max Lucado Peter knows he is in trouble. The winds roar down onto the Sea of Galilee like a hawk on a rat. Lightning zigzags across the black sky. The clouds vibrate with thunder. The rain taps then pops, then slaps against the deck of the boat until every...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionEvery word of God is flawless. Proverbs 30:5 NIV A Time to ThinkThe Bible is the only book whose Author is always present when one reads it. –Author Unknown A Time to ActAllow God’s love to heal old wounds. A Time to PrayHeavenly Father, replace my pain wit...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord Jesus, Thank you for being the truth in this world. Please open my eyes so that I may seek your truth in my life and in the difficult moments. Please continue to be the rock-solid foundation upon which I build my life. With you as my unshakeable foundation, all of my hopes, dreams, amb...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Adrian of Canterbury St. Adrian of Canterbury (d. 710 A.D.), also known as St. Hadrian, was a native of North Africa who was sent to England to accompany his friend, Theodore of Tarsus, who was appointed to the prestigious archbishop...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

     Verse of the Day "In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He inte...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: January 9th (Weekdays of the Christmas season) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 6,45-52): After the five thousand men were satiated, Jesus obliged his disciples to get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, towards Bethsaida, while he himself sent the cr...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 9 2019   « January 8  |  January 10 » Wednesday after EpiphanyLectionary: 214 Reading 1 1 Jn 4:11-18 Beloved, if God so loved us,we also...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jan 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Woodcutter's Wisdom by Max Lucado Once there was an old man who lived in a tiny village. Although poor, he was envied by all, for he owned a beautiful white horse. Even the king coveted his treasure. A horse like this had never been seen before—such was its splendor, its majesty, its stre...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jan 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    There Was No Book Of Acts In The Book Of Acts Tuesday, January 8, 2019 What was it like to live inside the Book of Acts? For the people of the Book of Acts, there was no Book of Acts, just acts. It hadn’t been recorded yet. It wasn’t a book. It wasn’t something they jus...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection In peace, I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 NIV   A Time to Think A well-spent day brings happy sleep. —Leonardo da Vinci   A Time to Act Before you go to sleep, commit ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God,   Thank You for loving me.   I want to be more like You my Lord.   Please open the eyes of my heart so that I may see You more clearly.   Jesus said, "I am the light of the world." John 8:12   Jesus told hi...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 8 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...