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A Scripture Reflection for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 15, 2018



First Reading: Amos 7: 12-15

Psalm: 85: 9-10, 11-12, 13-14

Second Reading: Ephesians 1: 3-14 OR 1: 3-10

Gospel: Mark 6: 7-13



July 14, 2018

by MC Larme

3 discoveries about being a nun that I learned from living with them


When I left my 9 to 5 job at a DC education research firm for a year of travel, my first destination was a three-month program to live and volunteer with nuns in New Mexico. Though I knew few details of my future day-to-day, the decision felt deeply right and I was open to the new culture I would experience. However, my friends and family were puzzled.


June 14, 2018

God’s Will for Us and “the Little Way”

A Reflection on Call

December 15, 2016
This article is excerpted from Pope Francis’s speech at the Prayer Vigil with the young people at the XXXI World Youth Day.  (Campus Misericordiae, Kraków, 30 July 2016)   Dear Young Friends, good evening!  (…) I thought of the Apostles on the day of Pentecost.  Picturing them can help us come to appreciate all that God dreams of accomplishing in our lives, in us and with us.  That day, the disciples were together behind locked doors, out of fear.
August 19, 2016
   “I was a stranger and you welcomed me,” Few experiences in my life have embodied these words from the Gospel of Matthew more vividly than my current experience as a stranger in a foreign land. Last December I arrived in Santiago, Chile to begin my two years of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC). Six months later, I still cannot help but be absolutely astounded by the welcome that received me and the welcoming of others that I have witnessed during my time here. When I first arrived, I could barely communicate with the folks I encountered.
June 16, 2016
 I whip a shiny metal frying pan out from behind a wooden podium, spin it around on my finger and sling it over my shoulder as I ask the crowd of 8th graders gathered before me,  “Can anyone guess what my favorite Disney movie is?” “Tangled!” They shout.  “Yes, that’s right.” The frying pan is Rapunzel’s weapon of choice. “There is one scene in the movie when Rapunzel finds herself in a restaurant full of suspicious characters.
May 20, 2016
Discerning God’s call in your life can be challenging! Especially when you question what you are currently doing… Is this really what God wants me to do with my life? For how long? Am I called to religious life or marriage? Am I on the right path? Why can’t God just give me a clear sign? Why do I have to be patience - haven’t I been patience enough?! I’m ready Lord, why do you keep insisting I need to do this and that first?! Perhaps you can relate to some of these questions.
May 3, 2016
It was around this time last year that I was getting ready for a retreat called Day By Day Agape, DDA; an encounter weekend for teenagers led by teenagers.  I was one of the adult mentors on the leadership team for the retreat and after six weeks of a formation process we were ready to bring Christ to others.  I had been on countless DDAs in the past so preparing for this weekend wasn’t any different than my past experiences.  I knew my role as an adult mentor and I was confident that our teen team was prepared to share their faith with their peers.
April 28, 2016
Since childhood one of my favorite images of God is the Good Shepherd who knows each of us intimately. In the gospels we hear, “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”  It is good to ask ourselves, “Whose voice do I hear and follow?  Can I hear the Good Shepherd’s voice?” The noise!  Oh, the noise in our world!  Many voices clamor at us and call us to follow them. Sometimes it is easy to listen to other voices and to the noise of the world.  These voices can promise happiness, comfort, and an easier life.
April 14, 2016
 Have you ever gone on a pilgrimage?  Just as in times past, people today make pilgrimages to many sacred places, such as the Holy Land and Lourdes, or they may decide to walk the arduous Camino de Santiago.  Pilgrimages often mean making a journey or “camino” toward a holy place.  Our forty-day Lenten camino puts us on a path like that of the biblical times of fast and preparation.  We think of the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert after his baptism in the Jordan River.
February 22, 2016
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