Sharing the Word for December 2, 2019 – First Week of Advent – Year 2

December 2, 2019 Daily Reading from the USCCB: Isaiah 4:2-6 https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/SW_112910_I.mp3   We enter the season of Advent with readings from Isaiah–the most prolific of the prophets of the Old Testament, the great proclaimer of the coming of the salvation of the Lord. God’s plans are to come to set things right–to bring all creation to fulfillment. God intends to purify and sanctify His people. He wants to bring them… Read More »Sharing the Word for December 2, 2019 – First Week of Advent – Year 2

Advents Makes Us Prepared for the Kingdom

Advent is a great time for a retreat. Many folks, however, aren’t able to steal away for three whole days at a time, especially with our culture’s “holiday rush” beginning. So these four weekly reflections, made available on each Friday before the Sunday of Advent, are meant to be a miniature retreat for readers. This four-part retreat (yes, even on paper or on the screen) is intended to help readers… Read More »Advents Makes Us Prepared for the Kingdom

Daily Catholic Quote — Thomas Merton — Integrated Catholic Life™

Image © by Andrey_Popov | Shutterstock “To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.  Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder… Read More »Daily Catholic Quote — Thomas Merton — Integrated Catholic Life™

Reflection 333: Simplicity – Daily Reflections on Divine Mercy

Life can appear to be complicated at times and so can we.  But the truth is that we need to cut through the complexities of life and realize that, from the perspective and Will of God, life is simple.  It’s simple in that all we need to do is say “Yes” to Him every day, surrendering all to Him and trusting Him every step of the way.  We must be… Read More »Reflection 333: Simplicity – Daily Reflections on Divine Mercy

St. Andrew

November 30, 2019 Andrew, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, was the first disciple of our Lord. Prior to coming to Jesus, Andrew had been a follower or disciple of John the Baptist. One day while walking with John, Jesus passed by. St. John, seeing Jesus, pointed Him out to Andrew and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” Realizing that John was saying that Jesus was the Messiah whom they had… Read More »St. Andrew

Stay Awake This Advent — Integrated Catholic Life™

Photograph © by Lisa Missenda | Shutterstock “Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come” (Matthew 24:42). This verse is part of a larger passage (Matthew 24:1 — 25:30) where Jesus speaks about the time before his second coming—that is the time in which we all live. Of course this is immediately followed with the separation of the sheep and goats—the final judgment… Read More »Stay Awake This Advent — Integrated Catholic Life™

Reflection 335: Forever Forgiving  – Daily Reflections on Divine Mercy

One of the hardest things to do in life is to pray for those who persecute you and to treat them with the utmost respect and compassion.  But what benefit is there in hating them or lashing out at them?  Doing this “harm” to them is far more damaging to your own soul than to theirs.  Forgive, forgive, and forgive again.  In fact, forgiving another is a form of God’s… Read More »Reflection 335: Forever Forgiving  – Daily Reflections on Divine Mercy

Saint Eligius

December 1, 2019 Eligius (also known as Eloi) was born to Roman-Gallo parents around 590 near Limoges in France. His father was a metalsmith and Eligius, learning this craft from him, became extremely skillful in the trade. Eventually he was appointed master of the mint under King Clotaire II of Paris. Eligius developed a close friendship with the King and his reputation as an outstanding metalsmith became widespread. With his… Read More »Saint Eligius

Dr. Scott Hahn – The Hour is Late — Integrated Catholic Life™

Image © by Christos Georghiou | Shutterstock Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the First Sunday of Advent (Year A) Readings:Isaiah 2:1–5Psalm 122:1–9Romans 13:11–14Matthew 24:37–44 Jesus exaggerates in today’s Gospel when He claims not to know the day or the hour when He will come again. He occasionally makes such overstatements to drive home a point we might otherwise miss (see Matthew 5:34; 23:9; Luke 14:26). His… Read More »Dr. Scott Hahn – The Hour is Late — Integrated Catholic Life™

Reflection 334: Serving Souls – Daily Reflections on Divine Mercy

One of the greatest blessings we have been given is the ability to serve others.  We serve them in many ways, especially in accord with our particular vocation.  But the greatest service we could ever render a person is to be a minister of the Mercy of God, leading them to the glories of Heaven.  Imagine what Heaven will be like knowing that you have inspired countless souls to grow… Read More »Reflection 334: Serving Souls – Daily Reflections on Divine Mercy