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136. History Unveiled (Mark 13:14-27)

November 14, 2018 by  
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“The final age of the world has already come upon us. The renovation of the world has already been irrevocably decreed and in this age is already anticipated in some real way.” – Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium, 48 Mark 13:14-27: ‘When you see the disastrous abomination set up where it ought not to be (let the reader understand), then those in Judaea must escape to the mountains; if a man is on the housetop, he... Read More

137. Staying Ready (Mark 13:28-37)

November 14, 2018 by  
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“Not all of us are called to undergo martyrdom, but we are all called to a life of Christian virtue. Now virtue demands courage… It demands from us daily, assiduous, unremitting effort to our very last breath, and so it can be called a slow and continuous martyrdom.” – Venerable Pope Pius XII Mark 13:28-37: ‘Take the fig tree as a parable: as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves come out, you know that summer... Read More

134. A Mighty Heart (Mark 12:38-44)

November 7, 2018 by  
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“… You have been created for the glory of God and for you own eternal salvation; this is your end, this is the object of your soul and the treasure of your heart.” – St. Robert Bellarmine Mark 12:38-44: In his teaching he said, ‘Beware of the scribes who like to walk about in long robes, to be greeted obsequiously in the market squares, to take the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets;... Read More

133. Lifestyle by Christ (Mark 12:28-37)

October 31, 2018 by  
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“For our sakes he suffered all the agonies of body and mind, and did not shrink from any torment. He gave us a perfect example of patience and love.” – St. Francis of Paola Mark 12:28-37: One of the scribes who had listened to them debating and had observed how well Jesus had answered them, now came up and put a question to him, ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ Jesus replied, ‘This is the first: Listen,... Read More

128. Blind Eyes, Seeing Heart (Mark 10:46-52)

October 24, 2018 by  
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“All my hope is naught save in your great mercy.” – St. Augustine Mark 10:46-52: They reached Jericho; and as he left Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (that is, the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and to say, ‘Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me’. And many of them scolded him and told him to... Read More

127. The Hard Road to Jerusalem (Mark 10:32-45)

October 17, 2018 by  
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“Poverty is true riches. So precious is poverty that God’s only-begotten Son came on earth in search of it. In heaven he had superabundance of all goods. Nothing was lacking there but poverty.” – St. Anthony of Padua Mark 10:32-45: They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem; Jesus was walking on ahead of them; they were in a daze, and those who followed were apprehensive. Once more taking the Twelve aside he began... Read More

126. Money, Money, Money (Mark 10:17-31)

October 10, 2018 by  
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“If you wish to talk to Christ and to accept all the truth of his testimony, you must on the one hand ‘love the world’ – for God ‘so loved the world that he gave his only Son’ (Jn 3:16) – and at the same time you must acquire interior detachment with regard to all this rich and fascinating reality that makes up ‘the world.’”  – Saint John Paul II Mark 10:17-31: He was setting out on a journey... Read More

125. Married Love: Meant to Last (Mark 10:1-16)

October 3, 2018 by  
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“Indeed the garden of the Lord contains not only the roses of martyrdom but also the lilies of virginity, the ivy of marriage, and the violets of widowhood. So no one, my dear brethren, need despair of his vocation. Christ suffered for all.”  – St. Augustine Mark 10:1-16: Leaving there, he came to the district of Judaea and the far side of the Jordan. And again crowds gathered round him, and again he taught them, as... Read More

124. Sin Matters (Mark 9:38-50)

September 26, 2018 by  
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“There is a crown for those who in times of persecution fight the good fight; there is a crown too for those who in times of peace keep true to their conscience.” – St. Cyprian Mark 9:38-50: John said to him, ‘Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devils in your name; and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him.’ But Jesus said, ‘You must not stop him: no one who works a miracle in my name... Read More

123. Leaders Like Christ (Mark 9:30-37)

September 19, 2018 by  
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“I desire to love you, O my God, with a love that is patient, with a love that abandons itself wholly to you, with a love that acts, and most important of all, with a love that perseveres.” – St. Theresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart Mark 9:30-37: After leaving that place they made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them, ‘The Son of... Read More

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