Sunday Reflections from the C.PP.S.

C.PP.S. Members share their reflections on Sunday readings

Beyond Gratitude to Thanksgiving

In the month of October, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops invites us to renew our call to “cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end.” As Missionaries of the Precious Blood, this call is woven...

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People of Hope

The opening lines of today’s first reading are some of the most powerful words in Scripture. The desperation is clear in the words of the prophet Habakkuk, “How long, O LORD? I cry for help but you do not listen! I cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not...

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Reconfiguring Our Attitudes

Before I joined the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, I worked for many years as a social service case manager. I worked with families and later the elderly to help them with housing, food and medical care. My clients were in a very poor part of the city and almost...

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Focus, Consistency and Commitment

Wait, what? Did Jesus really just say that? This is one of those Gospel’s that is difficult to understand. Jesus makes the central figure a dishonest steward. And then puts him forward as the one to be emulated. What are we to make of this? Clearly Jesus is not...

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Working for Perfection

99 out of 100, it is not perfect, but it is close to perfect, and by my standards it is good enough, and only one missing probably nothing to worry about. 9 out of 10, again it is not perfect, but again it is close to perfect, and by my standards it is good enough,...

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The Cross Always Stands Before Us

The Gospel today, as always, presents us with a challenge. The challenge begins in the first reading from Wisdom, “For who can learn the counsel of God? Or who can discern what the Lord wills?” (9:13) We have often heard it said that God’s ways are not our ways. We...

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Jesus is Enough for Me

Many times when I go to wedding receptions, I purposely stay by the bar and wait for the bride, groom, or parents of the bride and groom to approach me. They may see me and then invite me to sit by grandma at one of the head tables. For some reason, the priest always...

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Our Gate Versus God’s Gate

In the Protestant church in which I grew up, I was taught that we had a hold on truth. How my church interpreted the Bible was correct, and all other churches were wrong. The pastor said had the final say on the truth that was in the Bible. I was a normal member of...

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Setting the World on Fire

Jeremiah has set things on fire with his words of admonishment again the king and his policies. When he tried to stop himself, his heart felt as if it was burning within him. He couldn’t help himself. He had to proclaim God’s message, no matter the consequences. The...

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Less Is More. It Really Is

The three readings for this Sunday ask us to look at what we have. I do not mean to look inward at yourself and your talents/gifts. The three readings ask us to look at what we have as our material possessions and what real value we should put on them. In the first...

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Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Jesus was praying. He was a man of prayer. His disciples saw that, so they asked him to teach them to pray. Today we might make the same request. And what does he teach us? First of all, that God is our Father and wants to give us good gifts. He tells them to look at...

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Providing for Our Guests

An obvious theme in the first reading and Gospel is hospitality. During these summer months perhaps, we have had the opportunity to offer hospitality to guests or to be recipients of the hospitality of others. One of the traits that has often been associated with the...

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Which of These Three Was Neighbor?

It is so easy for us to gloss over this phrase at the end of the story, but it is one that requires we stop and pay attention.  The scholar could have simply said “the Samaritan” but he so hated Samaritans, that he couldn’t even bring himself to say the word. We all...

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Peace in the Midst of the World

Recently I went on a week-long retreat to a Benedictine monastery. My goal for the week was simple—peace. Peace from work, from obligations, from noise, from news, from traffic, from the internet. Peace for time with God, time to listen to the yearnings of my soul,...

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Your blood, O Lord, is the source of life

A message for the Solemnity of the Precious Blood from our Provincial Director Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S.   Blood is very ambiguous. It can point to life and to death. Blood spilled in violence on our streets is a powerful sign of evil and death. In our world...

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No Excuses

By Fr. Tony Fortman, C.PP.S. In today’s Gospel, we see the apostles of Jesus, James and John, wanting to call an airstrike on a Samaritan village. We read, “On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him...

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The Re-Membering of Christ

By Fr. Tim McFarland, C.PP.S. Many of our “mature” readers may recall carrying photos of loved ones in our wallets or purses. These have become obsolete. Now we carry lots of photos on our phones. These photos remind us of cherished memories, of loved ones and...

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Seeing with the Eyes of Faith

Fr. Al Spilly, C.PP.S.  Although we sign ourselves with the sign of the cross every day, it may remain disconnected from our experience. God the Father is a gentle, loving shepherd. We experience this early in our lives when older people show us mercy, compassion,...

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When We Need It the Most

By Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S. A mighty wind or a gentle breath, the Spirit comes as it wills. Sometimes a mighty wind that opens shuttered windows and locked doors and fills the frightened with new courage sending the silent into the streets with loud voices that...

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Our Transformation is God’s Doing

By Fr. Jim Smith, C.PP.S. This feast of the Ascension centers, at least in our imagination I would expect, largely on where Jesus goes as he is parted from them. There are wonderful paintings and stained glass windows attempting to depict it, but none of the classical...

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Living into the Vision

By Fr. Matt Keller, C.PP.S.  Are we are who we say we are? Or do the actions of our lives reflect something different about who we really are? I do and I do not like these questions. What I do not like about these questions is the wording. There is just something...

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What Else Would a Mom Do?

Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians Memorial observance for the C.PP.S. and the ASC By Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S. My parish growing up in Fort Recovery, Ohio was dedicated to Mary Help of Christians. As a kid I don’t remember ever being confused about the title. If...

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What’s New?

By Fr. Jim Dugal, C.PP.S. What’s new? Most of us have been asked that question upon meeting someone. How have you answered? I find myself saying, "not much," or "nothing." You parents have probably heard this when you asked your teen, "What happened in school today?”...

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The Bond Between the Shepherd and Us

By V. Rev. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S. There seems to be an overarching theme in the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter. In one way or another the image of sheep comes up in the readings. In the Psalm we sing that “We are his people, the sheep of his flock.” In the...

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The Test of Love

“A bell's not a bell 'til you ring it, A song's not a song 'til you sing it. Love in your heart wasn't put there to stay, Love isn't love 'til you give it away!” Brother Matt Schaefer, C.PP.S. These lyrics from The Sound of Music may sound sentimental (they’re...

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Poor Thomas, Doubting Thomas

Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S.  Poor Thomas, doubting Thomas, he gets such a bad rap. Almost everyone thinks he doubted the Lord, yet he never doubted what his own eyes could see. He wasn't there the first time Jesus appeared after the resurrection. But when he returned,...

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Running Toward Grace and Love

By Fr. Tim Knepper, C.PP.S. Growing up, I would visit my Grandma Knepper during the summer and sometimes mow her lawn. While taking breaks, she would make lemonade and invite me in to sit down and chat with her about how my life was going or what was going on in her...

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Jesus’ Sacrifice Sustains Us

By Fr. Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S. Today’s celebration, “Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord,” holds together two extremes, Jesus who is acclaimed King and Jesus who is the Paschal Lamb of God who gave his life for the salvation of the world. Many Catholic homes honor...

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Go and Sin No More

Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. John 8:7 By Fr. Steve Dos Santos, C.PP.S. When I was in parish ministry, I would be asked by parishioners about the morality of a particular choice. In some cases, they were asking for...

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The Father Always Takes Us Back

By Fr. Harry Brown, C.PP.S. Laetare! Rejoice! The theme for this Mass is that “God has reconciled us to himself through Christ.” Salvation cannot be bought with good works. In leading a Christian life, it is the reason why one does so that really counts. Indeed love...

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