Sunday Reflections from the C.PP.S.

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

Belief Without Seeing

We may not know everything about our faith or have everything spelled out about what we believe but we are still called to believe. We can believe without knowing everything. How much are you willing to trust Jesus and his Church?

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The Deep Hunger Inside Us

In the wave of firsts as a newly-ordained, baby priest, mistakes and errors are quite common. Not doing this right, forgetting to do that thing. Usually, I become aware of these errors at inopportune moments, usually toward the end of a Mass.

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Authentic Discipleship

By Al Spilly, C.PP.S. When Jesus calls disciples and sends them on mission, he requires certain things of them.  Naturally, he does not assume that they will be abusers or victimizers. Rather, from time to time they will be the victims of others’ curses and other...

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Depend on God to Find Peace

In this Sunday’s reading, Jeremiah is not suggesting that we should stop depending upon each other. He is reminding the Israelites not to be lured into the charms of other nations which are traps. Israel had made poor decisions by trusting the Egyptian and Assyrian kingdoms, and paid for it.

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Any Volunteers?

By Fr. Jim Dugal, C.PP.S. During World War I, there was a secret message that had to be sent to the front lines. They could not take a chance that the enemy would intercept it, so they asked if anyone would volunteer for this dangerous mission. One man stepped forward...

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Sister Adorer of the Blood of Christ

By Fr. William Nordenbrock, C.PP.S. On the feast of St. Maria De Mattias, the Church offers for our reflection a very familiar passage from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah. In fact, it is part of the reading that we heard on Sunday. In the passage we hear the...

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Trust Leads to Love

By Fr. Tim Knepper, C.PP.S. In the Knepper household, when I was growing up, the radio would usually be tuned to adult contemporary or “pop” radio. Often my mom would listen to the Carpenters. One of her favorite songs was “I Need to be in Love.” Mom would tell me to...

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The Shortest Homily

The liturgy today details two homecomings and it features the longest continuous scripture reading and the shortest homily.

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The Beginning of Belief

By Br. Matt Schaefer, C.PP.S. "...And his disciples began to believe him."  A simple statement at the end of a straightforward and familiar story. But this nascent belief, as unsteady as a toddler's first steps, started a movement. It was enough to keep these first...

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You are God’s Beloved

Here is my chosen one with whom I am well pleased. (Isaiah 42:1) You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased. (Luke 3:22) By Fr. Steve Dos Santos, C.PP.S. While the words cited above refer to and were spoken to Jesus specifically, our faith tells us that they...

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God, What Are You Thinking?

By Brother Brian Boyle, C.PP.S. “When I get out of the Catholic Theological Union, I am going to do . . . “When I get definitively incorporated and then ordained, I am going to . . . ” My confreres, classmates and I commonly used statements like these during...

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A Time to Take in the Wonder

By the V. Rev. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S. Christmas time is packed full of celebrations, parties, get-togethers, dinners, and of course all kinds of events at your parish, such as reconciliation services, Christmas concerts, and lots of Masses! Each of these events are...

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A Time to Take in the Wonder

By the V. Rev. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S. Christmas time is packed full of celebrations, parties, get-togethers, dinners, and of course all kinds of events at your parish, such as reconciliation services, Christmas concerts, and lots of Masses! Each of these events are...

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Qualities of a Holy Family

By Fr. Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S. Today we move quickly from the story of Christmas to Jesus at 12 years of age. We do not know much about the early years of Jesus’ life, so today’s Gospel gives us an unusual glimpse into his family life.  Luke tells us that the Holy...

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

By Fr. Tim McFarland, C.PP.S. Merry Christmas! Christmas usually brings a flood of memories from our past as we often look back with warm recollections of family gatherings, special foods, gifts being opened, and meals shared with family.  The scripture readings for...

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A Mother’s Love

By Fr. Tony Fortman, C.PP.S. We draw ever closer to Christmas. In today’s Gospel we envision Mary’s visitation to her cousin Elizabeth. Mary is three months pregnant with baby Jesus and her cousin Elizabeth is six months pregnant with her baby, John the Baptist. These...

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A Season of Hope and Joy

By Fr. Harry Brown, C.PP.S. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice.” Rejoice, because we Christians know to whom we should turn for true joy. St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians gives us a crash course in our preparation for Christmas. He was sitting...

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Rejoice! Do Justice!

Taken together, our readings on this second Sunday of Advent are a call to rejoice in what God is doing, but are also a challenge for us to do our part. We are not just to rejoice and wait for God to do God’s thing. We are to rejoice and spend time and effort in making the Kingdom of God a reality in our own lives and in the world today.

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The Authority of the Word

Mathew 8:5-11 By Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S. The Gospel reading from St. Mathew today has me reflecting on the nature of authority. It is not my favorite topic because I can remember different occasions when I have been accused of having a problem with authority....

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“This Is Advent!”

God breaks into our lives and our worlds, regardless of how cleaned-up we are, or maybe precisely when we are not cleaned up. The power and glory of our God breaks into history in the birth of Jesus. The power and glory of God brings forth new life in our world and our lives. This season of Advent invites us to slow down and pause, to sit down and be attentive, and to stand up and raise our heads to see that God our justice is at hand. God our redemption is at hand. In the voice of two little children, loudly and proudly imitating the voice of a station announcer, “This is Advent! This is Advent!”

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Is Christ the Lord of My Life?

The annual celebration of the Feast of Christ the King often has a triumphal ring to it. Jesus is given dominion and kingship by the Father because the Lord “loves us and frees us from our sins by his blood.” This year’s celebration, however, is muted by scandals...

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Do You Have a Reservation?

Thanksgiving is here—be thankful that Jesus has offered himself to save us. What do you need to do in your life to make sure you have a reservation, that your name is written in the book of life?

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Our Actions Show Our Allegiance

1 Kings 17:10-16 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44 By Brother Brian Boyle, C.PP.S. Walter Payton. The Chicago Bears. The person and the professional football franchise are inseparable. Walter Payton played running back for the Chicago Bears from 1974–87. I could share...

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Open Our Blind Eyes, O Lord

A fellow Precious Blood priest, Fr. Marvin Steffes, C.PP.S., was a man of hands-on spirituality with no fluff. He so often observed “most people are going to be saved because they are so ignorant.”  I know he included the two of us. The Epistle to the Hebrews says we...

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Bonded in the Precious Blood

One of the joys of living in Rome was exploring the hundreds of churches in the city. Some are gigantic architectural wonders like Saint Peter’s and others are smaller, less ornate, and less well known. Yet each is remarkable in its own way.

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In Search of Wisdom

Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor (Mark 10:21) [I] deemed riches nothing in comparison with her, (Wisdom 7:8) One of the threads running through the readings for this Sunday portrays wisdom and holiness as superior or earthly treasure. Solomon tells us how...

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Be a Servant of All

When it comes time to replay the story of your life what will you see? Today is the day to make a choice to serve God generously through the relationships and chance encounters you experience each day.

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Getting Rid of the Message

Thousands of messages come our way each day and a good number of those message we do not like, so we try to get rid of those messages as quickly as possible.  For example, when someone sends you message trying to sell you something you do not want, you delete it, throw it in the trash, or simply just pretend as though you never got the message. 

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Sharing in the Cross

Our North American culture, particularly in the United States, prides itself on the “self-made” individual. Phrases such as, “I’ve got to do it my way,” “I don’t really care what others think, I have to be me,” are often heard in conversations. Posts on various social...

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