Sunday Reflections from the C.PP.S.

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

When the End Becomes a Beginning

When the End Becomes a Beginning

Every November, as the liturgical year winds down and we head towards the Feast of Christ the King (on November 24 this year), the Sunday scripture readings begin to speak about the end times. But the focus of these readings is not really about the end of the world...

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Speak your Truth

Speak your Truth

In today’s readings, we hear stories of people standing in front of the authorities of their day, and having to speak their truths no matter what the cost. The family in Maccabees spoke their truth and were tortured for it. They showed unflinching bravery in the face...

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God Will Never Scrap Us

God Will Never Scrap Us

Were you ever part of a team at the parish, school, hospital or any ministry site or function that made a big new bold pastoral plan? You spend weeks, months making this plan. Then comes the grand roll-out for the plan. The plan makes a good run for a few months or...

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“Who Is Your Favorite?”

“Who Is Your Favorite?”

My mother died five days before Christmas last year. This past Independence Day, I went to my brother’s home to pick up the remnants of my parents’ estate. I unpacked Dad’s footlocker from his Air Force days, which contained Mom’s afghans, his anniversary watch from...

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Prayer and Patience

Prayer and Patience

A message for the Solemnity of St. Gaspar del Bufalo from our Provincial Director Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S. A fellow Missionary of the Precious Blood reminded me last week that “We live in interesting times.” His statement is a version of the apocryphal Chinese...

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Weaving the Good News into our Lives

Weaving the Good News into our Lives

The feast day of our founder, St. Gaspar del Bufalo, is October 21st but will be celebrated at some of our C.PP.S. parishes and ministry sites on Sunday, October 20th. This reflection is about the readings for St. Gaspar’s feast day. By Fr. Jim Smith, C.PP.S.  ...

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How Can We “Pray Always?”

How Can We “Pray Always?”

Wherever in the world you are, you can have access to emergency services just by dialing a few numbers on your telephone. One dials 911 and gets immediately connected to emergency service. How often does our prayer take the form of dialing 911—praying when we face an...

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Beyond Gratitude to Thanksgiving

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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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Fear Not, Little Flock

Fear Not, Little Flock

Today’s Bible readings deal with the journey of life and preparedness. Faith in God certainly gives hope for a destiny to come. Yes, our outlook on life requires a strong faith in God and though it may not offer all the answers, it gives enough of them to enable us to...

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Less Is More. It Really Is

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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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