Sunday Reflections from the C.PP.S.

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

Watch for God in New Ways

Watch for God in New Ways

By Fr. Tim McFarland, C.PP.S. We have many ways of marking time. There is the calendar year, the fiscal year and the academic year. If this isn’t enough, this Sunday, we begin a new Church liturgical year. Like the other “new years” we observe, this new liturgical...

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A Kingdom of Holiness and Grace

A Kingdom of Holiness and Grace

By Fr. Harry Brown, C.PP.S. In Ezekiel the Lord God personally looks after the sheep and lovingly cares for them. Whereas in St. Matthew’s Gospel, we sheep are the ones called to care for those in need. Instead of God caring for us, we are told that when we truly tend...

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Do More than Bury the Gift

Do More than Bury the Gift

By Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S. At a vastly different time and in a very different culture, the teacher who wrote the proverbs describes the perfect wife to young men who are not yet married. He tells them what they ought to value as they seek wives, in that time and...

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Let’s Have Oil in Our Lamps

Let’s Have Oil in Our Lamps

By Fr. Tony Fortman C.PP.S. As followers of Christ we are called disciples of Christ. The word disciples comes from the word discipline. The discipline of prayer is something that I find hard to deal with. Sure, I know that I have Mass each day. That is not hard...

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This Will Be Our Feast Day

This Will Be Our Feast Day

By Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S. One day, November 1st will be my feast day, and I expect that it will be your feast day, too. I suspect that there will never be a church named after any one of us. I doubt that there will be any stained glass windows, statues or...

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Grateful for Gaspar’s Vision

Grateful for Gaspar’s Vision

Solemnity of Saint Gaspar By the V. Rev. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S. Today we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, who founded of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood in the small town of Giano, Italy, in 1815. At that time, Europe was in turmoil. The...

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Staying Out of the Trap

Staying Out of the Trap

By Brother Brian Boyle, C.PP.S. I use to work for this hospital for 10 years. I had a supervisor who frequently crossed boundaries of different varieties with me. There were frequent times that he asked me questions about the C.PP.S. which was too sensitive for me to...

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We’re All Invited

We’re All Invited

By Fr. Tim Knepper, C.PP.S. I miss green bean casseroles. I miss ham and cheese pinwheels. I miss taco salads. I’m not writing about the episode of Food Network on in the background. I miss the tables full of food at potlucks and luncheons at church that have been put...

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God Hears the Cry of the Poor

God Hears the Cry of the Poor

Fr. James Smith, C.PP.S. As I moved out to California this summer, one of the ways I encouraged friends to visit me was to inform them that I would be living within a short drive of wine country. Come visit me and we can do wine tasting in Sonoma and Napa, I...

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Called to Self-Emptying Love

Called to Self-Emptying Love

Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2: 5) By Fr. Steve Dos Santos, C.PP.S. “I’ll have the wings, they are my favorite piece,” my mother would say as we were cutting up the chicken for dinner. As a child I never thought much of...

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The Life of the Day Laborer

The Life of the Day Laborer

By Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S. Our initial reaction to today’s parable about the laborers in the vineyard might be to say, “That’s not fair.” If those who worked only one hour received the usual daily wage it stands to reason that those who worked all day in the hot sun...

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Comfortably on the “Good” Side

Comfortably on the “Good” Side

By Brother Matthew Schaefer, C.PP.S. How many times have we heard people who quit going to church talk about the hypocrisy of Christians? It has become almost a cliché. Yet it is an accusation that is hard to dispute. At Mass we faithfully admit our sinfulness; then...

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There’s a Time for Confrontation

There’s a Time for Confrontation

By Fr. Matt Keller, C.PP.S.  First off, I must admit I am a human being and part of my humanity is that I am subject to making mistakes. I also have problems from time-to-time. Not only am I subject to making mistakes and having problems, but sometimes I am blind to...

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Discipline is Required of Disciples

Discipline is Required of Disciples

By Fr. Tim McFarland, C.PP.S. What happens is, quite literally, scandalous. Jesus follows his granting of primacy to the freshly named Peter with the first prediction of his passion (and resurrection). In response Peter rebukes Jesus and says, “God forbid. Lord! No...

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“Who Do You Say that I Am?”

“Who Do You Say that I Am?”

By Fr. Harry Brown, C.PP.S. Jesus is the Son of David and the Son of God. And we all are linked to God as children of God. Yes, linked to Jesus. Probably the most important question in life is “Who do you say Jesus is?” (Mt 16:15) Do we live for Jesus or for...

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Refusing to Give Up on Us

Refusing to Give Up on Us

By Fr. James Smith, C.PP.S. I have had a number of jobs in my life, even at 35 (a hazard of the “gig econom,” I suppose). 2010 Census enumerator. Lifeguard. Swim instructor. Day camp counselor. Bartender. Summer events coordinator. The worst, by far, was the first job...

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Mary Will Help Us to Heaven

Mary Will Help Us to Heaven

By Fr. Tony Fortman, C.PP.S. Today we believe the Blessed Virgin Mary was taken up into heaven body and soul. We to want to be in heaven with our Mother Mary. Like a good mother, Mary brought life into the world and she nurtured the life of her Son, Jesus. Jesus often...

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Anything but Ordinary

Anything but Ordinary

By Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S.  The liturgical calendar tells us that this is Ordinary Time, but this year, nothing is ordinary. We live in times unlike any other, with the corona virus and everything that comes with it. We have not gathered in any ordinary ways in a...

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No Transaction is Necessary

No Transaction is Necessary

By Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S. Our scripture readings today seek to focus our hearts and minds on the relationship of God with humanity and what it means for us to live faithfully in the covenant that God has given to us. In Isaiah we hear of the first covenant...

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What is the Real Treasure?

What is the Real Treasure?

By Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S. It is abundantly clear that Jesus did not work for Wikipedia or Encyclopedia Britannica. If you want straight-forward information, or as Sgt. Joe Friday would say, “Just the facts, ma’am,” you would not want to ask Jesus. Jesus is more...

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Living with the Weeds

Living with the Weeds

By Brother Brian Boyle, C.PP.S. Have you ever started a project like planting a garden or even a whole crop? Or you might have installed a roof on your house? Or even something academic? A paper, a thesis or a dissertation? “Boy,” you think, “I’m doing a real bang-up...

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Keep an Open Mind

Keep an Open Mind

By Fr. Tim Knepper, C.PP.S. My mom had a repeated piece of advice to me, especially after I got ordained: keep an open mind. During the fourth summer after I was ordained, I was asked to go with a group from our parish visiting La Labor, Guatemala. The parish had...

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Labor and Burden

Labor and Burden

By Fr. Jim Smith, C.PP.S. This weekend would have been one of parties and celebrations. In St. Henry, Ohio, where I have been in ministry the past four years, the village picnic is the weekend with or closest to the Fourth of July. Due to public health concerns with...

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He Died for You and Me

He Died for You and Me

Your Church, imbued with the Holy Spirit, basks in the glory of this mystery of love. (Preface, Solemnity of the Most Precious Blood)   By Fr. Steve Dos Santos, C.PP.S. The starting point of the spiritual life, particularly for Precious Blood people...

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Precious to All

Precious to All

By the V. Rev. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S. Today with the Church around the world, our Precious Blood family marks the Feast of the Most Precious Blood. I have been reflecting on the word “precious,” which to me has two meanings. It can mean rare and valuable, like a gem....

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An Open and Generous Heart

An Open and Generous Heart

By Fr. Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S. We have been reading from Chapter 10 of Matthew’s Gospel, which focuses on the mission of the disciples. Jesus directs them to announce, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Trusting in divine providence, they were not to take anything...

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A Not So Humble Sparrow

A Not So Humble Sparrow

By V. Rev. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S. Today’s Gospel, as we return to Ordinary Time, includes the passage from Matthew where Jesus tells his disciples about their true value. A sparrow cannot fall from the sky without the Father knowing it, Jesus says. And as for us,...

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A Demanding Gift

A Demanding Gift

By Brother Matthew Schaefer, C.PP.S. I remember speaking to someone in one of my first RCIA classes who expressed discomfort at hearing chapter 6 of the Gospel of John. Apparently, this was never read in the scripture-heavy church that she was raised in. For her the...

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Focus on the Relationship, Not the Mystery

Focus on the Relationship, Not the Mystery

By Fr. Matt Keller, C.PP.S. Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Our God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three persons, yet one God. Holy Trinity is the name of one of the parishes in our pastoral region and they celebrate today’s solemnity...

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Happy Birthday to the Church

Happy Birthday to the Church

By Fr. Tim McFarland, C.PP.S. Today is traditionally regarded as the birthday of the Church, when the Holy Spirit descended upon those gathered in the upper room. Today is also when some churches once again open doors for the public celebrations of the liturgy (albeit...

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