Sunday Reflections from the C.PP.S.

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

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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“Where is God Now?”

By Fr. Tim McFarland, C.PP.S. The scripture readings, especially the first reading and the Gospel, pose some of the “ultimate questions” of life. Moses in the first reading goes to the holy mountain of Horeb (or Sinai), a place where God spoke to the people. Moses...

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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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Anything but Rotten

By Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S. At first look, the plum tree in our backyard when I was a child looked like a rotten tree. But the plums it produced were wonderful to eat. At harvest time, my mother would make plum dumplings. This was one of only two recipes from her...

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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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