Sunday Reflections from the C.PP.S.

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

Get Busy!

Get Busy!

By Fr. Harry Brown, C.PP.S. We pray in the Creed: “He ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of the Father.” Today we are truly happy because Jesus went home—bodily—to his Father’s heavenly home. The scene in Acts is more or less his final apparition to...

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The Risen Lord is With Us

The Risen Lord is With Us

By Fr. Al Spilly, C.PP.S. “I will not leave you orphans,” Jesus reassures his disciples at the Last Supper on the evening before his death. He says he will send them the Holy Spirit to guide their journey as they continue his mission and ministry in the world. During...

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Filled with the Spirit and Wisdom

Filled with the Spirit and Wisdom

By Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S.   In the Acts of the Apostles today, the apostles chose seven men filled with the Spirit and wisdom. See how far the apostles have come. In the Gospel today, the same apostles wonder, We do not know where you are going; how can we...

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Listening for the Good Shepherd’s Voice

Listening for the Good Shepherd’s Voice

By Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S. The image of the Good Shepherd is popular and comforting. All of us can readily envision the picture of a kindly shepherd who is carrying the cute and cuddly lamb on his shoulders. Remembering and believing in a God who constantly...

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Good Reaching Out to Good

Good Reaching Out to Good

By Brother Brian Boyle, C.PP.S. Over the last month we have been facing an uncertain future. There is a fear of our health system collapsing, our economy not just going into recession, but melting down. Millions of Americans filed for unemployment this past month. The...

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Why Not Appear to Everyone?

Why Not Appear to Everyone?

By Fr. Tim Knepper, C.PP.S. “God granted that [Jesus] be visible, not to all the people but to us” (Acts 10: 40-41). In the Acts of the Apostles, we read that Jesus appeared to his apostles and friends after his resurrection. He ate and drank as before, yet his body...

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The Holding of Brokenness

The Holding of Brokenness

By Fr. Jim Smith, C.PP.S.  “So, what did you see on vacation?” I have a tendency to veer towards live theater, especially with deep discounts. Recapping what I saw on vacation months ago, I mentioned that two of the shows really were technically one show, spread over...

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Jesus is Right There With Us

Jesus is Right There With Us

And Jesus wept (John 11:35).    By Fr. Steve Dos Santos, C.PP.S. These words, often noted as the shortest verse of the Bible, remind us of something very important Jesus’ emotions. He has already told his disciples and Martha that Lazarus would rise. He clearly...

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Anchored by the Cross

Anchored by the Cross

By Fr. Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S. One of my favorite parables of faith and hope is that of a young father who took his five-year-old daughter out for a ride in a sailboat on a beautiful sunny afternoon. As they skipped across the water the young girl squealed with...

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The Invitation to Go Deeper

The Invitation to Go Deeper

By Brother Matt Schaefer, C.PP.S. An unfortunate result of having regular and familiar Gospel readings at Mass is the tendency to take the obvious or surface meaning of the reading and go no further in our thoughts. Sometimes the meaning of a reading is quite clear...

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Not a Problem-Free Life

Not a Problem-Free Life

By Fr. Matt Keller, C.PP.S. What is a disciple? One definition of a disciple is a person who follows Jesus. And you know I will not disagree with this definition. A disciple is someone who follows Jesus. While I do not disagree with the definition, sometimes I think...

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Stop, Reflect and Take Action

Stop, Reflect and Take Action

By Fr. Leon Flaherty, C.PP.S. “Repent and believe in the Good News.” This is the theme for the season of Lent. Repent: to realize that you are traveling in the wrong direction; stop; reflect; and move in a new direction to reach your goal. As we do that on this first...

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Loving Our Enemies, for Real

Loving Our Enemies, for Real

Fr. Al Spilly, C.PP.S. In a fast-changing, confusing, chaotic world, it is easy for us to get lost in the dark forest without finding a path that leads to light, stability and peace. Pope Paul VI wrote: “If you want peace, work for justice.” As disciples of the risen...

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Life or Death, Good or Evil

Life or Death, Good or Evil

By Fr. Tony Fortman, C.PP.S. We hear today from Sirach, “If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you; if you trust in God, you too shall live; he has set before you fire and water; to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand. Before man are...

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Who, Me?

Who, Me?

By Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S. You are salt of the earth. You are light of the world. I don’t know about you, but I can understand how Jesus could be salt of the earth and light of the world, but the disciples? but me? He must mean someone else! How could those who...

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Knowing Who We Are with God

Knowing Who We Are with God

February 4 is the feast of St. Maria de Mattias, Founder of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ By Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S. The readings for the feast of Maria de Mattias not only are appropriate inspiration for our reflections on this great saint, but are very...

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To Wait with Purpose

To Wait with Purpose

By V. Rev. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S. No one likes to wait. Whether we are at a long stop light, in the check-out line, or waiting for the new episode of our favorite show to be released, we do not like waiting. I think it is part of the human condition. Children,...

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It’s Darkest Before the Dawn

It’s Darkest Before the Dawn

These three readings talk about destruction, conflict and danger, and what God does with that if we let God work in our lives. In the first reading, the two regions of Zabulon and Nephtali bordered the Assyrian Kingdom. They were vassal states to the Assyrians. People...

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No Power Ring, But God’s Grace

No Power Ring, But God’s Grace

In the Green Lantern comic books, the superhero utilizes a power ring that can make light manifest into anything the hero's willpower desires; for example, if the hero thinks of a giant boxing glove to hit his opponent, it happens. When the hero dies, the ring is...

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The Waters that Drown Us, Save Us

The Waters that Drown Us, Save Us

A few years ago, in my continued quest to fill book shelves (and my Kindle) with books I want to read but won’t get to, I stumbled across another great bargain of a book for 99 cents that came with a twist)--a music album to download to accompany the book, which...

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Do Him Homage

Do Him Homage

Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage. (Matthew 2:8) Today we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, and the birthday of St. Gaspar del Bufalo our founder. Technically his birthday is...

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Sharing Our Image of Jesus

Sharing Our Image of Jesus

“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” Any woman who has had a baby can identify with these words and actions of Mary. Another translation uses the words “treasured” and “pondered in her heart.” When I was in grade school I often heard a...

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A Gift Given to Us

A Gift Given to Us

Typically, when we celebrate something at Church, an explanation is needed to help understand what we are celebrating. Christmas, however, is one of those celebrations that needs little explanation. The majority know but do not necessarily understand what they are...

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Following God’s Plan

Following God’s Plan

A word that grabs my attention from today’s gospel is “behold.”  In scripture, the word “behold” is another way of saying, be attentive, observe fully whatever is before you, for God is doing something important. In a dream, the angel of the Lord breaks into Joseph’s...

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Sometimes God Surprises Us

Sometimes God Surprises Us

Today, the third Sunday of Advent, is known as Gaudete Sunday. We are getting closer to the celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas. The first reading from Isaiah gives rise to the sentiment of joy. He tells us, “The desert and the parched land will exult; the...

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Prepare the Way of the Lord

Prepare the Way of the Lord

“Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” “Prepare the way of the Lord.” Those are the admonitions for Advent from St. John the Baptist. These are a true wake-up call to make a good confession during Advent, especially for the people who have not confessed for...

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Sit Up and Take Notice

Sit Up and Take Notice

Today we begin the first Sunday of Advent. There are two themes that keep being repeated during this season: we need to be ready for Jesus’ return or our own death. Both are going to happen but we do not know when. Is Jesus mean because he does not give us a heads-up...

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What Kind of a King?

What Kind of a King?

What kind of king hangs on a cross? What kind of king is crowned with thorns? What kind of king is rejected, betrayed, denied? What kind of king indeed?   David had led the Israelites out and brought them back victorious! David had been anointed by the prophet...

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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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