Sunday Reflections from the C.PP.S.

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

Becoming Ambassadors of Christ

Becoming Ambassadors of Christ

By Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S. (This Sunday there are two possible Gospel readings. This reflection is based on the story of the Samaritan woman at the well found in John 4:5-42.) The Gospel story of the encounter of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well is a...

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Do We Trust God?

Do We Trust God?

By V. Rev. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S. On this Second Sunday of Lent, we encounter two rich and vivid scripture passages. In our first reading, we are confronted with the difficult story of the binding of Isaac. Our Gospel reading presents us with an almost fantastical...

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Time to Retreat

Time to Retreat

By Brother Brian Boyle, C.PP.S. The characters in the readings share at least one thing in common: they are confronting loss and fear.  Noah and his family are floating in his ark reflecting on losing everyone in his whole community, and rebuilding his life from the...

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Jesus Brings Us Back to Community

Jesus Brings Us Back to Community

By Fr. Tim Knepper, C.PP.S. One of the sad aspects of life today is the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve got mask mandates, six-feet social distancing, and not interacting with people from outside our immediate households. At a funeral recently, a parishioner wanted to hug...

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Where Are We Being Called?

Where Are We Being Called?

  By Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S. Over the past year, since the pandemic started, many of us can identify with Job in today’s first reading. Life has become a drudgery. And many of us wonder if we shall ever see happiness again. Like Simon’s mother-in-law, too...

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Feast Day of St. Maria de Mattias

Feast Day of St. Maria de Mattias

St. Maria de Mattias is an important figure in our Precious Blood family and so on February 4, we say “happy feast day” to the Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC). St. Maria founded this congregation of religious sisters in 1834 in Acuto, Italy. St. Maria was...

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Sister Hugs

Sister Hugs

By Fr. James Smith, C.PP.S.  I know not how to speak, I am too young. I usually cringe at these words from Jeremiah when they arise in the lectionary. I realize I’m at the younger end of the spectrum of ages in an older and aging religious congregation. I realize too...

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An Air of Peace

An Air of Peace

The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. (Mark 1:22)   By Fr. Steve Dos Santos, C.PP.S. What was it about him that astonished the people so powerfully? Last week Peter and Andrew dropped...

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The Time is Now

The Time is Now

By Fr. Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S. How are you awakened each morning? Is there an internal clock that wakes you up? Is there a preset alarm clock that announces the new day? Do you rely on another person to call you—“Tom, Amy, get up!”--or do you need something more...

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“What Are You Looking For?”

“What Are You Looking For?”

By Brother Matthew Schaefer, C.PP.S. I was 30 years old when I heard the voice of God. Okay, that might be an exaggeration; I didn’t actually hear a voice and it wasn’t so dramatic. I don’t even remember the details of the moment. But I know God was telling me to look...

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Time to Get to Work

Time to Get to Work

By Fr. Matthew Keller, C.PP.S. Today we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and with that celebration, we draw our Christmas season to a close. Today the statues to our nativity scene go back into storage, along with the trees, the lights and the various...

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Heirs of the Magi

Heirs of the Magi

By Fr Tim McFarland, C.PP.S. The Gospel for this feast is a vivid story from Matthew. In some ways it seems out of place given Matthew’s Jewish audience. He seems to reflect a theme in the Old Testament and then challenges his audience to a broader vision of the...

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Bless, Shine, Be Gracious . . .

Bless, Shine, Be Gracious . . .

“Holy Mother, through whom we were found worthy to receive the author of life.” -Paul VI, Marialis Cultus By Brother Brian Boyle, C.PP.S. New Year’s Day. A day that we kick off striving for new goals, getting over the previous evening, spending time with family and...

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Imperfectly Perfectly Holy

Imperfectly Perfectly Holy

By Fr. Tim Knepper, C.PP.S. Several years ago, I had a conversation with someone who was struggling with his faith. He said, “With the Holy Family, you have a Virgin Mother conceived without sin, a child being literally the Son of God, and a foster father who accepts...

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Remembering What Is

Remembering What Is

By Fr. James Smith, C.PP.S. The sights and the smells. Holidays for me usually call to mind memories of certain smells, tastes, or sights from years earlier in life around those times. 2020 stands out quite differently from years past, but for some reason I keep going...

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Mary’s Yes was a Litany

Mary’s Yes was a Litany

Annunciation by Vasily Surikov   Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum. May it be done to me according to your word.   Fr. Steve Dos Santos, C.PP.S.  With these words, the great mystery of the Incarnation began. Mary trusting in God, and in Gabriel’s message, gave...

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Reflecting the Light

Reflecting the Light

By Fr. Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S. On this Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday, we hear from John the Baptist, a very important figure in our Advent journey. The Gospel begins, “There was a man sent by God to give testimony to the Light” (John 1:6). John the Baptist is an important...

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A Radical Baptism

A Radical Baptism

By Brother Matt Schaefer, C.PP.S. When I was born, both my mother and I were sick. I was sick enough that I was rushed to Children’s Hospital in Columbus by two nuns in a taxi. Fearing that I would die, one of the nuns baptized me on the way. Despite my parents’...

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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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