Sunday Reflections from the C.PP.S.

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

Going Back to the Beginning

Going Back to the Beginning

By Brother Matthew Schaefer, C.PP.S. Only two weeks ago, the United States Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood was created at our assembly in Indianapolis. Over the last few years, our thoughts, prayers and hopes have been focused on this “new...

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Am I Free Enough to Let Go?

Am I Free Enough to Let Go?

By Fr. Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S. One of my favorite stories from author and theologian Henri Nouwen has to do with a conversation he had with one of the famous flying Rodleighs, trapeze artists who perform in the German circus. Rodleigh was the flyer in the act, and he...

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We Are What We Eat

We Are What We Eat

By Fr. Tim McFarland, C.PP.S. Years ago, an advertising campaign used the phrase “you are what you eat.” That came to mind today on this Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. In fact, some suggest that this phrase has its origins in early popular Catholic thought...

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A Love Beyond Comprehension

A Love Beyond Comprehension

Fr. Harry Brown, C.PP.S. “In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit”—the sign of the cross—the Holy Trinity. This is probably the first prayer our parents taught us and will probably be the last prayer the priest or deacon will say over us at the...

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God Has our Back

God Has our Back

By Fr. Tony Fortman, C.PP.S. Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday. The Holy Spirit came upon Mary and the apostles in the form of tongues of fire. Jesus gives his apostles the courage to leave that upper room and go out to proclaim the Gospel. We receive this Holy...

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Take the Message to Everyone, Everywhere

Take the Message to Everyone, Everywhere

By Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S. The Solemnity of the Ascension is one of the universally recognized Christian Feasts (along with Christmas, Easter and Pentecost). Traditionally, it has been observed 40 days after Easter, although it is an indication of the importance...

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The Spirit is at Work on our Midst

The Spirit is at Work on our Midst

By Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S.   The apostles in Jerusalem were so convinced that the Holy Spirit was with them that they said so in their message to the Church in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia. They knew that the Sprit was at work in their midst, and they had heard...

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The Struggle, the Pain, the Love

The Struggle, the Pain, the Love

By Fr. Tim Knepper, C.PP.S. Before today’s Pandora or Spotify playlists, songs on repeat flowed out of the speakers of my dad’s stereo system. The song with the most airplay, and long-term memory storage for me, was “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” by Lynn...

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Freely Given, Out of Love

Freely Given, Out of Love

By Fr. Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S. On this Mother’s Day I would like to celebrate the vocation of motherhood with these pearls of wisdom shared by Moms. “When you can see your heart walking around outside, that’s the day you turn into a mother.” “If you hear the toilet...

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The Difference Between Law & Ethics

The Difference Between Law & Ethics

By Brother Brian Boyle, C.PP.S. In a class I took 10 years ago, my classmates and I were asked to explain the difference between law and ethics. I responded, “Rosa Parks did the right thing (ethics) by not relinquishing a bus seat to a white passenger. That act broke...

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A Promise of Peace and Mercy

A Promise of Peace and Mercy

By Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S. Frequently someone has confessed to me, “Father, I know that I am supposed to forgive them, but I just can’t.” In their words I can hear the pain that they still carry. In their words I can hear their need and desire to be healed. Just...

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Christ is Risen!

Christ is Risen!

Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, he has been raised. Luke 24:5-6 By Fr. Steve Dos Santos, C.PP.S.   “Christ is risen!” Is the traditional Paschal greeting along with its response, “Christ is risen indeed!” Some add an alleluia for...

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What Did Jesus Write?

What Did Jesus Write?

By Fr. Tim McFarland, C.PP.S. The Gospel for this Sunday has always captured my imagination. Two points stand out in my mind. One, I always wondered where the man who committed adultery was. Second, what did Jesus scribble in the dirt? If this woman was caught in the...

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God’s Healing Touch Can Help Us See

God’s Healing Touch Can Help Us See

By Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!  Today we celebrate the second scrutiny with those who will receive the Easter sacraments in...

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Sinners Welcome

Sinners Welcome

Year C By Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S. Our God is an awesome God, who reigns from heaven above, with wisdom power and love, our God is an awesome God! Today’s Gospel contains the third parable in a series, all in answer to the complaint of the Pharisees and scribes...

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Use the Tools You Were Given

Use the Tools You Were Given

By Fr. Matthew Keller, C.PP.S. “Leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future” (Luke 13:8–9). Leaving the barren plant for another year may not make the most sense, but I think it says...

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Our Citizenship is in Heaven

Our Citizenship is in Heaven

By Fr. Harry Brown, C.PP.S. This Sunday’s theme for readings is Lift up your hearts to God in prayer. And yes, today’s readings deal with persons conversing with God. Let’s ask ourselves during Lent: “Do I find prayer really important? When do I pray? How often? Do I...

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Discouragement is an Early Hurdle

Discouragement is an Early Hurdle

By Fr. Tony Fortman, C.PP.S.  So here we go! Lent is here. The fish fries, the giving up of candy and pop. These are some common ideas about our Lenten time. But Lent is a time of deep discussion with Jesus. Much of this discussion is on our own with Christ and much...

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Lent on Two Levels

Lent on Two Levels

An Ash Wednesday message from our provincial director, Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S. Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, when as a Church we turn our minds both inward and outward. We go through Lent on at least two levels. We experience it as a private...

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Uniting our Hearts with the Heart of Jesus

Uniting our Hearts with the Heart of Jesus

By Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S. For the past couple of weeks our Gospel passages has come from a section of Luke’s Gospel referred to as the Sermon on the Plains. Immediately after Luke’s account of the calling of the apostles, Jesus begins to form them and teach...

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Looking Past the Sin that Divides Us

Looking Past the Sin that Divides Us

By Brother Brian Boyle, C.PP.S. I was walking down a street in Des Moines, Iowa, my home for 2 years in the 90’s. A gentlemen on the corner asked for a dollar. What’s a dollar? He needed it more than I do. I gave it to him. He said, “I will have this back to you next...

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Who Do You Trust?

Who Do You Trust?

By Fr. Tim Knepper, C.PP.S. Before their 30 years together on The Tonight Show, Ed McMahon became the announcer for Johnny Carson on a game show called Who Do You Trust? At first it was set up as a husband-wife game show, but then changed to men and women paired...

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God Knows All About Our Imperfections

God Knows All About Our Imperfections

Fishers of Men (Ravenna)   “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” (Luke 5:8) By Fr. Steve Dos Santos, C.PP.S. When I was ordained a deacon, then Bishop Allen Vigneron began his homily saying, “Steve, it is good that you picked as your first reading the...

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St. Maria De Mattias, Passionate Pioneer

St. Maria De Mattias, Passionate Pioneer

By Sister Anita Fearday, ASC St. Maria De Mattias, whose feast day and birthday is February 4, is the foundress of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. She was born in 1805 in Vallecorsa, a mountainous village about 56 miles southeast of Rome. Fr. Giovanni Merlini, a...

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You are Patient, You are Kind

You are Patient, You are Kind

By Fr. Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S.  One day a mom was driving her daughter to school when she began thinking, “I wonder what my daughter will be when she grows up?” Looking over at her daughter she noticed she was playing with her mom’s stethoscope. The mom thought to...

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We Each Find Our Own Way

We Each Find Our Own Way

By Brother Matthew Schaefer, C.PP.S. When I was in initial formation with the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, one of my volunteer activities during the first semester was visiting people at Maria Joseph Nursing Center in Dayton. My first visit on my first day was...

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Let the Celebration Continue

Let the Celebration Continue

By Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S.   The Christmas season is over. The decorations put away. It’s Ordinary Time once again.   The prophet Isaiah challenges us to continue the celebration, to continue to make some noise. He continues to prophesy about the reign...

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Don’t Pack Joy, Love Away

Don’t Pack Joy, Love Away

By Fr. Matt Keller, C.PP.S. Today we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and with our celebration today, fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you view it, we draw our Christmas season to a close. The trees, the statues in our nativity scene, and...

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To Be the Light

To Be the Light

By Fr. Tim McFarland, C.PP.S. The timing of our great feasts this year seem to be rushed. The day after Christmas we celebrated the observance of the Holy Family when Jesus was 12 years old. A little over a week later we observe the Feast of the Epiphany. The Epiphany...

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A Holy Family is Loving, Trusting

A Holy Family is Loving, Trusting

By Fr. Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S. Today we move quickly from the story of Christmas to Jesus as a boy of 12. 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 Family...

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