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Celebrating The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

Celebrating The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

Jesus Christ is real.

And He gave us the Eucharist so that we could be with Him physically, because He knows we, as human beings, need to feel His presence.

There is no better or real presence of Jesus Christ in our lives than receiving His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity at Mass.

This week, we celebrate an entire Solemnity – the highest form of celebration in the Catholic faith – at Mass to give glory to God for this miracle of the real presence of Our Lord at every Mass.

Read and learn about it, and the special celebration that you just might see walking down Main Street this weekend!

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Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Sunday

The Second Sunday of Easter is also called Divine Mercy Sunday. We reflect on and ask for Jesus’ Divine Mercy which poured forth from Him as He died on the Cross, symbolized in the blood and water that came out of His side when it was pierced with a spear. His sacrifice made the mercy of God complete. We are able, through the saving work of Jesus Christ, to receive the ultimate in mercy – God’s Divine Life in us.

Palm Sunday of the LORD’s Passion – Year A

Palm Sunday of the LORD’s Passion – Year A

Palm leaves, red vestments, processions, and the story of Christ’s Passion and death.

This is what awaits us this Sunday at Mass.

How can we take it all in and be present for all the messages that God has for us in the liturgy?

Many of us that have heard this story every year can tune out and forget what the whole point is.

We allow ourselves to be distracted or bored, missing the essential beauty and love that Jesus offers us in His Passion.

Let us all be mindful of what’s going on this week at Mass, allowing ourselves to be transformed by Jesus’ suffering and the salvation He brings about through it.

The Glory of God: If You Believe You Will See It

The Glory of God: If You Believe You Will See It

The glory of God is real, and all around us every day, and is manifest in our own resurrection as promised by Him and shown in the resurrection of Jesus.

All of that is shared with us this week in each reading during Mass.

So why do we still fail to fully believe?

The Israelites did, and so did the early Christians.

Even the Apostles failed in their belief.

So, we are in good company.

And God knows that…

He Sees Us

He Sees Us

How close to being “perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt. 5:48) would we be if we saw ourselves and others the way He sees us?

This week God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit get in on the lessons from the readings, showing us how He, God, sees us and how He desperately wants us to see others the same way.

Living Water

Living Water

The Living Water that Jesus offers is so much more than just a drink to quench our thirst.

Our encounter with Jesus Christ, son of the Living God, who takes away the sins of the world is at the heart of this week’s message.

How do we respond to His invitation to drink the Living Water He provides?

What is it that we must do to live the life He desires for us?

As we continue through Lent, let us reflect on the merciful love and salvation that Christ brings to each of us.

God’s Own Design

God’s Own Design

Have you ever contemplated what God’s design is for your life?

This week we are invited to reflect on His Divine Plan, and how we can accept and become part of it.

It’s more than just believing, though that is a start.

Let us take time to dive in and find out what it means to live “according to his own design”.



Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

It is also a time to reflect on our spiritual health and journey.

The readings for the first Sunday tell us the stories of the temptation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and the temptation of Jesus in the desert.

Adam and Eve were tempted in their abundance. Jesus was tempted in his need.

They responded very differently,

Read on to learn why and how we can be like Jesus and resist temptation.



Perfection is a tall order for us – or is it?

This week, Jesus is wrapping up the Sermon on the Mount, and He sums it up, well, perfectly.

He is not calling us to an impossible task, and in this week’s TWMWU, we discuss that and offer some tips on how to discuss it with your family.

Keep the Commandments

Keep the Commandments

The Ten Commandments we may not know by heart, but they are on our heart.

They are naturally known to us; instinctive.

Yet we can legalize them to the point of thinking they do not apply to us.

After all, very few of us will murder somebody.

And looking at inappropriate pictures is not adultery, right; or using a computer at work to check our social media account or read the news is not really stealing…is it?

Well, Jesus tells us differently.

He tells us what we already know.

This week it is hard lessons learned in a loving way as Our Lord continues His Sermon on the Mount, preparing us for Lent by helping us bare our innermost sinful nature so that we may be true Christians.

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Jesus is quite clear about who will go to heaven, so we explore what it means to be poor in spirit, and it has nothing to do with our bank accounts!

God provides through Scripture the exact meaning of what it is to be poor in spirit, and the encouragement we all need to have that attitude as we grow closer to Jesus and learn, from Him, who the Father is.



This week we think about how our families, parishes, communities, and world would be different if we all lived up to our baptismal vocation.

If all of us lived the Gospel and witnessed to Christ crucified, what would change?

Would the divisions among us be healed?

Would we be more understanding of one another?

Would we be able to live a life of virtue more easily?

Not Just a Servant

Not Just a Servant

When we think of servants, we typically picture people who are oppressed or in positions that powerful people take advantage of.

God has a different idea of what a servant is, and He calls us to this way of life and shows us through His only Son, how being a servant is actually one of the most honorable positions one can take.

He uses His servants to bring His light and message of Salvation to all the nations.

Dive deeper into this idea of sharing God’s light and salvation as His servant…

The Feast of the Epiphany of The Lord

The Feast of the Epiphany of The Lord

The Feast of the Epiphany of The Lord is the celebration of the revelation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles (non-Jews).

Learn more about what this means to us Catholics and other Christians, and what we should do to evangelize the Good News to our neighbors – hint, it doesn’t require words!

It’s as simple as leaving the lights on for them…

Have an epiphany, and be an epiphany! And watch a really cool video with ALL of the verses of “We Three Kings.” We provide the lyrics, too!

Mother of God

Mother of God

Mary had a little lamb…

Though this rhyme refers to St. Mary, this does not mean she is a sheep.

Mary gave birth to the Lamb. This means she is the Mother of God.

As confusing as that is to our non-Catholic brethren, we as Catholics understand it and accept it.

Just as Mary and Joseph accepted this great honor and responsibility.

How do we share in Mary’s motherhood?

This week, we explore her example and how it blesses and encourages us to be Brothers and Sisters of and in Christ.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day

Jesus came on Christmas Day as the fulfillment of the promises of God, to show His glory to all people, to be the light in the darkness, to redeem us from sin and death.

Do we realize the connections Christmas Day has with the prophesies of the Old Testament?

Or with our own personal journey of faith today?

It is the connection point between both!

Fourth Sunday of Advent – God is With Us

Fourth Sunday of Advent – God is With Us

How often do we ignore or take for granted the signs that God places in our paths that show God is with us?

In this time of waiting for Christ to come at Christmas, there are signs everywhere! T

he sign of the coming of Christ was foretold hundreds of years before He came, in order for the Chosen People to know how to identify Him.

Are we looking? What do we see?

Second Sunday of Advent – Preparing the Way of the Lord

Second Sunday of Advent – Preparing the Way of the Lord

“Prepare the Way of The Lord” is an urgent call not unfamiliar to us. But how do we do that? What exactly is “the Way”? Is this something we do on our own?

We look into this familiar yet mysterious calling we all receive from John the Baptist in this week’s Mass readings, and we recognize the call in the first reading from Baruch, Psalm 126, and Paul’s letter to the Philippians – so it must be important!

And it is most appropriate to look into this as Advent gears up. The Lord is coming, and amidst the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Christmas, this is the time for a gut-check to learn how to prepare the way of The Lord all year, and to kickstart that renewed effort now.

First Sunday of Advent – Climbing the Mountain

First Sunday of Advent – Climbing the Mountain

Life is a journey.

That’s nothing new.

But why and how do mountains give us such clarity in what that journey is like?

As we constantly strive for heaven, that summit is clear, but the valleys, hills, and crooked paths and steep cliffs stand between us and the goal.

The One on the mountain is also with us.

This week as we begin a new liturgical year at Advent, we explore these challenging readings and discover something about ourselves:

Heaven is no hill, at least for a climber!

Christ Our Superhero

Christ Our Superhero

How does our view of superheroes affect our relationship with Christ?

Do we want Jesus to swoop in and “save the day”?

Or do we even ask Him for help when we need it?

Or rather looking to our own self-reliance, or escaping from the problems at hand in some unhealthy way?

Jesus came to save us, but it takes more than just passive reception to receive the Salvation He offers.

The Second Coming

The Second Coming

Jesus is Coming!

This week the readings are all about that; like blazing headlines!

So, we discuss when he is coming, and how we know it is happening.

The Second Coming is in process as we speak!

That’s no surprise to Catholics when we understand what the end times are, and our role in them.

This day has been anticipated since before Jesus came the first time, and we get to be in on the VIP pre-party!

And hopefully the eternal after-party…

God of the Living

God of the Living

“He is not God of the dead, but of the living!”

Our witness to God’s life in us is what sets us apart, it is what makes us a target, and also a magnet.

The life we live on earth either takes us closer to God or further from Him.

Choices we make now have eternal consequences.

This week, let us learn from the witnesses who went before us – the saints – how to witness to others and live the life God created us to live!

Constant Love and Mercy

Constant Love and Mercy

God’s constant love and mercy abounds!

They are present everywhere and every time, every place and every moment.

This week’s readings are all about seeing, recognizing, and experiencing His constant love and mercy.

Our discussion helps us see that, and our activity gives us the opportunity to knowingly, actively participate in it!

The Jesus Prayer

The Jesus Prayer

Sometimes the simplest is the most effective, and the Jesus Prayer helps us understand that.

This week, we learn about humility and self-righteousness, and that we all have the capacity to grow in the former and eliminate the latter.

Learning how to apply the readings of Mass to our lives – they are the Word of God, after all! – is integral to growing in our quest for perfection, in relationship with the Lord.

This week, we get a terrific example of how to do that, and a simple one we can apply every day!

Sacred Scripture

Sacred Scripture

What is Sacred Scripture? What makes it so special?

This week we get it from the horse’s mouth: Paul, while writing Sacred Scripture which he does not know will be Sacred Scripture, provides Timothy with the reasons and purposes for Sacred Scripture.

At that time Paul could only be referring to Old Testament scripture. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Paul wrote a lot of the New testament, unknowingly. But can it be denied as Sacred?

The Holy Spirit guides the Catholic Church, and has since Pentecost, before Paul came into the picture – so He was guiding and inspiring Paul.

Understanding and applying Sacred Scripture is simple, but is not something to be done alone. The Holy Spirit has led the Catholic Church through 2000 years of first writing the last Sacred Scripture and then understanding it.

This week we explore how to understand Sacred Scripture, what’s so important about it, why we should know it, and how we can know it. It’s pretty simple!

Give Thanks

Give Thanks

“Thank you, Lord, for a good day.” Our family ends the day with this prayer, without fail.

Some days it is VERY hard to give thanks to God for that, after everything that happened that day:

Death. Sickness. Pain. Broken hearts. Unruly children, and hurt that our children suffer that we cannot do much to salve.

Recognizing God’s infinite Goodness and thanking Him for it is also very hard to remember to do. In our fallen state, we tend to think how wonderful we are when we accomplish or experience something good.

How often do we thank God for this stuff?

Maybe one in ten times, like the lepers in the Gospel. Maybe it takes seven experiences like Naaman in the Jordan.

Shouldn’t we always be thankful, even in our suffering?

This week we read of these and Paul’s suffering, and learn why bad things happen to good people.

And there’s some wisdom in here that deals with that question directly Why does a Good God make bad things happen?

See if you know the answer…

Increase Our Faith

Increase Our Faith

This week we hear a familiar psalm and a familiar analogy from Jesus.

Does that familiarity breed content or contempt?

Does it increase our faith?

We may be so used to the words of healing from Our Lord that we inadvertently block them from being more than words. Jesus has the words of everlasting life, but we often choose to be deaf to them.

Too busy? Too distracted? Too turned on by politics, news, social media, 15-second videos, even being helpful? Too worried and concerning ourselves about things happening in the world that we can do nothing about? Then our heart is hard.

The mustard seed is all the Lord encourages us to have and give, yet He knows we might only attain a faith the size of a crumb of salt of the earth.

And yet do we aspire to give him even that because of the hardness of our hearts?

This week is all about re-setting, refocusing, and recommitting. Let’s stay focused at Mass, and go forth, living the Gospel by our life!
This allows us to welcome Jesus into our hearts, soften them, and rely on him when we cry out for help – and hear His answer and see His help!

Complacency Kills

Complacency Kills

This week the message in the Mass readings is all about complacency and selfishness..and what it means to be selfless.

Each of the readings continues the message from last week, that we can’t allow the material world to become our idol.

We have to be purposeful in living our faith, focused on God and His Way.

God and Mammon

God and Mammon

Who do we serve?

God and Mammon are our two choices.

There is no third choice, no in-between, and no sitting this one out.

We need to know who and what Mammon is so we can be sure not to choose that.

This week, Amos tells us about cheaters, Paul talks about kings, and Jesus tells us about untrustworthy servants.

it can be a little confusing if we do not know how to connect all of these to each other and our lives.

So, we connect them.

Dive in and get help serving the Right Master!

Sin, Repentance, Forgiveness, and Mercy

Sin, Repentance, Forgiveness, and Mercy

God our loving Father offers us forgiveness and mercy.

But why?

We are sinners, we fail, we fall. Then, we seek forgiveness.

In all humility, we repent and beg for the mercy and forgiveness that only God can provide.

It is an unfathomable truth of our faith that we cling to, just as the forgiving Father in the story of the Prodigal Son clings to his son who returns.

He clings to the hope that his son will return.

We cling to the hope that the Father will take us back.

And He does – every time.

He offers that Forgiveness and Mercy when we repent of our sins.

Counting the Cost

Counting the Cost

Jesus and Grandma have a lot in common – wisdom.

We can learn how to count the cost of discipleship by applying a sound principle found in Grandma’s kitchen!

Ensuring the gift of the Holy Spirit is understood and used properly, we have instructions from Jesus using real-world examples.

Don’t let the Gift of Wisdom languish – practice using it and grow in it and pass it on to the next generation…just like Grandmas have been doing for millennia.

The Virtue of Humility

The Virtue of Humility

Humility is a virtue that is highly praised.

How does one keep from becoming “proud” of their humility?

The readings this week give us ample opportunity to reflect on and learn more about this virtue of humility that is so elusive, especially in the current culture of “look at me” – and everybody looking!.

How DO we remain humble when we are constantly bombarded by the message that we need to always be in front, showing off our talents, or bodies?

Thinking of ourselves less while not thinking less of ourselves is a start…

He Gathers All Nations

He Gathers All Nations

It’s always more fun to eat a meal with others. The Heavenly Feast awaits us, and those we bring. Jesus gathers all nations for the Feast through us, the Church.

We can’t just broadcast to the world the Good News – if that worked, everybody would be Catholic by now!

Inviting someone to dinner is a personal, one-on-one proposition. So how do we reach the person in front of us?

The answer is really simple, and we offer it this week!

Keeping Our Eyes Fixed on Jesus

Keeping Our Eyes Fixed on Jesus

It is difficult to follow someone if we cannot see them. Keeping our eyes on the goal makes the race easier to finish.

When we lose sight of our purpose or do not have a clear focus on the goal, we get lost, frustrated, and may even give up.

This week, we are exhorted to keep our eyes on Jesus, so we can accomplish all He has planned for us.

Read more to find out how to focus – or re-focus! – in order to reach the goal that we are all created for:


Faith in the Seen and Unseen

Faith in the Seen and Unseen

Faith is the realization of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

Our God is invisible, yet, we believe anyway.

He offers hope of eternal life, something intangible in this life, yet, we believe anyway.

Faith in the seen and unseen is part of who we are as followers of God.

Let’s be aware of God’s presence even though we can’t see Him.

Recognizing Him in the visible, seen world around us, we can more fully embrace the unseen, invisible hope that He offers.

The Important Things

The Important Things

Who among us do not have a special, most precious item?

It would devastate us to lose it.

This week, Jesus challenges our perception of what is important.

How can we rise to this challenge and bring others to also better understand the importance of things is less than the importance of our relationship with God?

Prayer and openness to God is a good start!

Read on to find out a little more about what the important thing is from Jesus, and how we can attain it.

Intercessory Prayer

Intercessory Prayer

Pray for us.

We ask for your prayers and we also pray for you.

This week’s readings explore the origins and meaning behind intercessory prayer.

Following the example of Abraham in seeking to save innocent life, we pray for those who have no one to speak for them.

And when asked how to pray, Jesus reveals the ultimately perfect prayer – The Lord’s Prayer.

How can we pray with all sincerity, “thy will be done”?

Answer: When we take the focus off of ourselves and pay attention to the needs of others.

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