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Giving Voice to Our Faith in the Public Square

Posted by debbie fields on 9/14/22

  For Sunday, September 18, 2022 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Amos 8:4-71 Timothy 2:1-8Luke 16:1-13

Our faith is meant to be at work in every area of our lives — not just the personal and private, but the political and public as well.

People have a tendency today ... Read More »

The Grace of Indelible Value

Posted by debbie fields on 9/07/22

  For Sunday, September 11, 2022 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Exodus 32:7-11, 13-141 Timothy 1:12-17Luke 15:1-32 Or Luke 15:1-10

An Excerpt from: Spiritual Freedom: God’s Life-Changing Gift by Fr. Dave Pivonka, published by Servant Books, Cincinnati.

“I remember one young woman who had gone through terrible struggles. She has ... Read More »

A Meek and Humble Heart

Posted by debbie fields on 8/24/22

  For Sunday, August 28, 2022 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24aLuke 14:1, 7-14

The overarching theme found in Sunday’s readings is humility. The virtue of humility, sagely defined by C.S. Lewis, “is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” As we ... Read More »

The Disciple of Discipleship

Posted by debbie fields on 8/17/22

  For Sunday, August 21, 2022 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Isaiah 66:18-21Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13Luke 13:22-30

Abraham Lincoln is said to have remarked that “discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” What is it that you desire most? This is a powerful question ... Read More »

The Fire of Discipleship

Posted by debbie fields on 8/10/22

  For Sunday, August 14, 2022 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10Hebrews 12:1-4Luke 12:49-53

Jesus said to his disciples:“I have come to set the earth on fire,and how I wish it were already blazing!There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,and how great is ... Read More »

Less Stress, More Faith

Posted by debbie fields on 8/03/22

  For Sunday, August 7, 2022 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Wisdom 18:6-9Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 or Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-12Luke 12:32-48

Faith helps us overcome many of the anxieties of daily life.

As a society, we are experiencing an epidemic of stress. Keeping up with the demands of life has ... Read More »

Encountering Jesus

Posted by debbie fields on 7/28/22

For Sunday, July 31, 2022 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11Luke 12:13-21

At dinner the other night, I recounted the experience of my visit to a poor parish community in Venezuela in 2006. On this one day, the hosts knew that the American visitors were ... Read More »

Abraham Drew Nearer

Posted by debbie fields on 7/20/22

  For Sunday, July 24, 2022 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Genesis 18:20-32Colossians 2:12-14Luke 11:1-13

I’m from the Midwest. My parents and grandparents were all born, raised, and lived their lives in the Midwest. There is a pathological politeness that has worked its way into our genetic code and ... Read More »

Distracted Visits with Jesus

Posted by debbie fields on 7/15/22

  For Sunday, July 17, 2022 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Genesis 18:1-10aColossians 1:24-28Luke 10:38-42

Martha, busy serving and fretting, loses sight of just who this special guest is that has come to her home to dine. There is a subtle connection between this week’s Gospel story and the Eucharist. We ... Read More »

Who Is My Neighbor?

Posted by debbie fields on 7/08/22

  For Sunday, July 10, 2022 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Deuteronomy 30:10-14Colossians 1:15-20Luke 10:25-37

“Brother Sun, Sister Moon I seldom see you seldom hear your tune. Preoccupied with selfish misery. Brother Wind and Sister Air open my eyes to visions pure and fair. That I may see the ... Read More »