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Jesus Brings the Kingdom with Him

Posted by debbie fields on 8/07/19

August 6, 2019  •   Br. John-Marmion Villa

For Sunday, August 11th, 2019 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

A few years ago, I went to see the movie “Star Wars” on its opening night. This was to be an event like no other. ... Read More »

Build Your Treasurers in Heaven

Posted by debbie fields on 8/01/19

For Sunday, August 4th, 2019 

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

So much of our life is spent working. Much of it can be a burden and a drudgery. What we earn is so quickly spent on gas, insurance, the mortgage, ... Read More »

God Hears Our Call

Posted by debbie fields on 7/24/19


For Sunday, July 28th, 2019 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

My husband and I have spent the summer house hunting. The exciting part is that we will be closing on our first home soon. The less than exciting part is that ... Read More »

A Hospitality of Presence

Posted by debbie fields on 7/17/19



For Sunday, July 21st, 2019 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Genesis 18:1-10a Colossians 1:24-28 Luke 10:38-42

Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, “Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have ... Read More »

Who is my Neighbor?

Posted by debbie fields on 7/10/19


For Sunday, July 14th, 2019 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Through his Canticle of the Sun, St. Francis reminds us that the essence and beauty of God emanate from within God’s creation and are not imposed upon it. All created things ... Read More »

Proclaiming God's Kingdom...Together

Posted by debbie fields on 7/03/19


For Sunday, July 7th, 2019 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 66:10-14c Galatians 6:14-18 Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

Through my years working with parish and retreat groups around the country, I’ve discovered that many people see a contrast or division between their private faith and their public acts of ... Read More »

Honor the Past, Embrace the Future

Posted by debbie fields on 6/26/19


For Sunday, June 30th, 2019 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21 Galatians 5:1, 13-18 Luke 9:51-62

June is a time of transition for dioceses throughout the country. The newly ordained receive their first assignments, and pastors announce their retirements. In the process, parishes lose their ... Read More »

Hungry for the Living God

Posted by debbie fields on 6/19/19


For Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Genesis 14:18-20 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Luke 9:11b-17

Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan tells a moving story in his book, “Five Loaves & Two Fish”:

There was an old man named Jim ... Read More »

The Messy Joy of the Holy Spirit

Posted by debbie fields on 6/05/19


For Sunday, June 9th, 2019  Pentecost Sunday  

Acts 2:1-11 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23

Recently, I finally watched an episode of “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” In some ways, it can feel similar to other reality shows featuring people dismantling their hoarding spaces and loading unwanted things ... Read More »

Up, Up, and Away?

Posted by debbie fields on 5/29/19

For Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 

The Ascension of the Lord  

Acts 1:1-11 Ephesians 1:17-23 or Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23 Luke 24:46-53

It is common thinking to believe that Christ’s Ascension into heaven somehow removes him from earth and that the Holy Spirit becomes some kind of substitution for his presence ... Read More »