Catholic Inklings

Musings and sharings on my devotion to an ancient religion.

Category archive: PB&Grace Blogs

Armor of Light | Breaking Open the Word at Home

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat…but before we get there, we have a whole season of Advent to get through! The Church, in her wisdom, designed a time of slowing down and reflection in what is for most people one of the busiest times of year. Today we begin that season, and also the new liturgical year (cycle A—which means we’ll hear a lot of the Gospel of Matthew throughout the year).

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Jesus: Master of the Universe | Breaking Open the Word at Home

Ever since the Solemnity of Christ the King became Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe; I can’t help but thing of He-Man, Master of the Universe whenever I hear it. But, Jesus is more powerful than any superhero and his authority is perfect. We are reminded of this as we close out the liturgical year, and prepare ourselves for Jesus’ coming throughout the season of Advent.

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A God of Justice | Breaking Open the Word at Home

This is the second week in a row that our readings focus on prayer. Why? Because it’s that important. The readings focus on three aspects of prayer: God’s response to them, God’s faithfulness to us when we call out to God, and the posture that we should take when approaching God—absolute openness and truth.

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Guarding Against Weariness | Breaking Open the Word at Home

Persistence is certainly a virtue, but to get there, we have to be on guard against weariness.  It’s so easy to become weary—weary in our prayer, in our work, in our daily lives, in the sad and sometimes scary stories that come to us in the news. Today, God gives us three stories about protecting ourselves from becoming weary.

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Your Faith Has Saved You | Breaking Open the Word at Home

The common theme in Sunday’s readings is that everyone has access to God’s healing power—you, me, non-believers, believers in other gods—everybody. God’s love is so far beyond the categories that we like to make for ourselves, and God takes his love so far that our gratitude is not a prerequisite for the gifts God gives.

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