St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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A Community of Hope

God called Isiah to bring hope to God’s people. We are called to bring hope to others as an institution and as a community.

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Pope’s Morning Homily: God Forgets Our Sins. So It’s Time to Trust That and Start Over

God is ready to forgive and forget our sins. So let’s welcome His invitation to renew us….

According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis stressed this to faithful during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, as he reflected on the Letter to the Hebrews.

In his homily, Pope Francis underscored that the new covenant which God makes with us in Jesus Christ, renews our heart.

God renews all things “from the roots, not only in appearance,” he said. …

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Jesus Serves Us

One reading from the Gospels that always makes me stop and think for a moment is Luke 12:35-37. It states, “Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps alight and be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master shall find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them.” Continue reading

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Domingo III tiempo ordinario ciclo A

Hoy comenzamos nuestra reflexión con esta primera frase de la primera carta del apóstol san Pablo a los Corintios. Estamos dentro del octavario de oración por la unión de las Iglesias cristianas. Llevamos ya muchos años todos los cristianos diciendo que queremos la unión de las iglesias cristianas. Todos lo queremos y todos rezamos a Dios para que nos ayude a conseguirlo. Si todos lo queremos, ¿por qué no lo conseguimos? Es cierto que no todos los cristianos profesamos los mismos dogmas, ni ejecutamos los mismos ritos. Pero todos –católicos, protestantes, anglicanos, ortodoxos- creemos en Dios Padre, todos creemos en Dios Hijo, todos creemos en Dios Espíritu Santo. ¿No será esto suficiente para que todos los cristianos nos consideremos como auténticos hermanos y nos amemos como tales? También dentro de la Iglesia Católica hay teólogos católicos que interpretan un mismo dogma cristiano de manera muy distinta y sin embargo siguen llamándose y seguimos llamándolos “católicos”. Yo creo que el que nos consideremos hermanos en Cristo, de pensamiento, palabra y obra, ya es razón suficiente para decir que todos pertenecemos a la misma Iglesia cristiana. Cada persona somos un mundo distinto, en pensamientos, palabras y obras. Ni los católicos, ni los anglicanos, ni los protestantes, ni los ortodoxos, nos libramos de nuestra singularidad. Pero, si no oficialmente, al menos sí, cordialmente, llamémonos hermanos y amémonos como hermanos. Porque para que la Iglesia sea una no tiene por qué dejar de ser plural. Continue reading

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Pope at Audience: Pray, and When Things Become Dark, Pray More!

Prayer leads one forward in hope and when things become dark, there must be more prayer! And there will be more hope.
Pope Francis gave this advice during this morning’s General Audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, as he continued his series of catecheses on the theme of Christian hope.