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A Word #159| 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time| August 20, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/17/17

Jesus' disciples came and asked him, "Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us."

On numerous occasions Pope Francis has admonished the Church on the sin of gossip. For example in 2014 the Pope said: "Gossip can also kill, because it kills the reputation of the person! ... Read More »

A Word #158| 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time| August 13, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/10/17

"Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night, He came toward them walking on the sea."

Whoever has been boating or taken a cruise knows from experience that a ... Read More »

A Word #157| Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord| August 6, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/03/17

"Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John and led them up a high mountain by themselves..."

Sometimes in the Church's Liturgical Calendar, Feasts of the Lord will fall on a Sunday in Ordinary Time. When that happens, the Feast takes precedence over the usual Sunday Mass in Ordinary ... Read More »

A Word #156| 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 30, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/27/17

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it."

Almost ten years ago, I informed my bosses where I was working that I was resigning from ... Read More »

A Word #155| 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 23, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/20/17

"Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?"

It's incredible to even comprehend how the tiniest of things can grow into something beautiful and awe-inspiring. Just think about it: a human has its origin as a microscopic cell, a seed that can barely be seen or touched ... Read More »

A Word #154| 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 16, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/13/17

"But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold."

Life is full of choices! Sometimes I think that life is one giant multiple choice exam. Obviously there are some ... Read More »

A Word #153| 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 9, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/06/17

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

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A Word #152| 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 2, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/28/17

"Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."

Some time ago I was invited to dinner at a friend's house. They also had ... Read More »

A Word #151| 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time| June 25, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/22/17

Everyone who acknowledges me before others, I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.

I would hope that most of us are attentive to warnings especially when they come from professionals. Warnings are part of daily life. ... Read More »

A Word #150| Solemnity of Corpus Christi| June 18, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/15/17

“For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.”

Whether your knowledge of the Latin language is proficient or nonexistent, I believe each of us knows the theology and meaning of ... Read More »