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A Word #162| 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time| September 10, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 9/11/17

Jesus said to his disciples: "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone."

You can often catch parents of young children instructing their children to apologize and say "I am sorry" when they do something wrong. It is a valuable ... Read More »

A Word #161| 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time| September 3, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/31/17

"Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised."

During my first with you here I recommended a book to several of you: "Where ... Read More »

A Word #160| 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time| August 27, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/24/17

"But who do you say that I am?"

It may come as a surprise to some of us if we asked those around us "who do you say that I am?" Those closest to us will probably have an accurate answer to this question and those who know little ... Read More »

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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