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A Word #137| Third Sunday of Lent| March 19, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/29/17

Many more began to believe in him because of his word, and they said to the woman, "We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.”

 Have you ever taken the time ... Read More »

A Word #136 |Second Sunday of Lent| March 12, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/08/17

It's very common to see products endorsed by celebrities. Their endorsement tries to convince the consumer of the credibility of a particular product. The use of a celebrity to endorse a product is a marketing ploy just to sell a product regardless of whether the celebrity actually believes in ... Read More »

A Word #135 |First Sunday of Lent| March 5, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/02/17

“At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.”

Cartoons often create scenes where the main character converses with an angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. It is the devil who attempts to persuade the character ... Read More »

A Word #134 |Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time| February 26, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/22/17

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.”

As much as life is a journey, life can also be compared to as a great search for happiness or fulfillment. Regardless of what it may be, we are always ... Read More »

A Word #133 | Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time| February 19, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/15/17

“So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

 Growing up, I have fond memories of watching The Price is Right with Bob Barker. I remember that after each game the announcer would announce regardless if you made it up to play a Pricing Game or not, the ... Read More »

A Word #132 | Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time | February 12, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/08/17

“But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven. I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

 Laws are necessary and without them it would be anarchy. Laws preserve ... Read More »

A Word #131 | Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time | February 5, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/01/17

“Jesus said to his disciples: "You are the salt of the earth.”

 In the time of Jesus, salt was more valuable than gold. Not only was salt used in the kitchen to preserve and season food, it was also used for medicine and fertilizer. Furthermore, Roman soldiers were paid ... Read More »

A Word #130 | Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time | January 29, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/25/17

A Word #130

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 29, 2017

 “When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying…”

 Several months ago I subscribed to an online service that delivers fresh ... Read More »

A Word #129 | Third Sunday in Ordinary Time | January 22, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/18/17

Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed him.

 On several occasions I have been asked: why would anyone want to become a priest? I often think: why would anyone NOT want to be ... Read More »

A Word #128 | Second Sunday in Ordinary Time | January 15, 2017

Posted by Diana Wuertz on 1/12/17

John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”

 These words of St. John the Baptist should be quite familiar to all of us. We hear them at every Holy Mass when the priest-celebrant elevates ... Read More »