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Without the Spirit within us we are like the man born deaf and dumb

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time: Is 35:4-7; Ps 146; Js 2:1-5; Mk 7:31-37

It is in prayer that we must discern pure, unspoilt religion

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time: Dt 4:1-2, 6-8; Ps 15; Jas 1; Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Commitments are easily made, but not so easily kept

Twenty-first Sunday of the Year: Joshua 24: 1-2 & 15-18; Ephesians 5: 21-32; John 6: 60-69

A banquet in which we share the love that has united Father and Son for all eternity

Twentieth Sunday of the Year: Proverbs 9: 1-6; Ephesians 5: 15-20; John 6: 51-58

The Lord awakens our faith in our darkest moments

Nineteenth Sunday of the Year : 1 Kgs 19:4-8; Ps 34; Eph 4:3 –5:2; Jn 6:41-51

We cannot take Christ to the world unless we have entered his presence in prayer

Jesus and the Apostles are depicted in a mural in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington (CNS)

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Amos 7:12-15; Ps 85; Eph 1:3-1, or 1:3-10; Mk 6:7-13

We must try to heed the unwelcome voices that confront us with the truth

Fourteenth Sunday of the Year: Ez 2:2-5; Ps 123; 2 Cor 12:7-10; Mk 6:1-6

The relentless march of our own mortality is the greatest threat to faith

Thirteenth Sunday of the Year: 2 Kgs 17:5-8, 13-15a, 18; Ps 60; 2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15; Mk 5:21-43

What matters is not what we want out of life

The Birth of John the Baptist: Is 49:1-6; Ps 139; Acts 13:22-26; Lk 1:57-66 & 80

Our pride demands instant perfection. But holiness is grown from a patient trust in God’s presence

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: Ez 17:22-24; Ps 92; 2 Cor 5:6-10; Mk 4:26-34