Showing posts from October, 2019

A Spooky Question for Halloween! (OGW - 016)

What will separate us from the love of Christ? That's a spooky question! What can get in the way--anguish, distress, persecution, famine, peril? The list goes on and on!   What is it?   What is the one thing that can drive a wedge between us and the love of Christ? Listen carefully to today’s episode of Opening God’s Word that comes from the 8 th Chapter of the Letter to the Romans to hear what I think! Don’t forget to check out my blog at and subscribe and share with your friends! I hope you have a blessed day in God’s Word! Janet Cassidy Prayers: Email:

'God’s mercy is infinitely greater than any guilt of ours.' Sunday Reflections, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Zacchaeus , Willem Isaacsz van Swanenburg   [ Web Gallery of Art ] Readings   (New American Bible: Philippines, USA) Readings   (Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa) Gospel   Luke 19:1-10 ( New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)     Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it.  A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich.  He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature.  So he ran ahead and climbed a sycomore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way.  When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’  So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him.  All who saw it began to grumble and said, ‘He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.’  Zacchaeus stoo

Hang in There with Perseverance

You know that person – the one who is “tough as nails.” That person never gives up. He or she seems to have an ability to endure anything, whether it be a serious illness, a divorce, a job loss, a financial crisis, a death in the family – anything. Therefore, through all the trials and tribulations, this person continues to persevere. How so? Well, in addition to Perseverance, he or she starts off with a few other virtues under his/her belt. Fortitude enables a person to be strong; to endure without fear; to act with courage in addressing the problem. Patience allows the person to wait long periods of time for the desired result. Faith gives the person the strength and peace to believe and trust that God has everything under control. Confidence in God’s omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence, along with confidence in Jesus’ promise of salvation should place everything else into perspective. With these virtues in hand, perseverance comes much more easily. Read more...

Are You Hoping to Squeeze Through? (OGW - 015)

Oh My!   I don’t like the sound of this! As Jesus is going through towns and villages, someone asks him a question—his response is chilling. Today he’s talking about the narrow gate.   What will it take to get to heaven, to get through that narrow gate? Is there something we have to do to squeeze through? Tune in to today’s episode of Opening God’s Word to learn what Jesus says about what could happen when if we stand outside and knock. Janet Cassidy Prayers: Email:

Are You Groaning in Labor (OGW-014)

Does the suffering you are enduring right now seem to be more than you can handle? Have hope! In Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Chapter 8:18, he reminds us that our sufferings today are nothing compared to the glory that we will share as children of God. Does that mean our suffering is nothing?  That we have to pretend that we are not in pain? No, it means that in comparison to the glory that is coming, it is nothing.  Paul speaks of the hope we have in what we cannot see—in the glory that awaits us. Key to this passage is this: We must “wait with endurance.” How long?  We don’t know.  But with God, we can be assured in hope that by his grace, we can endure anything. Check out the latest episode of Opening God's Word today! I hope you have a blessed day in God’s Word. Janet Cassidy Email:

Take My "One Question" Quiz! (Podcast, OGW - 013)

Who does Paul say in his Letter to the Ephesians (Chapter 2:19-22) that our Christian faith is built upon? Did you say Jesus? You are right, but there’s more!   In today’s Opening God’s Word Paul connects us with “the holy ones,” too, and says we are “members of the household of God.” He also reminds us that it is Jesus himself who is bringing us all together and we are becoming a place where the spirit of God dwells. We walk together, fellow citizens!   Let’s keep that in mind whenever we are feeling lonely or lost. You can find my latest episode at .   Please don’t forget to subscribe and visit my blog at j . Have a blessed day in God’s Word! Janet Cassidy Prayers: Email:

Want to be "In the Know?" Seek Knowledge

Would you like to know God better; to enter into a deeper relationship with Him? Then seek Knowledge, a virtue given to you at your Confirmation by the Holy Spirit. How Does One Seek Knowledge of God? The best place to seek knowledge of God is in Sacred Scripture. God reveals Himself to us in the pages of the Bible. In the 47 books of the Bible, God tells us what He likes and what offends Him. In these pages, we learn what is good and what is evil – we learn the moral code of ethics. God tells us what pleases Him most – love for God and neighbor (Matt 22:37-39). He instructs us on how to behave toward others via the Ten Commandments (Deut 5:6-21) and via the Beatitudes (Matt 5:3-12). You can begin reading the Bible online for free, by... Read more...

Rosary, the love lever.(Spanish) El Rosario, la palanca de Amor.

     Tal vez haya quién piense, aún siendo católico, que esto de rezar el Rosario es algo que ya pasó de moda, que es antiguo, que ya nadie lo reza. . . ¡qué equivocados están !.    El   Rosario es la palanca del amor.      Por los dedos de millones de personas se deslizan una a una esas cuentas redondas como diminutos mundos,   donde cabe toda la fe, todo el amor o todo el dolor de las almas. Día a día, a todas horas, en los seminarios, en los conventos, en las Parroquias, en los hogares ricos, en los pobres, en los caminos del aire, en las carreteras, en el mar, en las guerras, en la paz, en la alegría, en la tristeza, en la enfermedad, en las celebraciones de la vida, en el misterio de la muerte . . . “ Te saludamos María, la llena de gracia, el Señor está contigo”.     El mundo necesita de la oración.    La oración hace un cambio en los corazones. Con el rezo del Rosario vamos siguiendo   los MISTERIOS DE LA VIDA DE CRISTO al tiempo  

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Reading the Sky (Opening God's Word, 012)

Have you ever went out for a walk but first had to check out the sky to see if you were going to get caught in the rain? Which way are the clouds moving?  Should I take a chance? Well, in today’s passage from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 12, Verse 54, Jesus asks a reasonable question: “You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” What is he calling YOU to do, at the present time? Spend some time in God’s Word today and reflect on his question. You can listen to my short podcast on this scripture by going to Opening God's Word . Janet Cassidy Email:

What is Beauty?

  A social worker from hospice told me that older people think a lot.   She said that with so much time on their hands, their advanced age provides them with a lot of time to think about—and deal with—their past.   She explained that when people are young and busy, they sometimes do not have the luxury of processing the events or circumstances of their life, so they revisit painful things sometimes. I thought this was pretty insightful, and although I am not of that age group yet, I have spent a little time thinking about things, and one of the things that pops up that makes me crazy is how young girls of the 60s and 70s (and probably most decades) have been dealt a false ideal in terms of their body image. This is harmful to men and relationships as well, but I’ll get to that in a minute. I know this is nothing new, but I am just beginning to process it.   Just think, an entire generation of women have had put before them a ridiculous ideal to which they should aspire

What is Going On? (OGW, 11)

What is going on in today’s Gospel?  Isn’t Jesus about bringing people together? Love?  Forgiveness? Why is he talking about causing division? Why does he want to “set the earth on fire?” Listen closely to today’s episode of Opening God's Word on the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 12, Verse 49 and following. Jesus is not suggesting we go out and start hating our parents, siblings or in-laws! You are going to want to pay close attention to what he is telling us today. Janet Cassidy Email:

'The Church's mission is to offer the Word: a word that heals, liberates and reconciles.' Sunday Reflections, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

From   The Bible , a TV miniseries Readings   (New American Bible: Philippines, USA) Readings   (Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa) Gospel  Luke 18:9-14 ( New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)     Jesus also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt:  ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector.  The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector.  I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.”  But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!”  I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other;