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How Will You Answer God's Question? (OGW, 037)

You know the bible is the inspired word of God.You know that it is God revealing himself to us, speaking to us, right?
Well, today, in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 9 (verses 27-31) Jesus asks two blind men a question.It is the same question he asks us today.
How will you answer God’s question?
I hope you will tune in for a thought-provoking question that should give you pause to deeply reflect on your own faith.
Do you know someone who has been asking faith-filled questions, or maybe someone who has great doubt?If so, I encourage you to send them a link to these podcasts with a prayer that they will be inspired to continue seeking the One who can heal us.
Have a blessed day in God’s Word!
Janet Cassidy

'So was the Word made incarnation / In Mary’s womb, a son.' Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception El Greco [Web Gallery of Art]
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, observed on 8 December, is a holyday of obligation in many countries, eg, Ireland, the Philippines. This year it falls on the Second Sunday of Advent, which takes precedence over it. So the Solemnity is transferred to Monday 9 December. However, the obligation to attend Mass does not carry over.
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GospelLuke 1:26-38 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what…

'I baptize you with water for repentance.' Sunday Reflections, 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A

Linaioli Tabernacle: St John the Baptist Blessed Fra Angelico [Web Gallery of Art]

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Gospel Matthew 3:1-12 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, ‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,make his paths straight.”’

Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism…

The coming of Christ. (Spanish) La llegada escencial de Cristo es a tu corazón.

 La palabra adviento, del latín adventus, quiere decir Llegada, y la llegada a la que nos hemos de preparar es la del Hijo de Dios que se hace hombre sin dejar de ser  Dios.
       Tiempo santo que celebra la Iglesia desde el domingo primero de los cuatro que preceden a la Natividad de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo hasta la vigilia de esta fiesta. Así el año eclesiástico de la Iglesia Católica comienza con este Domingo de  Adviento.

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Looking for a Church? (OGW, 036)

Are you looking for a church?
Are you looking for a place with friendly people?
Sound doctrine?
A sense of belonging?
Today we learn right from Jesus how deeply connected our life is to be with our discipleship in him.He was warning people of his time not to just run off and follow whoever comes along.There were false prophets in his day that people needed to be leery of following.
Same for us today.
How do we know, though, where to go?
Well, in today’s reading Jesus gives us a great visual image so that we should have no trouble distinguishing the way to go.
Be sure to check out today’s episode of Opening God’s Word and then spend some quiet time just listening to God.
I hope you have a blessed day in God’s Word!
Janet Cassidy

Every Tear will be Wiped Away! (OGW, 035)

Before I send you to today's episode of Opening God's Word, I would like to give a word of encouragement to those of you who do not listen to podcasts.

I hope you will give it a try. 

All you need is an Internet connection and speakers.  You can do it through your computer or phone.  Just click on the link (which is often simply highlighted) and it will take you to the site where you can listen.

Remember, the daily scripture reflections are very short, so they serve as a little window into God's Word.  Cassidy Comments are longer podcasts, but they are both found on the one website -

I hope you will take a chance, and give it a try!

Okay, on to today's podcast, which is an episode of Opening God's Word:

Are you ready?I sure hope so! Here we are in the first week of Advent, reading Isaiah and Matthew.Isaiah reminds us that God will always take care of us and wipe away every tear! We sure want that, don’t we?
The Gospel of Matthew, throu…

How Many Loaves and Fishes are Enough?

In today’s Gospel, we hear about the loaves and the fishes; the miracle that Jesus performs to feed 4,000 people who sat with Jesus for several days. They are hungry. With compassion, Jesus asks his disciples, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish” (Matt 15:34). Seven loaves of bread and a few fish seem a paltry sum for feeding so many people. Yet, how many loaves are enough for Jesus? I say He could accomplish the same fete with just one loaf of bread, for He is God.  Jesus can do anything! Yet, the seven loaves and the few fish feed 4,000 men and an uncounted number of women and children, with seven baskets full of bread left over. God is good and generous! We All Need Some ‘Loaves and Fishes’ Moments This miracle is noted within the Bible to demonstrate to us that with God, all things are possible. Even the most unfathomable thing is possible for God, the source of all goodness. God knows what we need and will ... Read more...

What are You Waiting for?

I want you to take a minute and think about something that you were desperately looking forward to, something that you had been planning and preparing for and were really excited about.Maybe it was a trip, or a wedding, or the birth of a child.
Capture that anticipation.
Consider how you prepared for it.
What did that feel like?
And when it finally arrived, how did you feel?
Are you feeling that same over-the-top excitement right now, as you look forward to Christmas?
If you are not feeling that way about our upcoming celebration of THE BIG EVENT, then I might be able to offer you a solution that will put you in the right mindset.
Too often we skip right over the season of Advent, which is such a wonderful time, a gift to us really, as we begin the new church year.
If you haven’t heard of Advent, or if you are minimally familiar with it, let me tell you about it.It will change everything for you.It will introduce a new tradition into your family that will be your gift to them…

Do You Have Faith? (OGW, 034)

Do you have the faith and confidence of the centurion in the Gospel of Matthew (Chapter 8) in today’s reading?
In this episode of Opening God’s Word we are encouraged to trust in Jesus before we experience the healing we need in our life.
Persevere in asking God for what you need, but remember, prayer is an act of submission to God’s will, and even though we think we know what is best, we have to trust in God, who loves us without fail.
As we begin this season of Advent and look forward to the coming of Christ at Christmas, let us prepare joyfully, in faith, for this miraculous event.
I hope you have a blessed day in God’s Word.
Janet Cassidy

Our Lady of the Roses - Guest Post by Janice Lane Palko

Today, I welcome Janice Lane Palko, who will tell us all about her new book, Our Lady of the Roses. Janice, I turn over the website to you. How a Short Story Becomes a Novel Many writers look upon their books as their babies. If so, then my latest novel, Our Lady of the Roses, was an unintended pregnancy. I didn’t set out to write this book, but as the late painter, Bob Ross, used to say, I’ve come to regard it as a “happy accident.” One of the marketing tips the experts advise authors to employ is to offer a free short story to readers to introduce them to the author’s writing style and entice them to purchase their other books. I’ve written many different things—articles, press releases, speeches, novels–but for some reason the short story eludes me. My short story always explodes into a novel. I don’t know why, but my main character soon acquires a best friend, backstory and complex story arc. Therefore, I wasn’t surprised when Janetta, who appeared as a secondary character in my …

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