Blog posts : "Cecelia Deacon Tom Tortorella"

The Christ of God

June 20, 2016


Scripture readings for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time can be found at

Who do people say that the candidates for president are? The last primary was last Tuesday in Washington, D.C., but while we know who the candidates with the most delega…

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12 Days of Christmas

January 9, 2015

The scripture readings for the Feast of Epiphany can be found at

There’s a popular song during Christmas time that I’m sure you’re familiar with. It’s “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” This song refers to the time between Christmas Day (December 25th) and t…

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Mary’s Fiat

December 21, 2014

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”Luke 1:38
During the month of December we celebrate the birth of Our Saviour, Jesus Christ, into the world for the salvation of mankind. His birth into the world came about thanks to the “Fiat” or “Yes” of Mary. …

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Be Watchful. Be Alert.

November 30, 2014

Reflections from the readings for the First Sunday of Advent, found at

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. It is the first day of the new church year. Advent is meant to be a time of patient, reflective waiting for the coming of the Messiah. How much time…

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Christ the King

November 29, 2014

The scripture readings for today can be found at

Today is the last Sunday on the Church Calendar and is known as Christ the King Sunday. The Feast of Christ the King is a recent feast. It was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 because nations and rulers …

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November 29, 2014

Today America is celebrating the great American holiday Thanksgiving. It's a time when families get together in gratitude for the many gifts we have in our life.

A little history about Thanksgiving: In response to a joint request by both Houses of Congress, on Oct. 3, 1789, President George Washin…

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Obeying God's Will

October 4, 2014

Reflections from the scripture readings for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time, found at

This reading from the gospel of St. Matthew, chapter 21:28-32, always reminds me of the challenge of raising children. Kids say and do things that drive us crazy! We ask…

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Take Up Your Cross!

September 6, 2014

Reflections on the scripture readings for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Scripture can be found at

A nun was explaining the Stations of the Cross to her class. When they got to the fourth station where Jesus, on the road to Calvary, meets his mother, th…

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Saint Monica

September 5, 2014

Today the Church commemorates the mother of St. Augustine, St. Monica. In a biography of her it says, "She was born at Thagaste in Africa of a Christian family. She was married young, to Patricius, and among her children was Augustine. He had a brilliant intellect and uncertain morals and his waywar…

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 21, 2014

Assumption vs: Ascension


“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” Luke 1:46-47

Every year the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us in paragraph 9…

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Love of God and Neighbor

July 26, 2014

I recently heard a Buddhist proverb. It goes like this, "When we decry the suffering and pain around us, caused by other humans, Buddhist spirituality also reminds us of the suffering and pain borne by our actions, thoughts and speech. While I can't liberate the entire world from suffering even if…

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Sower & The Seed

July 26, 2014

Reflection on the Readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Scripture texts can be found at

In this sower and seed parable, do we always have to be the dirt? Why do we always have to be the dirt? It's depressing. Who really thinks they've yielded a hund…

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March 20, 2014

This meditation is on the readings from the First Sunday of Lent and can be found at

We hear in our first reading from Genesis about two trees in the middle of the garden: the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Only one was forbidd…

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Meeting Jesus

February 28, 2014

                             As soon as I walk through the tall, dark-stained wooden doors, and step into a ray of colored sunlight streaming in through a section of stained glass, I know I am home. The familiar smell of sweet incense fills my nose as I walk down the center aisle, and…

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Love of Enemies

February 24, 2014

Today's reflection is on the readings for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time and can be found at

In our readings for today, from Leviticus and from Matthew, we are being reminded of the centrality of love in God's plans for us. As believers in the one true…

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Love is in the Air

February 15, 2014

Every year on February 14th I think of a song from the late '70's. You may know it. The first line goes, "Love is in the air everywhere I look around." Today the world talks about love on Valentine's Day. What is Valentine's Day and what is true love? First a little history. St. Valentine was a 3rd …

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