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Lent: an opportunity to set our priorities right

Lent: an opportunity to set our priorities right

Ash Wednesday (C), Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 Beginning of the Lenten Season February 10, 2016   By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THERE is in each of us a potential “actor” who can transform our lives into a show of vanity and hypocrisy. Though in different degrees, we all experience the desire for praise and approval from [...]

Strong and faithful to the end

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Lk 4:21-30 January 31, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB PROPHETS are a strange breed of people. Often a torment to themselves and others, they are the “critical conscience” of God’s people and of all mankind. Endowed with a unique knowledge of God’s will and plan, they evaluate events [...]

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The mission to set people free from all forms of evil

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21 January 24, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB JESUS was a man with a mission, the most difficult and challenging mission, in fact – to save the whole of mankind! His mission had already been described by the prophet Isaiah when he spoke of the “Servant [...]

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Challenged to grow in wisdom and grace

Feast of the Sto. Niño (C), Lk 2:41-52 January 17, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB   THE news must have spread like fire in a forest of pine trees: there was in the Temple a wonder boy who kept amazing the teachers of the Law not only with his answers, but also with his [...]

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One with sinners to save them

Baptism of the Lord (C), Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 January 10, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB WE say that people make a “prophetic gesture” when they do something striking that is also a sign of greater things to come. Those gestures reveal the depth of their passion or commitment; they are meant to shake people [...]

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Mary of Nazareth: Mother of Jesus, Mother  of peace

  World Day of Peace Luke 2:16-21 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB The world is torn by wars and conflicts of every kind—wars among nations, factions, families . . . Afraid of the tragedies of war, simple people yearn for peace. Some governments and peace-oriented organizations try to achieve peace through negotiations and compromise. Fortunately, [...]

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We all experience the difference that physical darkness or light produces in us. Darkness makes us feel uneasy, even anxious and afraid. Light gives us a sense of security. It enables us to realize where we are and what to do. This is why, the Biblical creation story tells us that, “In the beginning” (i. [...]

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Families according to God’s heart

Feast of the Holy Family (C), Luke 2:41-52 December 27, 2015   By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB PRAYING together as a family seems no longer fashionable nowadays. The reasons are varied: so many commitments, conflicts of schedule, practical impossibility of being together . . . . There are, of course, happy exceptions of parents who, [...]

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Christmas, the triumph of light

Solemnity of Christmas (C), John 1:1-18  December 25, 2015 WE all experience the difference that physical darkness or light produces in us. Darkness makes us feel uneasy, even anxious and afraid. Light gives us a sense of security. It enables us to realize where we are and what to do. This is why, the Biblical creation [...]

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4th Sunday of Advent (C), Luke 1:39-45 December 20, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB MANKIND has had a bad record from the very beginning of its history—the criminal record of shutting God out of its plans and life. Such an attitude had few exceptions in Abram, Moses, the prophets . . . . And [...]

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Our advent priorities

3rd Sunday of Advent (C), Luke 3:10-18 “Rejoice Sunday”, December 13, 2015   By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE times of John the Baptist were bad, characterized, as they were, by selfishness, greed, pride, aggressiveness, oppression of the weak . . . . This can be gathered from the answers he gave to those who had [...]

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How to bring about an effective moral reform

2nd Sunday of Advent (C), Luke 3:1-6 December 6, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB ADVENT is a golden opportunity to plan and carry out a“Comprehensive Spiritual Reform” (CSR). This is particularly relevant and needed in this “Year of the Eucharist and of the Family.” John the Baptist, a man of faith, impresses on us [...]

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Preparing to welcome the Lord with faith-filled expectation

  1st Sunday of Advent (C), Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 November 29, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB GOD does not wait till the end of the world to judge us. We shall have to face Him as our Judge at the end of our life, even if the sun keeps shedding its light as usual, [...]

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The features of Christ’s Kingship

Solemnity of Christ the King, John 18:33b-37 November 22, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB ALREADY Herod the Great had make a big blunder. On hearing that there was a newborn king of the Jews, he felt threatened, challenged in his greed for power. And he ordered that heinous slaughter of the innocents for which [...]

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mark 13:24-32 November 15, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB RUMORS and fears about an impending “end of the world” are recurring events, especially now that man has developed and stock-piled so many destructive weapons. Others see the end of all life on earth as the inevitable result of the ever-increasing [...]

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What makes small people great

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mark 12:38-44 (B),  November 8, 2015   By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB  THE poor widow thought that nobody would notice her as she dropped her simple offering into the large basin of the temple treasury. She did not feel ashamed, of course, for she was offering her contribution only for [...]

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