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An invitation to love children as Jesus does

Feast of the Sto. Niño, Mark 10:13-16 (B) January 18, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB CHILDREN are lovable. All of them, not just the small babies or the cute, the healthy, the bright ones. In their eyes full of light, wonder and innocence, there is an almost irresistible fascination which arouses in every normal [...]

The Baptism of the Lord, Mark 1:7-11 (B) January 11, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE history of mankind up to Jesus Christ was mostly a sad sequence of sins and deeply rooted forms of moral perversion. It started with Adam and Eve. Then the situation became ever worse, to the point that God [...]

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Solemnity of Epiphany, Matthew 2:1-12 (B) January 4, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE feast of the Epiphany is often reduced to a sentimental remembrance of the “three Kings” who carry their rich gifts atop meek camels, journeying gracefully on sandy dunes, in search of the “newborn King of the Jews” . . . [...]

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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Luke 2:16-21 (B) World Day of Peace, January 1, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE world is torn by wars and conflicts of every kind—wars among nations, factions, families . . . The destruction of properties, infrastructures, and industries is a terrible feature of every war. Even worse [...]

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Feast of the Holy Family, Luke 2:22-40 (B) December 28, 2014 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB MANY families in our society are a wreck. They exist only in the records of the parish or of the municipal hall and in the memories of years long gone by. Where there used to be kindness and trust, [...]

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Solemnity of Christmas, John 1:1-18 (B) December 25, 2014 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB ALREADY the prophet Isaiah had announced that the child to be born of the Virgin would be “Immanuel”—a name that means “God-with-us.” (See Is 7:14). Such a name could be both a wish (May God be with us) or a statement [...]

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, Luke 1:26-38 (B) December 21 2014 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB ADAM and Eve could have created the premises for a magnificent future, both for themselves and their descendants. Unfortunately, they failed miserably simply because rather than trusting God, they trusted the serpent. With their sin, they refused to cooperate with [...]

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Third Sunday of Advent, John 1:6-8, 19-28 (B) December 14, 2014 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB SOME people get easily puffed up at the thought of the task entrusted them. They enjoy every bit of the honor given them on account of the institution or person they represent. Some even forget that they are just [...]

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Second Sunday of Advent , Mark 1:1-8 (B) December 7, 2014 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB WHENEVER man experiences the bites of suffering, he raises his voice to God asking Him to “show His kindness and grant salvation.” Such has always been the attitude and prayer of Israel, especially in the long period of exile [...]

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First Sunday of Advent, Mark 13:33-37 (B) November 30, 2014 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB PERHAPS never before in its long history has humankind attained so much scientific and technological progress in such a short span of time as we have witnessed in the past fifty years or so. The computers have transformed our lives; [...]

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23 November 2014, Solemnity of Christ the King Ezekiel 34:11-12,15-17//1Corinthians 15:20-26,28//Matthew 25:31-46 Growing up in a Catholic school, I have always waited for this Church celebration of Christ the King because it meant the fast approaching Christmas break; now that I am a priest, there is still that joy of another year about to end [...]

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Solemnity of Christ the King, Mt. 25:31-46 (A) November 23, 2014 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB A PERSONAL judgment at the end of life and a universal judgment at the end of time come as no surprise. Man was created free but also “accountable.” Everyone will have to account to the Eternal Judge for the [...]

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Matthew 25:14-30 (A) November 16, 2014 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB ALL of God’s gifts are beautiful and precious. They are so many, far beyond our counting, for God is always immensely generous in lavishing His blessings upon us. For our part, our first duty is to become aware of [...]

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Dedication of St. John Lateran, John 2:13-22 (A) November 9, 2014 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB IT is our duty to worship God, and to worship Him not only in our heart, but also externally and in union with others, for we are made of soul and body and are social beings. This is one [...]

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All Souls Day, Jn 14:1-6 (A) November 2, 2014 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB DEATH is an inescapable reality for all creatures. For us human beings, it is a tremendous mystery that confronts us all without exception. Both the rich and the poor; the powerful and the weak; the oppressors and the oppressed; the bad [...]

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Easter Week 4 18 May 2014 One of the beautiful things about ageing is being able to see more the wholeness or oneness of life. As we age and mature, we slowly realize that people and events in our lives are not mere individuals or happenings but are parts of a giant mosaic portraying the [...]

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