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The humble faith that can work wonders

The humble faith that can work wonders

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 17:5-10 October 2, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE apparent “absence” of God has always been a severe test for all the great souls who have put their trust in Him. Sooner or later all will experience its torturing fits – God seems to “vanish” or to [...]

The crime of ignoring the beggar at the door

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 16:19-31 National Seafarers’ Day / Start of Laity Week September 25, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB   TODAY’S parable sketches a striking contrast between the situation of the rich man and Lazarus—the former “dressed in purple and linen and feasting splendidly every day,” while the latter, covered [...]

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Learning to be resourceful in the things that matter

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 16:1-13 September 18, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB IT seems an established fact that many of those who concentrate only on earthly values (those we call the “unbelievers”) are cleverer and more enterprising than those who profess to believe in God and in the afterlife. Perhaps this [...]

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We are precious to God

24thSunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 15:1-32 Grandparents’s Day, September 11, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB WE manifest the value we attach to what we own by the care with which we use it or the way we keep it, and especially by the pain we experience when we lose it. That is why [...]

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The challenge to love as Christ did and does

23rd  Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 14:25-33 September 4, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB ALL spiritual masters and great leaders are noted for their being quite demanding with their followers. But none of them is as demanding as Jesus. In fact, he requires that his disciples practice a radical detachment not only from [...]

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The challenge to be humble and generous

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 14:7-14 August 28, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB A LITERAL and superficial interpretation of the conclusion of the first part of today’s Gospel passage can be misleading. It sounds as if one should choose the lowest place in order to be invited to move higher, right in [...]

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The challenge to enter through the “narrow gate”

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 13:22-30 August 21, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE question posed by Jesus’ interviewer sounded almost impertinent, in its superficial curiosity: “Will only a few people be saved?” Clearly, the interviewer was interested in numbers, in statistics . . . . But he was missing the whole [...]

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Mary’s Assumption: a source of joy and hope

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Luke 1:39-56, August 15, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB ALL the members of a group or family rejoice at the natural gifts, good fortune and achievements of one of them. And with good reason, for those assets and triumphs are also theirs, to some extent, as they all [...]

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Making Gospel-inspired choices, come what may

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 12:49-53 August 14, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB IN an era characterized by pluralism and relativisms, many hold that one choice may be as good as another, and that all depends on who chooses what and why. One can belong to one party or another, prefer one [...]

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The dynamic preciousness of our faith

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 12:32-48 Parish Priests’ Sunday, August 7,2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB FAITH is not just an intellectual assent to truths revealed by God. A living faith is a vital relationship with God who continually makes His presence felt in our lives. It is a response of total openness, [...]

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The challenge to become rich in God’s sight

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 12:13-21 Fil-Mission Sunday, July 31, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB   ALL that God creates has value, for He imprints in all creatures the mark of His wisdom and power. But not all creatures have the same value. Just as there are different degrees of perfection and [...]

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An invitation to pray with trust-filled hope

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 11:1-13 July 24, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB   IN today’s First Reading, we have a moving example of prayer of intercession, while the Gospel offers a clear invitation to pray with perseverance, full of hope. Abraham, the man of faith and the friend of God, upon [...]

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Meeting the Lord through action and contemplation

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 10:38-42 July 17, 2016   By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB NOWADAYS, technology and competition force people to be more active and creative. In many cases, it is a question of survival. All this entails the danger that man may live a superficial life, even a noisy and agitated [...]

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Love without borders

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 10:25-37 July 10, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE Christian concept of neighbor is easy to define in words–neighbor is every human being, especially one who is in need of help. But it may be quite hard to accept it in practice, for it is very demanding [...]

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The universal call to proclaim and build  God’s Kingdom

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 July 3, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB   SO few workers for such an abundant harvest! This remark, justified in the time of Jesus, is more than appropriate today. There is the whole world to be brought to Jesus. Or better, Jesus has to be [...]

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One with Christ in sorrow and joy

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 9:51-62 June 26, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB JESUS was aware of the dramatic end that awaited him in Jerusalem and had already informed his disciples about it in no ambiguous terms. (Lk 9:44.) Had he followed his survival instinct, he would have delayed his going to [...]

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