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The price of fruitfulness

5th Sunday of Lent, John 11:1-45 (B) March 22, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB VALUABLE items have a high price. Important achievements are the crowning of courage, determination, effort, and perseverance. Medals, whether gained in sports, civil service or war time are never a formality. Behind that small piece of metal there lies a [...]

4th Sunday of Lent, John 3:14-21 (B) March 15, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB FATHERS are expected to be loving, forgiving, and selfless. Unfortunately, not a few fall short of this expectation. And even the very good ones sometimes do fail, due to the weakness of human nature. There is only one father who [...]

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3rd Sunday of Lent, John 2:13-25 (B) March 8, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB FOR centuries, the Temple of Jerusalem had been the pride of all Jews, the heart of the nation, the foundation of their firm trust in God’s protection against all enemies. Like all pious Jews, Jesus loved the Temple. In it [...]

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2nd Sunday of Lent, Mark 9:2-10 (B) March 1, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE transfiguration was a momentous event in the life of Jesus and his disciples because it revealed to them his divine identity as well as a very important aspect of his mission. All those who had met him, but especially [...]

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1st Sunday of Lent, Mark 1:12-15 (B) Migrants’ Sunday, February 22, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB LENT is a long journey with a clear purpose and a wonderful destination: sharing in the life of grace, the fruit of Christ’s passion and resurrection. It is a quest for a fuller life, or—for those who have [...]

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Ash Wednesday, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 (B) Start of the Lenten Season, February 18, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB Lent should not be a season of sterile mourning over an irredeemable past characterized by sin and failure. Rather, it should be a time for honest self-evaluation and discernment, a time for prayer, and a time [...]

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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mark 1:40-45 (B) February 15, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB AIDS is the terror of so many people these days. Those affected by it are often avoided and condemned to isolation. This rejection by society makes the suffering of the AIDS victims even bitter. And one can only wish [...]

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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mark 1:29-39 (B) Pro-Life Sunday, February 8, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB One does not need to be pessimistic to conclude that there is so much suffering in the world. It is a reality as old as mankind itself; a reality as varied as the gradations of gray . [...]

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4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mk 1:21-28 (B) February 1, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB FOR centuries, the Jews had been waiting for “the prophet like Moses” who would be for them what the great leader and legislator had been for the Israelites enslaved in Egypt. Nobody knew, however, what that “prophet like Moses” [...]

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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 [...]

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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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