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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 [...]

Demands and reward of discipleship

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 9:18-24 June 19, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THERE are people who consider religious faith as a form of “safety insurance” or even “success insurance.” Itʼs the theory of what some call “prosperity-faith.” They believe that if they are faithful to the Lord, nothing unpleasant will befall [...]

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The roots and fruits of forgiveness

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 7:36-8: June 12, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB TODAY’S Gospel episode (together with the reflection we can make on it) fits perfectly the central theme of the “Year of Mercy” that we are celebrating: the theme of Godʼs merciful love, which finds its privileged manifestation in forgiving [...]

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Our God is the God of life

  10th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 7:11-17 June 5, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB There are people who believe that life on earth has appeared by chance, the fruit of a blind evolution that has no mind, no heart, no purpose . . . They are grossly wrong! This nonsensical explanation of [...]

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The Eucharist:  Christ’s most precious and challenging gift

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, (C)  Lk 9:11b-17 May 29, 2016> By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE Second Vatican Council has called the Eucharist “the source and summit of the Church’s life.” (See Apostolic Constitution “Lumen Gentium” #11.) Its preciousness is simply unimaginable for us, frail human beings, for the Eucharist is [...]

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The God of love from we whom come, in whom we live,  to whom we go

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity(C), John 16:12-15 May 22, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB OUR belief in the Trinity—One God in three “Persons”—is no vain fantasizing about a remote mathematical riddle. Rather, it is the humble and grateful acceptance in faith of the great mystery of Divine Love which was revealed by Our [...]

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The power that heals, strengthens and unifies

Pentecost Sunday(C), John 20:19-23 May 15, 2016   By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB AFTER the sin of Adam and Eve, and the universal perversion that enveloped mankind and which led God to purify it through the Flood, the episode of the Tower of Babel was the third major disaster in human history. The construction of [...]

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Christ’s supporting actors in the greatest play ever

  Ascension of Our Lord (C), Luke 24:46-53 World Communications Sunday / Mother’s Day May 8, 2016   By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB GOD is perfect justice. He cannot contradict himself. He could not leave Christ’s innocence unvindicated. He could not leave His Son’s total trust unrewarded. Jesus’ Resurrection and Ascension are acts of the [...]

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The condition to enjoy a foretaste of heaven

  6th Sunday of Easter (C), John 14:23-29 May 1, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB IT is a matter of consistency—those who claim to believe in Christ and love him have to prove it through their actions. Jesus is not satisfied with verbal protestations of love and faithfulness. He wants action. Already at the [...]

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God’s partners in creating a love-driven world

5th Sunday of Easter (C), John 13:31-33a; 34-35 April 24, 2016<   By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB WE Christians have something wonderful to look forward to: a totally “new world.” This will consist in a condition of perfect happiness, characterized by the absence of any form of suffering and by the deepest experience of God’s saving [...]

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Shepherds, strong in faith and full of love

4th Sunday of Easter (C), John 10:27-30 Good Shepherd Sunday, April 17, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB BEING mostly a shepherding people, the Israelites/Jews enjoyed thinking of the Lord as their divine “Shepherd.” They expressed their faith and trust in God’s provident care and protection by singing: “The Lord is my shepherd, there is [...]

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Peter, the head steward of Christ’s flock

3rd Sunday of Easter (C), John 21:1-19 April 10, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB AFTER the Resurrection, Jesus’ external appearance must have been quite altered if no one could recognize him at first sight . . . But what had not undergone any change in him was his love for his disciples, in spite [...]

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“Signs” of reality of the Resurrection

2nd Sunday of Easter (C), John 20:19-31 Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB WHO could blame Thomas for his refusal to believe what his co-disciples were saying about the apparition of the risen Jesus? He was a concrete, “positive” man. To believe what his friends were saying about Jesus was [...]

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Christ’s resurrection: Glorious life for Him, new life for all!

Easter Sunday (C), John 20:1-9 March 27, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB   THE Resurrection is, first of all, an event that concerns Jesus Christ. It is his personal triumph over death, and the confirmation of the truth of his teaching. He had spoken about it before it happened. The fulfillment of that prophecy [...]

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The Eucharist:  Christ’s empowering and transforming gift

Holy Thursday (C), Luke 4:16-21 Commemoration of the Last Supper March 24, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB GIFT-GIVING is an interpersonal and social activity that is found in all human societies. A gift is a sign of love. This is what makes it precious and meaningful. The greater the love, the more precious the [...]

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Saved by Christ’s heroic love

  Passion (Palm) Sunday (C), Luke 22:14-23:56 Alay Kapwa Sunday, March 20, 2016   By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB JESUS had a mission to accomplish—to save mankind from the disastrous consequences of sin and establish the Kingdom of God on earth. That was the very reason why he was born. And the whole of his [...]

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