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Wednesday Witness: Broke to Death

Posted by Jim Thorp

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." – Matthew 11:29-30

About a year ago, I heard a guest priest at St. Michael Catholic Church—the ... Read More »

Readings and Homilies for the Weekend of August 25-26, 2018 (English and Español)

Posted by Jim Thorp

Last weekend we celebrated the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. At the end of St. John's Bread of Life discourses, we see many of the disciples leaving Jesus to return to their former ways of life, because they did not understand and could not accept His teaching about the ... Read More »

Readings and Homilies for the Weekend of August 18-19, 2018 (English and Español)

Posted by Jim Thorp

Last weekend we celebrated the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, in which Jesus further deepens His Bread of Life discourses. When the Jews ask how He can give them his flesh to eat, he intensifies the teaching and insists: "[U]nless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: Equipping the Called

Posted by Jim Thorp

After a whirlwind road trip to Michigan with my oldest to visit my parents, I returned last night and had to make a concerted effort not to plunge neck deep into email. The temptation to see what I would be facing at work this morning nearly got the best ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: Private Little Wars

Posted by Jim Thorp

Last weekend I was blessed to make my fourth annual silent retreat at the Jesuit Retreat House at Demontreville, near Lake Elmo, Minnesota. My two eldest sons went with me for a weekend of rest, reflection and spiritual rejuvenation.

The music that is played over the weekend ranges from ... Read More »

Readings and Homilies for the Weekend of August 11-12, 2018 (English and Español)

Posted by Jim Thorp

Last weekend we celebrated the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, in which Jesus continues and strengthens His Bread of Life discourses. In this time of summer vacation and recreation, Fr. Newton's homily reminds us  that, we need spiritual renewal. Like Elijah in the desert, we can feel exhausted and ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: Be the Bedrock

Posted by Jim Thorp

Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on ... Read More »

Readings and Homilies for the Weekend of August 4-5, 2018 (English and Español)

Posted by Jim Thorp

Last weekend we celebrated the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, in which Jesus begins the Bread of Life discourses, in which he teaches that He is the Bread of Life come down from heaven. These teachings are not found in the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke), but only in John, ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: Is This Seat Taken?

Posted by Jim Thorp

This is the latest in a weekly series of blog posts from Jim Thorp. If you like what you read, please check back each Wednesday for more. Past posts are available on The Net main page.

Have you ever been a guest at a friend’s home and found yourself ... Read More »

Readings and Homilies for the Weekend of July 28-29, 2018 (English and Español)

Posted by Jim Thorp

Last weekend we celebrated the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, featuring the miraculous account of Jesus feeding five thousand men with five barley loaves and two fish. Among other things, the story teaches us that Jesus uses what little we have to do incredible things—when we live in God's grace, ... Read More »