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This Sunday’s Readings

This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible. They offer a Podcast and other bible related content.

This Sunday is: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


The Word on Fire

The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all things Catholic. Fr. Barron has a full library of homilies that he has prepared and we will be featuring a link here to his 15 minute reflections on this week’s readings.

This Sunday: “For Catholics, Mary is like the moon, for her light is always a reflected light. Whatever we say about Mary is meant to draw attention, not so much to her, but to Christ. Thus, for example, the claim that Mary is the mother of God is an indirect way of affirming the facticity of the Incarnation. Our feast for today–the Assumption of the Virgin–is similarly Christological in focus. It is meant to highlight the reality of Jesus’ bodily resurrection from the dead. As the first and greatest disciple of the Lord, the Virgin Mary shares in the effects of this event, participating body and soul in the new life opened up by Jesus...”

Click Here to Listen to the Homily from Robert Barron: The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin

Fr. Scott Lewis

Fr. Scott Lewis is an associate professor of New Testament at Regis College in Toronto.  Each week Fr. Lewis writes a short reflection on the upcoming readings in the Catholic Register.

This Sunday: “Mary’s heart, mind in harmony with God:  The Book of Revelation should not be read before bedtime. We are subjected to a steady flow of terrifying beasts, plagues, rivers of blood and warfare on a cosmic scale plus enigmatic celestial liturgies. It seems far removed from the moving and uplifting teachings of the peaceful and gentle rabbi of the Sermon on the Mount. And in the wrong hands this book can be dangerous indeed, for over the centuries it has been the fuel for many apocalyptic movements and an incredible amount of violence…”

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Click Here to read the rest of Fr. Lewis’ reflection on Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary



Sunday Soundbites is a weekly, 90-second radio homily based on the Sunday readings by Fr. Greg Friedman, O.F.M. Sunday Soundbites is a regular weekly feature at www.AmericanCatholic.org and is heard on Catholic radio stations around the country.

This Sunday: “This feast celebrates our Catholic belief that Mary, when her earthly life was ended, was taken body and soul into heaven. There, she shares in the Resurrection of Christ her son. This doctrine—and the feast—also hold a promise…”

Click here to read or listen to Father Greg Friedman’s 90 second Sunday Soundbite- That’s right  a Homily in 90 Seconds!!

Fr. Thomas Rosica

Fr. Thomas Rosica is a priest of the Congregation of St. Basil (Basilian Fathers) and since July 1, 2003, he has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Salt and Light Television, Canada’s first national Catholic Television Network. His blog is available at: Salt+Light .

This Sunday: “As a woman who surrenders herself and never regrets it, she believed against all the obscurity that enveloped her,against all the doubts that filled her…”

Click here for Father Rosica’s complete reflection on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


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