Good Friday: The Most Passionate Love Story

The Greatest Love StoryI used to love dramatic romance novels, the kind where a couple fights to protect their relationship against all odds. I would root for them as they clung to each other through obstacle after obstacle. I would swoon over grand gestures of one’s love and passionate scenes of intimacy. Oftentimes, the storyContinue reading “Good Friday: The Most Passionate Love Story”

According to His Timing

For this Sunday’s Gospel and the other Scrutiny Year A readings, click here! When I pray, I ask God to answer my prayers in His “perfect timing.” I lift up my friends and family and offer Him my intentions. After my laundry list of prayers, I end with “Father, I ask that You answer theseContinue reading “According to His Timing”

Sent as a Witness

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Year A Scrutiny readings, click here! We often hear people ask “Why do bad things happen to good people?” I can think of a lot of reasons why, but Jesus gives us an answer in the Scrutiny Year A readings which are optional for this Sunday. Jesus says thatContinue reading “Sent as a Witness”

Prayer: the First Pillar of Lent

What are the three pillars of Lent?Around Lent, I love to talk about the three pillars of Lent for a few reasons. I never knew about them until I was in college. Fr. Adam would give talks about Lent whenever the season started, and he always stressed the three pillars of Lent, which are prayer,Continue reading “Prayer: the First Pillar of Lent”

What Will Happen to Us in the Desert?

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! I remember hearing this Gospel reading when I was little, and I always compared the season of Lent to being in the desert. Jesus intentionally took time to pray and fast in the desert, and since we’re called to be like Him, we spend aContinue reading “What Will Happen to Us in the Desert?”

This Sunday’s Gospel: February 14, 2021

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! I love seeing how the different Mass readings connect. In the first reading, we see how lepers were exiled from their community. They would live isolated from everyone else, and when they were around others, they would make sure everyone knew they had leprosy byContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: February 14, 2021”

This Sunday’s Gospel: February 7, 2021

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! How often do we thank God and praise Him for answering our prayers or for working in our lives? When we do, what’s the turnaround time? Do we praise Him right away, or do we delay? This Sunday’s Gospel reading gives us an example ofContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: February 7, 2021”

This Sunday’s Gospel: January 31, 2021

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! The takeaway that I gained from this Sunday’s Gospel is very simple, yet still profound. Jesus really is the Son of God. If you’re reading this blog, then chances are you believe this. You might think, “Well, obviously He’s the Son of God, Madeline!” TheContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: January 31, 2021”

This Sunday’s Gospel: January 24, 2021

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, Jesus calls Simon, Andrew, James, and John to follow Him. When I was younger, this passage didn’t make much sense to me. Even though He was Jesus, I thought it was strange that these men left their livelihoods behind toContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: January 24, 2021”

This Sunday’s Gospel: January 17, 2021

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here. When I read the Gospels, I remember that we’re Jesus’ disciples. Because Scripture is alive and we’re followers of Christ, when Jesus speaks to His disciples in the Gospels, He’s talking to us. Of course we can relate to the people in the Bible, butContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: January 17, 2021”