Jesus offers us a terrifying challenge today. He calls us to choose the narrow gate--that is to follow Him and not the world--in order that on the last day we will be welcomed into His Kingdom. But what is the narrow gate?

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:23am EDT

In the first reading from the Book of Revelation we hear of Heaven being opened up and our ability to see the Ark of the Covenant. What is the Ark? Why is it being seen on that day? And why do we have this reading on the Assumption?
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:12pm EDT

As so many of us are afflicted with many different crosses, St. Paul offers us two perfect examples of what to do when we have them.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:05pm EDT

Who then is the wise and prudent stewart? How can we become one?

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:59pm EDT

Deacon George Cousino, Deacon at Divine Grace, preached on community and our response.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Why does God take so long to answer our prayers?

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:21pm EDT

The typical way we read the Martha and Mary story is that prayer is good and work is bad. God wishes to share a new meaning of the story with us...that we can never earn God's love.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:42am EDT

Fr. Tom, a Basilian Missionary priest, came to Divine Grace to preach about his missions in South America.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:17pm EDT

The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few. We here in Monroe County know what a harvest is, but Jesus isn't talking about crops, He is talking about the harvest of souls. This being Fr. Steve's first Mass at Divine Grace he challenges the congregation to follow him, to be one of his 72 and reminds us all that we're called to go out.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:03pm EDT

Fr. Stephen Burr, professor at SHMS in Detroit visited St. Lawrence this weekend and challenged the congregation to follow Jesus.

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God is always inviting us to something greater than what we know. What holds us back is slavery. Often times we become salves to the past; i.e. sentimentality and nostalgia. There can be no such thing as a nostalgic Christian. We must live for today with our hearts set on Eternity.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:36am EDT

"...my soul and body pine for you like a dry and parched land with out water" Psalm 63 reads. What does our bodily thirst tell us about our spiritual thirst? How do they relate?

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:41pm EDT

A good doctor treats the cause of an illness not the symptoms. We must look at the sickness of our souls the same way. We are sick with sin and the only cure is true repentance.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:06am EDT

Fr. Steve preaches directly to the 8th graders for their graduation.  He challenges them to greatness.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:02am EDT

The Archbishop gave a beautiful homily on the occasion of St. Lawrence's 150th anniversary Mass.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:31pm EDT

Ascension Sunday is next week. Why did Jesus have to go? Why couldn't he have just stayed? He says elsewhere in the Gospel of John that it is better for him to go than to stay. Why?

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The Lord will only ask us one thing when we stand before Him: "DID YOU LOVE? Did you love me, and did you love others?" Before we truly understand and accept Jesus' challenge to love as He loved, we must first know that we are loved by Him and that He first loved us!

 

 

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There is a little bit of Simon-Peter in each of us but we are all called to be like St. Peter.  Peter's heart was broken and he was wounded for betraying Jesus.  The only way he could be healed was through Jesus' love and friendship.   

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:48am EDT

What is Mercy? Jesus showed Sr. Faustina what Mercy is and He wants us to know exactly how He wants to give it to us also. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:17am EDT

This year we welcome in 25 people into our Holy Catholic Church--including 8 baptisms. Why did they want to become Catholic? What is the point of all of this? What do we get out of following Jesus? What's in it for us? We have to get something--what do we get?

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:19am EDT

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