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GUEST POST: Let Us Free One Another

Catch people being good and their transformation may amaze you.

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DAY 3: Let Us Free One Another | 3rd Sunday of Advent | 12.17.17

Take a look at the readings for today here. For some background on this Sunday’s readings from Loyola Press Sunday Connection, click here. Today’s reflection is based on the first reading.

  1. Isaiah 61: 1-11. The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me.
  2. Luke 1:46-54. My soul rejoices in my God.
  3. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24. Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks.
  4. John 1:6-8, 19-28. John the Baptist’s Testimony to Himself

“To proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners.”

In his magnificent book, Tattoos on the Heart, Greg Boyle embodies the anointed one who sets people free. The title of the book comes from an encounter he has with a homie named Sharkey. He tells of being exasperated…

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GUEST POST: Lord, Let Us See Your Face | Simbang Gabi, Day 2

“The manger was within me”

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DAY 2: Lord, Let Us See Your Face | Saturday of the 2nd Week of Advent | 12.16.17

Take a look at the readings for today here. Today’s reflection is based on the first reading and the psalm.

  1. Sirach 48: 1-11. In those days, like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah whose words were as a flaming furnace.
  2. Psalm 80: 2-19. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
  3. Matthew 17:9-13. The Coming of Elijah

It was November of 1997, and I was a mess. I was fresh out of my teens having just turned twenty years old. I was also a single, unemployed, depressed mother of a brand new baby girl. It was also a time of great mercy, however, it seems like every power was working against me to receive it.

Alexandria was born…

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So Great a Cloud of Witnesses: A Devotional for the 9 Nights of Simbang Gabi 2017

So glad to be part of this journey with my friend Jessica…

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For an explanation of the Filipino Catholic tradition of Simbang Gabi, click here. To take a look at my last devotional (from 2014), click here.

Do you suffer from tunnel vision? I do. I blame it on my kids (whom I love dearly), who manage to make even most mundane of tasks like making a phone call or walking through a parking lot exponentially harder. And so, for the last five years or so, I’ve been hyper-focused on my own little world, head down, nose to the grindstone, sometimes just trying to make it to the end of the day.

Survival mode. We’ve all been there. But when you’re in it for too long, you start thinking the tunnel is all there is, and the light at the end of it is really just a vague rumor. I’ve found that the holiday season can either be a…

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Maya Angelou’s comment about this song caught my eye in an article about the helicopter crash that took Gentry’s life. Worth a listen and very timely…

Montgomery Gentry – Some People Change

“It’s a surreal situation when politicians who oppose abortion would make it harder for low-income women to absorb the significant financial costs of having a baby.” HT@eliseitaliano

The Republicans’ Scandalous Health-Care Bill | Commonweal Magazine

HOMILY: Messy, Life-Giving Sharing

Yes, we must share, and it will be messy…

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Solemnity of the Body & Blood of Christ | June 18, 2017

Fr. Brian Zumbrum’s homilies and reflections are posted weekly at Leaven in the World. To see the archive of all his posts, just click here: Salesian Sermons

PROTIP: You can take a look at the readings here. This homily focuses on the theme of the Eucharist.
So a few years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Italy with my family. We spent two weeks traveling up and down the peninsula, soaking in the sights, sounds and local cuisine.

And it was during this trip that I learned a really important lesson about myself. I don’t like to share.

See, my family and I would all sit down for a meal and inevitably the questions would start.

​Would you like to try a bite of this?

​Can I soak up some of your sauce with…

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It Isn’t Pro-Life or Christians to Shame Pregnant Teens

Why do we continually question God’s work? Every child is loved by Him!


There are a lot of ways you can describe the shaming and exclusion of a pregnant teenage woman, but you sure can’t call it either Christian or pro-life.

In our faith tradition, God himself choose to enter into the grittiness of human living through the courageous ‘yes’ of an unwed, pregnant teenager.

This young girl who was kicked out of her graduation for being pregnant is a hero. The Christian school who kicked her to the curb is the modern-day innkeeper who said to Mary “there’s no room in the inn for you.”

You can wax all you want about pro-life Christian values, but you can’t be pro-life and anti-woman. It doesn’t work.

And you can’t be pro-life and be a participant and protagonist in the culture of shaming and exclusion. It doesn’t work.

See my full remarks on Fox News:

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