Deacon Jim Olson’s Reflection- 8-17-20

419 8-17-20 20th WOT Mt 19:16-22 Recently I have been reading St. Thomas Aquinas and studying his theologies, noting the word concupiscence. St. James’ teaching in chapter 1:14-15 is that the source of temptation is to be found in our own passions. Elsewhere he says that the world (cf. 1:27; 4:4) and the devil (4:7)Continue reading “Deacon Jim Olson’s Reflection- 8-17-20”

Deacon Jim Olson’s Reflection- 8-10-20

918 8-10-20 19 WOT John 12:24-20St Lawrence Martyr Saint Lawrence was one of seven Deacons who were in charge of giving help to the poor and the needy. When a persecution broke out, Pope St. Sixtus was condemned to death. As he was led to execution, Lawrence followed him weeping, “Father, where are you goingContinue reading “Deacon Jim Olson’s Reflection- 8-10-20”

Deacon Jim Olson’s Reflection-8-3-20

407 408 8-3-20 18th WOT Mt 24:22-36 Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand is the only miracle recorded in all four Gospel accounts (Luke 9:10-17, Mark 6:34-44, John 6:51-58, Matthew 14:13-21). What is the significance of this miracle? The miraculous feeding of such a great multitude recalled the miraculous provision of manna in the wilderness underContinue reading “Deacon Jim Olson’s Reflection-8-3-20”

Deacon Jim Olson’s Reflection-7-27-20

4040 401 7-27-20 17th WOT Mt 13:44-52 To be vibrant, to act as ferment, we need to be united to Christ. We cannot afford to allow our love for the Lord to weaken, since it is the interior strength which drives our apostolate. Without this union, all our works and effort will be without fruit. There haveContinue reading “Deacon Jim Olson’s Reflection-7-27-20”

Deacon Jim Olson’s Reflection-7-20-20

395 7-20-20 16th WOT Mt 12:38-42 Simeon had prophesied at Jesus’ birth that he was destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against… that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed (Luke 2:34-35). Jesus confirmed his message with many miracles in preparation for the greatest signContinue reading “Deacon Jim Olson’s Reflection-7-20-20”

Deacon Jim Olson’s Reflection-7-20-20 – Español

395 20-20-20 16th WOT Mt 12: 38-42 Simeón había profetizado en el nacimiento de Jesús que estaba destinado a la caída y el levantamiento de muchos en Israel, y por una señal que se habla en contra … que los pensamientos de muchos corazones pueden ser revelados (Lucas 2: 34-35). Jesús confirmó su mensaje conContinue reading “Deacon Jim Olson’s Reflection-7-20-20 – Español”

Deacon Jim Olson’s Reflection-7-13-20

389 7-13-20 15th WOT Mt 10:34-11:1 God Must Take First Place In Our Lives Jesus told his disciples that if they followed him it would be costly because they must put God’s kingdom first and obey his word.  Whenever a great call is given it inevitably causes division between those who accept and reject it. Continue reading “Deacon Jim Olson’s Reflection-7-13-20”