Author: Sister Therese Ann Rich

College Students Invited to Volunteer with the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown

The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown are accepting applications for their Ministry Volunteer Program, geared toward college students 18 years or older with an hour or more a week to spare and a desire to make a difference in our community. Applicants should contact Sister Norma Raupple at 330-792-7636 or theursulines@gmail.com. Sites to volunteer include: Beatitude […]

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A Forgiving Heart

Today’s readings offer an uncomfortable, but clear challenge to us on this anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks: the challenge of forgiveness. In today’s Gospel, the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, we hear the story of the master (representing God) who forgives the servant of his debt (the servant represents us). The message […]

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Where Two or Three Are Gathered

Imagine sitting at the dinner table when two family members are not speaking to one another. Tension fills everyone at the table and can even make eating difficult. How courageous and risky it is for someone to speak up to resolve the tension. How disruptive it is for the family not to address the tension! […]

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We Must Lose Our Life

Today’s Gospel continues straight on from last week’s and shows how fleeting the disciples’ understanding was. Last week, they heard Peter identify Him as the Son of God – this week, they hear Jesus call Peter “Satan”. What is going on? The problem lies in Peter’s understanding of what being the Messiah – the Son […]

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