O woman  

August 5, 2020 4:00 am

“He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.” (MT 15: 24-28)
 
She put her daughter’s health as more important that her possible rejection. She was humiliated, but because she was not demanding and asked as a person who lives as a gift of self, she was heard and her daughter was healed. “O woman, great is  your faith.” 
 
“A great prophet has arisen in our midst and God has visited his people.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

blind guides of the blind  

August 4, 2020 4:00 am

“Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. If a  blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (MT 15: 14)
 
This is why we learn all the time; this is why we want to live in a community with other couples to learn from them and to have regular meetings and moments of sharing and learning from each other. The more we know, the more we want to learn to guide and to help our brothers and sisters who are also married. We are not better, but we are equals and we want to help (“Among the fruits which ripen forth from a generous effort of fidelity to the divine law, one of the most precious is that married couples themselves not infrequently feel the desire to communicate their experience to others. Thus there comes to be included in the vast pattern of the vocation of the laity a new and most noteworthy form of the apostolate of like to like; it is married couples themselves who become apostles and guides to other married couples. This is assuredly, among so many forms of apostolate, one of those which seems most opportune today.” HV, 26)
 
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” (Gospel Acclamation) 
 

People brought to him all those who were sick and begged him  

August 3, 2020 4:00 am

“People brought to him all those who were sick and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were healed.” (MT 14: 35-36)
 
We are important; our relationship with Our Lord is important—we know Him, we know our friends and neighbors, we can bring “to him all those who are sick,” and we ask, “beg Him” to help. Today we are in better condition and we ask for help, on another day our friends will beg for us. The more we are in love with Our Lord, the more we can help. 
 
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

Give them some food yourselves

August 2, 2020 4:00 am

“Jesus said to them, ‘There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.’ But they said to him, ‘Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.’ Then he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’” (MT 14: 16-18)

This is what we called in our Programs: extreme ownership; start solving problems with yourself, do not look for others. “Five loaves and two fish” is not enough, but only from our limited perspective. It was enough for Our Lord. If your friend needs some help, do not look for “professionals” who can help, start with yourself.

“One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” (Gospel Acclamation)

It is not lawful for you to have her

August 1, 2020 4:00 am

“Now Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, for John had said to him, ‘It is not lawful for you to have her.’” (MT 14: 3-4)

Our Programs are in the same area: to protect the dignity of marriage, to protect people from making stupid decisions, and from one mistake jump to another one. John the Baptist paid the highest price for protecting marriage—his head. When we do Programs we share with others our time, our knowledge, our dedication, we miss our children and are exhausted after the weekend, but we know how important is for the future of this world the quality of marriage.

“Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.” (Gospel Acclamation)

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