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Mar 2020
3rd Sunday of Lent

Preached March 15, 2020; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Let me begin today with a doctrinal summary. The doctrine gives us the objective reality. Today’s Gospel will help us discover how to encounter this reality in our lives. Doctrine and lived faith go hand in hand. Grace, as we teach the 1st graders, is God’s life in our souls. More precisely that is the reality of sanctifying grace, since there is also actual grace, which are the helps that God gives us, light for the mind or strength for the......

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29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Palm Sunday

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6th Sunday of Ordinary Time  

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2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

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