Preparing Hearts and Homes | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  Happy New Year! Today begins the new liturgical cycle, Cycle C, when we focus mostly on the Gospel of Luke. We also begin the Season of Advent, when we prepare our hearts and our homes for Christmas. by Jen … Read More

Christ Our King | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  Jesus is the King that God always intended to be our leader.  In the Incarnation, he restored the relationship that we broke. by Jen Schlameuss-Perry The idea of having a king is sort of foreign to us—we vote for … Read More

He Will Come Again | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  Today’s readings have a strong foreshadowing of what we will be celebrating next week, and all throughout Advent—the Coming of Jesus.   by Jen Schlameuss-Perry As Catholic Christians, we believe that Jesus’ purpose in coming to earth to live … Read More

Economy of Love | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  When we give from our hearts, regardless of the amount, we are giving what God truly wants from us.   by Jen Schlameuss-Perry Today’s readings share the theme of freely giving—sometimes with uncertainty of what will happen as a … Read More

Every Great Mother Teaches Her Children the Way Of Gratitude (and the Force)

The guy in the grocery store line wanted to know how moms teach their kids “the way of the Force.” (He saw my Star Wars shirt.) How about starting with gratitude? Here are seven great strategies even Obi Wan would approve of. … Read More

Saints Come Marching In | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  Today is the Solemnity of All Saints—the day that we celebrate everyone who is in heaven and what they mean to us.   by Jen Schlameuss-Perry All Saint’s Day is a wonderful celebration for the Church because it reminds us that … Read More

God’s Comfort | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  In this Sunday’s readings, we hear how God reaches out to comfort his people.   by Jen Schlameuss-Perry The first reading speaks of God’s promise to bring people in exile home again—they might be afraid now, but they will … Read More

The Suffering Servant | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  As we heard in last week’s Gospel, being a Christian means embracing suffering—not seeking it out or relishing it—but seeing in it value and purpose when it comes our way.   by Jen Schlameuss-Perry This Sunday, we’re reading the Scriptures … Read More

The Wisdom of Giving Stuff Up | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  This week, the readings invite us to consider the Wisdom of God that comes to us in the Word.   by Jen Schlameuss-Perry This Sunday, we’re reading the Scriptures for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B. (You can … Read More

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