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July 5, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Praise of the Father

MT 11:25–30

At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”


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St. Benedict, Abbot (Feast Day July 11)

480 – 547

St. Benedict and his twin sister, St. Scholastica, were born around 480, into a distinguished family in central Italy. Benedict studied in Rome and, early in life, was drawn to live like a monk. At first, he became a hermit, but he soon realized that he could not live a hidden life in a small town any better than in a large city, so he withdrew to a cave high in the mountains for three years. Some monks chose Benedict as their leader for a while but found his strictness not to their taste. He had an idea of gathering various families of monks into one “Grand Monastery” to give them the benefit of unity, fraternity, and permanent worship in one house. Finally, he began to build what was to become one of the most famous monasteries in the world—Monte Cassino, commanding three narrow valleys running toward the mountains north of Naples. The Rule that gradually developed prescribed a life of liturgical prayer, study, manual labor, and living together in community under a common leader. In the course of the Middle Ages, all monasticism in the West was gradually brought under the Rule of St. Benedict.


Take time to chat

• What is God the Father like to you?

• What kind of “yoke” is Jesus talking about? (P.S. It’s not an egg!)

• Can you pray like Jesus does in today’s Gospel? Let’s hear it!


Recipe of the week

Eggs Benedict Casserole for St. Benedict

½ pound Canadian Bacon or ham diced
6 English Muffins cut into 1-inch pieces
6 eggs
2 cups half and half
1 teaspoon Montreal Steak Seasoning

Hollandaise Sauce
4 egg yolks
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon dried mustard
½ cup butter, melted
3 tablespoons chopped chives for garnish

Coat a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Combine the ham and English Muffins in the pan. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, half and half, and steak seasonings. Pour over the top of the ham and muffins. Cover and allow to refrigerate overnight. In the morning preheat your oven to 375 F. Remove the pan from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. Wrap in aluminum foil for the first ½ hour of baking. Remove the foil and allow to bake for an additional 15 minutes or until puffed and brown. While it is baking, make the Hollandaise Sauce.

For the Hollandaise Sauce
In a blender or food processor, add the egg yolks, cream, and mustard. Cover and blend for 10 seconds or so. Slowly pour the hot melted butter into the mixture. Continue blending until the mixture has thickened, another minute or so. Pour hollandaise sauce over casserole and garnish with chopped chives. Serve hot.



Family Fun

Create a Sacred Space

Consider creating a sacred space in your backyard by converting a shed to a chapel or a garden area into a grotto. Having a sacred space in your backyard gives you a place of refuge where you can collect your thoughts and pray without interruption. Involve the whole family in planning and building the space. Search the Internet for ideas and inspiration!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

God our Father, giver of life, we entrust the United States of America to your loving care. You are the rock on which this nation was founded. You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Reclaim this land for your glory and dwell among your people.

Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation´s leaders. Open their minds to the great worth of human life and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. Remind your people that true happiness is rooted in seeking and doing your will. Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, patroness of our land, grant us the courage to reject the “culture of death.” Lead us into a new millennium of life. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

What do you think the chalice (the special cup used by the priest) is made of?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

"We learn to give and receive God’s love in and through our relationships with one another.” (Marker 3.1)

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