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Holy Family Catholic Church at 9800 Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 US - Fr. Cusick's Corner

Fr. Cusick's Corner


Fr. Cusick's Corner
August 24, 2014

Adoration We often think of prayer as asking for God’s aid, for ourselves or others. But this is already an expression of faith – that God does indeed hear and answer us (even though we may not always like the answer!). Why do we believe this? Because of past experiences of grace and ...
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Fr. Cusick's Corner
August 10, 2014

Christ and the People of Israel
Over the past several weeks, the 2nd reading at Sunday Mass has been taken from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans. The first 8 chapters of this epistle summarize Paul’s teaching on sin and grace, the love of God revealed in Christ, and the indwelling of ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
July 27, 2014

The Wisdom and Folly of Solomon
Our first reading today describes the prayer of King Solomon, King David’s son and heir, for the gift of wisdom and understanding to guide the people of Israel. The request itself shows wisdom, for Solomon did not simply request things for himself – ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
July 20, 2014

Purity & Patience
When the Roman Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity in the early 4th century, it seemed that the Church would finally enjoy a period of peace. But new difficulties quickly arose, especially in North Africa. Under the brutal persecution of Diocletian (303-305), some ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
July 13, 2014

Making the Word Fruitful
This past Friday, July 11, was the feast day of St. Benedict of Nursia(D. 543), “the father of Monasticism” in western Europe. His Rule for monks, which developed earlier rules, was founded on the principles of ora et labora, “prayer and work”. Work ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
July 6, 2014

The Yoke of Liberty?
It may seem strange that, as we celebrate our nation’s independence this weekend, we also honor the One who said, “Take my yoke upon you” (Matthew 11:29). For the Jewish people, “the yoke” meant “submitting to”; hence they would refer to ...

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Fr. Cusick'sCorner
June 22, 2014

Reception of Holy Communion  
On this feast of Corpus Christi, which directs our attention to the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, we thought it would be helpful to remind everyone of the proper reception of Holy Communion.   1) Before coming to Mass, we should ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
June 15, 2014

Special Days in Ordinary Time
While the Easter season is over, this Sunday and next we mark additional special feasts. Last week on the Feast of Pentecost, we celebrated the presence and action of the Holy Spirit in the Church. This same Spirit, given to us through Baptism and Confirmation, makes us ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
June 8, 2014

The Manifold Meanings of Pentecost
Normally, on Sundays and major feast days there are 2 readings before the Gospel, and the same readings are used for all Masses. Occasionally there are special “Vigil” Masses the evening before with a different set of readings than the ones used the ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
June 1, 2014

Mountains of Farewell

We previously reflected on the fact that, in St. Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus imitates Moses in giving His followers instructions concerning the moral law from a mountaintop. But there is an additional similarity at the end of the Gospel: Like Moses, Jesus makes His final ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
May 25, 2014

A Long-Awaited Reconciliation

Last Sunday we heard about the Church’s first deacons. They had been appointed to serve the needs of the poor of the community, but two of them, Stephen and Philip, almost immediately began to preach instead! St. Stephen’s fiery words led to his martyrdom, ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
May 11, 2014

Some Helpful Advice
It always brings a smile to my face when I see so many children and their families with us at Mass. I also know that these young people can sometimes be a handful for their parents! I found the article   below interesting and wanted to share it with you in place of ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner May 4, 2014
The Mass of Emmaus
The wonderful story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35), which we hear this weekend, is essentially a description of the first post-Resurrection Mass, at which Jesus Himself presided! The Mass is divided into 4 distinct but interrelated parts: the Introductory ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
April 27, 2014

The Model of the Infant Church
They devoted themselves to the teaching of the Apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers (Acts 2:42). St. Luke provides us in the Acts of the Apostles with a vision of the ideal Christian community as it developed after ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
April 20, 2014

This weekend our parish welcomes 29 new Catholics: 9 of them baptized at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night, and 20 others, already baptized, who completed their initiation into the Catholic Church with the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion. After a long period of prayer, ...
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Fr. Cusick's Corner
April 13, 2014

The Oil of Gladness
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, which begins the sacred time of the Easter Triduum (“3 days”), commemorates 3 central elements of our faith: · the institution of the Holy Eucharist; · the ordained priesthood; ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
April 6, 2014

Veiling the Mystery
The Fifth Sunday of Lent begins what was formerly known as “Passiontide”, a time of more intense focus on Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross for our redemption. Traditionally, crosses and images in the church were veiled during this time. This might appear to be ...

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