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Pope Francis: Jesus’ meekness and humility is a result of living in full transparency to the love of the Father

(Vatican News) Pope Francis addressed a scattering of well-distanced faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday with a reflection on the Gospel reading of the day (Mt 11:25-30), which he explained, is divided into three parts. [...]

Freedom in Accepting Our Bodies

Let’s talk about the challenge of not accepting our bodies. All of us have experiences of not being satisfied with the way we look. We’re self-conscious about our size, shape, or appearance. Perhaps people have made fun of the way we look. Sometimes, even if people don’t say anything, we have imperfections that we don’t want others to see. [...]

“Come to Me” (Mt 11:28)

It is exactly in these times of uncertainties that we are brought back to the only certainty of hope and love through the in-dwelling Spirit of Christ. [...]

Pope Francis: The most important thing in life is to make life a gift

(Vatican Radio) During his Angelus on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis reflected on the life of Saint Peter, contrasting his deliverance from prison by an angel in Monday’s First Reading (Acts 12: 1 – 11), with his later imprisonment in Rome and martyrdom. [...]

Qualities of a disciple – Are you a disciple Jesus defined in Matt 10:37-42?

In today’s readings, Jesus gives instructions on the qualities of a disciple. Let’s see if we are the disciple Jesus defined in Matt 10:37-42. [...]

Seeking the Truth

Last week, we talked about overcoming the fear of speaking the truth. Today, the theme is seeking the truth. Many of you have asked me to address the topic of racism, so let’s seek the truth as best we can regarding racism. Let’s try to find out what’s morally true, what are the facts, and how we can contribute to its eradication. [...]

Pope Francis: David teaches us to bring everything into dialogue with God

(CNA) King David is an example of being consistent in prayer no matter what life throws at you or what good or bad you do, Pope Francis said during his general audience Wednesday. [...]

“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven” (Mt 10:32)

The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth will enable us to acknowledge Jesus properly [...]

Losing the Fear of Speaking the Truth

Let's talk about speaking the truth, and, at the end, do it in relation to the scandals in the Church. In the future, I hope to apply this to racism and transgenderism, and everything else where there's debate. [...]

Pope Francis: Even if we experience the shortcomings of people, in prayer we should not condemn or reject them

(Vatican News) Pope Francis began his General Audience on Wednesday by noting that “God never liked to have anything to do with those who prayed the 'easy' way”. He used Moses as an example, explaining that from the very first day of his vocation he was not a “weak” dialogue partner. [...]

The Eucharist – a life-or-death issue

Like Moses, Jesus - the New Moses - sees the observance of the word of God as a life-or-death issue. [...]

How Real is the Real Presence

There was once a Catholic CIA agent assigned as a courier of intelligence between Baghdad and Jordan. He would be driven at night in a truck, 145 kilometers per hour and without headlights, so as not to attract attention. [...]

Pope Francis: God will surprise us when we do not expect it, when we find ourselves truly alone

(CNA) In our darkest moments God awaits us and is ready to transform us, Pope Francis said at his general audience Wednesday. [...]

The God of mercy, love and peace

The mercy of the Father, the love of the Son and the peace of the Holy Spirit are the source and foundation of our spiritual life [...]

Another Antidote to Taking Ourselves Too Seriously

Do you see the common thread in taking ourselves too seriously?The focus is too much on us. God wants us to love and take care of ourselves, but we're not the centre of the universe. [...]

Pope Francis: Learn from Abraham, be always willing to accept the word of God and put it into practice

(CNA) Pope Francis pointed to an experience of 17th-century mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal as an important testimony of how one can sense the living presence of God in personal prayer. [...]

Do you want to receive life? What is your deepest longing? All heavenly gifts are waiting for you.

On Pentecost, the disciples heard a strong driving wind, and then received amazing gifts of the Spirit, enabling them to proclaim and witness. The Holy Spirit is the heavenly grace that enlivens the Church in all aspects of its mission. [...]

Four Steps to Explosive Celebrations

When was the last time you had a really good celebration, where you forgot about the difficulties of life and focused on the goodness God the Father gives? I myself can't remember one recently. [...]

Pope Francis: Prayer is a refuge and protection against the evil of the world

(CNA) Prayer is a refuge and protection against the evil of the world, Pope Francis said in his general audience address Wednesday. [...]

Remember!

Turn our gaze and see with eyes of an enlightened heart [...]

Life is a Test and Temporary Assignment

"The way you see your life shapes your life" (Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life, 41). Some people may see life as a journey, or a roller coaster (up and down), or a question mark (we don't know what it is). Some of us may remember what G.K. Chesterton said: "An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered". [...]

Pope Francis: Those who pray know that hope is stronger than discouragement

(CNA) Prayer opens the door of hope, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday. [...]

“The holy Spirit … will teach you everything and remind you of all that [I] told you” (Jn 14:26)

The voice of the Holy Spirit may become clearer if we listen and pray with a faithful heart. [...]

Overcoming the Fear of Evangelization

Brett Powell, a Catholic leader in North America and someone I greatly respect, wrote recently, "After 28 years of full-time ministry, I still get nervous when sharing the faith with others. My liver quivers and I'm tempted to remain silent or just let the moment pass by." When I read that, I remembered how many fears I still have about evangelization, [...]