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The mysteries of the Kingdom

“Blessed are you, Father, Lord of Heaven and earth; you have revealed to the little ones the mysteries of the kingdom” (Gospel Acclamation Ma 11:25). [...]

Choosing a Better Way

Nick Vujicic was born without arms and legs. He was teased and bullied as a child, and first thought about killing himself when he was eight. He didn’t know if he would get married, be independent, or if he had a purpose, so, at age ten, he tried to drown himself but stopped for his parents’ sake. [...]

Pope Francis: Mourning opens up to a relationship with the Lord and with one's neighbour

(CNA) During his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis discussed the second beatitude, Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted, emphasizing the value of compunction. [...]

Following Jesus’ Descending Path to Lowliness

My heart is at peace in following Jesus’ descending path to lowliness, which is really the ascending path to see God face-to-face.  [...]

Stopping 42 Million Murders

In elementary school, I remember being on a school bus going South on Granville Street, when we stopped at a light by the Chevron gas station. There was a homeless man in rags sleeping on the sidewalk, and some of the kids in the bus waved at him like he was spectacle and showed had no pity. [...]

Pope Francis: Jesus Christ tells us: being poor is an opportunity for grace

(CNA) Pope Francis said Wednesday that a focus on achieving fame or having a perfect image in the eyes of the world denies God’s call to poverty of spirit and is a tiring and lonely endeavor. [...]

We are called to become light for all peoples

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. It is also known as Candlemas since traditionally, blessings and procession of candles are included in the liturgy to signify that Christ is the light of all nations. It is another “epiphany” celebration as it echoes the Solemnity of Christmas when the Messiah was [...]

Why Euthanasia is Wrong

The 2016 film Arrival asks the question if we would accept life knowing that it will involve suffering. Here’s the one-and-a-half-minute opening scene which shows the birth of Louise’s daughter time-lapsed to her early death. The great Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson asks why women would bring children into the world knowing they’re going [...]

Pope Francis: The beatitudes always bring joy, they are the way to joy

(CNA) The beatitudes should be a defining feature of a Christian’s identity because they reveal the way that Jesus lived his life, Pope Francis said Wednesday. [...]

What is the Core of Our Mission?

Our Sunday Gospel reports the Lord’s calling of his first disciples. What is it about this scene that is so peaceful and right, and why is it related to our mission? [...]

Preventing Divisions in the Parish

Here are some things that may be dividing us at St. Anthony’s: A few people don’t think we should be using Alpha; a few didn’t want us to give 10% of our annual collection to those in need; some don’t like the one hour, 20-minute Masses; some disagree with our stance on moral issues like abortion, talking about mortal sin, getting drunk, etc.; [...]

Pope Francis: Divisions among Christians prevent us from being fully the sign of God's love

(CNA) Welcoming other Christians and showing hospitality to strangers, especially migrants, is an opportunity for unity and for sharing Christ’s love, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday. [...]

What do I want to be when I grow up?

We are “formed” by God; “called to be saints” and chosen to bring the Good News to all; to testify for our Lord Jesus Christ. [...]

Spiritual Friendships

Let’s deal with two problems regarding friendships. First, what’s called being “unequally yoked,” a term from St. Paul (2 Cor 6:14), which now refers to a marriage or a couple dating where one spouse or person is spiritually stronger than the other. When two animals with a yoke over their shoulders are of different strength and speed, there can [...]

Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit revives in each of us the call to be courageous and joyful evangelizers

(CNA) While often persecuted and misunderstood, the Church never tires of announcing the love of God made present in Jesus Christ, Pope Francis said Wednesday. [...]

“I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” (Matthew 3:14)

"Let it be so for now, for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness" (Matthew 3:15) [...]

Pope Francis: Christ can bring good out of any circumstance – even an apparent failure

(CNA) Love for God is always fruitful, Pope Francis said Wednesday, stressing that Christ can bring good out of any circumstance -- even an apparent failure. [...]

How to Realize You’re Special

Bob was only 13 when his father left the family. Being the second oldest of seven children, Bob felt he had to become the man of the home. Weeks later, he was also devastated when his basketball coach tried to molest him. The pain continued a year later when his father eventually started a second family and when his family moved to Florida. [...]

The New Jerusalem As Envisioned by Isaiah

The time has come for all barriers to come down, all hatreds to disappear, and all hostilities among the nations to vanish. [...]

Pope Francis: God chooses us precisely because we are and we feel small

(CNA) It is an act of love to spend time with others, to listen to them and their needs, and to try to see them as Christ sees them, Pope Francis said on New Year’s Eve. [...]

The Best Time to Grow Spiritually

How do you want this year to be better than last year? I’ll ask again: How do you want this year to be better than last year? From my experience, it’s unfortunate that most of us will make the same mistakes, because we can’t break out of the cycle of our daily lives. Most of our lives have a momentum that we can’t stop. [...]

“. . . every family, despite its weaknesses, can become a light in the darkness of the world”

As the people of God, we are encouraged to go beyond our natural families into the supernatural family of God [...]

Pope Francis: May Emmanuel bring light to all the suffering members of our human family

(CNA) On Christmas, Pope Francis prayed for Christ to bring light to the instability in Iraq, Lebanon, Venezuela, Yemen, Ukraine, Burkina Faso, and other parts of the world experiencing conflict. [...]

We are all called to be everyday saints, not superheroes

Like Joseph and Mary, we, too, are called to accomplish the most extraordinary mission with the most ordinary means. [...]