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How do we prepare for Advent in this unprecedented time?

In the beginning of the Advent season, we are waiting, watching, expecting, and preparing ourselves for the coming of a Savior. With the entire globe weathering COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus, we are in uncharted territory. So, what are we expecting? How do we prepare our hearts in this unprecedented time? [...]

Pope Francis: The exchange of love is the mystical root of the believer’s entire life

(Vatican News) At the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis turned his gaze to the prayer life of the early Church, as he continued his catechesis on prayer. [...]

The Shepherd and the King

Jesus is no ordinary king. Like David, his Old Testament type, he is a Shepherd-King. [...]

Pope Francis: It was God's voice that guided Mary's heart and her steps where her presence was needed

(Vatican News) Pope Francis reflects on prayer and on how the Virgin Mary, who entrusted herself to God with docility, is a model for our own lives. [...]

Is the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer?

In God's kingdom of eternal joy, there is no shortage of resources nor discrimination of treatment. [...]

Pope Francis: We need to pray always, even when everything seems vain

(Vatican News) Pope Francis continued his catechesis on prayer on Wednesday, focusing on the quality of perseverance in prayer. Jesus Himself, the Pope said, “has given an example of continual prayer, practiced perseveringly.” [...]

Preparing for the Royal Visit

If we do not live like we “know” Christ every single day, how do we expect Christ to “know” us when He comes again? [...]

Pope Francis: Prayer is an art that must be practiced with insistence

(Vatican News) At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis says Jesus shows us that we must pray early, often, and in silence, and urges everyone to pray for those who are ill with Covid-19 and the medical personnel working to treat them. [...]

Experiencing the Mystical Body of Christ

The doors of the Church that I knocked on 43 years ago are opening up to an abyss of mysteries far deeper than any human mind can fathom! [...]

Pope Francis: Jesus came for all of humanity

(Vatican News) Pope Francis continues his catechesis on prayer inviting the faithful to persevere in prayer in every moment of their lives, even in the most difficult, and in those in which we feel the burden of our sins. [...]

Religious Life and Social Life Become One in Love

Love is what brings our religious life (love of God) and social life (love of neighbor) into unity. [...]

Pope Francis: psalms lead to adore God and love His children

Pope Francis then began the second and final catechesis on the Psalms in his series on prayer. The Psalms, he says, “help us not to fall into the temptation of the 'wicked', that is, of living, and perhaps also of praying, as if God does not exist, and as if the poor do not exist”. [...]

“Give therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mt 22:21)

May our earthly commitments be guided by a beacon of light from the divine [...]

Pope Francis: Read the Psalms to learn the language of prayer

(Vatican News) In his catechesis at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the witness of prayer as laid out in the Book of Psalms, saying the door to God’s heart is always open in our moments of pain. [...]

The Bible is in a Nutshell Just God’s Wedding Invitation

The theme of marriage and family runs through the Bible like a thread, weaving its way intricately and skillfully from the first chapter to the last. [...]

Pope Francis: Prayer is a confrontation with God and letting oneself be sent to serve one's brothers and sisters

(Vatican News) Pope Francis, during Wednesday’s General Audience resumes his catechesis on prayer following the cycle on the Healing the World wounded by the pandemic. This week he tells the faithful. “We need the spirit of Elijah.” [...]

Pope Francis: Let's make love go viral and let's globalize hope in the light of faith

(Vatican News) Pope Francis began his General Audience on Wednesday noting that in recent weeks “we have reflected together” on how to heal the world from the suffering highlighted by the pandemic. [...]

What kind of tenants are we?

Christ is the true vine who gives life and the power to bear abundant fruit to the branches [...]

Where do I stand in response to God’s invitation

This Sunday Gospel reading shows that one can and should stand before God, individually, and assume spiritual responsibility. It confronts each of us with a big question, “Where do I stand in response to God’s invitation?” [...]

Pope Francis: Respect the autonomy and the capacity to take initiative that everyone has, especially the least

(Vatican News) Continuing in his series of catecheses on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in light of the Church’s teachings, Pope Francis said, “Every one of us is called to assume responsibility for his or her part,” and he highlighted the fact that we must look to the future working for a social order in which the dignity and the gifts of [...]

“[A]re you envious because I am generous?” (Mt 20:15)

Let us free ourselves from our presumptions, so that God’s big picture, beyond the limited reality we can perceive with our eyes, can be made visible to our heart. [...]

Envy

Some of you might have enjoyed the movie Parasite, a Korean film that won last year’s Academy award for best picture. The film is very well acted and well made, but let me tell you why I think it’s not a good film: It’s because it justifies moral evil. In the film, there is a rich and poor family, and in order to have a better life, the impoverished [...]

Pope Francis: The best antidote against the misuse of our common home is contemplation

(Vatican News) “Contemplating and caring: these are two attitudes that show the way to correct and re-balance our relationship as human beings with creation.” [...]

Forgive and You Shall Be Forgiven

We continue to go about our business in God’s presence, acting nonchalant and pretending our unforgiving hearts somehow don’t really matter to God. [...]