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Beyond Loneliness

Were you ever lonely as a child? If so, do you remember how often? A while back, I saw some students at our school waiting to be picked up by their parents; they were the last ones to be picked up, and there were very few of them. It reminded me of the times when I was at school and didn’t have many friends. And then I remember that I had very few [...]

We Are His people, the sheep of His Flock (Ps 100:3)

This week’s readings invite us to renew our confidence in the one true God, our Good Shepherd, Lord Jesus Christ, who remains faithful and steadfast throughout our pilgrimage on earth. [...]

Relationships Are Worth Restoring

Whom do you think of when you hear that statement? Last week’s homily was about healing through other people, and we’re continuing this theme of relationships… and relationships, when they are cold, hurting, or broken, are always worth restoring. [...]

The Blood of the Martyrs Is the Seed of the Church

Tertullian, one of the Early Church Fathers of the second century, famously said, “The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church”. How true! [...]

Healing Through Others

Imagine if God told us that He would heal one person in our lives, and that we get to choose whom. If we could choose one person to receive the healing of God, who would it be? It could be ourselves. And how would we help them? [...]

“I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God” (Jn 20:18).

What a great statement of love! His Father has become our Father, His God our God! [...]

The Sin of Gloominess

Today, we’re talking about the sin of gloominess or grumpiness. We’ve probably never thought about it as a sin, but Jesus says in Mt 6:16: “Do not look gloomy like the hypocrites”; another translation says ‘dismal.’ [...]

Overcoming Envy

A/N: On which sin are we reflecting today? Envy. A young married woman gave me permission to share how she’s struggling so much with not being able to have children yet. Every time a friend gets pregnant, or someone talks about the beauty of children, her heart sinks. Why can’t she have children of her own? Why won’t God the Father give her something [...]

Our Journey Home

Everyone of us has left the Father's house to some extent, going our own way. On the way of self-searching, we will not know how much we have lost until we encounter unsolvable problems in life, which can also be catastrophic. Let us not take the path that leads away from home, learn to take pauses in life, constantly reflect on and adjust our pace, and [...]

Pope Francis: The gift of memory that the ‘elders’ of the Church pass on “from hand to hand” to the generation that follows

Continuing his catechesis at the Wednesday General Audience on the meaning and value of old age, Pope Francis turns his attention to the special vocation of the elderly to hand on to new generations their personal experience of the Church’s faith. [...]

Presumption

Today we’re going to talk about presumption, when we think we’ll automatically go to heaven, even if we don’t change our lives or go to Confession. Most of our culture is presumptuous regarding heaven: People think everyone’s going there—I think they just don’t know that they need a saviour. [...]

“This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” (Lk 9:35)

The father’s voice, the chosen son and the cloud of the spirit manifest the presence of the Holy Trinity, whose appearance in the transfiguration shows that Christ's Passion is the will of the Father [...]

Revealing the Heart

The invasion of Ukraine and our entering the sacred penitential season of Lent both affect each other: The invasion influences the way we pray over the Readings, and the Readings influence the way we respond to the invasion. The summary of the message that I’ve received in prayer is this: What’s in your heart? Will you overcome evil? [...]

Pope Francis: The rhythms of old age help us to grasp the meaning of life marked by time

Pope Francis has begun a new cycle of catechesis on old age, focusing his second reflection in the series on long life as a “symbol and opportunity.” [...]

Fr. Justin Supports Trump?

Someone recently told me that I should be focusing more on spiritual matters, and less on political realities. It’s true that the focus should be the spiritual, and, if you add everything I’ve said in the past year, you’ll find that it’s spiritually focused. I also understand if people aren’t accustomed to moral comments about political realities. [...]

From the Fullest of the Heart the Mouth Speaks (Lk 6:45)

[F]rom the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks” (Lk 6:45). This Sunday, Jesus points us straight to the heart where our true ‘self’ resides. “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit,” he explains (6:43). [...]

Pope Francis: Youth is beautiful but eternal youth is a very dangerous illusion

Starting a new series of reflections on the meaning and value of old age, Pope Francis in his General audience this week stresses the need for an inter-generational alliance, drawing inspiration from scriptures. [...]

Pope Francis: Christian faith is not a way of exorcising the fear of death, rather, it helps us to face it

Reflecting on St. Joseph as the patron saint of a good death during his catechesis at the General Audience, Pope Francis invites Christians to face death with faith in the resurrection, saying that the Christian faith is not a way of exorcising the fear of death, but rather helps us to face it. [...]

Here I am, Lord, send me!

Like a potter patiently molding a lump of ordinary clay into something useful, beautiful, and extraordinary, the patient hands of God gently and lovingly sculpt us to reveal our true “self” and show us what we could be. [...]

Pope Francis: Saints are intercessors who pray for us, and the Lord gives us grace through that Saint

At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the communion of saints, and says every member of the Church is closely connected to each other in Christ. [...]

Challenging Preaching of Jesus

“When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove Jesus out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff” (Lk 4:28-29). Jesus’ first homily is so challenging to His home community that they want to kill Him, and it reminds us that, if [...]

True Love In The Bible – What Does The Bible Say?

This week we hear from St. Paul’s brilliant meditation on love. Love, after all, is what God is. When we love, we are sharing in the very life of God. In light of this reading, we are trying to walk through some of the criteria by which to assess the quality of our lives in love. [...]

Pope Francis: Fear is also a part of life, and it too needs our prayer

At the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis offers a meditation on St Joseph as a “man who dreams,” and who knows how to discern the voice of God and act upon it. [...]

Consumer Catholics

Years ago, I heard the term ‘consumers’ referring to Catholics: we come to Mass, take, and then leave; I go to a parish I like (that is, it’s the best I can find for me), pray, and then go. The culture of the Church in Canada allows us to stay consumers who don’t prioritize following Jesus, which includes giving of ourselves and serving our spiritual [...]