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Cut it off! A difficult message from Jesus

In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus speaks with incredible bluntness about cutting off one’s own hand, cutting off one’s own foot, and plucking out one’s own eye. These are hard, stark, blunt, and surprising words! How can we make sense out of it? [...]

Pope Francis: To feel the peace and the joy that the Lord gives us

At his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on last week’s Apostolic Journey to Budapest and Slovakia, calling it a pilgrimage to the roots of prayer and hope. [...]

Honesty With God About Our Envy

Sometime in the past year, I actually felt envious of Fr. Richard Conlin. I can’t remember exactly why, but it was either because people were leaving St. Anthony’s to go to his parish, Corpus Christi, or because he was getting more YouTube views. In one moment, it dawned on me: I’m insecure; he’s doing better than I am, he’s 15 years my junior, [...]

“They had argued with one another who was the greatest (9:34).

Jesus said to the twelve, “Whoever wants to be the first must be last of all and servant of all” (9:35). [...]

Pope Francis: Mary’s faith as a journey, a prophecy and as compassion

Celebrating his final Mass on Slovak soil near the National Marian Shrine of Šaštín on Wednesday, Pope Francis invites Slovaks to imitate Mary in her journey, her prophecy and her compassion. [...]

Perfect Freedom is Found in Christ

In June of this year, I read an article by Sohrab Ahmari, an Iranian who converted to Catholicism in 2016, and about his anxiety as a new father. The anxiety wasn’t about his son’s health, education, or anything like that, but, “What kind of a man will contemporary Western culture chisel out of my son?” [...]

The Mystery of Suffering

The next time we are confounded by the human fear of suffering, will we choose to follow James’ advice to persevere for spiritual maturity? Or, will we adopt the pre-Pentecost Peter’s mindset and refuse to accept suffering: "God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you" (Mt 16:22)? [...]

Pope Francis: Equality in Christ, which overcomes the social differences between the two sexes

At the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis highlights the equality of all Christians in Christ, noting that anyone who accepts Christ in faith has “put on” Christ and His filial dignity through baptism. [...]

Jesus’ mission in one word

“Today, if you hear [God's] voice, hardened not your hearts” [...]

Pope Francis: We must continually keep to this “precious treasure, to the beauty of the newness of Christ,”

At the General Audience Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the apostle Paul's Letter to the Galatians when he warns them about straying from their new faith in Christ. He says we too are invited to reflect on how we live our faith and to ensure that our love of Christ, crucified and risen again, remains at the centre of our daily lives. [...]

Change Myself

Let me get right to the point today: Whatever’s bothering us, or is on our mind, has made the day or week hard, don’t focus on that. Jesus wants us to look at ourselves instead. Other people aren’t our problem, we are. If something is stealing our happiness, that’s our choice. The key word in the Gospel today is ‘defile.’ The Pharisees [...]

God’s Precepts Versus Human Precepts

Be “doers”, not “hearers”, of the word and bear witness to God’s love in all we say and do. [...]

Pope Francis: people who pretend, flatter, and deceive because they live with a mask over their faces and do not have the courage to face the truth

At the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis warns about a type of “formalism” which can lead to hypocrisy, and in turn threatens the unity of the Church. [...]

Whom Will You Serve?

A number of us are struggling in our love of God, and I’m referring to those of us who are disciples, who chose to make Jesus the centre of our lives, but there are signs we’re falling out of love with Him. A number of you has shared how you’re feeling lazy, you’re avoiding coming to Mass in person for no good reason. This is shocking, because [...]

What Is Love Without Faithfulness or Faithfulness Without Unity?

How are Paul’s teaching on marriage and Jesus’ insistence on the necessity of consuming his flesh and blood related to the OT theme of faithfulness to God? [...]

Pope Francis: The law as teacher and guardian

In his catechesis at the General Audience, Pope Francis says we should ask ourselves if we are still living “under the Law” or if we understand that, having become children of God, we are called to live in love. [...]

Did You Earn It, or Were You Given It?

When I was 18 years old, it was the end of the season at the Richmond Tennis Club, the coaches were handing out awards, and the final award went to the most valuable player. Nicholas was by far our best player, so I was shocked when I got the award. I knew why they gave it to me: It was my last year as a junior, [...]

“My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Lk 1:46-47)

This Sunday the Church celebrates the feast day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Believed to be the oldest feast day of Our Lady, yet it is not known how the celebration first came about (Ref. ETWN.com). [...]

Pope Francis: Brings it to fulfillment according to the commandment of love

Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the Letter to the Galatians at the Wednesday General Audience, saying St. Paul urges Christians to look beyond the Mosaic Law to its fulfillment in Christ. [...]

Get Up and Eat

If a person wants to get in shape, they have to eat well and exercise—which of the two, according to most trainers, is more important? Eating well. There are lots of people who go to the gym but they don’t eat sensibly, and that’s why they can’t build muscle and lose weight. [...]

God is the provider of our needs

Today's First Reading, recounting Elijah's journey in the wilderness, recalls Israel's own forty-year sojourn in the desert. Like Moses before him, Elijah feels that he is not up to the task of providing religious leadership for Israel (rf Num 11:11-15). On one hand, [...]

Pope Francis: This Gospel is the fulfilment of the promises and the salvation offered to all men

Pope Francis continued his catechesis on St Paul’s Letter to the Galatians at the General Audience, which resumed on Wednesday following the summer break. [...]

Into the Wild

As the Israelites learn to trust God throughout their journey in the wilderness, we, too, must journey through the wilderness of our heart to the doorstep of our loving God, to receive the only food that we need, “ the bread which the LORD has given [us] to eat” (Ex 16:15). [...]

Pope Francis: The tragedy of what happens when sharing does not happen

At the Sunday Angelus Pope Francis explains the “logic of smallness and giving” and how the Lord calls each one of us to give generously to help our brothers and sisters. Giving and sharing “increases love and allows God to perform wonders”. [...]