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Pope Francis: The Gospel is just like fire: it wants to burn our selfishness, to enlighten the dark sides of life

At the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis says the Gospel provokes change and invites us to conversion, like a fire that warms us with God's love, burning away our selfishness and moving us to share His love with others. [...]

“Do you think that I have come to bring peace on earth?” (Lk 12:51)

When we grow weary of the challenges we face in this world, we must look to Jesus who has looked beyond the Cross to the crown of glory that God the Father has prepared for him. [...]

Pope Francis: At the end of our life, He will call us to account for the goods He has entrusted to us

Pope Francis encourages us not to be afraid as our lives are firmly in God's loving and provident care, but we must 'be ready' at all times, vigilant and attentive to serving God and our brothers and sisters. [...]

Pope Francis: Unbridled greed for possession of things is an “illness”

Back at the Vatican just a day after his penitential pilgrimage to Canada, Pope Francis leads the Sunday Angelus in St. Peter's Square offering thoughts on the day's Gospel that warns about the covetousness that lies in everyone’s heart that can tempt us towards greed and serving money, rather than seeking God's love and His everlasting abundant gifts. [...]

Pope Francis: Lord does not want us to be mere critics of our system, closed and backwards looking, but rather artisans of a new history

During Mass celebrated at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on Tuesday - the feast day of Sts Joachim and Anne - Pope Francis reflects on the important role of grandparents in passing down the faith, and highlights the need to preserve the memory of those who preceded us. [...]

A powerful and effective prayer

We ask God to treat us with the same measure of mercy we show to others. [...]

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things” (Luke 10:41)

When we truly focus on listening to our Lord, the situations we encounter in life will settle in their right places. [...]

What Can We Do to Inherit Eternal Life?

Put God first, bear God’s commandments in our “mouths” and “hearts”, love our neighbours, and follow Him. [...]

“Run so as to win”

Where does this “resoluteness” of Jesus come from? [...]

Pope Francis: A time to find strength in frailty

Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the value of old age at the weekly General Audience, and says the elderly should embrace their frailty and helplessness in order to follow and bear witness to Christ. [...]

Pope Francis: A society truly welcomes life when it recognizes that it is also precious in old age, in disability, in serious illness and even when it is fading

Continuing his catechesis on the value of old age at the General Audience, Pope Francis invites the elderly to overcome the temptation to stand aside, because the Lord never discards them, but rather restores their strength to serve. [...]

“You are witnesses of these things”(Luke 24:48).

We may wonder, if we have not met Jesus personally, how can we be His witnesses? Indeed, we cannot be His witnesses if we have no personal experience and relationship with Him. [...]

Never Leaving the Catholic Church

The First Reading begins, “Certain individuals came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, ‘Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved’” (Acts 15:1). [...]

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. [...]