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Would You Bring Only the Old or the New?

What does Jesus teach about the Kingdom of God? What is the significance of rejecting the ideologies of both left and right, the idolatry of both the new and the old? Let us unfold the story of this week's parable, the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old. [...]

How to Ask for the Best Gifts

"At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, 'Ask what I should give you'" (1 Kg 3:5).—This is what God is saying to us today.: He wants to know what we want. What a beautiful offer! [...]

Pope Francis: The disciples of Jesus are called to focus on saving the wicked

(Vatican News) With the parable of the wheat and the weeds, said Pope Francis said at the Sunday Angelus, Jesus “helps us understand God’s patience, opening our hearts to hope.” [...]

How Good It Is to be Able to Repent!

Repentance as a theme navigates its way masterfully through this Sunday's readings with persuasiveness and coherence. [...]

Pope Francis: If we want, we can become good soil to help ripen the seed of the Word

(Vatican News) During Sunday’s Angelus, from the window of his studio above St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis drew inspiration from the Gospel of the day, in which Jesus recounts to a crowd the Parable of the Sower. [...]

Are we able to perceive the hidden Truth?

To be able to perceive the Truth, we need an open heart and a willing ear [...]

Three Ways to Receive Blessings

Why does it seem that Jesus blesses some people more than others? A similar question is asked in the Gospel by the disciples, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" Jesus speaks to the crowds using metaphors but only gives the explanation to the disciples—why? [...]

Pope Francis: Jesus’ meekness and humility is a result of living in full transparency to the love of the Father

(Vatican News) Pope Francis addressed a scattering of well-distanced faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday with a reflection on the Gospel reading of the day (Mt 11:25-30), which he explained, is divided into three parts. [...]

Freedom in Accepting Our Bodies

Let’s talk about the challenge of not accepting our bodies. All of us have experiences of not being satisfied with the way we look. We’re self-conscious about our size, shape, or appearance. Perhaps people have made fun of the way we look. Sometimes, even if people don’t say anything, we have imperfections that we don’t want others to see. [...]

“Come to Me” (Mt 11:28)

It is exactly in these times of uncertainties that we are brought back to the only certainty of hope and love through the in-dwelling Spirit of Christ. [...]

Pope Francis: The most important thing in life is to make life a gift

(Vatican Radio) During his Angelus on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis reflected on the life of Saint Peter, contrasting his deliverance from prison by an angel in Monday’s First Reading (Acts 12: 1 – 11), with his later imprisonment in Rome and martyrdom. [...]

Qualities of a disciple – Are you a disciple Jesus defined in Matt 10:37-42?

In today’s readings, Jesus gives instructions on the qualities of a disciple. Let’s see if we are the disciple Jesus defined in Matt 10:37-42. [...]

Seeking the Truth

Last week, we talked about overcoming the fear of speaking the truth. Today, the theme is seeking the truth. Many of you have asked me to address the topic of racism, so let’s seek the truth as best we can regarding racism. Let’s try to find out what’s morally true, what are the facts, and how we can contribute to its eradication. [...]

Pope Francis: David teaches us to bring everything into dialogue with God

(CNA) King David is an example of being consistent in prayer no matter what life throws at you or what good or bad you do, Pope Francis said during his general audience Wednesday. [...]

“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven” (Mt 10:32)

The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth will enable us to acknowledge Jesus properly [...]

Losing the Fear of Speaking the Truth

Let's talk about speaking the truth, and, at the end, do it in relation to the scandals in the Church. In the future, I hope to apply this to racism and transgenderism, and everything else where there's debate. [...]

Pope Francis: Even if we experience the shortcomings of people, in prayer we should not condemn or reject them

(Vatican News) Pope Francis began his General Audience on Wednesday by noting that “God never liked to have anything to do with those who prayed the 'easy' way”. He used Moses as an example, explaining that from the very first day of his vocation he was not a “weak” dialogue partner. [...]

The Eucharist – a life-or-death issue

Like Moses, Jesus - the New Moses - sees the observance of the word of God as a life-or-death issue. [...]

How Real is the Real Presence

There was once a Catholic CIA agent assigned as a courier of intelligence between Baghdad and Jordan. He would be driven at night in a truck, 145 kilometers per hour and without headlights, so as not to attract attention. [...]

Pope Francis: God will surprise us when we do not expect it, when we find ourselves truly alone

(CNA) In our darkest moments God awaits us and is ready to transform us, Pope Francis said at his general audience Wednesday. [...]

The God of mercy, love and peace

The mercy of the Father, the love of the Son and the peace of the Holy Spirit are the source and foundation of our spiritual life [...]

Another Antidote to Taking Ourselves Too Seriously

Do you see the common thread in taking ourselves too seriously?The focus is too much on us. God wants us to love and take care of ourselves, but we're not the centre of the universe. [...]

Pope Francis: Learn from Abraham, be always willing to accept the word of God and put it into practice

(CNA) Pope Francis pointed to an experience of 17th-century mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal as an important testimony of how one can sense the living presence of God in personal prayer. [...]

Do you want to receive life? What is your deepest longing? All heavenly gifts are waiting for you.

On Pentecost, the disciples heard a strong driving wind, and then received amazing gifts of the Spirit, enabling them to proclaim and witness. The Holy Spirit is the heavenly grace that enlivens the Church in all aspects of its mission. [...]