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Pope Francis: The beatitudes always bring joy, they are the way to joy

(CNA) The beatitudes should be a defining feature of a Christian’s identity because they reveal the way that Jesus lived his life, Pope Francis said Wednesday. [...]

What is the Core of Our Mission?

Our Sunday Gospel reports the Lord’s calling of his first disciples. What is it about this scene that is so peaceful and right, and why is it related to our mission? [...]

Preventing Divisions in the Parish

Here are some things that may be dividing us at St. Anthony’s: A few people don’t think we should be using Alpha; a few didn’t want us to give 10% of our annual collection to those in need; some don’t like the one hour, 20-minute Masses; some disagree with our stance on moral issues like abortion, talking about mortal sin, getting drunk, etc.; [...]

Pope Francis: Divisions among Christians prevent us from being fully the sign of God's love

(CNA) Welcoming other Christians and showing hospitality to strangers, especially migrants, is an opportunity for unity and for sharing Christ’s love, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday. [...]

What do I want to be when I grow up?

We are “formed” by God; “called to be saints” and chosen to bring the Good News to all; to testify for our Lord Jesus Christ. [...]

Spiritual Friendships

Let’s deal with two problems regarding friendships. First, what’s called being “unequally yoked,” a term from St. Paul (2 Cor 6:14), which now refers to a marriage or a couple dating where one spouse or person is spiritually stronger than the other. When two animals with a yoke over their shoulders are of different strength and speed, there can [...]

Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit revives in each of us the call to be courageous and joyful evangelizers

(CNA) While often persecuted and misunderstood, the Church never tires of announcing the love of God made present in Jesus Christ, Pope Francis said Wednesday. [...]

“I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” (Matthew 3:14)

"Let it be so for now, for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness" (Matthew 3:15) [...]

Pope Francis: Christ can bring good out of any circumstance – even an apparent failure

(CNA) Love for God is always fruitful, Pope Francis said Wednesday, stressing that Christ can bring good out of any circumstance -- even an apparent failure. [...]

How to Realize You’re Special

Bob was only 13 when his father left the family. Being the second oldest of seven children, Bob felt he had to become the man of the home. Weeks later, he was also devastated when his basketball coach tried to molest him. The pain continued a year later when his father eventually started a second family and when his family moved to Florida. [...]

The New Jerusalem As Envisioned by Isaiah

The time has come for all barriers to come down, all hatreds to disappear, and all hostilities among the nations to vanish. [...]

Pope Francis: God chooses us precisely because we are and we feel small

(CNA) It is an act of love to spend time with others, to listen to them and their needs, and to try to see them as Christ sees them, Pope Francis said on New Year’s Eve. [...]

The Best Time to Grow Spiritually

How do you want this year to be better than last year? I’ll ask again: How do you want this year to be better than last year? From my experience, it’s unfortunate that most of us will make the same mistakes, because we can’t break out of the cycle of our daily lives. Most of our lives have a momentum that we can’t stop. [...]

“. . . every family, despite its weaknesses, can become a light in the darkness of the world”

As the people of God, we are encouraged to go beyond our natural families into the supernatural family of God [...]

Pope Francis: May Emmanuel bring light to all the suffering members of our human family

(CNA) On Christmas, Pope Francis prayed for Christ to bring light to the instability in Iraq, Lebanon, Venezuela, Yemen, Ukraine, Burkina Faso, and other parts of the world experiencing conflict. [...]

We are all called to be everyday saints, not superheroes

Like Joseph and Mary, we, too, are called to accomplish the most extraordinary mission with the most ordinary means. [...]

Pope Francis: Speak to the Lord in the nativity scene, telling him about your cares and concerns

(CNA) Pope Francis Wednesday called Christmas nativity scenes a “domestic Gospel,” which helps to make the Holy Family present in one’s home. [...]

Overcoming Fear of Rejection

Once I was doing a video conference call with eleven priests, and the topic for discussion was: What’s your greatest fear in trying to renew your parish, make it spiritually alive? So I wrote down my answer. [...]

“Rejoice in the Lord always; … the Lord is near” (Philippians 4:4-5)

Let us take a moment from our busy Christmas preparations to contemplate on what “the Lord is near” means for us (Philippians 4:5) [...]

Pope Francis: Martyrdom is the air of the life of a Christian

(CNA) Pope Francis said Wednesday that persecution has always been a part of the Church’s life, and that the witness of martyrdom is a blessing for all Christians. [...]

A Shoot from the Stump of Jesse and a Voice in the Desert

Two takeaways from this Sunday’s readings. Both are powerful prophecies of Isaiah. [...]

Welcoming Others as Christ Welcomed Us

Three weeks ago, we gathered donations for the seven people who lost their belongings in a fire that burned their three-storey apartment building in our neighbourhood. Two of them, Fernanda and Curtis, are part of our parish family, so, an e-mail blast about the fire went out to the whole Alpha team, of which Fernanda’s a part. If you got that e-mail, [...]

Pope Francis: Pray and entrust yourself to the Lord

(CNA) Bishops and priests have a duty to guard and protect the Catholics entrusted to their care; and they need the faithful’s prayers for this task, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday. [...]

Pope Francis: Today the grave threat is the loss of the sense of living

(CNA) On Wednesday, Pope Francis reflected on his recent trip to Thailand and Japan, stating that economic and technological success are not what gives someone a good life, but the love he or she has received from God. [...]