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God Speaks Only One Word in the Whole Bible

And when the long-anticipated Christ event finally arrives, it often catches us completely by surprise: it comes with a theological significance and finality no scriptural readers could have expected. [...]

Pope Francis: Where we are very busy, thinking everything “depends on us”, but we risk overlooking Jesus

Addressing the faithful in Saint Peter's Square for the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis says we need an "ecology of the heart" developed through "rest, contemplation and compassion". And the summer is a good time to do this. [...]

Having Compassion on Yourself and Others

When I was 25, volunteering at St. Joseph’s Medical Centre in New York, I always finished my days exhausted. When driving back to the seminary with Guillermo, he was always energized by his visits, while I reclined my car seat and passed out. His patients could speak, whereas I was assigned to patients who could not! I was depleted by trying to communicate [...]

Christ is our peace (ref Ephesians 2:14)

Living in peace is possible. The choice is up to us. [...]

Pope Francis: We all will need this “anointing” some time in our lives

From the balcony of his tenth-floor hospital window, Pope Francis greets crowds gathered below for the Sunday Angelus, broadcast live around the world. He thanks them for their closeness and offers his prayers for those suffering and needing care. [...]

Living From an Overflowing Tank

Robert Morris once thought of his life’s mission as refuelling others: his wife, children, his church, and everyone who came to him. God told him in this metaphor, “Your job involves going… to fill up their tanks with the fuel from your truck.” But he was serving so often that it crept into his sabbath day of rest. It started with checking emails, [...]

Summons

God’s summons to each one of us is ringing true in our hearts, daring us to respond, each in our own way. [...]

Pope Francis: Allowing ourselves to be amazed

Pope Francis calls on us to keep our eyes and hearts free of prejudice and closed mindedness that comes from habit. Be open to being amazed at God’s surprises, he says, and God’s “humble and hidden presence in daily life”. [...]

Boasting of Our Weaknesses

We’ve just started our annual Sabbath Summer season at St. Anthony’s, and here are my six recommendations for a restful, renewing, and re-creative summer: 1) Read good literature, because good books are the simplest way to renew the whole person, body, mind, and soul; 2) Go on vacation, because you’re so tired; 3) Waste time with friends, in the [...]

Is “Familiarity breeds Contempt” true?

Can we retain Jesus in His hometown? [...]

Pope Francis: Our hearts and minds that encounter with grace

At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the Letter of St. Paul to the Galatians, and says God’s grace turned sinful Saul into the Apostle to the Gentiles. [...]

Spending Money on Mission

As mentioned two weeks ago, today we’re going to re-examine our financial generosity, because that’s the focus of today’s Second Reading. However, I had a significant change of heart two weeks ago when my third action item was to ask you to think about increasing your sacrificial generosity. [...]

“Do not be afraid … Have Faith … Go in Peace”

The two miracles happen in tandem with each other, revealing the immense depth and width of God’s mercy, as well as our mission as children of God, through the actions and words of His Son, Jesus. [...]

Pope Francis: The path of evangelization does not always depend on our will and plans

At the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis starts a new cycle of catechesis on themes from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians, highlighting the problems faced by the Christian communities in Galatia. [...]

Truth or Trendiness

I’d like to talk about the current situation surrounding the Kamloops Indian Residential School with a view towards truth and reconciliation. Keep in mind that I’m only addressing you, the parishioners of St. Anthony’s. [...]

“Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” (Mk 4:40)

We must entrust to Christ for He alone can bring us to the safe haven of salvation [...]

Pope Francis: Jesus prayed for each of us

At the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis concludes a long series of catechetical lessons on “prayer,” focusing on the priestly prayer of Jesus. [...]

Seeing Life as a Mission

Given that we’re celebrating the solemnity of our patron, St. Anthony, today’s homily is about celebration and mission. The Readings are about Jesus’ mission, and they’ve touched me deeply. The First Reading says, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me… he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted” (Is [...]

Heaven Is Full of Cinderella Occupants

Blessings do not go to the powerful people, but to the humble and lowly ones: the poor, the mournful, the meek, and the hungry (cf. Mt 5:3-7). [...]

Giving the Body for Others

I’ve never forgotten what the spiritual writer, Kimberly Hahn, said about the C-section scars on her stomach.  She was saddened by them, but her husband said that maybe the marks would be on her resurrected body, meaning that they’re signs of love, because she bore those wounds for Christ.  She said, “Stretch marks, varicose veins, [...]

“My flesh is food . . . my blood is drink”

a Eucharistic life of faith, love, service, piety, humility , gratitude and reverence [...]

It Matters That God is Called ‘Father’

Why is God called ‘Father’? Can He be called ‘Mother’? In the Second Reading, we see an example of the unanimous tradition of calling God, ‘Father’: “All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons and daughters of God… When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God” [...]

How can we understand the great mystery of the Trinity?

On this Trinity Sunday, we are invited to be philosophical, think deeply and seriously about God. He is our strange and distinctive Lord who stands at the heart of our Christian tradition, and He is our God who is Love. [...]

Pope Francis: If God is Father, why does He not listen to us?

Pope Francis continues his cycle of catechesis dedicated to Christian prayer during his Wednesday General Audience, reflecting on how at times it would seem that prayers are not responded to, but that no matter how long it takes, they are always heard. [...]