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What kind of tenants are we?

Christ is the true vine who gives life and the power to bear abundant fruit to the branches [...]

Where do I stand in response to God’s invitation

This Sunday Gospel reading shows that one can and should stand before God, individually, and assume spiritual responsibility. It confronts each of us with a big question, “Where do I stand in response to God’s invitation?” [...]

Pope Francis: Respect the autonomy and the capacity to take initiative that everyone has, especially the least

(Vatican News) Continuing in his series of catecheses on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in light of the Church’s teachings, Pope Francis said, “Every one of us is called to assume responsibility for his or her part,” and he highlighted the fact that we must look to the future working for a social order in which the dignity and the gifts of [...]

“[A]re you envious because I am generous?” (Mt 20:15)

Let us free ourselves from our presumptions, so that God’s big picture, beyond the limited reality we can perceive with our eyes, can be made visible to our heart. [...]

Envy

Some of you might have enjoyed the movie Parasite, a Korean film that won last year’s Academy award for best picture. The film is very well acted and well made, but let me tell you why I think it’s not a good film: It’s because it justifies moral evil. In the film, there is a rich and poor family, and in order to have a better life, the impoverished [...]

Pope Francis: The best antidote against the misuse of our common home is contemplation

(Vatican News) “Contemplating and caring: these are two attitudes that show the way to correct and re-balance our relationship as human beings with creation.” [...]

Forgive and You Shall Be Forgiven

We continue to go about our business in God’s presence, acting nonchalant and pretending our unforgiving hearts somehow don’t really matter to God. [...]

Think of Our Sins Before the Sins of Others

You may remember these two simple ideas from a year and a half ago about forgiveness: A seminary professor once told us about a woman whose husband committed adultery. She went for counselling, shared her story and pain, but the healing only started when the doctor lovingly asked her, “Are you going to stay angry forever?” Second, a priest once shared [...]

Pope Francis: Now is the time to improve our social love, with everyone's contribution

(Vatican News) Pope Francis focused his attention on the concept of the “common good” in his catechesis at Wednesday’s General Audience. [...]

Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Gn 4:9)

“Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law” (Rm 13:10) [...]

Fr. Justin Huang Sunday Homily : Warning

[Watch Fr. Justin’s homily delivery here.] https://youtu.be/qooNkt2Eftk A while back, I called a 30-year old man who had been a young adult leader in a youth group at another parish. I said, “I want some advice because I’m starting to love the youth at St. Anthony’s the way I loved all of you, and I feel that I don’t know how to love them [...]

Pope Francis: Solidarity is the road to take towards the healing of our interpersonal and social sicknesses

(Vatican News) Pope Francis continued his catechesis series on the topic “Healing the world”, at the weekly General Audience. [...]

Finding Yourself Requires a Sincere Gift of Self

Jesus’ stern rebuke of Peter in this Sunday’s gospel – “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me” (Mt 16:23) – is quite remarkable, considering that he has just given Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven and the power to bind and loose only a few verses earlier (cf. Mt 16:19). What is the reason for Jesus’ strong words against [...]

Five Ways God Expands Our Horizons

The strictest order of monks in the Church is the Carthusians, semi-hermits who live in independent cells joined to a larger motherhouse. They pray together three times a day but only talk once a week. Each man cooks for himself, cuts wood for his furnace to keep warm, and has a perpetual, that is, lifelong abstinence from meat. [...]

Pope Francis: We are stewards called to share earth’s fruits with everyone

(Vatican News) Pope Francis opened his catechesis on Wednesday by inviting the faithful to “welcome the gift of hope that comes from Christ”, especially during the pandemic, in which "many risk losing hope". [...]

Who am I to you?

Knowing Jesus from our heart and from the way we live [...]

Pope Francis: heal the epidemics caused by viruses, and to heal those caused by social injustices

(Vatican News) The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has not only “exposed the plight of the poor and the serious inequality that reigns in the world,” but even exacerbated them, Pope Francis said at the Wednesday General Audience. [...]

Are We Worthy of God’s Mercy?

“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done” (Bryan Stevenson) [...]

Where’s Your Best Place to Pray?

[Watch Fr. Justin’s homily delivery here.] https://youtu.be/y2dzRVrYfPE Would you spend 30 days here at this retreat centre in South Dakota (https://broom-tree.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/RetreatCenterFeaturedImage.jpg) or in Assisi, Italy (https://www.planetware.com/wpimages/2018/11/italy-assisi-attractions-town-overview-sunny-day.jpg)? This [...]

Pope Francis: May the Lord restore our sight so as to rediscover what it means to be members of the human family

(Vatican News) Pope Francis, continuing his catechesis on the effects of the current pandemic in light of the Church’s social doctrine, noted how Covid-19 has highlighted how vulnerable and interconnected everyone is. [...]

God’s Epiphanies in our life

Today’s readings are about God’s epiphanies in our life, but we need patience, focused listening, and faith before we can hear or see them. [...]

Pope Francis: Jesus heals the entire person and renews lives

(Vatican News) In a catechesis live-streamed from the Apostolic Library on Wednesday morning, Pope Francis assures Christians that despite the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to infect and kill people, with many, especially the poor, going through uncertain times because of socio-economic problems, God’s Kingdom of healing and of salvation is present, as [...]

How to turn our littleness into greatness?

"Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live"(Is 55:3) [...]

Pope Francis: Become healthily restless seekers of the Kingdom of Heaven

(Vatican News) At the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on two of the parables told by Jesus in the day’s Gospel: that of the treasure hidden in the field, and that of the pearl of great value. [...]