Men Taking Responsibility

Most of my early life, I ran away from responsibility: I procrastinated on homework; and if I didn’t get it done, I would make excuses. I never got a job, and the only chore I ever did was clean the house. I learned this from my father. Don’t get me wrong, I love my father, and he loved me—that was his greatest gift. [...]

Pope Francis: We must not despise vocal prayer

(Vatican News) Prayer, Pope Francis said at his General Audience on Wednesday, “is dialogue with God; and every creature, in a certain sense, engages in dialogue with God.” [...]

What our eyes cannot see, our heart perceives and understands

The Spirit in us; the same Spirit promised by Jesus and given to us through the sacrament of confirmation, sharpens all our senses, and most importantly our heart, to “taste and see that the Lord is good”, and appreciate “what love the Father has bestowed on us” (Ps 34:8, 1 Jn 3:1). [...]

Pope Francis: The breath of faith is prayer – we grow in faith inasmuch as we learn to pray

(Vatican News) Continuing his catechesis on Christian prayer at the weekly General Audience in the Vatican, Pope Francis explains that prayer belongs to the very essence of the Church, without which she cannot carry out her evangelising mission and service to others. [...]

Jesus said, “You are witnesses of these things.” (Lk 24:48)

“That the Christ is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day.” (Lk 24:46) [...]

Will We Still Eat and Drink on Resurrection?

Does this mean our risen bodies will continue to live biologically? So many unanswered questions! [...]

Pope Francis: Each time we pray, we find ourselves in the company of saints who pray with us and intercede for us

(Vatican News) Following the Easter celebrations, Pope Francis on Wednesday continued his catechesis on Christian prayer during the General Audience, focusing this week on the Communion of Saints. [...]

How Jesus Deals with Our Failures

Jesus is the Lord of life, therefore, let’s look at how He resurrects life from our failures. Everyone knows that, when we fail, God forgives us and begins again, but we usually know this only intellectually. [...]

Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

On the third day, He rose again from the dead . . .” [...]

Pope Francis: The Cross tells us that not even one tear is lost in God’s plan of salvation

(Vatican News) In his Catechesis during the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis looks ahead to the Easter Triduum and the celebration of the saving mystery of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. [...]

Being Christian in Public

Our final challenge in our Lenten wilderness experience is a call to courage. Most Catholics aren’t courageous about professing their faith in Jesus. We’ve talked many times about our fear of making the sign of the Cross in public, about sharing our Christian opinion with our friends because our stance isn’t popular, about discussing anything religious. [...]

Four Odd Scenes from Mark’s Passion Narratives

It has often been remarked that the Gospels are not so much biographies of Jesus but “a passion narratives with long introductions.” The problem is that the very familiarity of the story can undermine our understanding of it. In this reflection, we are drawing our attention to four odd details of the Passion of Jesus in Mark's Gospel, which will shed [...]

Pope Francis: Mary accompanies those who are on their deathbed in solitude

(Vatican News) At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the theme of prayer in communion with Mary, and says Our Lady is at the bedside of those who die alone without the comfort of their loved ones. [...]

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— / I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.” (Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”)

The road less travelled for each one of us is the way of Christ. We must humbly ask God to “create a clean heart … a steadfast spirit renew within [us]” that we may know and love God “with all [our] heart, and with all [our] soul, and with all [our] might” (Ps 51: 10,12; Dt 6:5). [...]

Renewing Our Hearts

Today, we’re talking about renewing our hearts, and two stories stand out in my mind as opposite starting points. One time, I was having a deep, late-night conversation with a friend, and I don’t remember how we got onto the topic, but he caught me off guard when he said, “I wish I weren’t having sex with my girlfriend.” Most people do want [...]

Pope Francis: The work of the Holy Spirit is to remind us of Jesus, to make Him present in the lives of Christians of every time and place

(Vatican News) Pope Francis concludes his catechesis on “prayer as a relationship with the Holy Trinity,” focusing at Wednesday’s General Audience on the work of the Holy Spirit. [...]

Jesus, our Saviour and beacon of hope

“whoever believes in Him may have eternal life” (Jn 3:15) [...]

Pope Francis: The response to war is fraternity

(Vatican News) Pope Francis reflects on his recent Apostolic Journey to Iraq during the weekly General Audience, and highlights a penitential sense he felt during his visit, as well as the joy of the Iraqi people at welcoming Christ's message. [...]

Have Mercy on Yourself, Because God Does

Our theme today is: Have mercy on yourself, because God does. For the past three weeks, He’s challenged us to overcome our sloth, to take more responsibility in our prayer, and to root out poor language. If we’ve been with Jesus in the wilderness and facing our demons, we shouldn’t be exhausted, but should be tired. So, God wants you to rest. [...]

The Word of God Is Love Not Violence

Just as Isaiah’s nakedness doesn’t make him a flasher; Jesus’ destructive act doesn’t make him a violent person. [...]

Change Our Words, Change Our Love

Let’s talk about the sins of cursing, profanity, and vulgarity. Most of us (not all, but most) would agree that such language is generally wrong. None of you swears around me. How would you feel if I swore? There’s a video by Jimmy Kimmel asking if children know any naughty words, and it’s insightful regarding our society: On one hand, the [...]

To go through life’s nadir at the foot of the mountain

Glimpses and tastes of glory that once exhilarated the disciples can also exhilarate us. [...]

Seeing Into the Future

Over the years, I’ve reminded you how God takes care of us in suffering, but today I’m challenging you to make it your own by doing a spiritual exercise. [...]

Pope Francis: Ask Christ for the gift of mercy to allow Christ’s mercy to embrace us and penetrate us

(Vatican News) Pope Francis says we are called to pass on “the fire of Jesus’ mercy”, in a letter marking the 90th anniversary of the first apparition to St Maria Faustina Kowalska in Płock, Poland. [...]