Sunday Reflection
 
 

Into the Wild

As the Israelites learn to trust God throughout their journey in the wilderness, we, too, must journey through the wilderness of our heart to the doorstep of our loving God, to receive the only food that we need, “ the bread which the LORD has given [us] to eat” (Ex 16:15). [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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? [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Learning from the Best

St. Teresa of Avila, a 16th century Spanish nun, writes about seven mansions of the spiritual life. Describing the soul as if it were a castle of diamond or crystal, in which there are many rooms or mansions, with God’s dwelling place in the centre (Kieran Kavanaugh, St. Teresa of Avila, Collected Works, 270), the mansions describe the spiritual progress [...]

Dare to Open the Locked Doors

While opening our eyes to recognize that “Jesus is Lord”, the Holy Spirit also reveals to us who we are in the eyes of God (1 Cor 12:3). [...]

The Root of Our Sins

A famous priest, Fr. Mark Toups, teaches about spiritual healing using an apple and a potted tree. He says to his students, “Suppose this apple is your sin. Every time you come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, you bring in more apples… [...]

“Men of Galilee, why gaze in wonder at the heavens?” (Acts 1:11)

“This Jesus whom you saw ascending into heaven will return as you saw him go” (Acts 1:11) [...]

Three Characteristics of Happy Families

The classic Russian novel Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy, begins with this famous sentence: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” The second part is clearly true, because everyone can be unhappy for any number of reasons. But is the first part true: all happy families are alike? Are there certain characteristics [...]

The Catholic Church and Catholicity

When the Catholic Church opens her arms to welcome all peoples, she does so not only because of charity, important as it is in Jesus’ teaching, it’s also because of catholicity. And the two are intertwined. [...]