Inspires
 

 
“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)
Publish date: 2019 - 12 - 15


 
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.
Publish date: 2019 - 12 - 11


 
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.
Publish date: 2019 - 12 - 8


 
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, how would you respond? Who here would offer them sympathy in the e-mail? What about prayer? What about a place to stay for the next week?
Publish date: 2019 - 12 - 8


 
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.
Publish date: 2019 - 12 - 4


 
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.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 28


 
Stay awake, be prepared! Watch and be ready!

Eagerness and patience are the paradoxical qualities of this waiting.
Publish date: 2019 - 12 - 1


 
The Gift of the Wake-up Call

God allows us to grow old to wake us up and get us ready for death. We’re called to eternal life, but get distracted by the good life we have here. So, in His goodness, He allows us to get stiff, put on weight, have wrinkly skin, and lose hair. Anyone here losing their hair? No one. God bless you.
Publish date: 2019 - 12 - 1


 
Christ The King – Is it a Divine Joke?

What is the meaning of a true King? It all begins with a joke.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 24


 
The Essence of Christianity

God is calling us to understand the big story of our faith, today. In other words, what’s the essence of Christianity? We’re going to answer this using a very practical scenario which builds upon years of talking about our relationship with God, the reality of free will, and consequences.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 24


 
Pope Francis: The poor reveal to us the riches of love

(CNA) On the World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said that the poor and most vulnerable can be left behind in the frenetic haste and self-centeredness of the modern world.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 20


 
“A time of waiting and watching” (CCC 672)

Let us join the psalmist to sing praises to the Lord, who on a day unbeknownst to us, “will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.” (Psalm 98:9)
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 17


 
A Call to Service

You know how we all say we’re busy? Can we be honest and admit that, despite our busy schedules, we still waste time? One survey found that seven in ten people admit to wasting time at work, mostly on social media, then online shopping, browsing travel, sports, and entertainment, and just scrolling down pages with no purpose (Michael Hyatt, Free to Focus, 212).
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 17


 
Pope Francis: May Christian couples open the doors of their hearts to Christ and transform their homes into domestic churches

(CNA) Pope Francis praised Priscilla and Aquila as Biblical models of married life, hospitality, and lay evangelization.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 13


 
“Cherish the hope God gives of being raised by him” (2 Macc 7:14)

As we journey on over hills and valleys, let us turn our gaze away from our own darkness to the light of Christ.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 10


 
Pope Francis: Ask the Holy Spirit to teach us to build bridges with those who do not believe or with a creed different from ours

(CNA) St. Paul announced Jesus Christ to “idol worshippers” in Athens without attacking them, but by building bridges, Pope Francis said Wednesday.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 7


 
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save” (Luke 19:10)

We like to think that we can have God in our own pocket. But we’ve got it all wrong. It’s God who finds us and reveals Himself to us; it’s Him who saves us.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 3


 
Pope Francis: Ask the Holy Spirit for an open heart, sensitive to God and hospitable to our brothers

(CNA) In his message for the audience, the pope reflected on the Acts of the Apostles chapter 16, when St. Paul experiences a vision in which a Macedonian begs him to “come over to Macedonia and help us.”
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 30


 
Humility is the pathway to God

Humility is not weakness but the foundation of all the other virtues
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 27


 
Spontaneous Prayer

I’ve said some foolish things in my life. One time I met a woman who said, “My name’s Sunday.” And I said, “And my name’s… My name’s Justin.” I hesitated because I was about to say, “My name is Monday.” She could see that something was wrong and wasn’t happy. I felt badly because she’d probably gone through that before.
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 27


 
Pope Francis: The ecclesial method for conflict resolution is based on dialogue and on discernment carried out in the light of the Holy Spirit

(CNA) - Pope Francis said Wednesday that the first Christian evangelization of the pagans opened up “a very lively controversy” as the early Church discerned how to absorb new members from outside the people of Israel.
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 23


 
Pope Francis: Ask for the grace to allow ourselves to be astonished by God’s surprises, not to hinder His creativity

(CNA) God wills the salvation of all persons, Pope Francis said in his General Audience Wednesday, reflecting on the Acts of the Apostles.
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 17


 
God Never Gives up on Us; Why Should We?

Be persistent, “will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to Him day and night?” (Lk 18:7) 
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 20


 
Parenting

A good young priest, Fr. Lucio Choi, once shared with me how he was discouraged, and it wasn’t because of his bad haircut. He said he now understood why some priests get cynical: You try so hard, do so much for people, and they don’t care or respond.
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 20