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Lent is a Time of Grace

At the heart of Lent is an invitation to dig deeper: to reflect, review, and renew; it is, indeed, a springboard for radical transformation of our heart and mind.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 21


 
Pope Francis: In life’s most painful wounds, God awaits us with His infinite mercy

(Vatican News) Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Ash Wednesday in St. Peter’s Basilica, and urges Christians to experience Lent as a return journey toward the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 18


 
Defeating Spiritual Laziness

Here’s a list of the seven deadly sins: pride, avarice, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, and sloth. We basically understand most of them, except perhaps for sloth, which is more than laziness. The best way to understand sloth is with a description. Imagine a man who’s successful in life: He supports and loves his family, succeeds at work, sleeps enough, exercises, and makes time for friends. When it comes to his relationship with God, he gives little time to this, and does the minimum for his spiritual needs. He’s not a bad person. But we know he has the sin of sloth precisely because, in other areas of his life, he’s driven.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 21


 
“If you choose, you can make me clean” (Mk 1: 40)

“I do choose. Be made clean!” (Mk 1: 41)
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 14


 
Reaching Out to the Marginalized

In 2013, Vinicio Riva went to Rome and, during a large papal audience, reached out to kiss Pope Francis’s ring, and the Holy Father embraced him. The world took notice because Vinicio is severely disfigured due to neurofibromatosis. Here are two pictures (https://www.ncronline.org/sites/default/files/styles/article_slideshow/public/stories/images/DisfiguredMan.jpg?itok=cerWemjF; https://media.newyorker.com/photos/590951ec2179605b11ad3278/master/pass/pope-francis-kisses-face-580.jpeg). Normally, people stay away from him, which is why he said, “What astonished me is that [the pope] didn’t think twice on embracing me. I’m not contagious, but he didn’t know. He just did it; he caressed all my face, and while he was doing that, I felt only love.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 14


 
Pope Francis: It is prayer that transforms the today we are living into grace

(Vatican News) Continuing his catechesis on Christian prayer, Pope Francis reflects on why and how we should pray in all the events of everyday life.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 10


 
Madness or Love? It’s all in the Eyes of the Beholder

Call him a madman, a weirdo, or anything you want; the reality is, the fire in Paul’s heart, ignited by the Spirit, is something people won’t understand unless they are prepared to welcome the same Spirit into their hearts.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 7


 
Pope Francis: Liturgy is an act that founds the whole Christian experience

(Vatican News) Pope Francis continues his catechesis on Christian prayer at the weekly General Audience, and reflects on how liturgical prayer unites us to Christ.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 4


 
The Fullness of Life

If you had a magical power to change the world, what would you do (Matthew Kelly, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, 143-145)? “Superheroes use their powers to outwit the bad guys”; song writers use their powers to win the heart of the one they love. But, if we had the power to change the world, shouldn’t we use it for the greatest good, for the greatest number of people, and for the longest duration?
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 7


 
How “astonished”, “amazed” and “spellbound” are we?

To follow Jesus is not just to be astonished, amazed and spellbound by His teachings and works, but we must also go the way He goes
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 31


 
We Get to Choose Our Anxieties

Believe it or not, we choose some of our anxieties. That’s because some are based on our world view. When we’re in high school and university, for example, we experience great anxiety to get good grades, but this is based on the world view that our identity is based on our performance. We should aim for excellence and do our best, but God doesn’t demand only A’s. If we believed and lived this truth, we’d have less anxiety.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 31


 
Pope Francis: The Bible was written for every one of us individually

(Vatican News) Continuing his catechesis on prayer at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the importance of the Sacred Scriptures in the life of prayer, saying it was written for each one of us.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 27


 
What is your call to Nineveh?

What is God calling you to do? What is the task that God has given to you? What is your call to Nineveh? That is the only question really worth answering.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 24


 
Pope Francis: Unity is above all a gift, a grace to be requested through prayer

(Vatican News) In his catechesis at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reminds Christians that unity is achieved only with the grace of God, and not through our own force of will.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 20


 
“Come and see” (John 1:39)

“Here I am Lord; I come to do your will” (Psalm 40)
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 17


 
Pope Francis: Praising God is necessary for our own sake – we should learn to praise God in difficult moments

(Vatican News) Continuing his catechesis on prayer at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on “the prayer of praise”, which is possible in every circumstance because God is always faithful.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 13


 
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

The Holy Spirit empowers us to let our inner “superhero” out and be the person whom God has called.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 10


 
“Sunday Homily: Fr. Justin Huang” Begin Again With Equilibrium

Many of us struggle with highs and lows in our lives: When we’re high, we’re very high, but unfortunately unprepared for problems and sufferings that eventually come. If you’re the kind of person who gets surprised at suffering, such as when COVID-19 struck the world, this may apply to you. On the other hand, once we’re low, we’re distraught, forgetful that God’s still with us.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 10


 
Pope Francis: We can be the star for our brothers and sisters, as witnesses of the treasures of goodness and mercy that God offers freely to everyone

(Vatican News) Pope Francis prays the Angelus on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, and invites us to proclaim the Gospel by allowing God’s light of love to shine for others to see.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 6


 
When the Foreigners Came to Jerusalem

When the Magi come to pay homage to the powerless infant in the manger, the time has come for the secret to turn into a reality, for Jerusalem to take the center stage, and for Daughter Zion to become the Bride of Christ – the Catholic Church.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 3


 
“Sunday Homily – Fr. Justin Huang” Evangelization Helps Us Begin Again

There’s a popular YouTube channel about exercise and one of the videos is entitled, “Can you touch your fingers behind your back? (Big Problem!).” An athlete should be able to put one hand behind their head and one behind their back and then touch their fingers—this flexibility will help them exercise properly.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 3


 
Pope Francis: If we are bearers of gratitude, the world itself will become better

(Vatican News) During his general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of gratitude in prayer. The healing of the ten lepers by Jesus is an example.
Publish date: 2020 - 12 - 31


 
Begin Again, Because God Begins Again

If we’re suffer from any discouragement, God doesn’t want this. Discouragement is a normal part of life, but it’s not from God. In the past three weeks, I’ve observed these types of discouragement: 1) People getting frustrated with themselves, their mistakes and failures; 2) Someone admitted, looking back on this year, “I wondered if God would accept me, after what I’ve done”—that’s the voice of doubt; 3) “I’m sick of being at home. I can’t go anywhere”—that’s an exaggeration, but the feeling of helplessness points to a deprivation of meaningful human contact.
Publish date: 2020 - 12 - 25


 
Pope Francis: Jesus, in the crib, shows us the way of tenderness to be close to each other, to be human

(Vatican News) During his general audience of Wednesday, Pope Francis urges Christians to make the celebration of the birth of Jesus rich in faith, not merely a sentimental or consumerist event.
Publish date: 2020 - 12 - 24