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Pope Francis: God constitutes a people of all those who listen to him and set out on their path, trusting in him

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis stressed the familial nature of the Church at his Wednesday General Audience on June 18, emphasizing God’s desire to form a people through fatherly love. “To speak of the Church is to speak of our mother, of our family,” he said. He said the Church is not a private association or […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 19


 
Thy Kingdom Come

Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This is how you are to pray: ‘Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 19


 
Trinity Sunday

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity In the first reading of the Trinity Sunday, the God revealed to Moses was “merciful and gracious…slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity” (Ex. 34:6); and Moses himself was depicted as a mediator for Israel, pleading for God to pardon the wickedness and sins of his […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 15


 
Pope Francis: Fear of the Lord allows us to imitate the Lord in humility and obedience

(CNA/EWTN News) During his general audience on June 11, Pope Francis spoke on the Holy Spirit’s gift of Fear of the Lord, saying it does not mean we should be afraid of God, but rather serves as a reminder to do the right thing. “Fear of the Lord is an ‘alarm.’ When a person is […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 11


 
You Are the Salt of the Earth

In today’s Gospel, by saying, “You are the salt of the earth,” Jesus signified all human nature to have “lost its savor,” and to be decayed by our sins. For this reason He requires of the Apostles to have such virtues for supervising the community of the faithful. For the meek, and yielding, and merciful, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 10


 
The Gift the world refuses to receive is ours to bring to the world

Pentecost Sunday This Sunday’s Gospel reading can be seen as a “rehearsal” for Jesus’ closest disciples to anticipate the coming of the Spirit to the early Christian community on Pentecost, which took place 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection as depicted in the first reading Acts 2:1-11. From the sequence of the words spoken by Jesus […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 8


 
Pope Francis: Gift of piety enables us to rejoice with those who are cheerful and cry with those who cry

(CNA/EWTN News) In his weekly general audience on June 4, Pope Francis reflected on the gift of piety, explaining that it is not just a superficial feeling, but rather a religious reality that leads us closer to God and to our neighbor. “In this sense, piety includes the ability of rejoicing with those who are […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 5


 
That All Will Be One

With this prayer for unity, Jesus concludes His prayer; and then begins a discourse on the same subject: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another.” This does not express perfect likeness to God, but only likeness as far as it was humanly possible; as when He says, “Be you merciful, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 5


 
The Ascension of the Lord

The Ascension of the Lord “Spirit”, “apostles”, “Mary”, “prayer” – What better ways to reveal the Church? How can any one of these constitutive elements be missing when the Church being revealed is the Church of Christ? After the ascension of the Son and on the threshold of the Pentecostal outpouring of the Spirit, we […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 1


 
Pope Francis: Peace is Crafted Day to Day

(CNA/EWTN News) – During his general audience address on May 28, Pope Francis said his pilgrimage to the Holy Land fed the desire for Christian unity and he encouraged Catholics to pray that God may help “heal the wounds” that divide the faithful. “I give thanks to God. He led me to that blessed Land, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 29


 
Convicted by the Holy Spirit

Those whom the Holy Spirit convicts, Christ convicts also. Jesus then explains what the world would be guilty of: “Of sin, because they do not believe in Me.” He mentions this as the sin above all others, because while it remains, the others are retained; when it departs, the others are remitted. “Of righteousness because […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 27


 
Parting discourse from Jesus

Sixth Sunday of Easter In today’s gospel, let us connect ourselves with the heart of Jesus. In this very touching last supper discourse, before His Passion and filled with parting emotions, He poured out His heart unto His disciples (us). His immense love for us is evident, but with mixed emotions, because He knows very […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 25


 
Pope Francis: Gift of knowledge helps us see every person and everything in the light of God’s plan

(CNA/EWTN News) – During his general audience address on May 21, Pope Francis spoke on the Holy Spirit’s gift of knowledge, explaining that it enlightens our human perspective and helps us to see God in the whole of creation. “The gift of knowledge puts us in tune with God’s gaze on things and on people” […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 22


 
Love God’s Commandments

Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. “I have told you this so that my joy might be in […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 22


 
God’s house

Fifth Sunday of Easter In the gospel reading, Jesus told his apostles in the Last Supper that he would leave them to prepare a place for them in his “Father’s house” (Jn 14:2). In the Bible, “God’s house” is a key term that refers to the Church, as signified by the Tabernacle (Ex 26) and […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 18


 
Pope Francis: Gift of fortitude gives us strength to do God’s will

(CNA) – During his General Audience address on Wednesday May 14, Pope Francis spoke on the gift of fortitude, explaining that it helps us to remain faithful not only with the big things, but also in our daily activities. “We shouldn’t think this gift is only for extraordinary circumstances,” the Pope noted, because “For most […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 15


 
Redemptive Suffering

“He that eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.” This passage in today’s Gospel was written that we do not bear malice towards those who injure us; but rebuke them and weep for them. For the subjects of weeping are not those who suffer, but they who do the wrong. Those […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 15


 
My Sheep Hear My Voice

In today’s Gospel, the Jews wanted our Lord to say, “I am the Christ.” Perhaps, as they only thought of the Messiah in a human way, having failed to discern His divinity in the Prophets they wanted Christ to confess Himself the Messiah, of the seed of David; that they might accuse Him of aspiring […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 13


 
Pope Francis: Gift of Counsel helps us overcome self-centredness

(CNA/EWTN News) During his General Audience on Wednesday May 7, Pope Francis reflected on the Holy Spirit’s gift of counsel, explaining that through it we learn to be docile to the Lord rather than attached to our own ideas. “It illuminates our heart and makes us more sensitive to the voice of the Spirit, so […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 8


 
Seek Jesus for Jesus’ Sake

In today’s Gospel, Our Lord sets Himself above Moses, who did not dare to say that he gave the flesh which perishes not. The multitude therefore remembering what Moses had done, and wishing for some greater miracle, said: “You promise the flesh which is eternal, and does no works equal to those Moses did. He […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 6


 
The Road to Emmaus

Third Sunday of Easter The readings of the 3rd Sunday of Easter include a bold proclamation of the resurrection (Acts), a moral exhortation for the newly baptized (1 Peter) and the appearance of the Risen Jesus to two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke). Each text illumines a different feature of the Easter mystery […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 4


 
Pope Francis: Holy Spirit’s gift of understanding helps us understand things “as God understands them”

(CNA/EWTN News) During his general audience on April 30, Pope Francis explained that the Holy Spirit’s gift of understanding allows Christians to obtain “intimacy with God” and helps them understand things “as God understands them.” “When the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts and enlightens our minds, he makes us grow day by day in […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 1


 
Pope Francis: John XXIII and John Paul II were not afraid to look upon the wounds of Jesus

(CNA) At the canonization Mass for Popes John Paul II and John XXIII on Divine Mercy Sunday (April 27), Pope Francis emphasized the importance of Christ’s suffering as a visible sign of divine love. “The wounds of Jesus are a scandal, a stumbling block for faith, yet they are also the test of faith. That […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 1


 
Faith and Works

After speaking with certain Protestants, a Catholic may ask “Is it then enough to only believe in the Son, that one may have eternal life?” By no means. Hear Christ Himself declare this, and saying, “Not every one that says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 7:21); and the […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 1