Something Reliable

Editor’s note: This is the fifth post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel. (Mk 1:14) Believe in the Gospel. With this sentence, Jesus directs our attention away from a physical, earthly kingdom. Instead, Jesus establishes... [Read more...]

Highway to Heaven

Editor’s note: This is the third post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. Let it be so for now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. (Mt 3:15) In the beginning of the Old Testament, God’s first recorded words are “let there be. . .” The whole cosmos leaps into creation, delighting... [Read more...]

St Bartholomew Faith in the Flesh

The events that took place in Jerusalem almost two thousand years ago are not something far removed from us; they are events which affect us and become a lived experience in each of us. (Pope Francis, Homily for Pentecost, 2013) What Christian has not wished to have lived at the time of Christ? Loss of indoor plumbing and ice cream aside, who can deny... [Read more...]

The Mission-Driven Parish

Sherry A. Weddell, ed., Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2015. A whole generation of saints was formed by the renewal of parish life. It began on September 14, 1594, when St. Francis de Sales “set out on foot—with a single companion—to re-evangelize the 60,000 formerly Catholic inhabitants of a region... [Read more...]

Understanding Rachel

The heroes in our lives play a large role in shaping our personalities. They symbolize our understanding of perfection since they often possess positive attributes for which we yearn, such as courage, strength and self-sacrifice. More importantly, they prove that we are deficient in these attributes. We need heroes in our lives to supply for these deficiencies.... [Read more...]

Mother in Sorrows

And meanwhile his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen, had taken their stand beside the cross of Jesus. And Jesus, seeing his mother there, and the disciple too, whom he loved, standing by, said to his mother, ‘Woman, this is thy son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘this is thy mother.’ (Jn 19:25-27) Hanging... [Read more...]

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