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The infectious Ebola disease has made headlines recently as a scare for many throughout the world and as a tragedy for many on the African continent. more
Jesus was undeniably a charitable person. His heart was troubled when he saw the crowds who were like sheep without a shepherd. His instinct was to feed the multitude in the wilderness rather than send them home unnourished. He was touched by the plight of the widow at Naim about the loss of her beloved son. more
The old saying famously advises, “Seeing is believing.” But a closer examination of this familiar phrase reveals that the coupling of these two participles is quite mistaken. Seeing is not believing; seeing is knowing. more
For many centuries even pious believers might have pondered why it was Eve rather than Adam who the ancient author of Genesis depicted as succumbing to the tempting serpent. By singling out Eve … more
In concluding his recent encyclical, The Light of Faith, Pope Francis observes that the faith life of the Christian is not only a journey, as recalled when the nomadic Abraham and Israelites were considered, but the life of faith is also a process of building. more
This weekend the Catholic world will consider two phases of the afterlife. The Solemnity of All Saints on Saturday reminds the faithful of those celebrated and sometimes uncelebrated heroes of the Christian life. The martyrs, monks, missionaries, mentors and married folk who dedicated their lives to Christ both in spirit and in deed are recalled, reverenced and now recruited as intercessors before the face of God. On Sunday, worshippers will recall their own beloved dead who perhaps have gone on to full glory or may still be in need of the Church community’s intercessory prayers to release them from the final residue of sin. Eternity, fully enjoyed by the saints and coveted by the souls in purgatory, should be an equally important part of the Gospel message for those believers still working out their ultimate destiny here on earth. more
The parable of the Prodigal Son, unique to St. Luke’s Gospel account, would be better called the parable of the Merciful Father. St. Luke wisely includes this renowned tale in a single chapter with the parable of the Lost Sheep and the parable of the Lost Coin, which likewise would be better labeled the parable of the Dedicated Shepherd and the parable of the Zealous Homemaker. more
Pious Catholics often speak of various spiritualities — the spirituality of the priesthood, the spirituality of the religious life, the spirituality of marriage. more
Some time ago, a friend cited a liturgical commentator who pointed out that the post-Vatican II Mass celebrated according to the new rite of Pope Paul VI is not simply a revision of the old Roman Missal, the Tridentine Mass. more
The word “perfect” occurs only twice in the Gospel accounts, and both times it is St. Matthew who employs this superlative. In the account of the rich young man given a chance at discipleship, Jesus offers this challenge: “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” In this coming Sunday’s Gospel passage from the celebrated Sermon on the Mount, Jesus urges his disciples, “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” St. Luke for his part does include this last quote from Jesus, but in a slightly modified form. St. Luke recalls Jesus saying, “Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful,” or, as another translation reads, “Be compassionate, as your heavenly Father is compassionate.” Assessing all these quotations together, the reader may easily conclude that perfection consists in sensitivity toward the poor. Here the poor indicates not only the financially and materially impoverished, but also the emotionally and socially deprived. more
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