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While Mathew, Mark, Luke and Paul speak of the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper, John highlights the washing of the disciple's feet. Service is a constitutive part of the Eucharist that the couple are called to live…
Even as the Tiber flowed, so did my thoughts. I reflected on the words that a very dear friend of mine wrote in her letter for my birthday. “You know ... almost daily I come to you ... talk to…
Long before dawn, in the cold stillness of early morning the birds have already begun chanting their lauds as they praise the Lord with grateful song awaiting the gift of yet another sunrise and yet another day. Where was this…
All roads lead to Rome but only one way leads to the Father. And that one way is Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the surest way and the shortest way. All other ways…
Today makes two years to the date that I left Bombay to take up this assignment at the Pontifical Council for Culture at'the Vatican. Much water has flowed down the Tiber since. I recalled the night I flew. The plane…
People don't talk much about the deuterocanon these days. The folks who do are mostly Christians, and they usually fall into two general groupings: Catholics — who usually don't know their Bibles very well and, therefore, don't know much about…
The "Mystery of the Church" is the title used by the Second Vatican Council to aptly introduce its teaching about the Church. A "mystery" is a revealed truth, a reality pertaining to the realm of faith, which we can know…
After 36 years of being enriched by thousands of Catholic couples, I would like to offer you this creed. Share it with your friends. Have faith in God's love and providence rather than dependence on money, power, status. Seek God's…
The person who has died could be anywhere within the range of the still-born or the cot death to an aged grandmother, a spouse, a child, a friend . The death could have been unexpected, as with heart attack, accident,…
In one of his sermons, St.Augustine said to his congregation, "you are a Christian, you come regularly to church, you love God's word, and enjoy listening to it." (sermon 178, section 7) A lot of people would reject this out…
There are celebrities like film stars and actors who are very beautiful and handsome with well-proportioned, sculpted bodies that their fans admire. Their extraordinary beauty or imposing physical presence sets…
1.The Bible did not drop down from heaven ready-made, as some people seem to imagine. It did not suddenly appear on earth, carried down from God by an angel. It was written by people like ourselves, who held in their…
All heresy, from Gnosticism in the first century to Arianism in the fourth; from Islam in the seventh to Lutheranism in the sixteenth, boils down to the notion that at least some people are so loved by God that they…
Most people put a lot of time, money and energy into preparing for a wedding. What will we wear? What will we eat? What music will we play? Where will we hold the reception? The day comes and goes. What…
Introduction: The Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, on 1st May, should take us back to the double Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, on 25th March, (4th April this year), and of his Birth, on 25th December, that…
Christ said,"God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned."…
The whole story of salvation is based on human weakness. It is a story of God coming to meet us where we are, as we are. He could have loved us from a distance, but he decided to come among…
Why are Ronnie and Rachael attracted to each other and choose to become help mates and life-companions ? Or in the case of an arranged marriage, what expectations do Joe and Jane have of the partner that their parents have…
St.Augustine (354-430), one of the greatest theological writers in Church history, was also a superb preacher. Huge crowds came to hear him, and he went on, as he admitted often, at great length in his sermons. Sometimes, after a long…
During my daily devotions, I had come across the story of Mephibosheth (Mef-ee-bo’-sheth in Hebrew meaning ‘shameful thing’ or ‘dispeller of shame’) and was amazed at the chronicles of his life. In Biblical times, people were given names based on…
GOD is called by various names and is given varied attributes in the Bible. To us his children however his most significant name is 'God our Father', and his most cherished attribute is 'God is Love'. Why? The logic is…
With increasing frequency, Catholics are growing into adulthood without having received the Sacrament of Confirmation, and therefore without having been fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Church. One reason for this is our mobile society. When families move from one…
As we enter into the holy season of Advent, a time of waiting with eager expectation for Christmas, we ask ourselves what this waiting means in our family. Is it waiting to celebrate a feast day, the 25th December, birthday…
The Jewish people for centuries, waited with eager longing for the promised Messiah. Many expected him to come in power and glory to overthrow the Roman occupation troops and establish his kingdom in Jerusalem. These expected a privileged place in…
Pray to the Holy Spirit and then prayerfully read Matthew 26: 36-56 I think of people I know who are suffering intensely and have asked me to pray for them. They may be suffering physically, emotionally or spiritually and need…
Do you agonize over big decisions or get anxious about the future? Are you afraid of commitments? Do you change your mind a lot? These tendencies may be an indication of a lack of prudence. In the previous reflection, we…
The impression given by the secular media is that Christianity itself has become one huge tower of Babel. Each demonination disagrees radically from the others, disagreeing on even the most basic points such as whether Christ is Divine or not,…
The recent Joint Declaration of the Catholic and Lutheran Churches on the Doctrine of Justification (1999) states: "By grace alone, in faith in Christ's saving work, and not because of any merit on our part, we are accepted by God…
Since all human life is sacred and a precious gift from God, the over 50 million abortions in the United States since abortion was legalized in 1973 are a profound human tragedy. The lack of significant political and legal progress…
'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind' (Mt. 22:37). Disciples who seek to be conformed to the image of Jesus will find an important guideline in…
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