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Our generation prides itself on having discarded all fables, yet there is one that is accepted almost everywhere: that Christ came to promise all men sal- vation no matter what they do, and to reveal that there is no punishment…
I brought before my mind's eye as I walked along the Tiber, the number of faces I saw and gazed at while travelling by train this morning: the face of a child with such sparkling eyes so full of wonder;…
I am just reading a book entitled "Into the heart of faith", by Dennis Billy C.Ss.R., in which the author spells out ten steps on one's faith journey. (Liguori Publications…
Suffering is a universal mystery, at once terrible and familiar. "In midlife I found myself lost in a dark wood," is the opening sentence of Dante's Divine Comedy, and it marks out a journey many of us know well. Suffering…
So many tell themselves that even though they are committed to breaking one or more of the Commandments and have no intention to repent, that they still believe in Christ, and that it is this belief which will surely save…
  When God calls us to serve Him, we need to first be convicted of that calling. It is only when we are convicted about the notion of our calling will we be able to discern what God wants us…
Days, weeks, months and years have passed but the Tiber flows. Generations have been born and have passed away, but the Tiber flows. Civilisations have risen and fallen, but the Tiber flows. The incessant flow of the Tiber reminds me…
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is celebrated on the Sunday after Christmas. What is our goal for our family? To be a happy family? To be a…
The way to union with God and the way of union with God. These two phrases at first sight seem identical. Are they really? ‘The way to union with God’ would imply that God is found only at the end…
In every home and every marriage, there are good times and bad, sickness and health, riches and poverty, somewhere in the journey of man and wife. In good times one…
Read Luke 2 verses 41 to 52 after praying to the Holy Spirit to enlighten us how we can live this mystery in our lives. When I was four years old I was lost in the zoo. We had all…
"Do you think I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division." (Luke 12:51) This quotation from Luke 12:51 (and the parallel passages in other Gospels) are more than puzzling. They are upsetting and…
1. The New Testament was not, any more than the Old, all written at one time, or all by one man. At least 40 years passed away between the writing of the first and the writing of the last of…
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you." (John 6:53) On hearing Jesus make this statement, many of his disciples said, "This…
Some years ago, I travelled to Larne, in the north of Ireland, to say Mass for a Prayer Group. It was a dirty winter night, and, as soon as the Mass was over, I was anxious to get on the…
God is CONSTANT. In other words, He is the same yesterday, today, and always. A constant could be represented by a straight line. God is not a graph, moving from highs to lows on different dates, and on different occasions.…
As a seminarian, I used to visit a Red Cross Home for ex-servicemen in Bangalore. The majority of them suffered from spinal injuries which left them paralysed. Most of these patients were in their twenties. They did not live long,…
Remember what I said about original sin involving believing a lie, and, therefore, coming under new management? How Adam and Eve hid, and that, in some ways, we are still hiding, as we find it particularly difficult to own up…
It had rained the whole of last night. God had showered His bounteous blessings on the Tiber which was in full flow. It seemed in a hurry to give egged on by a pressing generosity. How true this is! The…
As Christmas approaches, the shopping malls are decorated with fairy lights, Christmas trees and Santa Claus to encourage people to buy gifts. We receive greeting cards from family and friends who are thinking of us fondly and wish us Christ's…
Evagrius of Pontus, a Christian monk and ascetic whose ideas may have inspired St John Cassian's list of eight sins (see Preface), gives us a very poetic, but comprehensive definition of the sin of gluttony: "Gluttony is the mother of…
To love is to live and to live one must love. Only he who loves, lives because he who loves, lives in God and God lives and loves in him. And God alone lives. He alone IS. His alone is…
In the secular media, people are often put before us who are boasting of their irreligion, boasting of their past abortions, of their divorce and re-marriage, of their homosexuality. Such people are invariably not merely claiming that the rest of…
"This is the Word of the Lord!" That's how the Lector concludes the reading or proclamation of the Scripture Text at Mass, or, to use a more faithful translation of the Hebrew, ""This is the Word of the Lord!" That's…
The Catholic Catechism (nos.199 ff) tells us that belief in God is the most fundamental of all beliefs. All the other articles of the Creed depend on this first belief, and all the Commandments of God make explicit the first…
The pagan Romans in the time of St.Paul ruled the world. They worshipped idols made in the likeness of man or of birds or snakes. To many, even of the Christians at the time, it could have seemed as if,…
People who are approaching the Bible for the first time may be surprised to discover that the Church offers us only three basic guidelines for reading it. These are: 1. Be especially attentive “to the content and unity of the…
Imagine yourself standing against a wall, with both arms outstretched. You are on a cross, with one arm back trying to relive yesterday, called guilt, and the other trying to arrange to-morrow, called worry. This is where the Serenity Prayer…
Remember the raisins in the dough that we spoke about in the first chapter? Well there is one raisin, or human weakness, that we all share: we shall all one day die. As I said back then, Jesus took on…
If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sister, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26) This seems a shocking…
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