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When you travel in a second class sleeper coach in India, it may happen that someone else is occupying your berth. When you show them your reserved ticket, you may…
"So God created man in his image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." God blessed them and said to them : 'Be fruitful and increase in number' (Gen 1:27f) "Yahweh God said,…
"Children learn to walk through trial and error. They remember past mistakes, look beyond them and seek new ways of reaching their goals. If they did not remember their mistakes,…
he bows of the mighty are broken, but the weak are clothed with strength. Those with plenty must labor for bread, but the hungry need work no more. It is the Lord who gives life and death; he brings men…
During my years of teaching in second-levels schools, I taught Irish, English, Latin, and French. This involved a lot of essay-work, and journalism of different kinds. To instil a very important aspect of essay-writing, I spoke of a chicken drinking…
Creation (Genesis 1:2) Are we facing emptiness and darkness in our personal, couple and family life? Let us allow the Spirit of God to recreate us anew. He will open our eyes to see each other through the eyes of…
How do we allow the Holy Spirit to interact with us everyday in our family relationships? We believe that he is really present in our hearts and lives. Outside of prayer time, how often are we aware of his loving,…
In the last century, oil deposits in the Gulf became a source of light, power and wealth to the impoverished, nomadic Arabs. For thousands of years, prior to that, when oil-wells were not tapped, the Arabs were poor and eked…
“As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brothers, they are representatives of the Churches and an honour to Christ.” 2 Cor. 8:23 The Greek word used here for the word ‘honour’ is…
With my eastern roots and Western branches I have had the opportunity and good fortune of being able to visit quite a few countries in the world and encounter a wide diversity of cultures and customs. From these visits I…
Trying to correctly discern God's Will in any decision is often quite difficult, but is especially important for the "Big Decisions" in life. These major decisions involve a life commitment that could have serious negative consequences if made poorly. They…
As we have seen, the Gospels were written at different times. We put them at the beginning of the New Testament, but, of course, they were not the first books to be written. The letters of Paul and other writers…
It once seemed perfectly obvious to me that Catholics honored Mary too much. All those feasts, rosaries, icons, statues and whatnot were ridiculously excessive. Yes, the gospel of Luke said something about her being "blessed" and yes I thought her…
Have you felt belittled or put down? Have you felt that the emotion of feeling belittled was a lie from the devil? Have you relied on your own understanding instead of the wisdom of the Lord? Well, this sounds all…
It's still a jolt for some people to realize this, but the Bible did not fall down out of the sky, leather-bound and gold-monogrammed with the words of Christ in red, in 95 AD. Rather the canon of Christian Scripture…
The road back to the Garden leads us into the eternal hug of the Father. The longest journey begins with the first step. The prize at the end of the road can be experienced within certain limitations during the journey…
Listen ............... Lord Jesus, I'm afraid, and fear is something that seems to be part of my life. I have all kinds of fears, from being scared of living to being afraid of dying. I want to tell you about…
Author's Note: This prayer can be used for any and every form of addiction, by replacing the word 'alcohol' with whatever word applies Listen ............... God, Higher Power, Power greater than myself, I cry out to you. I feel like…
Listen ............... Lord God, Father, Mother, please reach down and lift me out of this dark hole of depression. I am surrounded by darkness on every side, and I can see no way out of it. It is like a…
Listen ............... God, Father, Son, and Spirit, I feel very much alone at this moment. I feel like a tiny boat out in the middle of the ocean, without oars or a rudder. Oh, I know there are people who…
Listen ............... Lord Jesus, one of the things that always amazes me is how so many of the sick, in the Gospel stories, actually believed that you could, and would heal them. I know they may have heard of others…
Listen ............... Lord, you know me through and through. You know my every thought. You know my lonely moments, my quiet fears, my greatest guilt. You can read my heart like an open book. Because you can read my thoughts,…
I am going away, but I will come back to you. (John 14:28) When it came time for Jesus to return to the Father, the apostles were sad to see him go. He explained to them that it was necessary…
Most casual readers of the Bible believe that the God of the Old Testament was a stern, unmerciful God subject to outbursts of great wrath which he ruthlessly poured upon the people. Yet, nothing could be farther from the truth.…
They call it `temporale' in Italian, those stormy gusty winds that almost sweep you off your feet and make the branches and boughs of the maples along the Tiber shake and shudder as they cling tenaciously to one another like…
Somebody once said that we Americans honor prophets, not priests. That is, we believe, or at least respect, almost any religious message, as long as the person delivering it claims to base it on some ineffable personal experience of the…
"Prayer arises, if at all, from incompetence, otherwise there is no need of it." These words, coming as they do from the little Doctor of the Church, St Therese of the Child Jesus, struck me so deeply this morning as…
Most Catholics live and die blissfully unaware that the Church even offers indulgences anymore. (A Catholic friend to whom I mentioned I was writing this article said, "They went out with Vatican II, didn't they?") Practically no Catholic gives much…
The Bible tells us (Colossians 2:11-15) that in the New Covenant, baptism replaces circumcision in the Old. In the Old Testament God required circumcision as the basic way of bringing a child into the Covenant (Genesis 17:1-14). The ritual was…
To be honest, I wrote this series because I wanted to clarify many things for myself. Another reason for writing was that friends requested that I do so. We are all familiar with the phrase "A life without reflection is…
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