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The gusty winds rustling through the leaves of the maples along the Tiber sounded like a doleful dirge, and the very boughs seemed to sigh in mourning. My thoughts went back to Giuseppina whom I had the privilege of visiting…
Drawing on discoveries in biochemistry, astronomy, physics and related disciplines, the theory of intelligent design proposes that certain features of living systems and of the universe are best explained as the product of an intelligent cause, rather than purely undirected…
A central belief of Christianity is that Jesus is divine, the Son of God. But, how do we know Jesus himself made that claim and how can we know if it's true? There are several places in the New Testament…
Beginning with the Reformation, Protestants have stuck to the principle that everything revealed by God as necessary for salvation is found in the Bible alone, without any need for the Church to show the authentic meaning of Scripture. The idea…
Ask any fan of Douglas Adams, "What is the meaning of the universe?" and you will be told: "42". Adams, author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, was an atheist. Indeed, Adams cheerily explains in a last collection of…
Many people believe the creation story in Genesis is literally and historically true. They believe the universe was created only several thousand years ago, in six, 24-hour "days." However, there is another way to read this story. The story of…
Holy Spirit Interactive is very pleased to present the serialization of Fr. Jack McArdle's book "It's Me Again, Lord ...". Fr. Jack, for those who aren't familiar with the name, is a priest who works out of Dublin. He is…
I have loved you, says the Lord. But you say, “How have you loved us?” Is not Esau Jacob’s brother? says the Lord. Yet I have loved Jacob but I have hated Esau; I have made his hill country a…
Pray to the Holy Spirit and then prayerfully read Luke 23:26-43. We meet various people when Jesus carried his cross on the road to Calvary. There is Simon of Cyrene who is forced to help Jesus carry his cross, lest…
Once when I was traveling by bus to Thanjavur, I saw a Hindu holy man traveling with his disciple. They sat a few seats in front of me. The disciple's eyes were focused on his Guru right through the journey.…
Pray to the Holy Spirit and then prayerfully read Matthew 27:27-31 Jesus is King. He is King of a Kingdom of love and mercy that has outlasted all the Kingdoms of Egypt, Greece, Rome that were powerful in Biblical times…
My generation grew up on promises! I was making promises to God day and night, New Year's Day, Ash Wednesday, Annual Retreats, thunder storms, and every time an airplane went 'iffy' in the sky! I have now reached my 'free…
In ordinary life, blood-relatives are considered to be one's closest kinsfolk. Such, for example, are parents, or siblings, or children. If one is married, then one's wife/husband is one's closest kin, since the two persons have become one: "For this…
For many years now I have been endeavouring in my own tin-pot way to devolve some sort of new theological language for expressing concepts and truths that, in themselves, can be abtruse and abstract. In this book the process continues,…
It is autumn: the fall. A season that reminds me of the transitoriness of all that is terrestrial. As I walked along the Tiber, I saw a dried leaf fall. Beholding it was a sheer delight. It sailed so smoothly,…
In the simplest things that Christ said and did, there is tremendous power. But He often says and does these things so simply and with such little fanfare that we can easily miss seeing the full strength of what is…
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, while, at times, the road to heaven can be a minefield! "A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, dressed in the sun, with the moon under her feet, and a…
Graham Staines was a Christian missionary from Australia who worked with lepers in Orissa, a city in the North of India. Early one morning as he slept in his Jeep with his sons, Phillip, 9, and Timothy, 6, a group…
A teacher of the law once asked Jesus: "Master, which is the greatest commandment?" And Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your…
To another he said, "Come, follow me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." But he said, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of…
As is my custom, I got an email from a total stranger who took time out of her busy day to send the following: Dear Mark, just came from your Website and have some questions. It sounds like you were…
As recently as last week I had a spin in an ambulance to the local hospital. I have had several such trips over the past few years, but, thankfully, the good Lord has something left for me to do. About…
The story is told of a man, who, when asked for directions to Dublin, replied, "Well, now, to tell you the truth, if I was going to Dublin, I wouldn't start from here at all!" It is obvious, of course,…
According to the story of creation, God took clay, and formed it into a particular shape, and then he breathed his spirit into it, and it became alive, and the first human was created. Now, I am not at all…
"Life is fragile; handle with prayer." Three months elapsed since I wrote that last chapter. I celebrated my 70th birthday in hospital! I had been so 'busy' for the previous few months that my heart told me "Either you stop,…
At the heart of this Gospel stands the figure of Jesus, constantly proclaiming the Kingdom of God and patiently explaining its meaning to his disciples. Jesus is not only the supreme Teacher but is himself the Model for all his…
There is a big difference between praying and saying prayers. I could teach a parrot to say a prayer, but I could never teach a parrot to pray. I can speak words, but the spirit in the words determines how…
My thoughts along the Tiber this morning were on the theme of the Plenary Assembly of this Dicastery that we just concluded: "HOW TO SPEAK OF GOD TO PEOPLE TODAY"*. There was so much inspired thinking and so many insights…
Why did you get married during a Mass? Very simply, because what was being celebrated on the altar, the mystery of Jesus' life-giving sacrifice is what you are called to live everyday in your domestic church, your home. We greet…
George Burns, the comedian, lived to be a hundred, and it was wonderful that he was given such a gift, because he lived and laughed his way out to the very end. Towards the end of his life he said…
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