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"Learn to live and to walk in the Spirit" St. Paul tells us. You have the Spirit; now let the Spirit have you. "Little children, there is a power within you that is greater than any evil power you will…
Parents teach us many beautiful truths but the greatest gift they can give us, is a living faith and total trust in God. This faith and trust is not just…
In offering this series, I am only too aware that I am not offering something new or original. However, I dare to hope that I may offer a different perspective on something with which we are all familiar. The message…
Even though it happened more than a decade back, I remembered the event with all its minute details. I had arrived from Mumbai at Fiumicino airport in Rome. The Oblates of St. Joseph with whom I lived were there to…
It is routinely pointed out that about half of all marriages end in divorce. But what is not often discussed is the other half of the equation: the marriages that don’t break up. Are those marriages thriving? Do married couples…
The command of Jesus was: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matt. 22:37) When we’re in love, it’s all about that person. We sacrifice more than we…
Mother Teresa was certainly one of the most inspiring people of our times and we truly praise and thank God for calling her to found the Missionaries of Charity. The spirit of the Congregation is still alive in her sisters…
Before we begin talking about lust, we need to talk a little about sex. Hugh Hefner didn't invent it. Neither did Hollywood. Nor the authors of the Kama Sutra. God created sex, and like everything He made it was beautiful.
Two different experiences with the same underlying lesson came to my mind as I walked along the Tiber this morning. The first was a letter from a dear friend whom I have seen grow from a boy into a man…
As a student of philosophy at the seminary, I remember beginning with Ontology, the study and science of being. The course was in Latin and one of the first truths I learned stated: Omne ens est unum, verum, bonum et…
In my life, there has always been some sunshine and some rain. But then you came along and showed me how to make rainbows." I have received few compliments better than this coming from a young religious sister whom I…
Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.(Mark 10:11-12) This was felt to be a hard saying by the disciples who first heard it. It…
When you pronounced your marriage vows you specified that you would love and respect each other in good times and bad, in sickness and health, in riches and poverty, until separated by death. Your love was unconditional. You did not…
The Catholic Church calls the famous passage of Genesis 3:15 the Protoevangelium (which means "first Gospel"), for it is "the first prophetic announcement of the Messiah and Redeemer" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 410). Unfortunately, most Biblical scholars today…
The gushing waters of the Tiber called to mind the tears of repentance and the free flow of God's forgiving grace as I remembered my supply ministry in a parish near Milan in north Italy during Holy Week, which though…
One crucial theme in John’s Gospel can shed much light on Mary’s unique role in salvation history. This theme is so foundational that it will help us see how Mary becomes the "New Eve" and the spiritual mother of all…
In our last reflection, we saw how the woman figure in Revelation 12 should be identified as Mary. Now we are prepared to explore how Revelation 12 reveals Mary as having three beautiful roles in salvation history. She is the…
Mary has only one question for the angel Gabriel. And it’s a question that provides a beautiful window into Our Lady’s unique spiritual life, but one we might overlook if we don’t read the Annunciation account carefully: Mary says to…
I'm one of those people who likes to have things reasonably orderly. I like knowing what's going on and why. At the same time, I also recognize that the world is a very strange place and that (according to our…
Over weeks and months the maple trees along the Tiber have been vested anew. The rich green foliage that now covers them did not appear overnight. The branches at one time were bare, stripped to the very bone; then a…
Our culture doesn't believe in forgiveness. Not really. Oh, sure, we say we do. But the reality is, we believe in mistakes and excuses. We will go to enormous lengths to explain away sin as a mistake or a psychological…
God of Mercy: My favourite Lenten Hymn has always been, ever since as a child I attended the famous Irish Redemptorist Lenten missions in our parish, the hymn: God of mercy and compassion, Look with pity upon me, Father let…
We find several people today marrying someone from a different culture, upbringing and religion from their own. Many of such marriages run into difficulties within a year or two. When people fall in love, they often endow their partner with…
Fortean Times is an irreverent, weird and wonderful magazine that reports strange happenings all over the world. In Fortean Times you can read about the abominable snowman and conspiracy theories,…
The modernist preachers love to think that they are attracting many people to church by preaching about love all the time, with no mention of obedience, duty, The Commandments, repentance. The reason they omit all mention of these latter things…
It had rained all night long. As I walked this morning, to my left the Tiber was in full flow, its pace faster than the near casual, lingering serpentine manner in which it weaves its way through and Out of…
Every weekend my work takes me into a different Catholic parish. I’ve also been asked to speak to Diocesan Groups about their planning for the future. Wherever I go priests…
While I was in high school, I received the following poem in a mailing from a Roman Catholic religious order that was encouraging vocations to the priesthood. This poem meant a lot to me then, and means a lot to…
I was surprised to see this couple, the leaders of a large prayer group in the Archdiocese of Bombay, who had been knocking at my door early that morning at the retreat house in Bandra, a suburb of Mumbai. I…
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my word will never pass away. (Matthew 24:35) I chose this to begin with, because it underpins all the promises of Jesus. He is giving us his word, and he wants us to…
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