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Is heaven a place where Jesus ascended out of this world? Is it above the world, just as Hades was thought to be part of the underworld? As a child I thought of heaven as place above where Jesus ascended.…
Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. What does this mean to me in my life? If I do not believe that Jesus rose from the dead and is sharing his life with me, then he is merely a great…
To you the secret of the kingdom of God has been given: but to those who are outside everything comes by way of parables, so that (as Scripture says) they may look, but see nothing; they may hear, but understand…
To you the secret of the kingdom of God has been given: but to those who are outside everything comes by way of parables, so that (as Scripture says) they may look, but see nothing; they may hear, but understand…
Asceticism and Mysticism. Certainly, the two are closely interlinked. Asceticism entails the effort and exercise that we exert in order to be able to receive God’s graces. So we work ourselves spiritually, strain and train hard to receive the gifts…
Life is full of new beginnings for all of us. We get used to persons, places and structures so that we may make the necessary adjustments. But the problem with adjusting is that we learn certain patterns of behavior that…
Every Gospel begins with the invitation 'Come?', and ends with the command 'Go!' (Mk 3:13,14;16:16). Jesus first bids Peter, 'Come, Follow me' and then commands him, 'Go, Feed my sheep' (Jn 21:19,17). He first leads the three apostles up to…
To run out of refreshments at a party or to not have enough hamburgers for a summer cookout might be an embarrassing moment for a modern-day host. However, to run short of wine at an ancient Jewish wedding feast would…
If you make the Most High your dwelling-- even the LORD, who is my refuge-- then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in…
Most of us want to enjoy the best of both worlds, this and the next. We want to have a comfortable, secure, trouble free life, now, and eternal happiness in…
I have given you authority over all the power of the evil one; nothing will harm you. (Luke 10:19) This is an extraordinary promise, and, believing it, and acting on it, would completely transform the life of a Christian. When…
In darkness and dryness love lives solely on faith. There are moments in our personal relationship with God when despite our generosity and faithfulness, He sweeps away all supports and dis-mantles all props; moments when He leads us into darkness…
Everybody dies, but not everybody lives. Some people settle for existing, and, when they die, you will need a doctor to certify that, because there hasn't been much life there at any time. You could write on their tomb-stones "Died…
It was a very misty morning as I walked along the Tiber with visibility reduced to barely a few yards. I could scarcely see the river. But there it was flowing, moving, going on! I reflected. Mist or no mist,…
Was the Bible only in Latin so that the people could not read it? This question has two parts: (i) the question of the Bible being only in Latin; and (ii) the question of people not being able to read…
The experience of San Giovanni Rotondo continued to haunt me as walked along the Tiber this morning. Crowds flock to visit the tomb of Padre Pio because he was a holy man. Genuine holiness always attracts; for what else is…
A healthy self-esteem is essential to productive and effective interpersonal relationships, and very important to achieving happiness in life. However, many, if not most people find it difficult to sincerely and deeply believe that they are a truly good, worthy,…
In an earlier chapter I spoke about having to step out of the boat if you want to walk on water. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I grow in faith by practice, and that journey consists of constant decisions and regular…
The Prayer of Abandonment to God Father, I abandon myself into your hands. Do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let…
I am a Catholic priest, but got ordained rather later than is usual, because first I was a Protestant pastor. I was born and brought up in a Protestant family, and wanted sincerely to serve the Lord as a minister.…
The First Penetcost at Jerusalem; in the Upper Room It was for me, a pilgrim to the Holy Land, an unforgettable Passover experience to have spent Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, in Jerusalem - in the footsteps…
Heaven is a state of being, rather than some place to which we go. It is being in God, and living with him, and allowing him live in me. What makes heaven so mysterious is that we think of it…
"No athlete is crowned unless he competes according to the rules." (2 Tim. 2-5) "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (2 Tim. 4:7) Pit stops have more to with car…
Religion comes from the Latin word religare, and it literally means to be bound to a set of rules or obligations. It is basically external, in that it has to do with external practice. It is very important that I…
The internet is a veritable blessing! I find it such a tool for ministry. It may not have the personal touch of a hand written letter as we respond to persons, but it has the advantage of instantaneity and immediacy.…
Only God can do a God-thing. The Father sent Jesus to complete the first part of our Redemption. The weeds in the wheat (Mt. 13:25-30) were not sown by the farmer, who had ensured that the seed was good. When…
Families had many traditions with regard to prayers and religious observances. Many homes had an altar with holy pictures and a votive light. But is God present when a home is devoid of love? The family rosary was recited. But…
My thoughts along the Tiber this morning took me back to San Giovanni Rotondo the place where Padre Pio was buried and where I had been on pilgrimage yesterday. I was touched by the inscription by Pope Paul VI on…
The Bible is the best school of Prayer. Various Christian Seminars and Courses on Prayer try to teach the theory and techniques of prayer (borrowed from various religions and cults), often with doubtful results. But the reality of prayer lies…
Catholics sometimes come across slightly defensive, almost embarrassed, about Mary. When asked by our protestant friends why Catholics worship Mary, we may quickly reply, "We don’t worship her; we honor her." When asked why we pray to Mary, we might…
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