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One of the truisms of the Christian journey is that the holier we get, the more sinful we discover we are. This apparent paradox is because the closer we come to God, the more spotlights God shines into our lives…
Our home as a domestic Church, is part of the larger Parish and Universal Church . On June 4th, we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, when the Church was born. Many of us may take part in a Novena to prepare for this…
Many children will be receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation, the Eucharist and Confirmation this year. As parents what are you personally doing to prepare them? Here are some points for…
On 2nd February 1960, I made my first vows as A Redemptorist. It was the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple and it was a very meaningful celebration for me as I presented myself to Jesus…
He was the most beautiful of all angels. He was referred to as the Day Star, and the son of Dawn. His name itself spoke of his brightness—Lucifer, angel of light. He dreamt of ascending the heavens and raising his…
Celibacy is not popular. I don't suppose it ever has been, and in the modern world which places so much emphasis on sex, the gift of consecrated celibacy is even more misunderstood and discredited than ever. All the more reason,…
You were the best of friends with a certain lady, until she betrayed your confidence. You found yourself so badly hurt by her actions, you ceased all communication with her. A week ago, however, you heard a preacher give a…
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.He makes me lie down in green pastures;he leads me beside still waters;he restores my soul.He leads me in right pathsfor his name’s sake.Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I fear…
All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. (Catechism of…
Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As…
I think it was Robert Benchley who once said that there were two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into two kinds of people and those who don't. Regardless of whether he was right, one…
A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more. (Jer 31:15)
All too often it seems that winning is the most important thing in youth team competitions. This includes all forms of competitive team sports (soccer, basketball, baseball, etc.) and non-athletic team competitions (such as "Odyssey of the Mind"). However, winning…
We all have the Spirit of God within us; otherwise we would die, because God would recall his Spirit, and only the clay would remain. "Dust thou art, and onto dust thou shalt return." We have the Spirit, but the…
ent is a special time of reconciliation and healing. Abba Father is watching the road for the return of his prodigal son. He longs to embrace him, cleanse him and reinstate him as his beloved son once more. He wants…
So far I have been speaking about the human condition, as a result of original sin, and how we can make matters worse, by not facing up to accepting the way we are. We now turn our attention to how…
We live in changing times, where very often, both husband and wife work outside the home. Sometimes the woman receives employment outside, and the man looks after the home. Who does all the work inside your home? Parenting by Father…
Possibly, one of the most painful experiences that one can go through is that of rejection. The pain of being rejected becomes even more acute when the offer of love and goodness that one makes, is spurned by the very…
In the following two chapters, I will share some thoughts that I find useful in helping understand the Mass, and its place in the life of a community. I will also discuss some of the difficulties that people have shared…
The newspapers of 20th June 2006 report that Bill Gates has handed over charge of his company to someone else so that he can reorder his priorities. He is interested in putting his genius into his charities, to help find…
May I remind myself, and you, gentle reader, what I set out to do in this series. It is an attempt to take a close look at my own life, and discover what insights have helped me the most in…
Soon after my conversion [see The Return of the Prodigal] I looked for role models and guides that I could follow, but was unable to find any that I found satisfactory. I have never been the sort to compromise on…
King Nebuchadnezzar, who ruled the New Babylonian empire, was the most powerful monarch of his dynasty. In 586 B.C. his army invaded Judah. They conquered the land, devastated Jerusalem, looted and burned the original temple that had been built by…
I have come across not a few descriptions of prayer ranging from the traditional to the modern. Prayer, is at times described as: the raising of the mind and heart to God; a hunger for God; a search for God;…
In September 2007 a book was published containing the writings of Mother Teresa. In letters written over several decades, the holy nun from Calcutta confessed to a lack of faith, a sense of being abandoned by Jesus and a "terrible…
The actress Shirley MacClaine moonlights as a New Age self-help teacher. She believes she is the channel for supernatural beings. She writes books of spirituality, which seek to guide people…
"Abraham was seventy-five years old when he left Haran" (Gen 12:4). This text formed part of the reading for the Golden Jubilee Mass of the First Profession of two senior Sisters, one of whom was the Superior General of her…
"The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don't know where it comes from or where it is going. It is like that with everyone who is born of the Spirit." (Jn. 3:8-9). There are…
The only time that exists is now. Yesterday is gone, and will never return. I don't know what's coming next. It could be tomorrow, or it could be eternity; I don't know which will come first. "Now is the time…
I sometimes joke that it is difficult for God to become incarnate in Ireland, because we tend to push him back up into the sky, while we fill the void with saints, relics, and novenas, all supposed to help us…
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