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It had rained right through the night. This morning, the Tiber looked so full as it hurriedly flowed past as though wanting to give more generously and quickly what it had received all night long. The more we receive, the…
Crack! Even before I knew what had happened a branch came crashing down as I walked along the Tiber this morning! There it lay bare and broken on the pavement condemned to death and decay. As long as it adorned…
Catholics and Orthodox are criticised by Protestants for calling their priests "Father". Of course, their criticism comes from Matthew 23:1-12: "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat, so practise and observe whatever they tell you, but not what…
Alexander the Great was a mighty Grecian warrior who conquered most of the world as it was known at his time. After Alexander's death at the rather young age of 30, his vast empire was parcelled out among his generals.…
The ways of the Lord are not comfortable. But we were not created for comfort, but for greatness."-Pope Benedict XVIWhen faced with choices in life, do you tend to pursue what is most noble-what will form you in excellence and…
It is a terrible cancer, far worse than physical cancer: the cancer of careerism. Clerics, they say, are more prone to contract it. Once it grips you, it eats into you and destroys you from within. Compared to it, the…
God loves us and welcomes us to return to his loving embrace. He is the Father whose eyes are always on the road, waiting for his prodigal son to return…
A while back I guested on a talk radio show and got a call from a man who wanted to know what the "official Catholic teaching" was on (I kid you not) "how much body mass you can lose before…
In this chapter, I hope to be as practical as I possibly can, and, hopefully more helpful in ensuring that we understand the place the Mass plays in the life of the Christian community. It is important to remember that,…
Christmas is a time of home-coming for children who are away at boarding school or living in a college hostel. Grown-up children who are living elsewhere come home too to…
"Change my heart O Lord; make it ever new. Change my heart O Lord. May I be like you." We invite the Divine Potter to remove our sinful hearts of…
The first characteristic of the Missionaries of Charity, as we saw, is Loving Trust. The second characteristic is Total Surrender. The third is Cheerfulness. Mother Teresa reminds her Sisters: "May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. It is this…
I was told a story by a young lady who came for baptism some years ago. Mona was given away, as a child, by her mother to a rich relative…
Father Robert Persons (1546-1610), of the Society of Jesus, made an observation that was surprising in his own time, and is no less surprising four hundred years later. He noted that St. John the Evangelist "affirmed that (Christ Who) was…
The secular world today looks at Christianity in exactly the same way that the ancient pagans looked at their own religions. The ancient pagans saw all approaches to religion....and even no approach at all, as equally valid and equally admirable.…
The final week of the last year begins with the Solemnity of the Birth of Jesus, Son of God, on Christmas Day, 25th December, and ends with the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, on New Year Day, 1st January,…
St. Ignatius Loyola, in his wonderful book, The Spiritual Exercises, proposes the following objective for the meditations on the Incarnation: "This is to ask for what I desire: an intimate knowledge of our Lord who has become man for me,…
One of my favourite stories is O. Henry's "The gift of the Magi." It is about a young couple who were poor. She had long beautiful, brown hair and used to look longingly at some tortoise-shell combs in the shop…
As a Catholic you believe that the Catholic Church is the one, true Church established by Jesus Christ. Do not waste your time trying to show how good or holy or intelligent Catholics are. Stick with the fact that that…
“Take what you need from the land, but need what you take.” A priceless pearl of wisdom coming from the treasury of indigenous people. These people are at times referred to with condescending compassion as the fourth world, written off…
Coming before God in prayer is so much easier, once I recognise the reality of the situation. In other words, I am fully aware of how things actually are, and I have no desire to be anything or anybody other…
Many supposed "theological differences" between Catholics and Evangelicals are, I think, founded in semantics rather than in substantial disagreement. For example, when I was an Evangelical one of the periodic arguments I ran across against Catholic moral theology was that…
You notice that a friend of yours appears to have suddenly begun to ignore you. You have been on very good terms with him for the most part, talking often and at length, and you find the change in him…
The Spirit is not given to the individual, but to those who are part of a believing community. When Jesus ascended into heaven, he brought the body he had with him. He sent the Spirit to 'complete his work on…
Think of the Trinity as a Triangle. The Father is at the top, with Jesus and the Spirit at either corner at the bottom. The sides of the triangle are like two arms stretching out to embrace us, and draw…
As a child, when examining your conscience, you perhaps looked at a list of do's and dont's which you infringed and then confessed them: I pulled my sister's hair; I…
In St. Luke's Gospel, we read, "He then addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. "Two men went up to the Temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the…
If you had collared me before I was Catholic and asked my opinion of Rome’s teaching on artificial contraception, I would have said something like this: “I understand and applaud the Magisterium’s opposition to abortion, since abortion kills people. But…
Jesus was a Jew. This does not seem like a news flash until we turn away from observing the obvious and begin to talk about Christian discussions of soteriology. If you aren’t familiar with that three dollar word, it basically…
God's plan and the Enemy's counter plan: The Bible begins with God's beautiful plan for man and with the havoc done to it by the Enemy. For God created not just individuals in his own image and likeness, but marriages…
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