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"Hail Queen of Heaven, the ocean star, guide of the wanderer here below Thrown on life's surge, we claim they care Save us from peril and from woe. Mother of Christ, star of the sea Pray for the wanderer, pray for me" I spent 3…
Pray to the Holy Spirit and prayerfully reflect on John 19:25-30 John speaks of Mary as Woman at the start and the end of Jesus ministry. She is the new Eve, mother of the living who is there when he…
A source of some of our problems is a failure to make a clear distinction between God and ourselves. God made us in his image, but we run the risk of returning the compliment, and making God in our image!…
The flowing waters of the Tiber made me reflect on the cleansing waters of repentance. The words of Peter came to mind: "Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinner!" (Lk 5:8). Did Peter really want Jesus to leave…
It is -2° this morning. As I walked along the Tiber I remembered another cold night with the chill wind blowing. We priests had finished dinner having spent a wonderful evening together, visiting at his residence one of our very…
Suffering is a part of every stage of your journey as husband and wife. As you begin to adjust to each other as newly-weds, each one has to die to…
“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true” “Death has been swallowed up in immortality.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is…
Who Is the Woman in Revelation 12? Decoding the woman in 12 is not an easy task. [1] Although a strong Catholic tradition sees Mary in this woman who appears in heaven "clothed with the sun, with the moon under…
"What are the greatest needs of the church today?" This was the question that Pope Paul VI put at a general audience on 15 November 1972. He himself gave the answer, which he said should not surprise them as being…
I do not travel now as much as I used to when I served at the Vatican. Besides the annual holiday to Mumbai which I looked forward to, – the Vatican reflected Mother Church’s maternal concern and care for its…
Naturalistic evolution holds that life evolved naturally, without any divine design or guidance. It is widely taught today, more often as fact than as theory, in our schools and universities. The prevailing worldview in the scientific and academic community is…
In contrast with naturalistic evolution, guided evolution (also called theistic evolution) is another way to understand the evolution of life on earth. Guided evolution is the idea that God ordained and sustained the gradual evolution of life. Guided evolution is…
The gospel or "good news" proclaimed since the beginning of Christianity is essentially the news of Christ's Resurrection. This "good news" is that a man who claimed to be the Son of God and the Savior of the world has…
For a Christian, everything in life revolves around the person of Jesus Christ, everything draws meaning from his life, death, and resurrection, everything is patterned on his example, focused on his Lordship, intended for his and his Father's glory. Jesus'…
The day Mary, the Mother of Mercy, visited God's people of Haiti 'Jesus in Jerusalem', the International Catholic Charismatic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, that was held in September 1997, the year of Jesus Christ, began with a healing service…
I love the Old Testament. The stories are wonderful, and the reason I enjoy them so much is because I don't see history being reported in them; I see the present. I don't see them as stories about the Israelites…
As we become older and more educated, it is quite normal to question the existence of God. How do we know that God exists is a key question in life, which we all must personally answer. I clearly remember during…
Does the Catholic Church accept the validity of the theory of evolution? The answer is both yes and no. While there has been no binding statement of faith issued by the magisterium on this question, several popes and cardinals have…
“God has been very good to me, for I never dwell upon anything wrong which a person has done, so as to remember it afterwards. If I do remember it, I always see some other virtue in that person.” Saint…
“As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brothers, they are representatives of the Churches and an honour to Christ.” 2 Cor. 8:23 The Greek word used here for the word ‘honour’ is…
The Acts of the Apostles "Jesus is the joy of living... la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!" is a modern charismatic song that has gladdened thousands of hearts in recent years. It eloquently expresses outwardly what the singer…
The Apocalypse Apocalypse is a Greek word that means "revelation". But in the Bible, apocalyptic writings are a special and complex category of literature, whose purpose is not to reveal actual, future, historical events, but to encourage the reader with…
"When elephants fight the deer is the victim". This Oriental saying contains much wisdom and truth. One sees this drama enacted not too infrequently on the human stage. I recall how a priest friend of mine at the defence of…
A visit to Glastonbury, the hub of British New Age-ism will reveal an extraordinary interest in angels. But a quick look at the books on offer make you realise that…
The mortal sin of the movie maker is to bore. His business is entertainment and if he bores his audience he terminates his career. At first this sounds like the…
Death, my enemy or my friend? Or both? I know I have the assurance of my faith that teaches me that death is but a threshold to life, that life is changed, not ended, that the cross of Jesus has…
In this chapter, I have decided to write about hope, and I do so very deliberately. There are so many pressures in today's world, that it is becoming more and more difficult to hold your head, when all about you…
History tells of a statue that was erected to Theogenes, a celebrated victor in the Greek public games. The erection of this statue so excited the envious hatred of one of his rivals that he went every night and strove…
I owe my vocation, and my perseverance in this vocation, to the daily Eucharist. My parents inculcated in me a special love for Jesus in the Eucharist, and I have drawn personal nourishment and inspiration from it for my personal…
Rome Sweet Home is the funny title of an amazing autobiography. Setting aside the awful pun, Rome Sweet Home is the story of how a rabid anti-Catholic American Presbyterian pastor…
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