Forgiveness sets us free and opens the way to healing.
Our woundedness may come from anyone, most frequently from spouses or peers. No matter what the source, unforgiveness of any kind will block intimacy with the Father, for Jesus says, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). Continue »
The Journey of Mother Marianne Cope
Marianne Cope is the eleventh American citizen to be canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church. Her feast day is January 23. Continue »
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Began in 1908, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from January 18-25. It is jointly supported and sponsored by the World Council of Churches, a body which includes, among others, most of the world's Orthodox churches as well as many Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed, United and Independent churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, representing the entire Catholic Church. Continue »
Finding Balance in Our Lives Requires a Relationship with God
Work, household chores, church commitments, school projects, and sports practices! How many nights do you fall into bed feeling as if you were in motion all day without a moment to take a deep breath? Unfortunately, the sensation of being caught in a daily whirlpool, forcefully spun around, is all too commonplace. Continue »
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)
Why did Jesus, the Sinless One, submit himself to John’s baptism of repentance? At his baptism, Jesus accepted his mission as God’s suffering servant on behalf of all sinful men and women. Continue »
Finding Christ indeed leads to living “another way,” the new way of God’s kingdom.
Magi were learned sages from the East. The word magoi, meaning “wise men,” was the Greek form of the Old Persian magav. Perhaps Persian astrologers of a priestly caste, Matthew’s wise men are the first to seek an encounter with Jesus. Continue »
Let’s not limit what God can do in us!
As we begin a new year, and as we contemplate our resolutions, let’s take a look at a few predictions from the past. Continue »
On Christmas Day, Jesus brought in a whole new kingdom.
What do you think about when you hear the word "invasion"? Do you perhaps recall the invasion of June 6, 1944, when millions of British, United States, and Canadian forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to liberate Western Europe from Nazi control? Continue »
A Strange Place To Find Peace on Earth
When the Mexican teenager walked into the county jail, he was understandably nervous. Continue »
On the Annunciation
You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion; the sentence of condemnation weighs heavily upon us. Continue »
Meet St. Nicholas the Wonder-Worker.
A friend was struggling. You could see it in his eyes and in his growing estrangement from his family and from church. I prayed for him, sensing he was headed for deep trouble. And since the need was so great and the crisis so near, I entrusted my friend to the care of St. Nicholas of Myra. Continue »
An Examination of Conscience for Advent
Have you ever noticed how good we can be at noticing other people’s weaknesses, while still having a blind spot for our own? Fortunately, God is familiar with this tendency. Continue »
Jesus wants to be with you!
Ah, Christmas—that joyous, exciting, most wonderful time of the year! It seems that everyone, even the most secular among us, gets swept up in the magic of the season—buying gifts, hosting parties, and decorating their homes. We just can’t wait for Christmas to come! Continue »
Proclaiming the Salvation of Christ today
One Christmas I was assisting at the midnight Mass presided over by the pope in St. Peter’s. It was time to intone the Roman Martyrology for the day of Christmas: Continue »
I Found My Home In The Church
Advent is all about welcome—about preparing a way for the Lord and being received as members of Jesus’ family gathered at the manger. It’s about recognizing Christ in the people around us and welcoming them as openly as he would. It’s about removing every barrier and obstacle to the Spirit’s work. Continue »