Creating a Clean Heart

Jesus is very practical about what can corrupt our hearts. He identifies anger, lust, and dishonesty as hidden viruses capable of damaging, and even destroying, our integrity, our very souls, but if we are honest with ourselves, all of us will have to admit that we struggle with temptation in each of these areas. So…

Are You The Light

Usually when we think of poverty we think of the materially needy, but there are all kinds of poverty in the world today that we can help to address. Saint Teresa of Calcutta once said, “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared…

Resolve Conflicts

Today God is giving us a chance to look calmly at our own lives, to see if maybe some divisions, rivalries, or jealousies have made their way into our hearts or our community, as they had begun to seep into the community of Christians at Corinth. This Bible passage that we have been reflecting on…

Jesus, the Lamb of God who is gentle and tough!

“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” The Lamb! This is what Jesus is called in today’s Gospel. This gentle symbol would never be considered as a fitting logo for the mighty people of today. Imagine a football team being called “The Lambs.” The hard-hitting players and avid fans…

Following your Conscience

God is always guiding us, always accompanying us; he never forgets about us. To live in tune with this beautiful, powerful truth of our faith – that we can count on God, means to freely obey our conscience. Conscience is the secret chamber of the soul. Only two people have the key, you and God. In…

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart! At the beginning of the year, we cry in unison to honor Mary, Mother of God and our Mother. She is rightly called the beginning of our salvation. Through her consent to God’s invitation to become the mother of the Redeemer, Mary actively cooperates…

Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord

Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord   The Child being born is small enough to fit into a Manger Merry Christmas! Christmas literally means “Christ’s Mass.” Christmas is so important that the Church gives us four Masses: Vigil Mass, Mass at Midnight, at dawn, and at daytime, each with its own readings. For Vigil…

Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

John the Baptist makes this call that is always relevant, as he prepares the appearance of Jesus, the Messiah, and as we prepare for Christmas and the coming of the Lord at the end of time.   Repentance is not a feeling, though it is often accompanied by sorrow and regret. Repentance involves three things:…

Renewing our Christian Citizenship

Another Advent is upon us. Why? Why does the Church lead us along the same path every year, repeating the same seasons, even the same readings? Is it for lack of creativity and imagination? No, the Church is always young, and never runs out of creativity. In every generation she gives the world new saints,…

Christ our King

  No one wants to be forgotten. It’s terrible when you go up to others to greet them, and they don’t remember you. We’re crushed when that happens. If anyone could be expected to forget, it would be Jesus. He’s dying on the Cross in terrible agony. He’s crucified between two criminals. The Romans did…