November 16, 2019

All Essays

‘Do Not Abandon Us to Temptation’

This is the recent change made by Pope Francis to the Italian translation of the Lord’s Prayer. A similar alteration has also been made in French: ‘Do not let us fall into temptation’. On the face of it, both changes remove an uncomfortable...

The Cost of Denying Conscience

For millennia the concept of conscience was prominent in virtually every religious and secular ethical system, though interpretations of its nature varied. Some defined it as an “inner voice,” but disagreed about what kind of voice—Desire...

Today, Salvation Has Come to This House

What a tremendous piece of good news! Oh, how I wish that was true of my two sisters’ families in Italy: to have the Lord drop in for a visit as they struggle, not only financially, but also with pain, doubts and anxieties! Oh, how I wish that the...

Just on The Other Side

There was a couple that had been married for more than 50 years when one day, unexpectedly, the husband passed away. A few days after the funeral, their pastor visited the widow and found that even though she was grieving, she was filled with peace...

On Pharisees and Tax Collectors

For a moment, imagine the Parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector (Lk 18:9-14) unfolding before us. The Pharisee is dressed to the nines. Accompanying his flowing garment is an extra-large phylactery, a leather case containing scripture...

Quo vadis, Australia

“A democracy without values easily turns into open or thinly disguised totalitarianism.” – Pope John Paul II Church law forbids the revelation of any sin admitted in confession under the penalty of excommunication. So far each state and...

Does Prayer Really Matter?

The subject of the homily in a Church near my own parish was prayer. The homilist declared that praying for Aunt Louise’s cancer to be cured or for one’s prodigal son to mend his ways is pointless and therefore immature. The only meaningful...

True Worship

The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds. I am already being poured out like a libation. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen. In these 3 verses from Holy Scripture we have summarized the core of our worship i.e., the genuine prayer of praise...

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