Tag: Courage

Leaving Behind What We’ve Known

Some years ago a group of rabbis were meeting to study and discuss the Talmud, the Jewish book of commentaries on Scripture and the Law of Moses. One of them suggested they take a break, and offered to pay for refreshments—if someone else would go...

True Devotion in a Communist Prison

Columban priest Aedan McGrath spent over two years confined in a Communist prison in China during the 1950s, where he suffered both physical and mental torment at the hands of his captors. In 1980, he met Pope John Paul II in Rome. “Father,” the...

He Came to Serve

He will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. Luke 12:37 As promised, in heaven, our triumphant and most glorious Lord Jesus will wait on us! Scholars call this the eschatological reversal. It is God serving his...

The “Business” of Christ

Covid-19 has had a devastating effect on all facets of human interaction: emotional, psychological, moral, economical, and spiritual; all these affected facets have contributed to a slow, general dehumanization of society. To a different degree we...

Confronting the Wolves of Our World

On the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we are given many orders: we are ordered to rejoice with Jerusalem (a figure of the Church); to be glad because of her; to pray the Master of the harvest to send laborers for his harvest; to be on our way;...

Eyes on the Lord; Not on the Waves

Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” But when he saw how [strong] the wind was he became frightened and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord save me!” The second time...

The Polish-Australian Legacy of Saint JP2

Given that 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II, local Catholics are reflecting on a Pope who still remains a “spiritual compass” 15 years after his death. His demise was an irreparable loss not only for Polish...

Taking Up Our Crosses

Chances are you’ve not heard of the black actress Nichelle Nichols—but if you’re a Star Trek fan, you’re certainly familiar with her character. She played Lieutenant Uhara in the original TV series, and was one of the first black women regularly...