August 9, 2022
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Consider the Words of Life

Let us put side by side a sentence from the Gospel passage for the Fifth Sunday of Easter: I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. (John 13:34) And one from our first reading: It is...

Only Jesus Gives True Life

People have always dreamed about having unending life and never having to die. Most of us, for instance, have heard of Ponce de Leon, a Spanish explorer who died 500 years ago. Hearing rumors of a magical “fountain of youth,” he outfitted a ship and...

The Path that Leads to Eternal Life

St. Ephrem, a deacon and theologian who lived in the 4th century, was pondering the question of why God allows good people to be tempted; after all, he thought, it would seem reasonable that He would want to spare His children this difficulty...

There Is Nothing More Blessed Than This

The longest-serving Pope in the Church’s almost 2000-year history was Pius IX, who reigned for almost 32 years, from 1846-1878. It was he who solemnly defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception: namely, that Mary was conceived in her mother’s...

Flourishing in Our Lord’s Living Garden

The palm-tree is called in Hebrew tarmr, and in Greek phœnix. It is a dioecious tree, and belongs to the natural order Palmaceae. The plants of this interesting family are characterized by their tall, usually unbranched stems; their pinnate or fan...

Searching for Eternal Life

For the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, the readings lead us to wisdom, transparency, and eternity. Regarding wisdom (Wisdom 7:7-11), we are told that the spirit of wisdom is more precious than silver or gold. Regarding transparency (Hebrews 4:12-13)...

Master, To Whom Shall We Go?

In the Gospel of John (Chapter 6), the Lord Jesus reveals Himself as the Bread of Life that came down from heaven. Now, since the Eucharist is truly the summit, the center, the heart and soul of our entire existence on this earth, we are expected to...

Do Miracles Really Happen?

Do miracles like the one in the Gospel of Mark (5:21-43) really happen? Can people—including children—who were actually and literally dead be brought back to life? The answer is“yes,” when it glorifies God and helps people believe in Him. This...