January 20, 2020
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Which Direction Do We Follow?

The nation of Lebanon had long been considered an oasis of beauty and peace in the war-torn Middle East, but that began changing when a civil war pitting Christians against Muslims broke out in 1975. One Christian family, consisting of the parents...

Renewing our Commitment to Christ

Once there was a man who considered himself a bitter enemy of religion.  He had been raised as a Christian, and was well-versed in the Bible; however, in his college years he decided that religion was for hypocrites and weaklings. He...

The Grace of Advent

If, biblically speaking, grace is a gift from our Heavenly Father that is gratuitously offered to us through His Son and Our Brother, Jesus Christ, in love and fellowship of the Holy Spirit, so as to enable in and through us that healing spiritual...

Nursing the Soul

Some months ago, I had the joy of publishing a new book on pastoral care entitled Nursing the soul. This book has been the fruit of years writing articles for the quarterly magazine Il-Musbieħ, which is published by the Malta Union of Midwives and...

Trusting in His Grace

Once upon a time there was a poor, unremarkable kingdom that had only one claim to fame: its king owned, as a family heirloom, a magnificent diamond of amazing beauty and perfection. He kept this treasure on display in a special room in his castle...

A Hard Saying?

Have you ever been to a funeral, and when it is time for the distribution of Communion, the priest announces that only Catholics may receive the Eucharist if they are in a state of grace or are Catholics in good standing? Now the priest is probably...

God’s Grace is Always With Us

It’s always been regarded as certain that St. Thomas the Apostle eventually ended up preaching the Gospel in India, where he was a powerful and successful missionary for many years, before dying as a martyr—but that doesn’t mean he answered his...

Our Fallen Nature: Rescued by Love

At the beginning of Lent, those to be received into the Catholic Church at Easter are elected by the bishop for the Easter sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist. These Elect, as they are now called, begin their final period of...

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