February 17, 2020
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St. Thomas Aquinas: A Spiritual Guide for Our Age

On Tuesday 28 January 2020, as the Church celebrated the liturgical memorial of the Angelic Doctor, Saint Thomas Aquinas, I was drawn to words written by Pope Benedict XVI: “Aquinas reminds us with his very life, that it is always illumined by...

Where is the Glory?

The following should be a very important question: what is our reaction to what Paul and Barnabas tell us in the Acts of the Apostles (14:21-27)?  It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God. Before we answer that...

Silence

Greater Love hath no man than this: That a man lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13 I see Jesus in every human being. – Saint Teresa of Calcutta The debate over Martin Scorsese’s Silence is heated among Catholics. Admirers of...

By Your Perseverance, You Will Secure Your Lives

A young man named Jim seemed to have everything going for him: a very successful business which he had started a few years earlier; a loving wife named Donna; and three wonderful little children. Then the bottom fell out of his world: Jim was...

Sorting Things Out

In elementary school, I remember the way teachers would sort large groups of students into smaller ones. Whether they were sorting by grade or class, each of us came to know one thing. When we walked through the school doors, we were fair game for—...

Our Desert Experience

While in church one day, St. Anthony of the Desert (251-356 A.D.) heard a proclamation from the Gospel of Matthew (19:21) that spoke directly to his heart: “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give it to the poor.” For twenty-year...

Send Me

An appropriate title for our reflection on the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time could be: How God’s Word works in us. With Saint Paul, I could say: I am reminding you, my brothers and sisters of this Christian Community, of the gospel I preached to...

Transforming Grace

Some years ago a Christian in India named Sundar was walking with a Buddhist monk on a mountain trail high in the Himalayas. It was late afternoon, and growing very cold; the monk warned him that if they did not reach their destination, a Buddhist...