Tag: Sacraments

Mercy Through Sacraments

Everything to do with sacraments has mercy at the core of it. Let’s take a look at the Catholic definition: “Sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the church, through which divine life is given.” They are...

My Witness During Covid

I purposely opted to name this experience as witness and not as a simple experience because what I am going to say has clearly been the work of God’s power! And certainly not mine, a sinner! I still remember the chapter meeting we had, as Capuchin...

The Power of Living a Sacramental Life

I am totally convinced we need, as Catholics, to understand the power, importance and critical nature of living a sacramental life. The Roman Catholic Church teaches in the Catechism of the Catholic Church that the sacraments are “An...

Reflecting Upon the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

Thursday, November 25th was a day which I shall never certainly forget. It was the first time wherein I had the joy to share my experience as a hospital chaplain with STHL students attending at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Malta. I...

The Validity of Baptism

Was your baptism valid? The question is not an idle one, as Father Matthew Hood, a young priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit, will attest. After reading a statement on baptism from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (VCDF)...

Worth the Risk

For centuries missionary priests have risked their lives to spread the Gospel and expand the reach of the Catholic Church. Many have been martyred for their efforts. In Japan, as beautifully dramatised in Martin Scorcese’s Silence, the Shogunate of...

The Anointing of the Sick in Patristic Sources

We have all heard the famous biblical verse thanks to which the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick was instituted by Christ through his Mystical Spouse and our mother, the Church. Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the...

Only Then

Every year since 9/11/2001, people have gathered at Ground Zero, in front of the Pentagon and in a remote area of Pennsylvania for somber and dramatic remembrances of their personal loss. A heartrending, personal loss brings them together. The more...