January 23, 2020
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Christmas with the Saints

In his apostolic exhortation on the call to holiness in today’s world, Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis says: The saints now in God’s presence preserve their bonds of love and communion with us (no.4). As Christmas is practically on our doorstep...

Praying with St. Padre Pio

For quite some time I have been graced by accompanying Padre Pio’s prayer groups within the various friaries I have been sent to by my Capuchin superiors. These prayers did not occur in a vacuum. They are intimately connected with Saint Pio of...

The Nature of Augustine’s Confessions

On Friday, October 18th, I had the joy of attending an interesting lecture given by Rev. Prof. Salvino Caruana OSA on the Confessions of St. Augustine. In this very intriguing lecture, I learned the four characteristics which make up...

The Power of Small Deeds

St. Teresa of Calcutta reportedly said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” The thought is inspiring, but it raises two questions, “What kinds of ‘small things’ does it apply to?” and “How will those...

Do You Know Rose?

It is not uncommon for the expression of love to change as the years pass. A dramatic example is the life of Rose Hawthorne Lathrop.   She was born in Lenox, Massachusetts in 1851, but spent her childhood years in Liverpool, England because her...

The Lord Gave Me

October 4 is a great day not just for us Franciscans and Catholics but also for every person in this world. On this day, we joyfully celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the man who pursued a dream which, in his life, materialised in a new...

An Experience of God’s Forgiveness

The day of September 15, 2019 will be a day that I will never surely forget throughout my priestly and consecrated life. Today, I would dare say that it was a day so special precisely because it was completely soaked in God’s Mercy. Already the Good...

Do You Know Pier?

He was handsome, fun loving, courageous and engaging, an athlete and an outdoorsman. A popular picture of him as a young adult reveals the strong young man wearing mountain climbing gear, leaning on a long ice axe, with one foot resting sturdily on...

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