Psalm 37

This psalm is sometimes called a wisdom psalm. It is not a prayer, but contains advice and reflections. As we read it today, we might think of the words as coming from a teacher instructing students. First is a warning about evildoers, a warning that continues throughout the psalm. Such people may seem to be...

The Eucharist as God’s Gesture

I was interviewed recently about how Pope Francis keeps circling back to the decisive significance of the Eucharist in Christian life when he speaks and writes. Preparing for the interview—trying hard to come up with something to say—helped me clarify my understanding and deepen my experience of the...

Second Chances, New Beginnings

I, for one, am grateful that God offers us a seemingly limitless supply of second chances. Try as I may, I haven’t yet found the key to achieving perfection. Second chances allow me the opportunity to gather myself, to regroup, and to try again. My failed attempts don’t have the last...

It Ain’t Over Yet!

Christmas is over, right? Well, not exactly. The Christmas that Catholics and other Christians celebrate merely starts on Christmas Eve, and does not end on Christmas night. It goes on and on, with the feasts of saints, the holy family—all of the days of Christmas that end on New Year’s, the Octave of...

‘The Fifth Gospel’

Although the New Testament includes only the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the land where Jesus lived, died, and rose from the dead has sometimes been called “the fifth Gospel.” God uniquely entered human history in a definite place and at a specific time. Within 40 years after Jesus’...

Laughter is Good for the Soul

A Sunday school teacher began her lesson with a question. “Boys and girls, what do we know about God?” A hand shot up in the air. “He is an artist!” said the kindergarten boy. “Really? How do you know?” asked the teacher. “You know… Our Father, who does art in...

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