What is God Calling Us to Be?

Today’s Gospel reading (Lk 1:57-66) recounts the birth of Elizabeth’s child and the discussion surrounding his name. When Zechariah wrote on the tablet “John is his name” his mouth was opened and he was able to speak. These events instilled fear into the neighbors. All who heard of these things took...

Year of Mercy: ‘I Am Living with Saints’

Corporal Work of Mercy: Shelter the Homeless Hearing a beloved voice, a little boy hurriedly hobbled down the pale stone steps of the church hall to greet the priest with a tender hug. Father Khalil Jaar chuckled when he saw the sandy-haired child, Misho, playing dress-up by wearing one of his...

Who Is Your ‘Spiritual Sister’?

Who is your “soul sister,” that holy woman or saint you so admire? As Catholics, we are blessed with a superabundance of role models for faith and friendship, but saints and biblical heroes are much more than just models to imitate. The Church urges us to engage in living friendships with the saints in...

The Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

Though written in simple language, St. Francis’ Peace Prayer provides rich material for spiritual reflection. The following are some of my thoughts on the Peace Prayer inspired by the lines of this prayer and by the example of St. Francis. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace Like that of...

Saints Simon and Jude October 28

The Apostles Simon and Jude Today the Church celebrates the feast of Saints Simon and Jude. Today’s Gospel reading comes from the Gospel according to Luke (6:12-16). Luke narrates that Jesus spent the night in prayer before he made the choice of his closest circle of disciples, the twelve apostles. Because...

Feminine Beauty: a Foretaste of Heaven

For she is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars. —Wisdom 7:29 I recently discovered a charming old novel (circa 1945), The World, The Flesh, and Father Smith, by Scottish writer Bruce Marshall. The title character is a parish priest in love with God. He toils away in a...

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