Every year we celebrate Christmas with so much fanfare in a period that concludes every year in a flourish and introduces a new year with an atmosphere of happy expectations that mollify or even completely set aside any unease that may be associated with the thoughts of possible difficulties that could be standing in wait… Read More The Nativity of the Christ
Reflections on Gospel of St. Mark Chapter 1, Verse 15: “The times are fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the gospel.” (NJB) This statement was made when Jesus Christ went to Galilee to start his ministry and that was at the time directly after the arrest of… Read More THE TIMES ARE FULFILLED!
A thought for today, 2 November: ALL SOULS DAY The issue of “Purgatory” is a contentious one in some quarters but it is well understood in the Catholic Church. It ought not be controversial at all having recourse to logical reasoning but the antagonists of the idea hold that it is a spiritualmatter that may… Read More THE STATE OF PURGATORY
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” Luke 14:26 Before you set off on this journey of being a disciple of Jesus intending to evangelize, it is essential to sit down… Read More DISCIPLESHIP AND SALVATION: SNIFFING THE TERRAIN
“Forgive and forget” has become a common parlance. It is also often said that God forgives and forgets, that He forgives and remembers our sins no more (Isaiah43:25; Hebrews 8:12 ) – wipes them off the records in His memory. It is also common for people to say, “forget it” or ”try to forget it”.… Read More CAN FORGIVE, CANNOT FORGET?
Wounded soul, Hurting heart; Humiliated? Exploited? Violated? Your spirit is sour, Your perception distorted. Damaged ego? Wilting self-image? This nightmare, this heartache: Ever fade away? Ever heal? Hopeless, for now you are A forever changed person: Memory keeps the hurt alive, Hate repeatedly rekindled, sustained. Resentment, animosity, acidity. Welcome melancholy, hello morbidity;… Read More Forgive and Heal
“Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen”. This common part of our daily prayers, like some in the Liturgy of the Hours and elsewhere, contain the phrase “world without end”. What does… Read More WORLD WITHOUT END
“Those who serve well… gain a worthy place for themselves and much assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 3:13) “The occupation of being a servant” is one of the meanings of “service” and “someone devoted to a cause” is one of the meanings of “servant”. Service is not servitude or subservience or… Read More Service and Sainthood
Once upon a time, Jesus was teaching, and there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by. A paralyzed man was brought on a bed, whom they wanted to bring in to him but could not find a way to bring him in, because of the crowd. They went up on the housetop and… Read More What Only God Can Do
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the… Read More TONGUING