THE TIMES ARE FULFILLED!

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!

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THE STATE OF PURGATORY

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

DISCIPLESHIP AND SALVATION: SNIFFING THE TERRAIN

“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

CAN FORGIVE, CANNOT FORGET?

“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?

Forgive and Heal

  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

Service and Sainthood

“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

Since I am a Virgin

There are important issues I want to address in this reflection and I believe God will help us understand the scriptures as it relates to them: Did the angel Gabriel treat Zechariah unfairly, with regard to how he treated Mary, since they both sought clarification on the message he brought to them from God?      Did… Read More Since I am a Virgin