Charity

"The Beheading of St. John the Baptist" by Caravaggio

Lessons from St. John the Baptist that will change your life…

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight’” (Mark 1:2-3). St. John the Baptist is proclaimed by Jesus as the greatest of the Old Testament Prophets sent to prepare […]

"Charity of St. Elizabeth of Hungary" (detail) by Edmund Blair Leighton

How to Respond When You Meet Suffering

In 2005 while undergoing chemotherapy, I was sitting in an uncomfortable recliner on the sixth floor of the medical facility. An IV dripped poison into my veins that would simultaneously cure me of the cancer in my body, and wreak havoc on it, sending waves of nausea, chills, malaise. The concoction did not discriminate between healthy and cancer cells. It […]

"Charity of St. Elizabeth of Hungary" (detail) by Edmund Blair Leighton

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

Oftentimes also she led her friends to the cemetery, and said to them, “Remember that we too shall one day be but dust.” Then, when they had reached the charnel- house, she would say, “Here lie the bones of the dead; these people were once living like us, and are now dead as we shall be ; that is why […]

Pope Benedict XVI (Philip Chidell / Shutterstock.com)

Daily Catholic Quote — from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

“Each person finds his good by adherence to God’s plan for him, in order to realize it fully: in this plan, he finds his truth, and through adherence to this truth he becomes free (cf. Jn 8:32). To defend the truth, to articulate it with humility and conviction, and to bear witness to it in life are therefore exacting and […]

"The Prophet Elias" (detail) by Daniele da Volterra

Come, Follow Me…

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Each and every one of us has a hunger and thirst for God deep within our very being. God, himself, placed that desire for Him there. He has made us for Himself. Whether or not we realize it, God alone can satisfy our every […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

The Radical Rabbi and The Greatest Commandment

When his enemies quiz him about what commandment is the greatest, Jesus reveals just how radical he really is.  His answer goes to the very root of every single one of the 613 commandments found in the law of the Old Testament – the distinct kind of divine love known as charity or agape. Reflection on the Mass readings for […]

Father Thomas Edward Dubay, S.M.

Daily Catholic Quote — from Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M.

“Heroic love for God and neighbor is, of course, is closely aligned to profound intimacy with the indwelling Trinity. To a large extent, they are the same thing. We love Father, Son and Holy Spirit to the extent that we are in intimate prayer communion with them which is lived out in our actions.” (Father Thomas Edward Dubay, S.M., 1921-2010, […]

"King David in Prayer (detail)" by Pieter de Grebber

The Qualities of Prayer Taught by the Lord

In my parish ministry and work around the archdiocese, one of the questions I receive most frequently is like the question posed to Our Lord in Luke’s Gospel, “He was praying in a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’” (Luke 11:1) People simply […]