Charity

Daily Quote — St. John Vianney

"The Parable of the Good Samaritan" (detail) by Jan Wijnants

“All our religion is but a false religion, and all our virtues are mere illusions and we ourselves are only hypocrites in the sight of God, if we have not that universal charity for everyone – for the good, and for the bad, for the poor and for the rich, and for all those who do us harm as much […]

About Social Justice and Evangelization

"The Parable of the Good Samaritan" (detail) by Jan Wijnants

While I was in Chicago for the Christmas break, I had a wonderful meeting with around thirty young Jesuits, all in their “pre-tertianship” period of formation. This means that these men had already passed through their lengthy education in philosophy and theology and had been involved for some time in a ministry of the Jesuit order. The group I addressed […]

Daily Quote — Blessed Paul VI

Blessed Paul VI

“In the social sphere, the Church has always wished to assume a double function: first to enlighten minds in order to assist them to discover the truth and to find the right path to follow amid the different teachings that call for their attention; and secondly to take part in action and to spread, with a real care for service […]

Daily Quote — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI (Philip Chidell / Shutterstock.com)

“Stephen’s story tells us many things: for example, that charitable social commitment must never be separated from the courageous proclamation of the faith. He was one of the seven made responsible above all for charity. But it was impossible to separate charity and faith. Thus, with charity, he proclaimed the crucified Christ, to the point of accepting even martyrdom. This […]

Expanding Our Hearts

"The Parable of the Good Samaritan" (detail) by Jan Wijnants

In these difficult times, it can be very challenging to think of others and not just ourselves. Our personal struggles often become obstacles to helping our brothers and sisters in Christ.  If these words resonate with you, I would like to provide some encouragement to break out of this inward focus and consider our Christian obligation to love and serve […]

Daily Reflection — What Truly Matters

"Widow's Mite" by João Zeferino da Costa [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A Daily Reflection on the Scripture Readings at Mass… “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.” (Mark 12:43b-44) Holding on to lesser things One of the […]

Daily Reflection — Who do you fear?

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

A Daily Reflection on the Scripture Readings at Mass… “Hallelujah! Blessed the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commands. Lavishly he gives to the poor; his righteousness shall endure forever; his horn shall be exalted in honor.” (Psalm 112:1,9) Who do you fear? Fear of the Lord is one of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. This fear, given by the Holy […]

Daily Quote — Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M.

Father Thomas Edward 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, […]