Good Samaritan

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 […]

The Good Samaritan

Photography © by Andy Coan

To this day, the road from Jericho to Jerusalem is long, winding, and desolate. The two travelers could have been heading back home after weeks on temple duty.  Or they could have been on their way to the Temple for their shift (Luke 1:8).  In either case, the priest and the Levite were in a hurry to get where they […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Pope Francis

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

“Fasting makes sense if it really chips away at our security and, as a consequence, benefits someone else, if it helps us cultivate the style of the good Samaritan, who bent down to his brother in need and took care of him.” (Pope Francis, Homily for Ash Wednesday 2014) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends […]

Beyond Pious Platitudes

To this day, the road from Jericho to Jerusalem is long, winding, and desolate. The two travelers could have been heading back home after weeks on temple duty.  Or they could have been on their way to the Temple for their shift (Luke 1:8).  In either case, the priest and the Levite were in a hurry to get where they were going.  The pious duty of liturgical prayer in […]

Be the Stranger

The Good Samaritan by Eugene Delacroix

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” (Blanche DeBois, A Streetcar Named Desire) I was quietly praying the Rosary and holding a “Pray to Stop Abortion” sign outside Planned Parenthood when a delivery truck pulled to the curb. The driver jumped out and headed toward me, holding a bottle of water and a banana. He handed them to […]

We Cannot Excuse Ourselves

The Good Samaritan by Eugene Delacroix

I would like to address the topic of serving others.  Today is the first day of November (All Saints Day!) and Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas are before us.  As Catholics, we have a wonderful opportunity over the next two months to show our co-workers, friends, community and the world the beauty of our faith and the great capacity for love […]

Some Thoughts on Helping Others

Helping a person in need is good in itself. But the degree of goodness is hugely affected by the attitude with which it is done. If you show resentment because you are helping the person out of a reluctant sense of duty, then the person may receive your help, but may feel awkward and embarrassed. This is because he will […]