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Encountering the Word — Matthew 9:36

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture Your Daily Quote from the Holy Bible “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd..” (Matthew 9:36) Please share on Facebook and other social media you choose below. Print this entry

Christ, Controversy, and Crisis

Photography © by Andy Coan

In John 10, Jesus says that his sheep hear his voice.  But clearly, his words provoked controversy and crisis.  Some hung on his every word, others rejected them.  His words raise many questions about the role of predestination, grace, freedom, confidence and perseverance.   The Mass readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year C) — Acts 13:14, 43-52; Psalms […]

Whom do I persecute?

"Conversion of Saint Paul" (detail) by Caravaggio

“When we hurt someone in the Body of Christ, we hurt Christ.” Today’s Gospel is perhaps one of the greatest stories of all time—a story whose power may be overlooked because it has become so familiar. The Conversion of St. Paul is described three times throughout the book of Acts. There are many facets to the incident; it reveals to […]

We are Made for Truth, not Heresy

"Fall of Lucifer"

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (1 Samuel 15:23). Few things are more heartbreaking for a faithful Catholic than to hear someone say, “I really love the Catholic Church, but I just disagree with a few of Her teachings.” We might politely refer to such a one as a “cafeteria Catholic” in […]

Receiving the Food that Makes Martyrs

"Christ on the Cross" (detail) by Velazquez

We are now at the time of year in which, in many parts of the country and globe, young people are receiving their first Holy Communion. As pastors and catechists are well aware, the spiritual significance of this event is sometimes obscured by an excessive focus on suits and dresses, parties and photos. This year, however, the world has received […]

As Time Goes By

I have a dear friend who was just placed in Hospice Care. I will call her Bernice, in order to keep her identity private. Bernice is a member of a devoted Carmelite Prayer Community. Bernice has been a member for about seven years, and she is in her mid-80s. About two years ago Bernice became very ill and nearly passed […]

Encountering the Word — John 6:27

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Your Daily Quote from the Holy Bible “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal.” (John 6:27) Please share on Facebook and other social media you choose below. Print this entry

Is it okay to call a Catholic priest “Father”?

"The Stoning of St. Stephen" (detail) by Rembrandt

[NB: Do not miss the video at the end of this article. You will be blessed. —Deacon Mike] Call no man father? “Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven” (Matthew 23:9). Throughout history, including that time since the days when Jesus uttered these words, we have referred to others on earth as father. […]