joy

"The Vision of St. Francis" (detail) by Jusepe de Ribera

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Francis of Assisi

“Wherefore, O you sons of men, how long will you be dull of heart? (Ps 4,3). Why do you not recognize the truth and believe in the Son of God (Jo 9,35)? Behold: daily he humbles himself (Phil 2,8) as when from heaven’s royal throne (Wisd 18,15) he came down into the womb of the Virgin. Daily he himself comes […]

"The Vision of St. Francis" (detail) by Jusepe de Ribera

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Francis of Assisi

“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.” (St. Francis of Assisi, Deacon and Confessor) The Memorial of St. Francis […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

Sharing the Lord’s Joy

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (Year ABC) — Acts 1:1-11; Psalms 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9; Ephesians 1:17-23; Matthew 28:16-20. The celebration of the Ascension used to leave me a bit flat.  It was clear what Good Friday did for me.  And Easter Sunday’s benefits were indisputable.  But as for the Ascension, what’s […]

"The Baptism of the Eunuch " by Rembrandt

Our Joys and Hopes

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year A) — Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; Psalms 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20; First Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21. A principal theme of his Pope Francis’ pontificate is Christian joy. His apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, speaks to the heart in a powerful way. In the first reading today, we hear […]

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

Daily Reflection—Laying Down Your Life

“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13). You may never have to actually die for someone you love. You may never have to die for a stranger. But you and I are called to die each day in countless ways both for our good and the good of […]

Daily Reflection—The Joyful Christian

“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11). In a world filled with so much turmoil and suffering, one might be excused for not being joyful, unless of course, that person is a Christian. St. Paul, in Galatians 5, identifies joy as a fruit of […]

"The Resurrection of Christ" (detail) by Bloch

Don’t Stop Celebrating

In a culture that moves quickly to the next thing, it is hard to celebrate Easter for fifty days. We are probably better at living the forty days of Lent than we are about living the fifty days of Easter. As soon as Easter Sunday comes and goes, it almost feels like it’s back to Ordinary Time. Even though the […]

"Descent of Christ to Limbo (of the Fathers)" by Andrea di Bonaiuto da Firenze

This Joyful Eastertide

Augustine once proclaimed, “We are an Easter people and ‘Alleluia’ is our song!” When the Easter Vigil’s beauty is over, when family visits have come to an end, and when the last egg is finally found in the yard, we must not forget that Easter is not merely a one-day celebration. It is a fifty-day celebration.  And more than that, […]