mission

Preaching: A Woman’s Perspective

“As laity, we have an active duty to work for the Church, in the Church, in a specific way.” For those of you who read these Friday posts frequently, you know that I often reflect on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings. Scripture is inexhaustible, and we can go back again and again to the same passages to pull out additional […]

How the mission is possible

“What can I really do in the face of so much sin, evil, and apathy? I can remain in Him.” I’ve been thinking a lot about our mission these last few weeks, as evident from my recent posts here at Integrated Catholic Life. As baptized and confirmed Catholics, we are called to bear witness to Christ. We have been charged […]

We are earthen vessels… with a responsibility

“The Church is made up of sinners, yes, but gives those sinners the graces to become saints.” I love the Church. I’m not saying this always comes easily for me, but it is something I strive to toward, praying for an increase in that love. Again, it’s not easy. In fact, it can be downright painful and confusing. In times […]

Have you been anointed? Time to get to work.

"Pentecost (detail) by Josef Ignaz Mildorfer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“We cannot use the excuse that we’re not smart enough, holy enough, or articulate enough. If we have been given the Spirit, we must be witnesses.” In a Church known for its “smells and bells,” one of the best smells is sacred chrism. From the heads of little babies to the palms of new priests, this rich-smelling sacramental reminds us […]

The Ascension of the Lord and Our Mission

"Ascension of Christ" (detail) by Garofalo

Years before that first Ascension Thursday, God entered into His own creation as the God-man, Jesus. He came as a humble babe, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. His birth took place in a stable that housed livestock. Little is recorded of His early years; He was a thirty-year-old when He began His public ministry. During […]

Getting on with the Work of Christ

"Appearance of Christ on the Mountain in Galilee" (detail) by Duccio di Buoninsegna [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“As we see God’s providence shining through his Resurrection and become active instruments for it, we experience the transformative power of the gospel and its quiet force to dispel darkness and vanquish despair.” After the Lord’s Resurrection, he re-taught his apostles the gospel. The Lord prepared them to share and spread his own most excellent way of love with all […]

High Adventure or Cautious Mediocrity

Photography © by Andy Coan

Discipleship is about a call to embark upon an epic adventure, not about preserving the safe, comfortable and predictable mediocrity of business as usual.  The disciples left behind everything to follow Jesus, embarking upon a road that would lead them through danger to glory. The Mass readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) — Isaiah 6:1-2, 3-8; Psalms […]

Unworthy for the Mission

This Sunday, the Mass readings revolve around the theme of being called and sent. God calls Isaiah in the first reading, Paul in the second, and Peter in the Gospel. As I reread the readings, both fairly familiar stories, I was struck by a detail: all were unworthy for the mission, and all recognized their unworthiness. Discipleship is a buzz […]

Sign of Transformation

Photography © by Andy Coan

Everyone knows the story of the first of the Lord’s “signs” — how Jesus changed water into wine at the wedding feast of Cana at the request of Mary, his mother. But there is more to the story than at first meets the eye. The Mass readings for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) — Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalms 96:1-2, […]

Baptism of the Lord and Mission

Photography © by Andy Coan

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Jordan closes the Christmas Season. This reflection on the scripture readings for the feast also provide us insight into the sacraments of baptism and Confirmation and give us food for meditation as we say the first luminous mystery of the rosary. The Mass readings for the Feast of […]