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Daily Reflection — Wonderfully Made

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

“You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know.” (Psalm 139:13-14) Every single one of us is made intentionally by God. No exceptions! Imago Dei—in His image He made us. Although we lost His likeness through Original Sin, we have […]

Daily Reflection — God’s Promise

"Christ, the Good Shepherd" (detail) by Murillo

“He promised us eternal salvation and an unending life of blessedness with the angels, and an imperishable inheritance, the joy of seeing his face, a dwelling-place with him in heaven, and the fear of death removed from us through the resurrection. This is, if you like, his ultimate promise. We look forward to it, and when we reach it, we […]

True Peace and Security

Hadrian's Wall by Michael Hanselmann (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) — Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalms 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 1; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43. A few years ago, I toured northern England. There, stretching seventy-three miles from coast to coast, the Roman Emperor Hadrian built a massive wall. Constructed of stone, it was built to last, since it […]

True Peace and Security

Photography © by Andy Coan

A few years ago, I toured northern England. There, stretching 73 miles from coast to coast, the Roman Emperor Hadrian built a massive wall. Constructed of stone, it was built to last, since it marked the northernmost boundary of the greatest empire the world had ever known. Soldiers from every corner of the world were garrisoned there, and excavations tell […]

Keeping Promises

Photography © by Andy Coan

There will never be a shortage of words. Words are plentiful because talk is cheap. It’s easy to make a promise. Keeping a promise is an entirely different matter, as this Sunday’s gospel makes abundantly clear. There are over a billion people on the planet who have solemnly promised to live a life of loving service to God. For that […]

Pass the Pencils, Please

Is there anything better than a freshly sharpened pencil, a brand-new blank notebook, and a comfortably cluttered table? Other than the pile of books I have to read, no. This time of year is some sort of balm to the nine-year-old writer in me, the one who still sees possibilities and promise when she sees a box of pencils. It’s […]

Encountering the Word — 2 Peter 3:9

Photography © by Andy Coan

“The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard ‘delay,’ but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). If you liked this scripture verse, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and Recommend buttons below and via email. We value your […]

Peace and Security

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year A) – Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalms 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 1; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43 A few years ago, I toured northern England.  There, stretching 73 miles from coast to coast, the Roman Emperor Hadrian built a massive wall.  Constructed of stone, it was built to last, since […]