St. Philip the Evangelist and Deacon

Our Joys and Hopes

"The Baptism of the Eunuch " by Rembrandt

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 […]

Encountering the Word — Acts 8:29-31

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “And the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go up and join this chariot.’ So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ And he said, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.” (Acts 8:29-31) […]

Encountering the Word — Acts 8:29-31

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “And the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go up and join this chariot.’ So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ And he said, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.” (Acts 8:29-31) […]

Go Out and Teach all Nations — Three Lessons from Acts

"Conversion of Saint Paul" (detail) by Caravaggio

In Mathew’s Gospel 28:16:20, we learn of Jesus’ Great Commission. It is the very last thing He said to the Apostles: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe […]

Encountering the Word — Acts 8:29-31

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote From Sacred Scripture “And the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go up and join this chariot.’ So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ And he said, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.” (Acts 8:29-31) […]

Daily Reflection — The Gift of the Church as Teacher

St. Peter's Basilica at Night (and Ponte Sant Angelo over the Tiber)

There have been many times in my life when I needed guidance about what to do. I am sure that has been true for you also.  Indeed, when we were young, we learned primarily from teachers. As we progressed, our teachers guided us to learn also from our experiences and observations. Unfortunately, there have also been times in my life […]

Why should you be hopeful in these stressful times?

"The Baptism of the Eunuch " by Rembrandt

Editor’s note: A reflection on the 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. Pope Francis is now into his second year in office. A principal theme of his pontificate is that of Christian joy. His apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, speaks to […]