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The healing of a bleeding woman, Rome, Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter.

Daily Reflection—Saving Faith

“If I only touch his garment, I shall be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. (Matthew 9:21-22). Today’s Gospel reading (Matthew 9:18-26) tells the story of Jesus raising an official’s deceased daughter to life. While this story is playing out, a […]

"The Calling of Matthew" (detail) - Caravaggio

Daily Reflection—Follow me!

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. (Matthew 9:9). Today’s Gospel reading (Matthew 9:9-13) recounts the call of the Apostle Matthew by the Lord. I have often read this passage, much like I have read the call […]

"Sacrifice of Isaac" (detail) by Caravaggio

Daily Reflection—Do you trust God?

So Abraham called the name of that place The Lord will provide; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” (Genesis 22:14). Today’s first reading (Genesis 22:1-19) is the account of Abraham’s response to God’s command to sacrifice Isaac. When commanded by God to offer his only son in sacrifice, Abraham’s […]

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

The Right Tools for Proving God’s Existence

Throughout the two thousand year history of Christianity, many arguments have come about surrounding the content of the Christian faith. A number of these are of doctrinal issue and others still on the entirety of the faith as a whole stemming from an outright rejection of the Christian God.  We see this total repudiation of the Faith increasingly brought up in many […]

St. Paul Shipwrecked (detail) by Gustave Doré

Daily Reflection—Faithful Encouragement

“After we had escaped, we then learned that the island was called Malta. And the natives showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, when a viper came out because of the heat […]

A lesson of mercy, a story still being written

A few weeks ago, four of my friends and I had a mini-reunion. We have all gone our separate ways since college, and it usually takes a wedding to get us all back together. That was the case this time. As we were all traveling by car or plane to the wedding destination, one of my friends reminded us via […]

Man at Prayer

Praying the Daily Examen

I have had numerous discussions recently about finding time for daily prayer and reflection.  People have been interested in how I keep the Jesuit Daily Examen on my calendar, so I am sharing it here along with suggested times.  The Examen is one of the most effective (and easiest) ways I know to have scheduled reflection and prayer throughout the […]

"Supper at Emmaus" (detail) by Caravaggio

Four Lessons from Emmaus Road for the Anxious and Discouraged

We are all likely familiar with the “walk to Emmaus” (Luke 24:13-35) by two of Christ’s disciples the evening of the Resurrection in Luke’s Gospel.  These two men, overcome with hopelessness and discouragement, were talking about the incredible events they had witnessed over the previous few days as they were walking to their home village of Emmaus outside of Jerusalem.  […]