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"Jesus Heals the Centurion's Servant" (detail) by Paolo Veronese [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Daily Reflection — Lord, I am not worthy…

“But the centurion answered him, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.’” (Matthew 8:8) Another Advent Season has begun and we must be sure we know who and where we are. Before we can journey anywhere, we need to know at least three things: […]

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Solanus Casey—Model for Our Times

Venerable Solanus Casey, O.F.M. Cap. was a holy Catholic priest whose faith and passion for the Lord and his poor were deep and abiding; and guided by an absolute trust in God’s Providence. He died in 1957. Although he became one of the most well known priests in Detroit, Michigan, many in the United States and around the world do […]

The Space Between Hope and Fear

“Those who sow in tears will reap with cries of joy. Those who go forth weeping, carrying sacks of seed, will return with cries of joy, carrying their bundled sheaves” (Psalm 126:5-6). The words of the Psalmist haunted me for months, yet I couldn’t determine what they meant for me. I had just completed a new manuscript on the topic […]

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Encountering the Word — John 6:66-69

After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him. Jesus said to the twelve, “Will you also go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:66-69) Please share […]

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They Know I’m Catholic, Right?

I gave a talk one Sunday morning to the men’s club of a large Atlanta Methodist church at the request of an old friend. When he asked me to speak to this group months before the talk, I responded with a question which I would ask him repeatedly every time we got together: “They know I’m Catholic, right?” I engage […]

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 […]