Since Christians are members of Christ’s Church and the term Church means those who are called, that must mean that every single believer without exception has a call or a vocation. The Mass readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) are Isaiah 8:23–9:3; Psalms 27:1, 4, 13-14; First Corinthians 1:10-13, 17; Matthew… Continue reading Church—Are you called?
“Who am I in the painting? How will I respond?” In today’s Gospel, we have a short account of Jesus’ call of Matthew by the man himself. He only spends a few verses on what was the pivotal moment of his life. He mentions simply that he was a tax collector, and that Jesus called… Continue reading Our Call in the Calling of Saint Matthew
“Life can be successful only if we have the courage to be adventurous.” (Pope Benedict XVI) Whenever I’m preparing to give a talk or teach a class, I generally turn to three sources for my first inspiration: Scripture, the Catechism, and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Several years ago I ran across this part of a… Continue reading Life — A Bold Undertaking
I went to the dentist last week and when it was my turn to have my teeth cleaned, the energetic 23-year-old hygienist made small talk as she prepped the room for x-rays. “Your husband was just in here and he told me you guys have six kids?” the young woman said. “Yes, we do,” I… Continue reading Parents of Large Families: Ours is a Public Ministry
I was reviewing past reflections from In Conversation With God this morning and came across another gem from Francis Fernandez. As always I am humbled by his wisdom and the way he shares Christ’s teaching with us and how applicable his writing is to our mission at The Integrated Catholic Life. From Fernandez: Our work… Continue reading Our Work Should Lead Us to God