Pope Francis’ Remarkable Ecumenical Record

Pope Francis has made contacts with ecumenical and interfaith leaders a defining priority of his ministry as the bishop of Rome and leader of the Catholic Church. Why is this so important? Pope Francis has made many headlines since he was elected pope and bishop of Rome in 2013 after Pope Benedict resigned at the […]

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December 6, 2018

Memorial of St. Nicholas A strong city have we; God sets up its walls and ramparts to protect us. We are a nation of firm purpose living in firm purpose and justice, keeping the faith (Is 26:1-6). We build our house on rock, not on sand, “for the Lord is an eternal rock.” We do […]

November 15, 2018

The Pharisees ask Jesus when the kingdom of God will come. Jesus answers: The coming of the kingdom cannot be observed. It is among you. In other words, it is first of all God’s mystery, secret. But more importantly, it is something that is already “among you.” In other verses of his gospel Luke says […]

November 1, 2018

All Saints Day, November 1, 2018 The Solemnity of All Saints has a long history. It arose from a desire to include “all the saints known and unknown,” especially the martyrs who were venerated in the early Church during the persecutions by the Roman emperors. Popes Gregory III and Gregory the IV established the feast […]

October 18, 2018

God planned “to sum up all things in Jesus Christ” (Eph 1: 16). God has revealed his plan, which is a mystery, in Jesus Christ. This plan is from all eternity. The ultimate reason for this plan is the glory of God. God’s glory and our salvation in the blood of Christ are the reason […]

October 4, 2018

The appointment of seventy-two additional disciples to prepare for Jesus’ proclamation of peace, good news, and the kingdom of God, is their call to mission and evangelization. Like Jesus they are to proclaim the good news of God’s kingdom. The kingdom is here and now. They must pray to the master of the harvest for […]

September 20, 2018

Each of the gospels tells the story of a woman who enters a dinner and kneels at the feet of Jesus. She washes his feet with her tears, wipes them with her hair and anoints them with precious alabaster balm. Yet there are differences in each of the telling. Luke does not talk about the […]

September 6, 2018

They left everything and followed him (Lk 5:1-11). Astonishment seized Peter and all those with him at the extraordinary catch of fish they made. They had tried all through the night and had caught nothing. They were experienced fishermen. Nevertheless, at the command of Jesus they lower their nets and the magnificent catch almost breaks […]

August 16, 2018

The gospel today would be sharper if our translation of the Lord’s prayer used the expression of debts and debtors. That is wording of the text in Greek and Latin. This wording helps us to understand the pity of the master of the servants and the lack of it in the debtor whose debt was […]


The Universal Call to Holiness

One in Christ by baptism, each of us is called to holiness of life. Saint Paul calls Christians “saints.”1 This is neither hyperbole nor presumption. It is a simple statement that God’s plan, mission and purpose in creating human beings is to make them holy. “Be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect,” Jesus tells […]

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