Impermanence and Transformation

And when some of them were talking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive offerings, he said: “These things you are looking at—days will come when there will not be left a stone upon a stone that will not be torn down!” Luke 21:5-6 Yesterday a confrere sent along some[read more]

Seeking Wisdom

Because God is the witness of one’s inmost self; and the sure observer of one’s heart and the listener to one’s tongue. For the Spirit of the Lord fills the world, is all-embracing, and knows what a person says. Wisdom 1: 6-7 In one of our most frequently repeated prayers, “Come Holy Spirit,” we pray[read more]

Zeal and Anger

Jesus made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables, and to those who sold doves he said, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” His[read more]

The Present Given By God

When you were slaves of sin, you felt no obligation to righteousness, and what did you get from this? Nothing but experiences that now make you blush, since that sort of behavior ends in death. Now, however, you have been set free from sin, you have been made slaves of God, and you get a[read more]

Original Calling and Community

The first time I had to present my defense, there was not a single witness to support me. Every one of them deserted me—may they not be held accountable for it. But the Lord stood by me and gave me power, so that through me the whole message might be proclaimed for all the pagans[read more]

The Obedience of Faith

Through him we received grace and our apostolic mission to preach the obedience of faith to all pagan nations in honor of his name. You are one of these nations, and by his call belong to Jesus Christ. To you all, then, who are God’s beloved in Rome, called to be saints, may God our[read more]

Listening and Receiving

The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled by many things. But there is need for only one. Mary chose the good part. It won’t be taken away from her.” Luke 10: 41-2 In his commentary on the stories of The Good Samaritan and of Martha and Mary in Luke 10, Luke[read more]

The Gift of Tears

Then Nehemiah, that is, His Excellency, and Ezra the priest-scribe and the Levites who were instructing the people said to all the people: “Today is holy to the Lord your God. Do not be sad, and do not weep” — for all the people were weeping as they heard the words of the law. Nehemiah[read more]

Turn And Become Like Children

“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” Matthew 18: 3-5 This morning in the United[read more]

Messengers of Divine Life

“Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” And he said to  him, “Amen, amen, I say to you you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” John 1: 50-51 At[read more]