Human beings do not live by bread alone “If you give what you have as alms, all will be wiped clean for you” (Lk 11). The most important alms we can give is ourselves. Even the poorest person has a self to give. Any alms without love and respect means little. It is true that…

Repentance means work we would rather avoid The sign of Jonah is the sign of repentance which leads to renewal. The ultimate renewal is resurrection in Christ. There is a great difference between the way this world seeks deliverance and renewal and how God goes about it. Purely worldly revolutions begin with enthusiasm and an…

What makes the countercultural actions of Jesus true? Jesus often spoke and acted in a way that was countercultural. He didn’t measure up to what people expected a Messiah to be. Being countercultural is risky. It can also be insane. We may be expressing not only a spiritual perception of our world; we may be…

Thirtieth Sunday 2018 Jesus, son of David, have pity on me. Bartimaeus is a symbol of all of us. In some way or another we are all victims, losers, weak, and needy. As humans, we live with limitations and sufferings. Unfortunately, we also live with a pride that does not want to accept the need for help….

We do not need to go to the ends of the earth In our relationship with God there is great danger in the extraordinary. Pride can so easily creep in: What a special person I must be to receive so special a sign from God! There are those who seek these things and, in fact,…

Human beings are a mystery “God’s word is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword. It penetrates and divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and reflections of the heart. Nothing is concealed from him…” (Heb 4). Human beings are a mystery. Anybody who has any experience with people learns…

“But if it dies, it produces much fruit” “Unless the grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. But if it dies, it produces much fruit. The man who loves his life loses it, while the man who hates his life in this world preserves it to…

Getting back to a life with meaning Like sheep without a shepherd we can wander all over the landscape without any idea of where we are going (Mk 6). Getting back to a life with meaning has to begin with realizing that our lives have lost meaning. That is the beginning of a return to…

By Fr. Mike Miller, MSC, Secretary General – Roma, Italy On a pleasant blue-sky Sunday, October 14, I had the privilege of attending the canonization of seven new saints, among them St. Pope Paul VI and St. Oscar Romero, at a 10:15 Mass in St. Peter’s Piazza, with thousands of pilgrims from all over the…

Many people are bruised reeds When Jesus finds them, many people are bruised reeds (Mt 12). Their sins, their addictions, their way of living may have come close to destroying them. They have at least destroyed their peace of mind. As a result of these wounds they may have acquired a bitterness and resentment which…

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