The temple of the Lord is a heart that is pure One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, that I may gaze on the loveliness of the Lord and contemplate his temple” (Ps 27). The temple of the…

Jesus promised the restoration of the world The judgment of the world begins as a self judgment. When we listen to, read or watch the news, we are treated to an endless litany of catastrophes. If we believe that the litany represents what is really happening in the world we might think that God is…

Winter for a believer is the poet’s promise of spring The coming of winter is in one sense an ending. It is a time to reflect on one’s own advancing age and the age of the world. Both are moving inexorably toward a conclusion. The image of winter can merely be one of death. For…

Our gratitude opens our hearts to his greater gifts Of the ten lepers Jesus healed on the border of Samaria only one, a Samaritan stranger, returned to thank him. Perhaps the other lepers thought that they deserved to be healed. Only a stranger could see his healing as a free gift of Jesus’ love. The…

It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of our brother and friend, Fr. Cesaire Souissa Mounda, MSC.   Fr. Cesaire, age 38, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 25th.  Fr. Cesaire was ordained on June 29, 2013.  He was a member of the Francophone African Union based…

A competition of charity We who are disciples of Jesus have many different gifts (Rom 12). It is in the sharing of them that all of us benefit. If there must be a competition among the disciples of the Lord it ought to be a competition of charity. When we appreciate what God has given…

The rule of love “How deep are the riches and the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How inscrutable his judgments, how unsearchable his ways! For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has ever been his counselor?’” (Rom 11). Trying to figure out what God has in mind, in the events…

A day which has begun with prayer People who pray a great deal are sometime accused of running away from the world. Most of us have had the experience that when we begin our day with quiet reflection in the presence of the Lord, our work is much more productive for ourselves and others. Other…

We have chosen a new way of life Jesus said: “Try to come through the narrow door…” (Lk 13). The beginning of the spiritual life seems to be a narrow door, and so it is. There is a great deal of baggage which simply will not pass through it. Once we discard the baggage, however,…

In good times and bad St. Paul considered the sufferings of the present to be as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed in us (Rom 8). It is hard for us when we are suffering to take this point of view. Yet sufferings are an unavoidable feature of life whether or not we…

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