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…

How can we be at the same time children and adults? The Lord comes when we least expect him (Lk 12). That will be true at the end of the world; it is true now. If Jesus were absolutely predictable, we might settle down into a pattern which does not allow for improvement. He needs…

Insecurity is a perpetual concern of human beings Jesus said: “A man may be wealthy but his possessions do not guarantee him life” (Lk 12). Insecurity is a perpetual concern of human beings. Governments rise and fall because people feel insecure; marriages break up after endless arguments over money. Even disciples can spend much more…

We are called to shape our world In some degree all disciples of Jesus are aliens in a world which judges by very different standards. We are called to shape our world and yet the world is never ready to respond to the full message of the Gospel. What we can do is to live…

We are called to shape our world In some degree all disciples of Jesus are aliens in a world which judges by very different standards. We are called to shape our world and yet the world is never ready to respond to the full message of the Gospel. What we can do is to live…

By Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC (Illinois Community, Aurora, IL) Two women hold center stage in this reflection. The story of the first is told in the Book of Kings. The second story is told by the evangelist, St. Mark. It is important that we not romanticize them. Poverty and starvation are not beautiful. We…

By Fr. Ioane Sigarara, MSC (Military Chaplain) It is early August and right at the end of the hottest time of the year in Afghanistan. The temperature varies from 115F dry blistering heat in places such as Kandahar and Helmand Provinces in the South to sweltering humid 110 F in Jalalabad, Gardez and Khost provinces…

By Br. Warren Perrotto, MSC (Sacred Heart Villa-Center Valley, PA) When one first enters a formation program to Religious life, he/she is filled with much idealism about his/her vocation. With the passing of time, through God’s grace of perseverance and living the vowed life, the idealism begins to take on a clearer and realistic vision…

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