“the cross reminds us evangelization isn’t meant to be a vacation. It’s meant to be work. It is meant to be sacrifice.”
Mary Ortwein. "The Ordinary 72." A Catholic Moment. July 2, 2022
“We, too, feel our unworthiness and need of mercy in God’s presence, and also our responsibility to spread the Good News of mercy to all people”
John Bergsma. "Awe and Apostolate!." The Sacred Page. February 5, 2022
"What is our idol? What is our wealth? What is it that we cannot let go? What are the things possessing us such that we have become prisoners of them, and by consequence going against the first commandment that seeks for unconditional priority to God? Why do we walk away sad? Those who have attained detachment towards worldly possessions will never walk away sad. Even if part of what they have or even the whole..."
Fr. Lawrence Obilor. "The Danger of Possessions." A Catholic Moment. October 10, 2021
"The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that we are baptized into Christ’s prophethood, but if you cornered any typical Catholic coming out of mass on a Sunday morning, they would vehemently deny having any prophetic gifts, because “I’m not Charismatic.” Well, the prophetic role of the Christian is not limited to people involved in the Charismatic Renewal. The Readings for this mass are, in a sense, united by a theme of prophethood, discussing what..."
John Bergsma. "Living as Prophet of God." The Sacred Page. September 20, 2021
"We have been getting a number of rousing challenges from Jesus in the past several weeks, as our readings have followed the progress of his ministry, and Jesus repeatedly makes clear that following him is not going to be easy in any way. This Sunday we get another challenge from Jesus to “fish or cut bait” in our relationship with him. Paradoxically, however, if we think we are going to preserve our lives and comfort..."
John Bergsma. "The Paradox of Discipleship." The Sacred Page. September 11, 2021
"Ritual washing using drinking-water: William Barclay in the ‘daily study bible’ tells the story of an old Jewish rabbi in the Roman prison diagnosed with acute dehydration which would have led to his death. The prison guards insisted that the rabbi had been given his quota of drinking water. So the prison doctor and the officer in charge instructed the guards to watch the rabbi and ascertain what he was doing with his ration of..."
Fr. Lawrence Obilor. "Called to live in the true spirit of God’s Law." A Catholic Moment. August 29, 2021
“Jesus knew where to find the disciples and the crowd knew where to find Jesus. Where does God find us? And when do we seek Jesus? Never discount ordinary time!”
Sr. Janet Hockman, MM. "Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time." Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. February 6, 2022
“And, like Mark’s widow, widows banding together to support one another, to care for one another and to love one another are exemplars to us all of what it means to be the church: a community willing to struggle with one another and listen to one another with all our quirks and weaknesses.”
Fr. John Sivalon, MM. "Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time." Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. November 7, 2021
“Our scriptures, our Christian faith and our baptismal call all remind us that we will always have the opportunity, like Bartimaeus, to throw off our cloaks of blindness and learn to see God’s universal call to us to build communities of security, of justice and enough for all, to love one another.”
Fr. Ken Thesing, MM. "Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time." Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. October 24, 2021
"I had the good fortune to study Scripture with Rabbi Asher Finkel. What made his lectures intriguing was that his specialty was the New Testament, specifically the teachings of Jesus. Rabbi Finkel offered insights into Jesus that most of us Gentiles could never imagine. One day he launched into an impromptu explanation of the Catholic doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, saying that, to the Jewish mind, it made perfect sense for the Messiah to be..."
Fr. Joseph Veneroso, MM. "Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time." Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. September 26, 2021
“First, Jesus teaches that one must learn to be a disciple from a teacher, one who can see. Second, before you can be a good disciple and teach others you must take care of yourself.”
Susan Gunn. "Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time." Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. March 3, 2019
“I could choose to feel helpless by what I have witnessed. Yet my experience of mission and my experiences each day in new relationships with people I meet, have taught me the value of “building bridges””
Anita Klueg. "Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time." Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. February 10, 2019
“holiness is only possible when we recognize our nothingness before God. And the Gospel becomes easy to announce when we free ourselves from unnecessary ‘purse, bag and sandals’ that keep dragging us aback”
Fr. Lawrence Obilor. "He sent out helpers." A Catholic Moment. July 7, 2019
“when he sent his disciples out into the world to heal people, cure their diseases, cast out demons, and proclaim the kingdom of God...They didn’t just talk about the kingdom of God, they followed up their words with actions that spoke more elequently of love than mere words ever could”
Laura Kazlas. "Take Nothing for the Journey." A Catholic Moment. July 2, 2016
“They are “just fisherman”, but Jesus knows their personalities, their strengths, and their natural abilities – and He knows that they are the perfect ones for His Mission”
Joseph LaCombe. "Drop the Nets…." A Catholic Moment. February 6, 2016
"Sometimes, I think the hardest thing about being Catholic is BEING Catholic. Many of us in this world call ourselves Christian and Catholic, but are we really living like Christ and living out the Catholic faith? Often we our living our own version of Christianity, and our own version of Catholicism, the version that makes us the most comfortable and does not rock the boat, much like the priest Amaziah in the first reading from..."
Joseph LaCombe. "Be Catholic, Be a Disciple." A Catholic Moment. July 12, 2015
“Discipleship should be understood as faith in action, and faith as the acceptance of prior forgiveness”
Fr. Richard Finn. "Captured Alive." Torch. February 2, 2022
"Today’s reading from the book of Wisdom is very appropriate for the times we live in when adherence to faith and to Christian values is often mocked by the secular world and even some Christians can be found apologizing for what many people see as unenlightened attitudes. The mistake made by ‘the godless’ in this reading is all too clear – they think that they have all the necessary evidence to make an informed judgment...."
Fr. John Patrick Kenrick. "Childlike but not Childish." Torch. September 13, 2021
“could we not have the resurrection without the suffering and the dying?Evasion is not a way to salvation.”
Fr. Robert Ombres. "By Way of the Cross." Torch. September 6, 2021
"It was after Jesus had fed the 5000 and before he fed 4000 more, that the Pharisees and the scribes from Jerusalem made their approach to Jesus. Having fed so many with just five loaves of bread and two fish, they would have Jesus answer questions about how some of his disciples ate it! But Jesus did not dismiss them or their concerns. Rather, he shifted the focus from hands defiled to what defiles a..."
Fr. Dermot Morrin. "Not Just our Lips." Torch. August 24, 2021
"Most Christians, most preachers, who reflect on this Chapter reflect on the Holy Eucharist. They are right; John wants us to do so. All the same, we might ask why John doesn’t tell us plainly about the Eucharist in his account of the Last Supper. Perhaps it’s because he was writing for a non-Christian audience – he tells us towards the end that he wants his readers to come to faith in Jesus. Maybe he..."
Fr. Richard Conrad. "Looking Harder." Torch. August 17, 2021
"With some Gospel passages you can relate to the experience of the Apostles and disciples immediately, but I have always struggled to understand when people have told me ‘they had no time even to eat.’ There have been times when I didn’t happen to have anything at hand to eat, but never a time when something was at hand and I didn’t have time to eat it!"
Fr. Toby Lees. "Rest in God." Torch. July 14, 2021
"There is a sense in the Gospel of Mark that it was critical that the apostles go out as missionary disciples and preach what they have been taught. And it had to happen now, not later. They are instructed not to bring a second tunic with them on their journey, which basically means they need to go out with the clothes they had on and pack nothing else. As if there was a fire alarm..."
Fr. Luke Doherty. "A Dusty Job." Torch. July 6, 2021
"The readings for Mass today may seem impressive, but also very distant from us. We can admire from a distance whilst remaining unchanged. Jonah, for all his reluctance, was a prophet, and at great cost to himself as his life became disrupted by God. Simon and Andrew, brothers who made a living by fishing, when Jesus told them to follow him in a very different way of life immediately left the tools of their trade..."
Fr. Robert Ombres. "Living Provisionally." Torch. January 18, 2021
“Their joy is to be found not in what they have done in his name, nor in their own names, but in the fact their names are written in heaven (10.20). What their sending was about is surely what the sender is always about, his saving love for all of our wayward world.”
Fr. Dermot Morrin. "Facing Jerusalem." Torch. July 4, 2019
“In Luke, Peter asks Jesus to leave him because he is a sinful man. In Corinthians, Paul declares that he barely deserves to be called an apostle. In the end, both accepted the call to apostleship. We have to hold onto the idea that good will overcome evil; that Christ is victorious over sin.”
Fr. David McLean. "Living Gospel." Torch. February 6, 2019
"This Sunday’s Gospel passage tells us of the physical healing of a blind man. The gift of sight. Yet it also sets out for us a journey of insight which the man undergoes as he comes into contact with Christ and which leads not just to his being healed of a bodily handicap, but to his becoming a full disciple of Christ, to his following Jesus ‘on the way,’ that ancient phrase for being a..."
Fr. Martin Ganeri. "Rabbuni!." Torch. October 24, 2018
"There can’t be many friars who have stood for public office. It was probably one of the most surreal experiences of my life when I ran as a candidate for the UK Parliament. I stood on a platform of encouraging growth in the local economy, better housing and a more sustainable national infrastructure. I even had my five minutes of fame with a live television interview. Party politics is of course a bit of a..."
Fr. Luke Doherty. "Taking the Higher Ground." Torch. August 22, 2018
"Religion can be fascinating, and to be the follower of a religion has several attractions. There is an involvement with the supernatural, there are sacred books and a body of teachings to engage the mind, there are rituals and practices that create fellowship and have inspired art and music, there is guidance on right and wrong, and there are indications about life after death."
Fr. Robert Ombres. "Captivated by Christ." Torch. January 17, 2018
“Mary knows that we do not feed him, but rather, it is he who feeds us. We do not prepare a banquet for him, because it has already been prepared by him and it is for us. He does not sit at our table but rather it is we who sit at his table.”
Fr. Dermot Morrin. "At the Feet of Jesus." Torch. July 11, 2016
“For even if it has the certainty a glorious conclusion, and a joyful path, the road of discipleship is nonetheless tough, and sometimes dangerous. Though it gives more than it asks, it is nonetheless demanding.”
Fr. Oliver Keenan. "Open to Grace." Torch. February 2, 2016
"Let us have a look at the dynamic of this conversation the rich man has with Jesus. The first thing Mark makes sure to tell us is that this encounter interrupts Jesus ‘setting out on the way’ (v17). It is not a teaching moment, but the man is concerned enough to find the Lord, kneel before him and ask him the question that troubles him, even when Jesus has other things to do. So, it..."
Fr. Bruno Clifton. "The Gaze of Love." Torch. October 6, 2015
"Once in my life I have abseiled. I did it from the parapet of a 3-storey building, which is no big deal; but as I was climbing over the parapet I had a horrible feeling that I wouldn’t be able to do it, and I wanted to go back indoors and make some urgent phone-calls I’d suddenly remembered about (I didn’t have a mobile phone at the time). But fortunately I didn’t go back: I..."
Fr. Colin Carr. "The Comfort of Religion?." Torch. August 18, 2015
"St Thomas Aquinas says in a neat way that there are three things necessary for our salvation: to know what to believe, to know what to desire and to know what to do. Of course he is not the first one to stress the importance of knowledge, whether practical or theoretical. The value of knowledge has been key to many philosophical or religious movements. It is expressed in the familiar “Know thyself” of the Delphic..."
Fr. Benedict Jonak. "Knowing Our Needs." Torch. July 28, 2015
"We spend a great deal of our lives preparing. School runs from infancy until we are ready to enter the adult world. For some people college or apprenticeship can extend well into the twenties and beyond. Those called to priesthood normally face at least six years of formation. Many find themselves later in life re-training: back to the classroom with teachers the same age as their children. Good training prepares the learner with knowledge and..."
Fr. David Goodill. "The Love of Learning." Torch. July 7, 2015
“Why does our faith demand so much? Because Christ in loving us gave his all, even to the point of dying on the cross; and if we are to follow him into his kingdom, we must do nothing less.”
Fr. Benjamin Earl. "Total Giving." Torch. October 14, 2012
“But the call of the holy God does not conform to what we expect. The sinner is not banished, just purged for action. Unworthiness cannot be used as an excuse to keep to safe old ways.”
Fr. David Sanders. "Called to Holiness." Torch. February 7, 2010
“The Magi came from the land where the sun rises; they had to turn their back on the light in order to come to the true light who is Christ”
Fr. Allan White. "Making the Journey." Torch. January 3, 2010
"The character Bartimaeus leaps out from the pages of Mark’s Gospel and stays with us as we go on our way from Sunday to Sunday. He becomes a follower at the eleventh hour, just before Jesus finally enters Jerusalem, at a stage when those who have been disciples all along are beginning to lose heart. His story is told so that we may take heart, not just sitting by the wayside but actually following Jesus..."
Fr. Dermot Morrin. "Take Heart, He Is Calling You." Torch. October 25, 2009
“When the grace of our baptism is renewed, at Mass, in confession, or by any growth in charity, we drown away the enemy of God in us.”
Fr. Francis Gaine. "It's a Scandal." Torch. September 27, 2009
“And that’s what our Christian vocation is about. It’s allowing Jesus to call us into his crazy world of death=glory, weak=strong, leader=servant, child=God.”
Fr. Colin Carr. "Death and Glory." Torch. September 20, 2009
"'If anyone wants to be a follower of mine….' To me this is one of the most crucial statements in the whole of the Gospels. It forces me to ask myself how much it means to me to be a follower of Jesus. Am I prepared to give what it takes? We have read of Jesus asking his disciples, 'You, who do you say I am?' Peter's replied, 'You are the Christ!' with the title..."
Fr. Peter Clarke. "A Tortured Relationship." Torch. September 13, 2009
"'I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me.' Jesus gives us this wonderful image in today's gospel. A lamb picks out the voice of its mother from all the voices in the flock. The attachment of the lamb to the mother is so strong that it is able to distinguish between noises that we could not distinguish. Sheep also learn to recognise the voice of the Shepherd, 'the sheep..."
Fr. David Goodill. "Far from the Passive Crowd." Torch. May 3, 2009
“Wherever we go or live, even though we might be on our own, in our deepest identity we are always members of the body of Christ. Because of this we are always there on behalf of the whole community of the faithful.”
Fr. Benedict Jonak. "In the Vanguard." Torch. July 8, 2007
"How surprising it is that the Apostle and Evangelist John should be one of those who fancied for himself a conspicuous place in the heavenly glory! By the end of his life he had experience enough of the glory of heaven as he received the visions from which he wrote his apocalypse. But if we find ourselves thinking how wrong he was, we ought also to be thinking that his conversion to what he became..."
Fr. Edward Booth. "The Learning Church." Torch. October 22, 2006
“The Word which is sown in the minds and hearts of man may be found both in individuals and in the rites and customs of different peoples. It is brought by the Spirit into unity of faith in Baptism.It does not stop there.”
Fr. Jonathan Fleetwood. "Seeds of Faith." Torch. October 1, 2006
"For five weeks we have been reading the long discourse on the bread of life and reflecting on the Eucharist. But in today's gospel, Jesus talks about the mystery of faith. Up to this point Jesus has been addressing crowds who followed him because they wanted more bread. Their motivation is understandable. It is estimated that barley and other grain crops provided about two thirds of the diet of ordinary people. To be short of..."
Fr. Dermot Morrin. "Something Never Heard Before." Torch. August 27, 2006
"'I know my own, and my own know me' (John 10:14): these own (whose reciprocal knowledge of him and intimacy he equates with that of his Father and himself) are his disciples. The culmination of his life opens in 13:1: Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. And so in token of the love for them their Shepherd washes their feet; he relates his last discourse; and..."
Fr. Theodore Taylor. "Sheep become Shepherds." Torch. May 7, 2006
"The Gospel was written to help explain how there began a 'Christ' movement -- what has come to be the Church. It began with the son of a village odd-job man, or carpenter, walking past hard-working fishermen, calling on them to follow him. He would have been known to them. They may have heard rumours of his visit to the wonderful preacher John, and having some sort of second-birth experience in a public washing-ceremony ('baptism')..."
Fr. Duncan Campbell. "Answering the Call." Torch. January 22, 2006
“The overwhelming number of labourers in the harvest have always been anonymous. Men and women living their faith as spouses, parents, workers, pray-ers, and in innumerable other ways — all co-workers in the proclamation of the Kingdom”
Fr. Mark Edney. "Sending out labourers into the harvest." Torch. July 4, 2004
“In the Gospel story, Simon Peter wants to be left alone, but he is in a crowd—the crowd of sinners. He, and we, can be rescued from these crowds by getting into the ‘right’ crowd.”
Fr. Duncan Campbell. "Fishing." Torch. February 8, 2004
“We can be as good as we like, but if we think we’re sufficient unto ourselves, then the God Jesus proclaimed is shut out of our lives.”
Fr. Aidan Nichols. "The Rich Young Man." Torch. October 12, 2003
“inasmuch as we try to exclude others unfairly from Christ, we exclude ourselves. Thankfully, this is not the last word because, although we are often exclusionary, God is not.”
Fr. John O'Connor. "Not one of us?." Torch. September 28, 2003
"Images taken from the world with which we are familiar can have a powerful influence in shaping our understanding of how we relate to God and how this should affect our actions. They are especially powerful when we do not need to have explained what they involve or what effect they should have. Such images work immediately to form what we think, feel and do. Some years ago I came to study the work of..."
Fr. Martin Ganeri. "I am the Vine, you are the branches." Torch. May 18, 2003
"Only a few weeks ago we were in Advent, and we heard the message: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand. So we prepared ourselves for the coming of Christ and celebrated it at Christmas. But now, suddenly, we find ourselves listening to the same message all over again. Look at today's Gospel: The time has come and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent and believe the good news'..."
Fr. Fabian Radcliffe. "Repent! Again!." Torch. January 26, 2003
“We are made in the image and likeness of God, and at the same time are part of his creation. We are answerable both to the God who made us and to the world we inhabit – peace and progress come from a creative tension between the two”
Fr. Gerard Meath. "I saw Satan fall...." Torch. July 8, 2001
“Far from departing from Simon the sinner, the Son of God has come among us sinners to raise us above our creaturely limitations, to overcome our sinfulness and enable us to share in God’s own life and glory”
Fr. Isidore Clarke. "With him we shall do great things." Torch. February 4, 2001
“we have to find the delicate balance to be bold, assertive, public, ambitious in our faith without ever being violent, manipulative or imposing. We have to resist when the worlds turns dark and demonic...but we can never do it in a way that undermines the gospel itself”
Bishop Robert Barron. "A Relentlessly Public Religion." Word on Fire. April 10, 2016