23 Video Reflections


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4 Audio Reflections


Homily

From St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
By Fr. Addisalem Mekonnen
October 24, 2021

The ‘De Profundis’ Prayer

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
June 25, 2006

Psalm 130 begins with the words, “out of the depths, I have cried to you, O Lord.” Throughout the great tradition, the prayer “de profundis,” (out of the depths) has been one of the most powerful expressions of our reliance upon God. When our lives have bottomed out, when we are lost and at the end of our strength, we turn to God. The cry of the apostles in the boat, as the waves crash...

Pray, Fast, Give Alms

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
February 14, 2021

Friends, Lent is a marvelous opportunity to deepen our lives of prayer, to temper our desires for food and drink, and to engage in a graced time of alms giving. Let’s use this season to get our bodies and our behavior patterns in order, to show our love and service in very concrete ways.

Priests, Prophets, and Kings

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
January 9, 2022

Friends, when we are baptized, we are grafted onto Christ, who has anointed us all as priests, prophets, and kings. Let’s live out that identity.

11 Written Reflections


Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

From Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
By Susan Gunn
September 8, 2018

In the Africa region, every Maryknoll missioner works with those affected by HIV and AIDS in some way. Maryknoll Father John Sivalon wrote, “I doubt that there is anyone in sub-Saharan Africa who can actually say that they don’t know somebody personally who has been affected by the AIDS epidemic. In Tanzania, Namibia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Mozambique and elsewhere, from presidents to peasant farmers, they have all seen either their own children, their nephews and...

Feel His Warmth

From A Catholic Moment
By Joseph LaCombe
March 24, 2019

I love to stare at a fire. I love the comfort that it provides. Not only does it provide a physical warmth, but for me, it also stimulates a spiritual and mental warmth. Whether it’s in the fireplace on a cold winters night, or a summer campfire – fire mesmerizes me. The crackling of the wood as the flame – from blue to orange to yellow – yields to sparks that fly upwards and disappear...

"A devotion to regular daily prayer keeps us grounded and focused, and I know that through persistent prayer, all these other things take care of themselves through Gods grace."

Rise to the Challenge

From A Catholic Moment
By Joseph LaCombe
February 10, 2019

One of the things I really love about sports is how the really good players make those around them better. When you have someone who is not only a great athlete, but a great leader and motivator – it makes their teammates better. I’ve seen it over and over. And I’ve experienced it. They motivate others to rise up to the challenge and play at a different level.

"In those times where you’ve seen God at work, or you’ve received blessings or experienced a change in yourself – be thankful"

Anxiety

From A Catholic Moment
By Joseph LaCombe
December 16, 2018

Anxiety. Worry. Fear. All things we struggle with in our daily lives. We too often think about the things that have not come to pass nor ever will be. A figment of our imagination. But for so many of us, it becomes all too real.

"I rejoice because through all the struggle, the uncertainty, the pain, and yes, the anxiety, I rejoice because it was through all this that God brought me closer to Him, where He revealed Himself to me"

Pray for Your Calling

From A Catholic Moment
By Joseph LaCombe
January 9, 2016

I think one of the most overlooked aspects of Jesus, is really just how much he prayed. The New Testament is littered with His wisdom and miracles that He performed, and rightly so. But through it all – during the good times and the bad times – he prayed devoutly to His Father. The Gospels talk often about how He prayed before doing something, while He was doing it, and he would withdraw by Himself...

"We need to pray about what our baptism means and what we’re called to do, just as Jesus did. Because while it is a gift, and a gift we need for our salvation, it also means we have a responsibility to do more with our lives."

Let There Be Peace on Earth

From A Catholic Moment
By Carolyn Berghuis
December 24, 2015

Today we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace, and what a glorious day it is! The light who, not only created us, the light whom we live, move and have our being within has entered into the world. Yes, our Savior is our Alpha, our Omega – our everything! Today’s Gospel so beautifully reveals the fullness of the truth of Christ. Oh how many exquisite hours we could spend bathing...

"God placed in our hearts the desire to properly orientate ourselves towards him and to love one him, which in turn creates a desire to love our brothers"

Glowing with God

From Torch
By Fr. Duncan Campbell
February 16, 2016

Why did Jesus appear, suddenly, and so changed, to his closest followers? The gospels are meant to raise these questions. They were written, to report the strangest and most important event in human history, something quite unlike anything else we are told. That was the point of writing them.

"When we pray – to God – a light must shine in the world of the spirit, and we are transfigured ourselves, and in such majestic company"

Enwrapped In Prayer

From Torch
By Fr. Simon Gaine
December 16, 2015

The Psalms of David were the prayer book of Jesus, as they were the prayer book of his own Jewish people. He was praying psalms at the end of his life, as he lay on the cross: ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? … Into your hands, I commend my spirit.’ Psalms of lament, psalms of praise, all written centuries before the coming of Christ, found their fulfilment in his prayerful offering...

"the more deeply we are united in Christ’s one body, the more our prayer will be a sharing in his prayer, a sharing that can spread throughout us to touch every detail of our lives"

Eternally Loved

From Torch
By Fr. John O'Connor
June 30, 2015

I remember hearing a radio programme where someone made the following remark: “You know, to grow up knowing that you are loved and accepted is an enormous birthright.”I do not claim to have great experience in such matters, but I have enough to be able to say that people’s experiences of having been loved or not having been loved, of having been accepted or not having been accepted, can have a major impact on the...

In God's Time

From Torch
By Fr. Rudolf Loewenstein
May 14, 2006

Most of what we read or hear in today's Gospel presents us with very little difficulty, but there is one particular phrase that can sometimes cause puzzlement to people, however simple or innocuous it sounds: 'you may ask what you will and you shall get it'. Now commonly I and many others would take that phrase to mean that if I wanted something enough and asked God for it, then I would get what it...

Lost to the Temple

From Torch
By Fr. Colin Carr
December 28, 2003

This could be a manifesto of the confidently tough-minded, of those who pride themselves on their independence and resist attempts to get them into a committed relationship to a person or a party. But it could equally be the lament of a person who feels isolated, unsupported, vulnerable to exploiters and bullies.

"This episode certainly wasn’t about Jesus’ rebellion against family life; but it indicated that there will always be an ambiguity and tension in family life if we take seriously the centrality of God in all life"

Bible Verse Reflections


person standing on rocky cliff

Luke 6:12

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Follow Jesus in Prayer

If we are Christians, are we spending time in prayer as Jesus did?

person standing on rocky cliff

Luke 10:40

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Do Not Burden God

Are we letting our problems overcome how we approach Jesus in prayer?

silhouette of woman

Ezra 9:6

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Ashamed of Sin

Are we really repentful of our sins before we ask God for forgiveness?

silhouette of woman raising her right hand

1 Timothy 2:1

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Pray for Others

What is preventing us from praying for our enemies?

person hands out

1 Thessalonians 1:2

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Thankful For Church

Are we reaching out to our sisters and brothers for us all to remain in communion with God?

Cross Image

Psalm 66:17

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Praise God First

When we pray, are we allowing time to glorify God instead of just asking for things?

huge wave at daytime

Matthew 15:23

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Blocking God

Are we blocking others from praying to Jesus or do we feel rejected by other Christians?

Empty Tomb

Matthew 14:12

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Take It to Jesus

When life over burdens us, do we take it to Jesus or do we try to deal it all by ourselves?

person standing on rocky cliff

Psalm 99:6

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God Answers

How and when do we approach God in our daily prayer?

Black and White Cross

Matthew 6:7

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Babbling to God

Where is our focus when we pray to God? Is it on ourselves or God?

person raising left human palm

Matthew 5:44

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Praying for Enemies

Although it is difficult, we as Christians must love our enemies.

snow mountain under stars

Psalm 146:2

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God in My Soul

Are we being grateful and thankful to God throughout our day?

silhouette of three people on mountain with sun

Tobit 8:8

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Prayer Before Bed

What can the married couple of Tobiah and Sarah teach us today?

silhouette of woman raising her right hand

Mark 10:38

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Asking Jesus Ambitiously

Are we properly focused on Jesus' resurrection or are we still seeking earthly things?