38 Video Reflections


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29 Audio Reflections


Are we generous or jealous

From St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
By Fr. Addisalem Mekonnen
September 26, 2021

Homily

From St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
By Deacon Melvin Burton, Jr.
August 29, 2021

A Psychology of Sin and Blaming

From Center for Action and Contemplation
By Richard Rohr
March 13, 2016

The Three Paths of Holiness

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
February 4, 2001

The Bible rather consistently lays out three ways walked by the man or woman of holiness: finding the center, knowing you’re a sinner, and realizing your life is not about you. All of these are beautifully presented in the story of the call of Simon.

The Downward Momentum of the Son of God

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
April 8, 2001

The Word entered into our flesh in order to bring the love and justice of God even to the darkest places. Jesus stands shoulder to shoulder with sinners in the waters of the Jordan, and, at the end of his ministry, he goes into the pain and anguish of death itself in order to save us.

The Angels and the Wild Beasts

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
March 9, 2003

Mark tells us that Jesus went into the desert and there was ministered to by angels while he lived among the beasts. One of the marks of sin is an aliention of the body and the spirit, the animal and the angelic in all of us. Jesus represents the proper balance between the two.

The God of the Nations

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
March 30, 2003

Though the Enlightenment taught us to privatize and interiorize our religion, the Bible has a robustly “political” sense of God’s activity. God’s will is revealed in the movements and struggles of the nations. National sin (like personal sin) results in divine judgment. This deeply Biblical intuition is revealed in Lincoln’s reading of the Civil War and in Karl Barth’s interpretation of the First World War.

A Ransom for the Many

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
October 19, 2003

What does it mean to say that Jesus died for our sins? How precisely does his cross save us? The first Christians saw sin as a sort of imprisonment, like being held for ransom, and in the dying and rising of Jesus, they experienced freedom. What freed them was God’s solidarity with them in their fear, even their fear of death. How do you experience the power of Jesus’ death on the cross? How does...

The Five Act Drama

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
July 16, 2006

For the next several weeks, we are going to be reading from Paul’s magnificent letter to the Ephesians. In our passage for today, we learn that we are situated within the context of a great theodrama, written and directed by God, and designed to lead us to eternal life. The Biblical drama has five acts: creation, the fall, the formation of Israel, Jesus Christ, and the Church. We read the Scriptures in order to discern...

The Mission of Easter

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
March 30, 2008

Essential to the Easter message is mission: we are sent by the risen Jesus to do his work in the world. It is never enough that we contemplate his risen splendor; we must become his forgiveness-bearing presence to those around us.

Called From Darkness Into His Light

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
October 25, 2009

The story of Bartimeaus is a model of the spiritual journey. The desire for Christ engenders in us spiritual healing, which is delivered in a profound illumination of Christ’s identity, the acceptance of which leads us into the Church.

Shaking the Foundations

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
February 7, 2010

Grace shakes us to the foundations, provoking in us a keen awareness of our own sinfulness, and offering us the liberating power of the forgiveness of our sins. Once transformed by God’s grace, we are sent out on mission and through our mission, we share with others the Grace that we have received.

The Structure of Discipleship

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
April 18, 2010

Our Gospel for today, taken from the wonderful 21st chapter of St. John’s Gospel, is filled with mystical and symbolic allusions. The disciples in the boat are evocative of the church; Jesus on the shore calls to mind the eschatological fulfillment toward which the church is journeying; Peter calls to mind both sinful Adam and the promise of redemption. In all of it, we see a picture of discipleship.

"Christianity is a relationship to a person. How wonderful that Jesus says...'do you love me?' Christians, that's the question we all hear. What is the quality of our relationship to him?"

Jesus Among the Angels and Beasts

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
February 26, 2012

Lent begins with a passage about Noah and flood. It’s representative of not only sin, but of God’s good grace. It’s also a fitting entree into Jesus’ journey into the desert, also symbolic of sin, and how his presence there infuses a forgotten, desolate place with life and goodness. When we are racked with sin, it is Christ who can infuse us with life and goodness.

Every Saint Had a Past, Every Sinner Has a Future

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
March 17, 2013

This week’s scriptures present the hope of moving forward. All of us have sins and vices in our past. Christ offers us the possibility for forgiveness and a bright future in grace no matter how sinful our pasts are.

Fishers of Men

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
April 14, 2013

Today’s reading from the Gospel of John offers a compelling meditation about the importance of Christ for the activities of the Church. Christians are meant to be fishers of men, but when we operate according to our own agendas and efforts we will catch nothing. We must act under the Lord’s direction. If we follow Christ we will do great good indeed.

"So it always goes when the Church is operating on its own terms, according to its own likes, its own mind, our own efforts. We will catch nothing...The Church's task is to gather in the nations always under the direction of the Lord"

Master, I Want to See

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
October 25, 2015

The story of the healing of blind Bartimaeus is a spiritual icon of enormous power. Bartimaeus is evocative of anyone who, aware of his sin, blindness, and incapacity, hears the summons of Jesus to come into the Church, the place where vision will be restored.

The Mystical Union of Christ and His Church

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
April 23, 2017

Jesus has come to bring us the divine life. Under his influence we become peaceful, unafraid, evangelizing, and forgiving. Through the Church, saints are made. This is because Christ is at the very center of the Church.

The Basics of Christian Proclamation

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
April 15, 2018

Our readings for this third Sunday of Easter provide lessons in fundamental Christianity and a kind of master class in preaching. And notice the tension they stress between sin and grace. To get this tension wrong, to emphasize unduly one side or the other, produces mischief in religion.

Walking According to the Spirit

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
May 20, 2018

I’m delighted that on this Pentecost Sunday, I can reflect on one of my favorite passages in the New Testament. It is taken from the fifth chapter of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. In this passage, Paul gives those who belong to Christ their marching orders by laying out the works of the flesh—those attitudes and actions that stand against the way of love—and the works of the Spirit.

God Did Not Make Death

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
July 1, 2018

The Book of Wisdom offers us the strange assertion that God did not make death, for he formed humanity to be imperishable. This revelation directs us towards the truth that death is much more than merely the dissolution of the body; it is the full impact of the power of sin over our lives. This power is especially evident in our fear of death. The dormition of the Mother of God offers us a sign...

The Undoing of Original Sin

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
September 23, 2018

One of the most important doctrines of the Church is the doctrine of original sin, which asserts that something it off with us. We see the effects of it everywhere, and we also see many attempts to solve the problem of sin o

Coming Home from Exile

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
October 28, 2018

Our first reading from the prophet Jeremiah treats of a theme that is basic throughout the Bible: the motif of the return from exile. Like two great hinges on which the Old Testament turns are the stories of Exodus and Exile. Israel finds itself enslaved in Egypt, but God liberates the people; later, the northern tribes are carried off by the Assyrians; and later still, the southern tribes are carried off by the Babylonians. But...

Invasion of Grace, Confession of Sin, Acceptance of Mission

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
February 10, 2019

There is a wonderful parallel between our first reading and the Gospel this week. The first reading is taken from the sixth chapter of the book of the prophet Isaiah, and it has to do with the call of Isaiah; and the Gospel is from the fifth chapter of Luke, and it deals with the call of the first disciples of Jesus. Both stories, in remarkably similar ways, lay out the essential dynamics of the...

Heavenly Praise

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
May 5, 2019

In today’s reading from Revelation, John is in the heavenly court and he sees angels, elders, and living creatures, countless in number, all standing around the throne and crying out in loud praise. This is a supreme liturgical act, an act of right praise. And whom are they worshiping? Not a mighty prince, not a great warrior, not a cosmic force, but a lamb, one of the meekest and tiniest of animals, who has been...

"a very legitimate way to characterize all sin is bad praise. Human beings begin to worship not God, watch how Adam and Eve stop listening to God, they stop following God's commandments, and we worship something less than God"

The New Jerusalem

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
May 19, 2019

We are coming now toward the end of the book of Revelation, which means toward the end of the entire Biblical story. Writers will often draw the beginning and end of their work together; somehow the end is anticipated in the beginning, and the beginning is recapitulated at the end. There is something like that going on in the Bible. God has no intention of giving up on his creation or simply destroying it. The...

"Jesus in his life, death and resurrection gathers all of the strands of God's rescue operation into one because in him, who's God's final and definitive rescue operation, the good order of creation is restored"

We Just Don't Get It

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
September 26, 2021

Friends, let us rejoice whenever the grace of God is on display. The point of the sacraments is so that God’s grace may flood the world, but the Lord can operate outside of our formal structures. He desires these gifts for us, but as the creator of them, he is never limited by them.

Are You Blinded By Cities of Sin?

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
October 24, 2021

Friends, in today’s Gospel, we hear the marvelous story of the healing of blind Bartimaeus—an icon of tremendous power and a sacred picture of the spiritual life and the process of salvation. We all find ourselves, in our need of Christ, in this image, as our own blindness distorts our vision of spiritual reality and the meaning of life.

Refuse Scapegoating Violence

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
April 3, 2022

Friends, this Sunday, we hear the story of the woman caught in adultery from the eighth chapter of John. René Girard thought that this story was particularly clear in showing the dynamics of what he called the scapegoating mechanism. And in the response of Jesus to the violence of the mob, we see the glory of God, who does not sanction this scapegoating frenzy, but rather meets the misery of our sin with his mercy....

33 Written Reflections


The Easter Vigil

From The Sacred Page
By John Bergsma
April 14, 2022

The Readings for the Easter Vigil recount the history of salvation by focusing on the various covenant stages throughout the Biblical storyline.

"the incarnation was also a “marriage” of human and divine nature which seemed to be “divorced” by the death of Christ, only to be quickly restored and resumed by the Resurrection. So Easter is the re-affirmation of God’s uniting of his nature to ours in the mystical marriage of the hypostatic union."

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

From The Sacred Page
By John Bergsma
April 14, 2022

The Readings for the Holy Thursday Mass focus on the continuity between the ancient Jewish Passover and the institution of the Eucharist. As the Passover was the meal that marked the transition from slavery to Egypt to the freedom of the Exodus, so the Eucharist is the meal that marks the transition from slavery to sin to the glorious freedom of the children of God.

"As the Passover was the meal that marked the transition from slavery to Egypt to the freedom of the Exodus, so the Eucharist is the meal that marks the transition from slavery to sin to the glorious freedom of the children of God"

Something New

From A Catholic Moment
By Mary Ortwein
April 2, 2022

The picture is of my son pulling out shrubs that have been across the front of my house for many years. I am “doing something new!” It is spring here, a time of year when I get an urge to “do something new” with my house and yard. God, through the prophet Isaiah, says he is doing something new in today’s first reading.

"Loving others includes helping them in crisis AND leading them to match God’s standards in their lives"

Jesus and the New Exodus

From The Sacred Page
By John Bergsma
March 13, 2022

Lent is drawing to a close. This week we celebrate the last Sunday of Lent before the beginning of Passion Week. This Sunday is period of “quiet” between Laetare Sunday and Passion/Palm Sunday, our last opportunity to meditate on the ‘ordinary’ struggle of Lent before the intensity of the events in the last week of Our Lord’s life. Let’s use it well!

"Since salvation is by definition an “exodus” or freedom from sin, we cannot be “saved” while we are still “sinning.” Sin is what we are saved from."

Earn Greatness Through a Sacrificial Service: Jesus Our Model of Leadership

From A Catholic Moment
By Father Lawrence Obilor
October 17, 2021

The world is increasing in religious affiliations yet it is decreasing massively in prophetic / evangelical witnessing. The devil has devised a means of making disciples: He no longer prevents the people from worshipping in their religions, rather he lures them into an easy and artificial faith, devoid of authenticity. It is in the face of this changing world that the church is called to become more prophetic and visionary in the image and likeness...

"Missionary in this sense does not necessarily mean traversing beyond one’s territory. It is rather the attitude of witnessing to Christ even within ones territorial space."

How Can I Live Forever?

From The Sacred Page
By John Bergsma
October 9, 2021

Very few of us want to die. In fact, there’s an obsession in this country with staying young and looking young. Entire industries have developed around cosmetics, nutritional supplements, plastic surgery, and fitness gyms, all for the sake of staying young and staving off the natural effects of aging. I think it’s partly a refusal to embrace the inevitability of death. Along one of the roads between Steubenville (where I live) and Pittsburgh, there is...

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
By Fr. Joseph Veneroso, MM
September 26, 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...

Ash Wednesday

From Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
By Sr. Elizabeth Zwareva, MM
February 14, 2018

God, who is unseen, speaks through the prophets and says to the people, repent, come back to me who am your merciful, compassionate God. Remember and repent!

"The first step towards conversion is becoming conscious of our inordinate desires for transient and perishable things that draw us away from God"

Why Stay In the Church

From RONROLHEISER,OMI
By Ron Rolheiser, OMI
July 12, 2021

Several weeks ago after giving a lecture at a religious conference, the first question from the audience was this one: How can you continue to stay in a church that played such a pivotal part in setting up and maintaining residential schools for the indigenous people of Canada? How can you stay in a church that did that?

Resist

From A Catholic Moment
By Joseph LaCombe
September 30, 2018

I was once talking with a priest during confession, talking about things I had done that were bothering me and had offended God – things I hated that I kept doing, that I needed forgiveness for. He then said something that I will always remember. He said, “All of those things you just said, they’re just fluff. What we need to do is get to the root of the problem. We need to find out...

Just Have Faith

From A Catholic Moment
By Joseph LaCombe
July 1, 2018

These are wise words from the book of Wisdom today. So often we witness or experience bad things in the world, or suffer from afflictions and we may ask, “How can God let this happen?” Similarly, I remember a story about a tornado a couple years back and someone mentioned on Facebook how thankful they were to God that they and others were OK and did not get hit by the tornado.

The Cornerstone

From A Catholic Moment
By Joseph LaCombe
June 3, 2018

The last four Sundays, we’ve celebrated one Solemnity after the next. It started with the Ascension, and Christ showing that He truly is the Son of God, that He is that one thing that can truly fill the void and emptiness within each of us.

Woman Caught in Adultery

From A Catholic Moment
By Laura Kazlas
March 17, 2013

It is really awesome how the first reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah fits with the gospel. At first glance, the scriptures from Isaiah have nothing to do with the gospel today. God opens a way in the sea and a path through the mighty waters, leading an entire army to drown in the sea. This of course, is the parting of the red sea and describes how the Pharaoh’s entire army drowned...

"This is one of the most beautiful stories in the bible because of how Christ converted hatred into love, sin into forgiveness. Slavery to guilt, into freedom from sin."

Naughty or Wicked?

From Torch
By Fr. Peter Hunter
February 15, 2021

Years ago, after the death of someone we knew, I was talking to some of my Dominican brothers about the man who had died. “He was a very naughty man, but he wasn’t at all wicked,” said one of the brothers. A wise old priest who overheard our conversation said, “Well, maybe, but don’t forget: Jesus died for the wicked.”

"Sin, if it is serious, can stamp out love, but all sin, naughty or wicked, distorts us. It involves a kind of growing addiction."

Freedom to Captives

From Torch
By Fr. Dominic White
April 16, 2019

I spent a month on placement in prison chaplaincy when I was training for the priesthood. One thing that struck me about prison is the sameness of every day. Yes, there are changes in timetable at the weekends (in reality, that often means the prisoners are longer in their cells), but other than that it’s isolation from the change and variety of the outside world. For good reasons, of course.

"Jesus takes the place of the lowliest servant and washes the disciples’ feet. Not because they are worthy, but because they are dirty"

Go And Sin No More!

From Torch
By Fr. Benedict Jonak
April 3, 2019

Today’s Gospel story is simply captivating, although Jesus speaks few words. He writes in the sand with his finger – a gesture which is unexplained, and uncommented by the evangelist. It all builds up the tension, which is already huge from the very first moment the woman is brought to Jesus, as the crowd stands in silent expectation of a swift judgment. To be more precise: judgment had already been made. The woman was caught...

"Jesus shows us, that there is no judgment without mercy. Mercy is not an optional part of justice, rather it is its central part. A judgment which does not consider mercy is not just."

God-like Desires

From Torch
By Fr. Lawrence Lew
February 20, 2019

Our enemies stir up in us a desire to be gods. For, how many of us, having been wronged, or mistreated, or humiliated, or plotted against by our enemies have not felt that rush of hatred, and a longing for vengeance? We would take to ourselves a god-like power over them, punishing them, bringing them down, having them feel remorse, or even, desiring their demise! Like a Zeus, or a Thor, or a Kali, there...

"How does the one God deal with evil-doers? He brings them to life. For sin is deadly, and evil kills us. God, who is rich in mercy, makes us alive in Christ."

Better to Enter into Life

From Torch
By Fr. Robert Ombres
September 26, 2018

Much of our modern way of thinking and of our culture wants us to believe, and many people do, in a small world. That kind of world has a shrunken sense of the real, in it life is pursued within limited horizons, and the expectation is of annihilation at death. This helps to explain why the lines from today’s gospel according to St Mark are so challenging.

"But to talk of sin is to identify a further depth to wrong and to evil, based on an explicit involvement with God and a turning away from him."

Redeeming Confusion

From Torch
By Fr. Benjamin Earl
April 11, 2018

The Easter season coincides with the “home straight” of the academic year, which means that many students in schools, colleges and universities will shortly be facing examinations. Probably at some point those preparing for exams will experience confusion as they seek to order their thoughts and their studies. Part of a revision process is about making connections between the various things we have studied; but we all mix things up from time to time, and...

Love's Response

From Torch
By Fr. Peter Hunter
March 29, 2018

I could never be a secular humanist. I have friends who are. I respect them, and can accept that they hold their views after thoughtful consideration but I cannot share their views and particularly their view of human progress.

"the cross doesn’t just show sin for what it is. It also definitively shows God’s response...God’s incompressible response to sin is love."

Seeing Salvation

From Torch
By Archbishop Malcolm McMahon
April 11, 2017

How does the resurrection of Jesus make a difference for us? You might think that the answer is obvious but that is not what everyone thinks. Some will say, “So what? Even if Jesus was raised from the dead, and there are witnesses to that fact, then what has that got to do with you and me.’

"Just think for a moment what our world would be like if people saw each other as places where the Spirit of God dwells. If we saw others as gifts from God and that God dwells in them"

In the Midst of Life

From Torch
By Fr. Lawrence Lew
February 8, 2016

The season of Lent beginning with Ash Wednesday is something like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tale (later made into a movie) of Benjamin Button in which the protagonist presents the curious case of ‘ageing backwards’; he begins his life an old man and ends up a baby. The Liturgy’s movement, leading us from Ash Wednesday through Lent and into Eastertide is something like this too. For today we begin with a burial. Just as funerals are...

"our penances should train us to shun vice and to increase in virtue; they should deal a mortal blow to our sinful habits and enable us to die to ourselves and our self-centred sinful desires"

Saving Humanity

From Torch
By Fr. Nicholas Crowe
August 15, 2014

Everything that the Church teaches us about Mary, the Mother of God, is intended to help us grow closer to her son Jesus Christ, and lead us into a deeper understanding of who he is and what he has done for us. It is important, then, that we understand the feast of the Assumption against the horizon of this salvation offered to us in Jesus Christ. Now this Christological horizon was underlined for us in...

From His Silence

From Torch
By Fr. Timothy Calvert
March 17, 2013

When the disciples were caught in the middle of a sudden storm they cried to the sleeping Jesus to save them, and he awoke and sent the tempest to sleep, calming the waves and the wind. Who is this, they questioned themselves, that even the force of nature obeys him?

"Lent is an invitation for us to grow in this silence in the heart of Jesus. To not rush to condemnation, to not reach for easy answers or to excuse ourselves from responsibility."

Sleepwalking Through Life

From Torch
By Fr. John O'Connor
February 17, 2013

John Le Carré’s novel, The Secret Pilgrim, tells of a young man, a member of the intelligence services, visiting the former East Germany to liaise with a spy. Against all proper procedure, acting from anxiety to do things right, he carries in his pocket some cards on which were written details of the spy network. The visit goes well, and it is only on his return that he notices that the cards are missing, that...

"Sin renders us blind and insensitive; sin stops us from being truly free. When sin gets into the system, when our whole way of thinking is touched by it, we can find ourselves almost sleepwalking into sin, shoring up the patterns of sin."

Healing Our Original Wound

From Torch
By Fr. Mark Edney
October 7, 2012

Jesus says ‘from the beginning of creation, male and female he made them.’ The Pharisees ask a question about how to regulate family life and social stability. Jesus goes beyond all of that because he is not a social reformer aiming to ensure that society is better regulated. He is bringing about a new creation which will heal the wounds of the first and open new possibilities for a renewed humanity. In the beginning God...

Cutting Out the Cause of Sin

From Torch
By Fr. Robert Verrill
September 29, 2012

Some sayings of Jesus are so difficult to deal with, it is tempting to say He was exaggerating and we shouldn’t take Him too literally. For example, in today’s Gospel, when Jesus says ‘If your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off,’ did He really mean it, or is this just Semitic hyperbole? One possible way to deal with this saying would be to take Jesus a bit more literally: He doesn’t actually...

"In cutting out the causes of sin, we shouldn’t start with other people – we should start with ourselves."

Restart from the Beginning

From Torch
By Fr. Robert Ombres
October 4, 2009

Think of the church weddings you have been to. Everything seems designed to make the occasion a celebration beyond the ordinary. Not only do the bride and groom wear special clothes but everyone dresses up. There are flower arrangements, a colourful carpet perhaps, the organ is played and there can be singing and even trained musicians. Generally there follows a reception or party, and there could well be dancing at the end.

It's a Scandal

From Torch
By Fr. Francis Gaine
September 27, 2009

Jesus always provokes a response in those who encounter him. It’s true that there are those who want to follow but are afraid and those who are held back by something they don’t want to leave behind. But at bottom there are those who are for him, and those who are against. Jesus himself implies as much:

"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."

Who Can Overcome the World?

From Torch
By Fr. David Sanders
April 19, 2009

In St John's Gospel Jesus says 'I have overcome the world'. He means the world in so far as the world is marked by sin and death. And that world is all around us. Sin is obvious in a world torn by wars and famine, and a refusal by the rich to share God's gifts more equitably with the poor. It is a world which in recent times has come crashing down. And when we...

"Here we see not a group of individuals but a community baptised into Christ and through the gift Holy Spirit reflecting the image of God’s son. They testify to the Resurrection not just by words but by what they do. They share what they have. Their possessions become a symbol of their resurrection faith."

Progress in the Life of the Spirit

From Torch
By Fr. Rudolf Loewenstein
April 15, 2007

Many of us will at one time or another have been confronted by the following question: ‘But why do we have to go to Confession?’ Certainly I can remember asking it as a child, and as a priest I have heard various people wonder just why it is necessary — and anyway, as some people go on to inquire, ‘Just who thought of it in the first place?’

"Indeed the regular confession of our venial sins helps us to form our conscience, fight against evil tendencies, let ourselves be healed by Christ and progress in the life of the Spirit"

Seeking Expert Advice

From Torch
By Fr. Simon Gaine
February 21, 2007

More and more we seem to be worried by experts — can we trust what they say or not? We have no choice, though, but to trust experts in a complicated society like ours, where there are so many things we need to make judgements about. And this means that a great deal of our lives depends on trusting other people, on trusting their particular expertise. It can’t be any other way.

"The perfect human life of the Son of God has become the source of our healing from the spiritual sickness of sin: our lives can be healed through his cross"

Welcome Home

From Torch
By Fr. Timothy Radcliffe
March 28, 2004

One of our deepest needs is to be at home. We need a place in which we may flourish and be ourselves. All of today’s readings show us how we may find that home in God. St Paul says in the second reading:

"Paradoxically the crowd is unknowingly helping God achieve his plan. They place [the] woman along beside Jesus. That is exactly where Jesus wished to be, beside the sinner. They bring her to her saviour."

Bible Verse Reflections


silhouette of two person walking on desert

Romans 7:21

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Tempted by Evil

Do we realize that even though sin holds us down, Jesus is the answer to lift us up?

Empty Tomb

Romans 6:23

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Choosing Spiritual Life

How much are we thinking about our spiritual life when we sin?

silhouette of woman raising her right hand

Romans 6:15

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Jesus Above Sin

Do we realize that only by keeping Jesus close do we overcome sin?

person hands out

Romans 3:23

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All Sinners, All God’s Family

Since we all need God, can we see how we are all the same?

Black and White Cross

Romans 2:3

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God Judges, Not I

Are we judging others for their sins and forgetting our own?

Cross Image

Baruch 4:28

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Embracing God Always

Are we aware that we need to constantly repent since we tend to not follow God’s way?

Black and White Cross

Baruch 1:22

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Sinning in Front of God

Are we aware that by keeping our hearts away from God we begin to offend God?

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?

woman wearing grey frame eyeglasses

1 Timothy 3:15

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Behaving in Front of God

Do we act differently when we think God is not present?

silhouette of two person walking on desert

Matthew 22:12

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Changing for God

Are we lying to ourselves that we have no sin and refusing to repent?

Harvest Field Grain

Matthew 18:21

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Forgiving Like God

Do we consider how much God has forgiven us when thinking about forgiving others?

Grave Fog Autumn

Psalm 106:20

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Not Giving Up God

Are we keeping God first in our lives or are we prioritizing other things?

silhouette of two person walking on desert

Genesis 45:5

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Saving Lives

Are we bringing Jesus into every aspect of our lives?

gold trophy on white table

Matthew 9:10

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Communing with Jesus

Are we failing to join in communion with God because of our sins?

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Genesis 18:15

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Truth of God

God calls out our lies and things we conceal. Are we open to face the truth?

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2 Corinthians 6:3

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Stumbling Others

Do our actions bring God to others or pushes them away from God?

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Mark 12:40

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God Excuses, We Cannot

What sins are we covering up hoping that God does not notice?