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THE WORD IS LIFE

The prologue to St. John’s gospel introduces God’s Son as the Word. This life-giving Word—spoken down through the ages—became flesh and lived in our midst. For all of Christian history, the Word is intimately connected with all of human life. It is the purpose of TWIL (“The Word Is Life”) to bring the gospel to life and to bring life to the gospel. This blog will feature reflections on the Sunday Scriptures from contemporary Catholic writers, words of wisdom for our Spiritual journey from saints and blessed, and thoughtful reflections on masterpieces of sacred art. We at Living with Christ hope that they will help you grow in your spiritual life and deepen your relationship with the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ.

THE LIBERATING PARADOX OF ASH WEDNESDAY

Christianity is a religion of paradoxes and we have a perfect indication of that in the liturgy of Ash Wednesday. On this day, we boldly proclaim the gospel instructing us on the nature of prayer, fasting, and giving. Straight from the mouth of the Lord these words are spoken: beware of practicing your piety before…

Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of the Sick

On World Day of the Sick last year, it was still business and life as usual. Remember that innocent time, before terms like “coronavirus,” “PPE” and “physical distancing” entered our daily vocabulary? We didn’t think twice about being in a crowd. We hugged the people we love without worrying about infecting anyone. The virus was…

God’s Creation Continues

Below is a short reflection based on today’s reading from Genesis God saw how good it was. Genesis 1:10 As I pray with the creation story, I am reminded that all of creation is an expression of God’s goodness and love. How differently would I go through my day if I remembered that every person…

Sunday of the Word of God

“He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45). With this quote from Luke, Pope Francis starts his appeal to the Catholic world to use this Sunday (Jan. 24) to reflect on the importance of the Bible in our lives. In his apostolic letter, Aperuit Illis, the Pope calls on all the faithful to…

Prayer for Christian Unity

In some ways, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-25) seems kind of old-fashioned, something we thought more about in the 60’s. But the more I think and read about the issues around unity, the more I think it is absolutely crucial for the life of any Catholic, and indeed of any Christian….