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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.

NEW ENCYCLICAL IS A CRI DE COEUR FROM POPE FRANCIS

I can already imagine the criticisms of Fratelli Tutti, the new encyclical by Pope Francis on fraternity and social friendship released yesterday, October 4. They’ll accuse him of interfering in politics and the economic sphere, being naïve about human nature, overreaching his authority as a religious figure. In a sense, they would be right. Defining…

Grace and Gratitude During a Pandemic

I once heard a talk given by Bishop Paul Andre Durocher on the topic of grace. He filled his presentation with concrete images to break this open. He told the story of a little boy in Grade 2 who was teased for wearing a bow tie to school. One day, a little girl chastised the bullies and…

FOR THE CARE OF CREATION

A DIFFERENT WAY TO APPROACH THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION     This is an image of the Eagle Nebula. Nebulae are clouds of cosmic dust and gas stars are formed. Consider this image light years away and how wondrous God’s creation is! Credits: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage…

A Courageous Model

To make a courageous choice that leads to personal loss is difficult. Most of us choose self-protection over self sacrifice. To make such a choice when that loss is one’s very life is beyond difficult. But, as Christians, we are called to follow Christ in laying down our lives for our friends. Today we celebrate…

On Grief, the Pandemic, and Pentecost

I remember when COVID-19 started, just as the word “pandemic” was starting to be whispered, before life as we knew it changed so radically. That first week, it seemed harder to get through the days and nights – there were so many questions and so few answers. In some ways that time feels like years…