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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.

Christ is Risen!

    Painter Piero della Francesca (c. 1415-1492) was born in modern-day Tuscany. Known as a great mathematician, his paintings are characterized by their serene humanism as well as their use of geometric forms and perspective. This fresco of Christ’s resurrection was painted for the town hall of Sansepolcro.  Banner in hand, Christ rises out…

Ash Wednesday

It seems macabre to have a special day devoted to reminding people they are going to die. Yet on the surface that appears to be the reason behind Ash Wednesday. “Ashes to ashes and dust to dust” and all that… Indeed, this day brings with it a stark reminder of our mortality. We wear it…

A gospel to-do list

“Your light must shine before others…” (Matthew 5:16). As we launch into this day, many of us have a number of things planned. Our “to do” list looms before our mind’s eye, waiting for us to begin. We do our best to keep up with our daily responsibilities. But today’s gospel gives us another to-do…

United in Mind and Purpose

“I urge you, brothers and sisters…that all of you agree in what you say…that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose” (1 Corinthians 1:10). For the past fifteen years I have periodically attended one week of the summer programs at Chautauqua Institution, near Jamestown, NY. I serve as a Catholic…

A prayer for salvation

“I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6). When I hear the word “salvation,” my first thought is of a kind of personal benefit, something that I or another person can claim and enjoy. But this passage from Isaiah suggests that…