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The Word Is Life

Covid-Lent (PartII)

Perhaps you remember old Aesop’s fable about the boy and the nettle. If not, here goes: one day a lad comes running home with eyes full of tears and a hand full of invisible pins and needles. “Mommy,” he sobs, “I only touched that wicked nettle very gently but it stung me like a swarm…

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….