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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.

FOR ALL WHO SUFFER

Good Friday represents the groaning of the planet in agony. It is suffering writ large, manifested most vividly in the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. Before we can joyfully celebrate the Resurrection of Easter, we must relive with Jesus his own unique suffering, through the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, to his trial…

Holy Thursday: Washing Feet

There’s such a sense of anticipation on Holy Thursday, I find. It is the start of the Triduum, the three days that form a single celebration marking the end of Lent: from the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday to Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday. During this intense and sacred time, we journey…

Annunciation of the Lord

This beautiful painting of the Annunciation of Our Lord is provocative. It presents a very realistic depiction of Mary, the mother of God. A young girl wakes and thinks about the day ahead of her: chores, family activities and the weather. And then she has a vision that is beyond her experience. This is the…

ST. JOSEPH: THE HIDDEN LIFE

Today we remember St. Joseph, in the year that Pope Francis has named “The Year of St. Joseph.” Today, also, we begin a Year of the Family! When the Church honors a saint or honors families, it is one thing. But I think it would do us a lot of good to try to honor…

ST. PATRICK: A SAINT FOR A DANGEROUS WORLD

St. Patrick is one of those characters embraced by a secular world that has little interest and less knowledge about who he is and what he represents. There is much more to this spiritual hero whose death we celebrate on March 17 than green beer and shamrocks. In some ways he is a perfect saint…