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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.

ST. TERESA OF AVILA

Photo: Shutterstock   Teresa of Avila, also known as Teresa of Jesus, was a remarkable woman of her time.  She was practical and no-nonsense kind of woman. She worked at reforming the Carmelites with St. John of the Cross. Her spirituality is profound and calls us to a deep relationship with God that is real. “The important…

ST. PADRE PIO

St. Pius of Pietrecina (1887-1968) is generally better known by his more popular name: Padre Pio. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002. Padre Pio was a man of deep humility, spirituality and compassion. Through his faith, he was gifted with the stigmata, the physical manifestations of the wounds of Christ on…

RITUAL, RESILIENCE, AND RECOVERY

The soul-stirring pageantry during the opening of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress earlier this month in Budapest came as a gift after a time of pandemic fast from communal celebration. It was a display of faith and community, as Catholics celebrated their greatest ritual – the Eucharist. The Congress followed the spectacular rituals of the…

Grieving with Our Lady of Sorrows

Today’s culture has begun to realize that recent decades of overzealous positivity have led to unsustainable expectations for happiness and success, often with dire consequences. The mantra in this burgeoning awareness of mental health is: “it’s okay not to be okay”. In this piece for the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, I am writing…

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION

Since Pope Francis offered the world his reflections in the encyclical Laudato Si’, my consciousness of caring for creation has been notched up. I have always thought that by not littering, by recycling, reusing, reducing, composting, and not wasting food, etc, I was doing my part.  But apparently, my actions were only a drop of…