Finding Fulfillment in One’s Calling

John the Baptist as the Forerunner of Jesus Today’s Gospel (Jn 3:22-30) demonstrates the transition from the ministry of John the Baptist to that of Jesus. And offers some intriguing points about Jesus’ ministry and the role of John as the forerunner of Jesus. The encounter that took place between John the Baptist and his…

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“Be it done unto me according to your Word” Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Feast centers on the fulfilment of God’s plans for the redemption of humankind. Mary, destined to be the Mother of Jesus the redeemer of humanity, was preserved from every stain…

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Be On Your Guard Against Sin

Temptations To Sin When I returned to my religious community at the completion of my studies, I faced a lot of personal challenges. Being scholarly well-informed about the renewals and reforms that have taken place in Catholicism, and schooled in the intellectual movements of modernity and enlightenment, I became critical of many things. I saw…

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Open-mindedness to God’s Deeds

The prophet Joel, in the first reading (Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2), invites the people to deeper commitment to the life of faith. The prophet is concerned with strengthening formal observances of prayer, such as the temple liturgy, and an inward conversion. Furthermore, a fast and a solemn assembly of the people is to be proclaimed by…

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Renewing the Inner Strength

The Eucharist and the last super with Jesus

The term refugee has become common in today’s world given the recent exponential rate of migration and refugee crisis in many parts of the world, especially in Europe and America. Significant with refugees or asylum seekers is that they are fleeing from a life-threatening or an unfriendly situation in their geographical location. Sometimes the reasons…

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The Missionary Dimension of the Christian Faith

An open Bible with Rosary beads

Three words are striking in my reflection on today’s Gospel; mission, discipleship, and proclamation. Mission Mission could be a complex term. The content of mission as bearing witness to God’s kingdom and the call to repentance is ever-enduring. However, the mode of its interpretation and communication requires more attention. I adopt the view of mission…

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A Perseverant and Coherent Life

Silhouettes of humans riding on horses and donkeys

In the course of my academic formation, I took a Diploma course in Academic Teacher Education in Religion. Part of the requirements for the program was a structured and directed teaching practice in an academic institution. In my own case, I had lesson observation and teaching in a British international Catholic Medium school under a…

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Christianity Today

Christ on the Cross, our Christian symbol

My conversation with a number of friends on the state of Christianity in the world of today has always ended with a consciousness that Christianity and Christian values are hated and discriminated in today’s world. Wait a minute. I do not wish to take glory in such an assertion, after all, Christians could be hated…

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Confronting our Prejudice

A blurry image of pedestrians

In today’s readings, we are invited to take a look at new facets and gifts in ordinary life situations and in our fellow human beings. In the first reading, we experience the human tendency to underrate the ordinary through the story of Naaman, an army general of the king of Syria. He was a valiant…

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