Hope of a New City of Joy and Peace

What sustains us in difficult moments is the hope that things will be better. As conditions become increasingly tough, people naturally desire a future filled with better promises. The Christian life is anchored on the assurance that the future is a glorious one, and this is far greater than what we can imagine. This hope…

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The Secret Inner Force of Growth in Us

In the course of living this complex life, we sometimes fall into the danger of thinking that everything depends on our human power and human ingenuity. It is a danger because when one lives with such a frame of mind, one easily gets frustrated and sometimes falls into depression because things do not happen the…

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The Rich Man and Lazarus

Wealth and poverty are two realities that confront us every day and everywhere. The biblical approach to both realities is a bit complex. The story of the rich man and Lazarus in today’s Gospel from Luke 16:19-31 presents a classic picture of wealth and poverty. In some passages of the Bible, wealth is seen as…

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Being Awake and Watchful

The idea of God coming at an hour one does not know or expect surely sends very fearful signals. Sometimes, one cannot but wonder: Why does God want to take us unawares? Is it possible that we could labor all our life for God and only to be taken unawares at an instant we are…

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Suffering but Never Discouraged

The call to follow Jesus is a call to share in his glory, but it is also a call to suffering. Unless one understands this double dimension, one can hardly be a good Christian. Today, the Church celebrates the feast of a great saint. His life perfectly helps to understand this implication of being a…

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Celebrating the Heart of a Mother in a Troubled World

Celebrating the Heart of a Mother in a Troubled World

Today the Church celebrates the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which usually occurs on the Saturday of the second week after Pentecost. The celebration, which is marked as a memorial, centers on the maternal heart of Mary, Mother of Christ, and her compassionate love for the world which is portrayed in its suffering nature. Mary is…

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Idolatry Versus God’s Presence

Idolatry Versus God’s Presence

The thirst for God’s presence in daily living inclines people to fashion idols which they can see, touch, and manipulate as they wish. The author of the Acts of the Apostles ridicules this attitude in the first reading of today. Acts 17:15,22-18:1 reaffirms God’s abiding presence in creation and His nearness to all creatures. This…

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Going Into the World and Proclaiming the Good News

The Christian apostolate and mission are propelled by the missionary mandate, “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15; cf. Matt 28:19-20). In both Gospels of Mark and Matthew, the command, which appears…

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Divine Empowerment

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Life presents many options and difficult moments. In our individual and collective experiences of living, we often encounter difficult situations and near impossible options and tasks. Mary of Nazareth finds herself in such a situation as the Angel Gabriel brings a difficult divine proposal to her. Today, the Church celebrates that singular event which is…

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Being Patient With People

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Social life today is like a fast-moving train. There is a mad rush for almost everything. This has made contemporary life too competitive and very difficult as people struggle to succeed at all costs. Yet the old adage remains valid: slow and steady wins the race. Because we are always in a hurry, we tend…

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