Right thing, wrong reason

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), October 27, 2013 – Sir 35, 12-14. 16-18; 2 Tim 4, 6-8. 16-18, 2; Lk 18, 9-14 When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites (Mt 6, 5) Says Pope Francis, “What is worrying is the risk of the ideologization of the Vetus Ordo, its...

Prayerful faith is not a drug

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), October 20, 2013 – Ex 17, 8-13; 2 Tim 3, 13 – 4, 2; Lk 18, 1-8 What counts is faith working through love (Gal 5, 6) After affirming that the littlest faith is unbelievably a match to the greatest challenge and that faith...

Preventing jihad

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), October 13, 2013 – 2 Kgs 5, 14-17; 2 Tim 2, 8-13; Lk 17, 11-19 I am grateful to him who has strengthened me …, I who am the foremost sinner (1 Tim 1, 12. 15) St. Vincent de Paul says that God makes use even of our sins for...

The poor’s living faith

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), October 6, 2013 – Hab 1, 2-3; 2, 2-4; 1 Tim 1, 6-8. 13-14; Lk 17, 5-10 Blessed are you who believed (Lk 1, 45) The apostles say to Jesus, “Increase our faith.”  This petition reveals the correct Christian attitude. True...

Caricatures of Christ?

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), September 29, 2013 – Amos 6, 1a, 4-7; 1 Tim 6, 11-16; Lk 16, 19-31 The community of believers was of one heart and mind (Acts 4, 32) The rich man does not avail of Lazarus’ presence to be in solidarity with him.  He maintains...

Vincent’s cleverness

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), September 22, 2013 – Amos 8, 4-7; 1 Tim 2, 1-8; Lk 16, 1-13 There was no needy person among them (Acts 4, 34) As one who manages well his household, Jean de Paul sends his son Vincent to school.  He sees in the boy promising...

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