Articles in Reflections

Whose Plan is it Anyway?

Children often ask me if me if I was born a ‘nun.’ I guess of all my sisters and brothers, I was perhaps the least likely candidate for that as we are growing up!

Crucible That Tests Our Hearts

Jesus is the only one that his disciples need to know and speak of.  From the cross, he proclaims that those who are his go through the crucible.  They thus get to be just like him. “The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, but the one that tests...

“All Are Welcome” … Really?

We are many decades into the phenomenon of shopping for “gated communities” of like-minded people. So many do not experience that they are welcome.

Homelessness – Our Heritage and Challenge

As we approach the feast of St. Vincent de Paul we can draw strength and be challenged by all that St. Vincent did. Many may not believe that one man could do all that Vincent did!

Yes and no

Third Sunday of Advent (A), December 15, 2013 – Is 35, 1-6a. 10; Jas 5, 7-10; Mt 11, 1-11 Let your yes mean yes and your no mean no (Jas 5, 12) Jesus and his co-workers attend to the needs of people of all kinds.  This proves that Isaiah’s prophecy about the messianic...

The news is good

Second Sunday of Advent (A), December 8, 2013 – Is 11, 1-10; Rom 15, 4-9; Mt 3, 1-12 Put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 13, 14) The kingdom of God is at hand.  And since no one can endure the day of the Lord’s coming, we have to repent. We affirm the royal presence “in...

Vincentian vigilance

First Sunday of Advent (A), December 1, 2013 – Is 2, 1-5; Rom 13, 11-14; Mt 24, 37-44 Gird your loins and light your lamps (Lk 12, 35) If we remember, in whatever we do, the end of our life, we will never sin (Sir 7, 36).  The future will not catch us off guard if we...

Key to the kingdom

Thirty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (C), November 24, 2013 – 2 Sam 5, 1-3; Col 1, 12-20; Lk 23, 35-43 Did not God choose those who are poor to be heirs of the kingdom? (Jas 2, 5) The inscription announces Jesus the king of the...

Requirements to serve the poor

Requirements to serve the poor

Direct service of the poor requires serious, consistent self-examination, deep prayer, and willingness to be converted. So writes James Cormack, CM, in a vintage article in the archives Spirituality Today*. Direct service of the poor requires serious, consistent...

Worst, best

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), November 17, 2013 – Mal 3, 19-20a; 2 Thes 3, 7-12; Lk 21, 5-19 Rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor (Acts 5, 41) The vision of what is to come upon us relative to the end is alarming.  But we are urged...

Outside the box

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), November 10, 2013 – 2 Mac 7, 1-2. 9-14; 2 Thes 2, 16 – 3, 5; Lk 20, 27-38 What has not entered the human heart, God has revealed to us through the Spirit (1 Cor 2, 9. 10) Jesus was so rejected he ended up crucified.  Since no...

A children’s story

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), November 3, 2013 – Wis 11, 22 – 12, 2; 2 Thes 1, 11 – 2, 2; Lk 19, 1-10 Unless you turn and become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven (Mt 18, 3) Zacchaeus, like a smart kid, runs and climbs a...

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...

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