Reflections

A Vincentian View: Francis de Sales

Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac both held Saint Francis de Sales in high esteem. 

The Church of Corinth – is the Past Prologue?

In “The Tempest,” Shakespeare wrote, “What’s past is prologue!” Antonio is rationalizing the past as setting the stage for their next act, as a prologue does in a play.

Contemplation: The Way to Peace

This post originally appeared on ssvpusa.org Our little human minds and hearts can sometimes become so bound up in worry and anxiety that we find it difficult to act, difficult even to know what actions to take. We pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and then...

Attend to Others according to Their Needs

Jesus is David’s just shoot and his name is “The-Lord-our-justice.”  As King and Messiah, then, he cannot but attend to all the people with justice and mercy.  Through him, we can go near the Father in one Spirit. To attend to his sent ones who now come back from...

No tank tops or shorts

Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A), October 12, 2014 – Is 25, 6-10a; Phil 4, 12-14. 19-20; Mt 22, 1-14 God will fully supply whatever you need (Phil 4, 19) God invites us to a sumptuous banquet. Do we accept the invitation with respectful gratitude? The banquet...

Second thoughts

Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A), September 28, 2014 – Ez 18, 25-28; Phil 2, 1-11; Mt 21, 28-32 If there is any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy (Phil 2, 1) Just like his Father, Jesus does not wish us sinners to die but to turn back to...

Jesus Christ, C.M.

Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A), September 21, 2014 – Is 55, 6-9; Phil 1, 20c-24. 27a; Mt 20, 1-16a Conduct worthy of the Gospel (Phil 1, 27) God wants all human beings to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. Those who really know him and the...

Poisoning ourselves?

God greatly exalted him (Phil 2, 9) No one has greater faith than the one who, feeling totally forsaken and helpless, still commends his spirit into the hands of the Father. Whoever believes in this greatest Believer and catches his faith will be saved. Faith, in...

Truth to power

Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (A), September 7, 2014 – Ez 33, 7-9; Rom 13, 8-10; Mt 18, 15-20 Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another (Rom 13, 8) In the end, love is what it is all about. It is God. It never fails. It keeps no records of wrongs (“If...

Head-on collision

Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (A), August 31, 2014 – Jer 20, 7-9; Rom 12, 1-2; Mt 16, 21-27 Living sacrifice (Rom 12, 1) Facing and accepting death, Jesus’ takes our place and carries what we human beings, bogged down in our human way of thinking, refuse to...

A key: enter and let enter

Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time (A), August 24, 2014 – Is 22, 19-23; Rom 11, 33-36; Mt 16, 13-20 Oh, the depth of riches! (Rom 11, 33) God welcomes us to his household, so that everything he has may be ours. In his household, we are each handed a key. No matter...

Inventive to infinity

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A), August 17, 2014 – Is 56, 1. 6-7; Rom 11, 13-15. 29-32; Mt 15, 21-28 Rejection leading to reconciliation (Rom 11, 15) Even a terrible situation serves the purposes of God, who wants us to be optimistic and inventive too. The...

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