"So many threats to our security can cause us anxiety. I could be anxious about having to perform or prove myself in some way."
" I was thinking of them as I used Magi stamps on some of my Christmas cards, remembering the creche under the tree in my boyhood home was never complete without all the animals, sheep, oxen, donkey, AND camels! "
"Thomas Merton, noted that although Jesus was born in a stable far removed from the hub of power and influence, he is still more easily recognised by the culturally marginalised and the poor. Merton said: “His peace is with those others for whom there is no room.”"
"How are we challenged on the Second Sunday of Advent? A good starting point is to ask ourselves if we are in need of the kind of repentance that John speaks of."
"Pope Francis issued a letter for this day. He points out that The centuries pass, but the condition of rich and poor remains constant, as if history has taught us nothing."
"What would it take you to stick to your principles and refuse to renounce your faith and its traditions?"
"Jesus can’t exactly walk up to your front door and ring the bell. It would take a LONG time for Jesus to walk up to every house in the world! You’d be all old and wrinkly by the time he finally got to yours... and he wouldn’t be able to stay very long."
"What is needed is a listener who empathizes and helps the sufferer to know that they are not alone. Miracles have been performed at the kitchen table when two friends sit over mugs of coffee and commiserate."
"Pope Francis sees that our missionary spirit means that we press forward to the farthest frontiers. He speaks of how each of us is a mission. This means that we never stand still."
"My experience is that it is often the foreigner, outsider or person on the margins and fringes who is spontaneous in offering gratitude. It may not always be words or prostration. It could be in simple, but heartfelt, action such as offering food or other gifts."
"Whether John Paul II, Benedict XVI or Francis, recent popes agree very strongly on the need for economic justice and a narrowing of the gap between rich and poor."
" I like a principle stated by Saint Ignatius of Loyola: "The other things on the face of the earth are created for the human beings, to help them in the pursuit of the end for which they are created [the praise, reverence and service of God]. … We ought to use things to the extent they help us tow
"Jesus’ words and actions often reveal a sort of practical wisdom. That comes across today in his reminder about the need for planning and preparation. He offers two illustrations."
""Our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, Most Gracious Advocate thine eyes of Mercy towards us and after this our exile, show unto us the fruit of Thy Womb, Jesus.”"
"Laudato Si is an amazing document. There are few significant topics in life that he doesn't cover. It even speaks of architecture and urban life. He has a wonderfully broad notion of integral ecology."
"The Book of Sirach cautions us to perform our tasks with humility. As is his habit, Jesus uses a parable to drive home the point: Whoever exalts self will be humbled, and whoever humbles self will be exalted."
"The value of discipline is highlighted in today’s selection from the Letter to the Hebrews. “Endure trials for the sake of discipline.” "
"The image of fire is a reference to the purifying actions of Jesus, whereby he is helping his followers to distinguish between dross and the real thing. He refers to division, basically stating that he will be resolute in the face of opposition, setting his sights for Jerusalem and what awaits him.
"Today’s Gospel from Luke includes the reminder to seek an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” "
"We know that anything has the potential to become an idol, even something seemingly good and appropriate. Personal fitness or being attractive are examples. Even spiritual activities such as retreats and significant experiences can be the object of greed"
"What if we could put our heart and mind into our daily chores? What would it mean to cook and clean and garden with love? Can I bring out the garbage or wash the dishes with love?"
"People who witness a crime or dangerous situation and jump in to rescue someone in danger are generally referred to as Good Samaritans. How often have you read of someone who rushes into a burning house or a fast-moving river, hoping to rescue someone in need?"
"There are many advantages to walking in relaxation, lightness and peace through our days and upon the earth. But that is not easy. How do we get to that place of peace and freedom?"
“Eternal God, whose reign extends from sea to sea, and whose care endures throughout the ages, hear our prayers for our country: grant wisdom to those who govern it and respect for human life and dignity to every citizen, so that justice may flourish and all peoples live in unity and in peace.”