Why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

SAINT JOHN PAUL II, POPE (OPTIONAL MEMORIAL) Why do you not know how to interpret the present time? Carpe diem; seize the day! In literature, film, even advertising, this well-known phrase exhorts us to take hold of life with passion. Make the most of today since...

You were slaves of sin . . . and have become slaves of God.

29TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME You were slaves of sin . . . and have become slaves of God.  Slavery. It’s not a word we like to hear. It brings to mind some of the worst abuses of humanity, and it violates the matchless dignity of every person. Is St. Paul saying it’s...

At an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.

SAINT PAUL OF THE CROSS, PRIEST (OPTIONAL MEMORIAL) At an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come. Today’s Gospel (Luke 12:39-48) begins with Jesus wrapping up a parable and warning us to be ever ready for his return. Notice Peter’s response: “Lord, is this...

How much more . . . ?

SAINTS JOHN DE BRÉBEUF AND ISAAC JOGUES, PRIESTS, AND COMPANIONS, MARTYRS (MEMORIAL) How much more . . . ?  It sounds pretty grim: Paul tells us that because of our first parents’ fall from grace, sin and death have now entered the world. Not only that, but every...

Luke is the only one with me.

SAINT LUKE, EVANGELIST (FEAST) Luke is the only one with me. What made Luke stay? Paul’s imprisonment in Rome was tough going—and not just for him but for his companions as well. Many had already left to pursue other ventures. How easy it would have been for Luke to...

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