God our Father, through the intercession of St. Joseph, foster father of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, we give you thanks and praise for all fathers in the world. We pray for them so that they  may they find courage and perseverance to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice. We pray for those whose children are lost or suffering; may they know that the God of compassion walks with them in their sorrow. We pray for men, especially the priests and monks, who are not fathers but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice. We remember fathers, grandfather, and greatRead More →

 It’s a mystery!  The Trinity is probably the hardest concept to understand in the entire Christian Faith. How can God be one and three at the same time? Many theologians have tried to explain it; they provided some analogies but it seems that their explanations are always imperfect. It is actually what we call a mystery in the Catholic Faith. A mystery can be something we don’t know about, that is the common definition. In theology however, a mystery means a truth that human beings cannot discover except from revelation and that, even after revelation, exceeds their comprehension.  The great Saint Augustin himself was struggling withRead More →

Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. (Mt 5,7) What is mercy? “The Old Testament uses various terms when it speaks about mercy. The most meaningful of these are hesed and rahamim. The first, when applied to God, expresses God’s unfailing fidelity to the Covenant with his people whom he loves and forgives for ever. The second, rahamim, which literally means “entrails”, can be translated as “heartfelt mercy”. This particularly brings to mind the maternal womb and helps us understand that God’s love for his people is like that of a mother for her child. That is how it is presented by the prophet Isaiah: “Can aRead More →

What is the meaning of Palm Sunday? We know from the Gospels that Jesus was welcomed in Jerusalem like a King, everyone supporting him at the moment, but later most betrayed him. Palm Sunday, remind us to follow Jesus, to proclaim his kingship but also that to we are called to follow him until the end not only when it is easy and everybody else is doing it. At the beginning of this year Holy Week, what does it mean to be a follower of Jesus? Are we ready to be listening to him like the apostle at the Last Supper? Are we willing toRead More →

If the virtue of children reflects honor on their parents, much more justly is the name of Saint Patrick rendered illustrious by the innumerable lights of sanctity which shone in the Church of Ireland during many ages, and by the colonies of Saints with which it peopled many foreign countries. The Apostle of Ireland was born in Scotland towards the close of the fourth century, in a village which seems to be the present-day Scotch town of Kilpatrick, between Dumbarton and Glasgow. He calls himself both a Briton and a Roman, that is, of mixed extraction, and says his father was of a good familyRead More →

-the Rosary                           -the Divine Mercy Chaplet  -the Angelus at noon            -an Our Father for the priest  -a Hail Mary for my mother  -a Glory Be for my father -for those who are sick -for those who have died -for mothers expecting babies -before the Blessed Sacrament                      -from sweets  -from snacking        -from TV                  -from complaining    -from electronics -from music             -from fat meals        -from alcohol                -from video games        -from gossiping Read More →

What to do when God answers your prayer? The answer doesn’t seem to be to announce it publicly. Jesus tells the leper: “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” This is odd at first glance. Why not proclaim the wonders of God everywhere and to everybody? The first reason seems to be that Jesus wanted to focus on the preaching and not on the healing part of his ministry. We saw a similar situation in last week’s Gospel with the neighbours of Andrew and Peter.Read More →

“Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” (Mark 1:14-15) What was this time that was fulfilled with Jesus? I had to think a lot before I could find a proper answer. I think that Jesus was referring the prophecy of Micah: “But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. Therefore heRead More →

We just started the Ordinary Time; priests will be wearing green until Lent. When you look at Liturgical Calendar it seems like Ordinary Time is just the leftover. Remove Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter and voilà the rest is Ordinary Time. In a way Ordinary Time is indeed the leftlover from the High Feast however we ought to remember that the ordinary is the best place to meet God. Elijah learned this when he was waiting in his cave. The story tells: “Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord wasRead More →

It is believed that the Wise Men or Magi came from the Far East to pay homage to Christ. An interesting and rarely explored aspect of the Nativity Story is how it mimics the story of a Patriarch. Like Abram, the Magi were called by God to go West without real knowledge of what would happen, only knowing someone was waiting for them there. In both stories the left everything behind to go on this journey, their riches and their power. All of that on a fleeting sign from God. Interestingly the other great mystery of Faith, namely Easter, is about the passage from WestRead More →