Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feb. 12 (Year A) Sirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37

We are free, but freedom can be frightening. With freedom comes responsibility, and humans are masters at fleeing from this and making excuses for their failures.

God’s power is found in His powerlessness

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The French novelist and essayist Léon Bloy once made this comment about God’s power in our world: “God seems to have condemned himself until the end of time not to exercise any immediate right of a master over a servant or a king over a subject. We can do what we want. He will defend Himself only by His patience and His beauty.”

Drop off your baggage with prayer (Part 3 of 4 about prayer)

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This is the third in a series of four columns by Fr. Frank Freitas about prayer and praying. (Here's part 1, part 2 and part 4)

Sabbath rest needed now more than ever

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Early Christian monks believed in something they called acedia. More colloquially, they called it the “noonday devil,” a name that essentially describes the concept.

Prophets’ call to action are still relevant

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feb. 5 (Year A) Isaiah 58:6-10; Psalm 112; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Matthew 5:13-16

Why does God seem so distant or even absent in our world? Why are our societies and nations so polarized and torn by divisions?

Prayer requires a sharp focus (Part 2 of 4 about prayer)

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This is the second in a series of four columns by Fr. Frank Freitas about praying and prayer. (Here's part 1, part 3 and part 4)

Beatitudes hold the power to transform world

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 29 (Year A) Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13; Psalm 146; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Matthew 5:1-12

What if we were aware of an approaching disaster?

Taking our wounds to the Eucharist

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Recently a man came to me, asking for help. He carried some deep wounds, not physical wounds, but emotional wounds to his soul.

‘Teach me to pray’ (Part 1 of 4 about prayer)

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This is the first in a series of four columns by Fr. Frank Freitas about prayer and praying. (Here's part 2, part 3 and part 4)

Who are we to judge what is a sin?

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Recently, while on the road giving a workshop, I took the opportunity to go the cathedral in that city for a Sunday Eucharist. I was taken aback by the homily.

God calls us to break through the darkness

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 22 (Year A) Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17-18; Matthew 4:12-23

In the depths of gloom and suffering, the most welcome gift is a message of true hope and encouragement.