A number of years ago I attended a funeral. The man to whom we were saying goodbye had enjoyed a full and rich life.

Paul’s advice puts our mission in focus

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 8 (Year A) Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43

What does a song or poem about a vineyard say about Israel, God and Jesus?

Martyrdom is about much more than suffering

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“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.”

Commitment means killing off demons

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In his autobiography, Eric Clapton, the famed rock and blues artist, writes very candidly about his long struggle with an addiction to alcohol.

Faith: It’s never too late to ask for God’s mercy

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 24 (Year A) Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145; Philippians 1:20-24, 27; Matthew 20:1-16

We often search high and low for something precious that we cannot find. Convinced that it has been lost or stolen, we might even replace it. Then, lo and behold, we find it in the most obvious place, sometimes staring us right in the face.

Faith: Fruitfulness defines true success

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There’s a real difference between our achievements and our fruitfulness, between our successes and the actual good that we bring into the world.

Faith: Forgiveness is not an option: just do it

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Sept. 17 (Sirach 27:30- 28:7; Psalm 103; Romans 14:7-9; Matthew 18:21-35)

Anger, wrath and resentment can poison the mind, body and soul. They can make people miserable and unhappy, or even ruin physical health. Left unchecked, these emotions can destroy families, work environments, societies and even peace between nations.

Faith: Finding fault starts with looking in mirror

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There’s a famous billboard that hangs along a congested highway that reads: You aren’t stuck in traffic. You are traffic!

Faith: We all share in the power of forgiveness

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 10 (Year A) Ezekiel 33:7-9; Psalm 95; Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 18:15-20

Sin ultimately affects an entire community. There is no such thing as a private sin. Sooner or later, misdeeds make an impact on the physical, psychological and spiritual environment.

Faith: Rituals keep our lives on a steady course

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I don’t always find it easy to pray. Often I’m over-tired, distracted, caught-up in tasks, pressured by work, short on time, lacking the appetite for prayer or more strongly drawn to do something else.

Faith: Being in silence teaches us God’s voice

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In an emergency ward, in another country, I lay on a table awaiting the physician. Lightning flashes of pain shot through my body, weak from days-long inability to take in water and food.