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August 11, 2017

God is the relentless source of goodness to all who come to Him in hope and humility, an image depicted in the readings for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

In the first reading, the Lord tells us: "Observe what is right, do what is just; for My salvation is about to come, My justice about to be revealed." Justice and righteousness are divine prerogatives. Man can't justify himself by his works; he can only receive righteousness as a g...

August 11, 2017

The basic concept of karma is simple to explain: what we sow in the world through our words and actions is what will be returned to us. So, when we're friendly with others, people will be friendly with us in return. But how this concept is explicated is where the Church concentrates her thoughts.

Karma is most associated with the Buddhist and Hindu faith traditions. In them, karma helps to explain what happens when someone is reincarnat...

August 10, 2017

Existe un patrón fundamental que puede ayudarnos a comprender la biblia y a servir de guía para nuestras vidas. Las lecturas de la Fiesta de la Asunción — que celebramos esta semana (el 15 de agosto) — nos proveen de un ejemplo perfecto.

La lectura del Antiguo Testamento para la vigilia nos recuerda cómo David llevó el arca de la alianza a Jerusalén. El arca de la alianza no solo era el símbolo de la presencia de Dios. Los israelitas la...

August 10, 2017

There's a fundamental pattern that can help us to understand the Bible and provide guidance for our lives. The readings for the Feast of the Assumption — which we celebrate this week (Aug. 15) — provide a perfect example.

The Old Testament reading for the vigil recalls how David took the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem. The ark of the covenant wasn't just a symbol of God's presence. The Israelites considered it His actual dwelling pl...

August 4, 2017

Santo Tomas de Aquino a veces compara a Dios con un pilar. Es importante no malinterpretar lo que él quiso decir con esta comparación. Lo que significa es lo siguiente: si nosotros nos colocamos a la derecha del pilar o a su izquierda, el pilar no cambia — nosotros cambiamos con respecto a él. Dos episodios de las lecturas de esta semana nos ayudan a comprender lo que esta comparación significa en nuestras vidas.

El martes, escuchamos e...

August 4, 2017

St. Thomas Aquinas sometimes likens God to a pillar. It's important not to misunderstand what he means by the comparison. What he means is this: whether we stand to the right of the pillar or to its left, the pillar itself doesn't change — we change in relation to it. Two episodes from the readings this week help us to understand what the comparison means for our lives.

On Tuesday, we hear the episode of Jesus walking on the water and S...

August 4, 2017

The first and third readings for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time make a simple point: Sometimes in the direst circumstances of life, we discover God beneath all our elemental fears.

Jeremiah states, "More tortuous than anything is the human heart, beyond remedy; who can understand it? I the Lord, explore the mind and test the heart, giving to all according to their ways, according to the fruits of their deeds."

Elijah, in the fi...

August 4, 2017

What happens if the (unconsecrated) offertory gifts are dropped? 

Growing up, my parents occasionally went to Shop 'n Save. My job was to bag the groceries. In my teenage gusto, I bagged the groceries heavy, stuffing as much as I could in them. I remember my mom reminding me on at least a few occasions to bag the bread separately and to put it in a separate place, lest it get smashed. I remember a few sandwiches at...

July 27, 2017

En las lecturas de esta semana escuchamos la famosa historia de los israelitas adorando el becerro de oro. La mayoría de las personas recuerdan que Moisés rompió las tablas de los Diez Mandamientos como respuesta, un signo de que el pueblo de Israel había roto su pacto con Dios. Pocos recuerdan que él destruyó el becerro, hizo el oro polvo y lo mezcló con agua, e hizo que los israelitas tomaran el agua. El episodio nos plantea puntos interesan...

July 27, 2017

In the readings this week, we hear the famous story of the Israelites worshiping the golden calf. Most people remember that Moses smashed the Ten Commandments in response, a sign that the people of Israel had broken their covenant with God. Fewer remember how he melted down the calf, had the gold ground into powder and mixed with water, and made the Israelites drink the water. The episode raises interesting points about the relation between Go...

July 27, 2017

The readings for the Feast of the Transfiguration tell us about the future God has in store for people who follow Jesus. Like Jesus, we're ultimately called to live in glory for all eternity.

In the first reading, Daniel has a vision of heaven. The Ancient One, whom we call God the Father, is seated on the throne. "His clothing was bright as snow, and the hair on His head as white as wool; His throne was flames of fire, with wheels of b...

July 27, 2017

The Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar is a common way to refer to the Eucharist. The full meaning of that phrase gives us better grasp of the value the Eucharist has to the Church.

How we treat the Blessed Sacrament and how we behave in His presence show our reverence and respect for it. Even when cleaning the chalices, ciboria, patens and cloths that contain or touch the Eucharist, we're called to protect and dignify the sanctity of...

July 20, 2017

El número de peregrinos que transitan el Camino de Compostela ha aumentado dramáticamente desde mediados de los años 80. (El Camino es la famosa ruta de peregrinaje europea que termina en el noroeste de España en la Catedral de Santiago de Compostela, donde se cree está enterrado el apóstol Santiago — St. James en inglés) En 1985, menos de 1000 personas hicieron la peregrinación. Entonces el número creció significativamente a más de 25.000 en...

July 20, 2017

The number of pilgrims who have walked the Camino de Santiago has risen dramatically since the mid-1980s. (The Camino is the famous European pilgrimage route that ends in northwest Spain at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, which is believed to be burial place of St. James — "Santiago" in Spanish.) In 1985, less than 1,000 made the pilgrimage. Then the number grew significantly to more than 25,000 by 1997, more than 100,000 by 2006 and...

July 20, 2017

The readings for the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time implicitly celebrate the mystery of God that is hidden deep within us. Reflecting on the word reveals His presence.

Some people are so curious to know their future that they turn to the occult to discover it. The word of God strictly warns us never to go that route. For example, in the Book of Deuteronomy, God tells Moses: "Let there not be found among you anyone who causes their son or...

July 14, 2017

Una investigación reciente mostró que las personas entre 18-33 años revisan su teléfono 85 veces al día. El tiempo total que invierten es de aproximadamente 5 horas.

Más que señalar a los adultos jóvenes, esto debe plantear interrogantes para todos nosotros: ¿Cómo gastamos nuestro tiempo y energía cada día —y hay una mejor manera de hacerlo?

En el evangelio del lunes, Jesús nos dice: "Cualquiera que ama a su padre o a su madre o...

July 14, 2017

Appropriate use of time, connection between suffering and flourishing
let our lives tell story of God's people 

A recent investigation showed that the average 18-33 year old checks his or her phone 85 times a day. The total investment of time adds up to 5 hours.

Rather than pointing a finger at young adults, this should raise questions for all of us: How do we spend...

July 14, 2017

The readings for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time blend in a similar way as the figurative yeast from the Gospel parable leavens the whole batch. The Holy Spirit is the leaven that brings these readings to life.

From the Book of Wisdom, the first reading illustrates what the Holy Spirit does in our lives. The Holy Spirit tells us through the prophet: "For your might is the source of justice; your mastery over all things makes you lenien...