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Pope Francis calls ‘fear’ “one of the most terrible enemies of our Christian faith” (Angelus, June 21, 2020).  This Sunday’s gospel (Mt 10:26-33) exhorts the disciples and exhorts us to ‘fear no one’.  Jesus continues and says twice ‘Do not be afraid’.  When we are in the grips of fear and are not aware of this ‘enemy of faith’ it can easily turn into hopelessness, despair even.  Our interior attitude can turn sour with such thoughts as: ‘why bother, it is not worth it’.  Or ‘I have nothing to give’, or ‘whatever I have to offer is never accepted any way’.

Chapter Talk – 33rd Sunday of the Year – November 15, 2020, cycle-A The gospel reading for this Sunday is the parable of the talents (Mt 25:14-30). The talents are distributed to three persons: one gets five, the second two, and the third one talent, “each according to their ability”. According to Sr. Carolyn Osiek […]

Chapter Talk – 19th Sunday of the Year – August 9, 2020, cycle-A Once again for this Sunday’s Eucharist we have very rich readings. In the gospel (Mt 14:22-33), Jesus leaves his disciples after the feeding of the multitudes and goes off to pray. The disciples, meanwhile, get in the boat and head for the […]

“Her willingness was her magnificence.  This we know and marvel at when we recall how You first came to us,” (Upon A Luminous Night, Christine Rogers, p.9).  Mary’s willingness was echoed in her ‘yes’…her ‘yes’, says the poem further on, “to a thing she only partly understood” (p.9).  This ‘yes’, which was encircled with mystery, […]

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