4 August, Tuesday — Children of God

Aug 4 – Memorial for St. John Mary Vianney, priest In his youth, John Mary Vianney (1786-1859) taught other children their prayers and catechism. As a priest, was assigned to a parish which suffered from very lax attendance. He began visiting his parishioners, especially the sick and poor, spent days in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, did penance for... Continue Reading →

3 August, Monday — Doubt your doubts

Monday of Week 18 in Ordinary Time Jer 28:1-17 Mt 14:22-36 “Man of little faith...why did you doubt?” I find it sad how some people allow negativity to become a pervasive part of their psyche, and live in a constant spiral of issues and seemingly insurmountable challenges. As a result, they end up not making... Continue Reading →

2 August, Sunday — God’s love nourishes

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isa 55:1-3Rm 8:35,37-39 Mt 14:13-21 “...those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.” Today’s readings revolve around two central themes -- the love of God and food. Both may have been considered as indispensable back in the day, but sadly, today’s culture of instant... Continue Reading →

13 June, Saturday — Yes or No

Jun 13 – Memorial for St. Anthony of Padua, priest, religious, doctor St. Anthony's (1195-1231) wealthy family wanted him to be a great nobleman, but for the sake of Christ he became a poor Franciscan. When the remains of St. Berard and his companions, the first Franciscan martyrs, were brought to be buried in his church, Anthony was... Continue Reading →

12 June, Friday — Breath of God

Friday of Week 10 in Ordinary Time 1 Kgs 19:9,11-16Mt 5:27-32 And after the fire there came the sound of a gentle breeze A fellow contributor once remarked about ministry, “If it is God’s work, then it should be as easy as breath.” In the context of today’s first reading, I have been wondering over... Continue Reading →

11 June, Thursday — Paying the price

Jun 11 – Feast of St. Barnabas, apostle St. Barnabas (martyred 61) founded the Church in Antioch. He was a Levite Jewish convert, coming to the faith soon after Pentecost. Barnabas is mentioned frequently in the Acts of the Apostles, and is included among the prophets and doctors at Antioch. Like Paul, Barnabas believed in the Church's... Continue Reading →

10 June, Wednesday — Not Forsaken

Wednesday of Week 10 in Ordinary Time 1 Kgs 18:20-39Mt 5:17-19 The Lord is God At one of my recent ministry Zoom sessions, we were all asked to write down one word which described God to us. As I reflected, the word ‘Father’ kept coming up because I was midway through reading ‘Not Forsaken’, written... Continue Reading →

31 May, Sunday — When all around you…

Pentecost Sunday Acts 2:1-111 Cor 12:3-7,12-13Jn 20:19-23 “Peace be with you” This has been a special season for me. I have shared about how we made it back from Italy in the nick of time; how we have been on a ‘circuit breaker’ since early April. In two days’ time, this situation will be gradually... Continue Reading →

24 May, Sunday — 60 Minutes

7th Sunday of Eastertide Acts 1:12-141 Pet 4:13-16Jn 17:1-11 “...the hour has come” Cometh the hour, cometh the man. This is so true of many great men who have walked this earth. In politics, in sport, in art, in situations where a hero was needed. Then we have the unsung heroes -- those who toil,... Continue Reading →

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