10 May, Wednesday – Strengthening Our Connection to the Vine

May 10 – John of Ávila (not to be confused with John Avila or St John of the Cross) was a Spanish priest, preacher, scholastic author, and religious mystic, who has been declared a saint and Doctor of the Church by the Catholic Church. He is called the ‘Apostle of Andalusia’, for his extensive ministry in that region. From early 1551 Ávila was in constant ill-health. He spent the last years... Continue Reading →

23 April, Sunday — Healing the Soul

3rd Sunday of Easter Acts 2:14,22-231 Pet 1:17-21Lk 24:13-35 “They had recognised Him at the breaking of bread.” The road to Emmaus is an important account of one of the early post-resurrection appearances of Jesus after his crucifixion and the discovery of his empty tomb. More importantly, it describes an encounter whereby Jesus journeyed with... Continue Reading →

12 January, Thursday — Faith

Thursday of Week 1 in Ordinary Time Heb 3:7-14Mk 1:40-45 A leper came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees: “If you want to,” he said, “you can cure me.” I have been writing for Oxygen for probably ten years or more now. Sometimes, reflections don’t come easily; you’ve really got to dig deep into... Continue Reading →

27 November, Sunday — Get Ready

1st Sunday of Advent Isa 2:1-5Rom 13:11-14Mt 24:37-44 "The Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." AWAKE and PREPARE – it is ADVENT!!!  The most hopeful and anticipatory of all seasons. Even those who don’t recognize Christ join in celebration of this season that points to hope, love, joy.  Advent is... Continue Reading →

13 September, Tuesday — Existence

Sep 13 – Memorial for St. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor John’s (347-407) father died when he was young, and he was raised by a very pious mother. It was for his sermons that John earned the title ‘Chrysostom’ (golden-mouthed). They were always on point, they explained the scriptures with clarity, and they sometimes went... Continue Reading →

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