Articles Tagged ‘humility’

5th Sunday: Poverty, humility, service.


I do it all for the sake of the Gospel, so that I may share in its blessings (1 Cor 9:23). Last Sunday, in a presentation given at the end of Mass, you were asked a rhetorical question: What is the best kept secret of the Catholic Church? The response was the Church’s corpus of teaching on social issues. We were reminded that beginning with the encyclical of Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum, which addressed the challenges of industrialization and the ... (Continue reading)

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21st Sunday: You are the Christ


You are the Christ, the Son of the living God (Mt 16:16). St. Peter’s statement of faith is the foundation of the Christian faith, just as it is the foundation of the Church’s life and mission. Christians are so called because we believe in the divinity of Christ; namely, that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial ... (Continue reading)

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Are you being served?


All through the long harsh Canadian winter, the sounds of coughing, sneezing, and sniffling were commonplace. Viruses and bacteria sensed the vulnerability of weather-weary bodies and attacked with a vengeance, and it seemed as if the entire population was having a coughing fit—except me. I had nary a sniffle throughout the entire winter. But by some cruel April Fool's joke, as the temperatures began to rise and the snow melted away, I developed one whopper of a cough and cold that ... (Continue reading)

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Confession and the little child within us


I have been thinking a lot about Confession lately. As the First Confession and First Communion catechist at my parish, the past few weeks of class have been focused on mortal and venial sin, repentance, forgiveness, mercy, and contrition. It has been a very fruitful time for my hard-working students. With the assistance of their parents, the children memorized the Act of Contrition. We rehearsed mock confessions so the kids would know what to expect and what to say and our ... (Continue reading)

Felix Culpa

At the bank a few years back, my friendly teller and I were chatting in the way that sometimes happens when you are about the same age as the person helping you, and one of you goes, “Oh my gosh, I love your eyelashes!” And the other one goes, “Oh WOW, that is so sweet. Your necklace is adorable.” Then, “I am so serious, though. What mascara do you use? It’s, like, magical....” I could continue—because this is fascinating, I know—but I have more important ... (Continue reading)

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