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The Parable Of The Prodigal Son

The Parable Of The Prodigal Son

The parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) forms a narrative for repentance at its different stages. Again this is a traditional reflection for Christians entering into the Lenten period. Sin is exile, repentance is the return from exile to our true home. We also...

Preparation for Lent — The Publican and the Pharisee

Preparation for Lent — The Publican and the Pharisee

The parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (or the Pharisee and the Tax Collector) is a parable of Jesus that appears in the Gospel of Luke. In Luke 18:9-14, a self-righteous Pharisee, obsessed by his own virtue, is contrasted with a tax collector who humbly asks...

2020 Year In Review

2020 Year In Review

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It's been a trying and humbling year for everyone due to Covid-19. We continue to pray for the Institute community's needs, especially those who lost loved ones from Covid or other reasons. Another cultural sea change from the...

Is There Someone You Need to Forgive This Christmas?

Is There Someone You Need to Forgive This Christmas?

Justice and Mercy in The Man Who Invented Christmas A dear friend of mine once shared with me a deep pain in his heart when I asked about his father. His parents divorced when he and his siblings were very young, and in the bitterness and anger at the father that...

‘May it be done to me according to your word’

‘May it be done to me according to your word’

A Reflection on the Fourth Sunday of Advent “May it be done to me according to your word.” How easy it is for us to skip over those words without really pausing to consider what they mean. How easy it is for us to dismiss them without taking the time to reflect...

The Moment Is Almost Here

The Moment Is Almost Here

A Reflection for the Fourth Sunday Of Advent  The moment is almost here. “The mystery kept secret for long ages…[is soon to be] manifested”  (Rom 16:25). Before we race ahead, though, let us linger a bit more on today’s mystery. If we are not careful, we can...

Encountering the Father’s Heart of Saint Joseph

Encountering the Father’s Heart of Saint Joseph

The 150th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church was celebrated on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception this month. In honor of that anniversary, Pope Francis declared this liturgical year to be dedicated to Saint...

How to Get the Gaudete (Joy) Out of Advent

How to Get the Gaudete (Joy) Out of Advent

Can you believe we just lit the pink candle and it’s already the third week of Advent? Advent, of course, means “coming.” It’s a time set aside for the Bride (the Church) to prepare herself for the coming of the Bridegroom (Christ). The cause of the Church’s joy on...

What Is the Church Really Saying with Advent?

What Is the Church Really Saying with Advent?

The Advent season — and the Third Sunday of Advent, or Rejoicing Sunday, in particular! — is both a joyful and a difficult season, a season of preparing for the Coming of the Lord. “Prepare the way of the Lord!” St. John the Baptist cries out in...

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