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A Saint Says “Yes” to God’s Life-Giving Seed

A Saint Says “Yes” to God’s Life-Giving Seed

[NOTE: The following is excepted and revised from Word Made Flesh (Cycle B) by Christopher West. Order the three-cycle bundle here.] Today's second reading for the Feast of All Saints exudes Saint John’s exuberant joy when he proclaims: “See what love the Father has...

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...

The Holy Spirit and Mary: Model of the Nuptial Union of God with Humanity

‘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...

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