Focus

  • Where is your heart before the suffering Jesus?

    Apr 16, 2014

    In the narrative of Christ’s Passion and Death, who am I?This was the central question of Pope Francis’ homily during Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter’s Square, where 100,000 had gathered from around the world, bearing palms and olive branches.

  • The Garden of Gethsemane

    Apr 16, 2014

    "Several years ago, Mel Gibson produced and directed a movie which enjoyed a spectacular popularity. Entitled, The Passion of the Christ, the movie depicts Jesus’ paschal journey from the Garden of Gethsemane to his death on Golgotha, but with a very heavy emphasis on his physical suffering.

  • Book Review: When Tomorrow Never Comes …

    Apr 16, 2014

    This book is a “wake-up” call for many of us. Having (thankfully) received his wake-up call to meander no more, David Sivapatham decides to call up others to ready themselves early for Heaven while on this pilgrimage on earth which is “a journey of faith in search of wholeness.”

  • The best of both worlds

    Apr 16, 2014

    In these days of ‘liturgical wars’ in sacred music, there seems to be quite a big divide in Catholic culture. On the extreme ends, there are those who could be labelled as ‘conservatives’, who want to see the Mass go back to its traditional roots of Latin, Chant, very traditional hymnody and psalmody with only organ playing.

  • Food for thought

    Apr 16, 2014

    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reminds us that while the Easter Vigil is the "mother of all vigils," and that Easter Sunday is "the greatest of all Sundays," Easter doesn't end there. While joyful, it is not just a celebration of one day. It lasts 50 days and it is "the most important of all liturgical times."

  • Extending the Easter celebration

    Apr 16, 2014

    On the feast of Easter Sunday, we see that the long Lenten fast has been worthwhile. For 40 days we purged our souls of mortal desires, and watched them slowly fill up with Christ. We celebrate that fulfillment on Easter Sunday, newly grateful for the sacrifice.

  • Making Easter, all fifty days, count

    Apr 16, 2014

    People are accustomed to giving up things for Lent. Perhaps we need to start a new tradition and start giving up things for Easter.

  • Our need to share our riches with the poor

    Apr 11, 2014

    We need to give away some of our own possessions in order to be healthy. Wealth that is hoarded always corrupts those who possess it.

  • Food for thought

    Apr 11, 2014

    Jesus died because he was faithful to the mission of proclaiming the kingdom. That threatened the establishment – religious and political.

  • A fidelity to the Gospel above all

    Apr 11, 2014

    Anyone who has read about the Crucifixion and the horribly cruel and painful events leading up to it has to wonder why God would have willed such a terrible death for a son he so loved.