How Inscrutable Are God’s Ways – Romans 11:33-36

St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica is one of the most important theological books ever written. For many centuries it remained for Catholics the beginning and end of theology. What many people do not know is that St Thomas did not complete that work. You see, Thomas was a theologian as well as a mystic. Toward the […]

God’s Love Is Irrevocable

Romans 11:13-15,29-32 According to a Jewish story, Rabbi Joshua ben Hanania once went to Athens to dispute with the Greek philosophers. There they asked him many questions and he was able to answered them all. One of the questions they asked him was: “Where is the centre of the earth?” Rabbi Joshua pointed with his […]

Our Five Loaves and Two Fish

Jamieson is trying to show concern for his neighbour by praying for the poor man who lives down the road. But, as his son reminds him, prayer and good wishes are not always enough. Sometimes when we pray, God’s answer to us is, “But you can do that yourselves.” This is what we see in […]

The Summum Bonum

The 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In Christian philosophy there is a something known as the summum bonum or the supreme good. The summum bonum is believed to be not just the best thing one could ever have but also that good which contains in itself or brings along with it all other good and […]

Stop Being Afraid

Matthew 17:1-9 There is a mysterious story in 2 Kings that can help us understand what is happening in the transfiguration. Israel is at war with Aram, and Elisha the man of God is using his prophetic powers to reveal the strategic plans of the Aramean army to the Israelites. At first the King of […]

Join with Me in Suffering for the Gospel

2 Timothy 1:8-10 The pages of our newspapers are full of advertisements inviting readers to buy a product, subscribe to a service or enrol in a membership programme. Such ads try to present their products and services in such attractive ways that readers will find it hard to ignore or turn down. Imagine an ad […]

Lent: Rediscovering our Baptism

VATICAN CITY, 9 MAR 2011 (VIS) – “Today, with the austere symbol of the ashes, we enter the period of Lent, beginning a spiritual journey which prepares for a worthy celebration of the Paschal mysteries. The ashes … are a sign reminding us of our status as created beings and inviting us to penance, to […]

Ash Wednesday:Uniting to the Passion of Christ

Today’s Readings: Joel 2:12-18 Psalm 51:3-6, 12-14, 17 2 Cor 5:20 – 6:2 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 USCCB Podcast of the Readings: Uniting to the Passion of Christ As we turn away from sin and draw closer to the life-giving Spirit of Christ, this Lenten season can be a time of inner transformation that […]