Gaudete Sunday

In 2000, the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, our Pope Emeritus, made the following comment: “The deepest poverty is the inability of joy, the tediousness of a life considered absurd and contradictory… the inability of joy presupposes and produces the...

Anniversary of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

On the external western facade of our Mary Immaculate Church is the Latin inscription: Hic est Domus Dei.  This is half of Jacob’s profound expression after he had the vision of a ladder “which rested on the ground with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of...

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Every Christian Holds Dual Citizenship In today’s gospel episode, Jesus is confronted by two groups and asked a potentially dangerous question. The Pharisees were religious leaders, who despised the Roman occupation and the pagan rule of Caesar. The Herodians were...

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Choosing the real good over the apparent good. The guests invited to the Royal wedding chose what was convenient, even apparently good in their estimation, over the much better and real good of attending the wedding feast. Why? Was it out of laziness? Because of self...

XVII Sunday After Pentecost

What is Vocation? Introduction “Walk worthy of the vocation in which you are called.” says St Paul in today’s Epistle. He then goes on to say how we should behave – with humility, mildness, patience and mutual support in charity, keeping the unity of the Spirit...

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Introduction To understand Christ’s words and actions in the Gospel, we often must understand the Old Testament. Christ knew it intimately and his words and actions that are recorded in the Gospel are never random or impulsive. Rather they refer to and complete the...