Mc 2, 13-17 Once again he went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them. As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him. Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with … Continue reading Soul Food
“God is love” (1 Jn 4,8), and “Charity is at the heart of the Church’s social doctrine” (Pope Benedict, CiV 2). Being Christian, however, means more than adopting particular values and convictions. At its core, being a Christian is an encounter with the person of Christ. Seeking him also in the “least” of our brothers (Mt 25,40), following him, indeed, imitating him (Thomas à Kempis) is the most direct way of being a Christian. Jesus had respect for the freedom and dignity of sinners and the socially marginalized. Jesus himself is the social agenda of the Church. Catholic social teaching … Continue reading Why must a Christian become socially involved?
The summer of 2011 was the first time I was invited to Eucharistic Adoration. It was very hot, and suddenly, in a gust of wind I felt the presence of Jesus, and since then I cannot do without it. In fact, today I have become an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. I was a closed person, but this experience meant that, thanks to God’s love, I saw others with different eyes. Since then, Jesus has always been at my side with every step. Rosa Marino https://link-to.app/x1z1vN0c Continue reading Inspiration
Faith – what it is? Faith is knowledge and trust. It has seven characteristics: • Faith is a sheer gift of God, which we receive when we fervently ask for it. • Faith is the supernatural power that is absolutely necessary if we are to attain salvation. • Faith requires the free will and clear understanding of a person when he accepts the divine invitation. • Faith is absolutely certain, because Jesus guarantees it. • Faith is incomplete unless it leads to active love. • Faith grows when we listen more and more carefully to God’s Word and enter a … Continue reading Faith -what is it?
Mc 1, 40-45 A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.” The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean. Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once. Then he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.” The man went away … Continue reading Soul Food
What are the positive effects of confession? Confession reconciles the sinner with God and the Church. (1468-1470, 1496) The second after absolution is like a shower after playing sports, like the fresh air after a summer storm, like waking up on a sunlit summer morning, like the weightlessness of a diver… As the lost son was received back by his father with open arms, so “reconciliation” means: we are at peace with God again. https://link-to.app/x1z1vN0c Continue reading The benefits of Confession
When is the human person especially endangered? Especially at the beginning of life and at the end of life, human beings cannot or can hardly defend their right to life, their human dignity, and their personal integrity by themselves. They need another person who recognizes the inviolable dignity and sanctity of another living human being, who loves this life and accepts it, who helps and cares for, protects, nourishes, and supports it. The life of a handicapped or sick person has inalienable dignity, too; it is inconceivable that it should in any case be considered less valuable or worthless. (Cf. … Continue reading Endangered life
Getting to know Jesus, listening to His word and having a personal encounter with Him has helped me to grow in my spiritual life and get rid of those ordinary demons that were hard to identify and pushed me away from my faith and His presence, such as fear of saying yes to Him and spreading His word, the laziness for prayer or the lack of humility that barred me from giving myself to others in service. Lynn Hane https://link-to.app/x1z1vN0c Continue reading Inspiration