This reflection on the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord is based on Matthew 28:16-20.
There is a special slab of stone found in the Chapel of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. That rock has been revered by Christians for centuries since it is believed to bear the right footprint of our Lord right before he ascended to heaven (the half bearing the left is housed in a mosque). Hence, its name: the Ascension Rock.
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This homily was delivered on 25 May at the Santacruzan de Mayo in Wembley Park and based on John 14:15-21.
I will recite names of famous people and characters. Try to guess what they have in common: Batman and Robin. Spiderman. Wolverine. Tarzan. Clark Kent. Cinderella. Snow White. James Bond. Frodo Baggins. Luke Skywalker. Santa Claus. Harry Potter. Tom Riddle (aka Voldemort).
They all have one thing in common. Can you guess what it is?
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This homily is based on John 14:15-21.
I grew up in my father’s movie house, where I spent most of my childhood. It was there that I lost him: I was no more than 10, and when my father died, my childhood ended quite unceremoniously. I was already an adult when I lost my mother, but having been traumatized as a child by my father’s death, I had winced often enough at the prospect of being completely orphaned that when it finally happened, I was mostly numb.
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This Sunday reflection is based on John 14:1-12.
Today’s Gospel passage is a veritable treasure trove of quotable quotes. Our Lord speaks many unforgettably powerful words here. Among the many great lines in the passage, what I find most striking today is the architecture of God’s heart that our Lord Jesus describes. “In my Father’s house, there are many dwelling places,” Jesus assures his disciples.
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Today’s reflection (Mother’s Day) is based on John 10:1-10.
I found this picture the other day on the Internet and thought it was funny–and so true.
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This homily was delivered on 3 May 2014 based on Luke 24:13-35.
Have you ever experienced a time in your life when everything seems to have gone wrong? You wake up one day, and for some reason, your whole life lies in ruins. Your dreams have been shattered, and your heart is broken. Life in general has let you down, and the only option you feel that remains open for you is to give up or walk away as quickly as possible.
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This homily was delivered on 3 May 2014 on the feast of the apostles Philip and James, based on John 14:6-14.
Today we remember Sts. Philip and James, two of the lesser known apostles of our Lord. We know little of very little of them compared to the likes of Simon Peter, John, Matthew, and even Judas Iscariot. Continue reading THE LESSER KNOWN APOSTLES