By grace you have been saved

By grace you have been saved
(Eph. 2 : 4–10) “By grace you have been saved,” (Eph. 2:5) says St. Paul, and then repeats it again (Eph. 2:8), just in case any one of us might think, in our feeble-mindedness that we can contribute to our salvation by our weak efforts. “Without me you can do nothing,” said the Lord (Jn. ...

Who is my neighbour

Who is my neighbour
A certain lawyer asked the Lord, “Who is my neighbour?” St. Luke tells us that this lawyer knew the law very well but that he did not understand them. With His irrefutable logic Christ brought this man to the realization that his neighbour was any man. Not just a person that was close to him, ...

And there will be famines and pestilences

And there will be famines and pestilences
We find this phrase in chapter 24 of the Gospel of Matthew, in which God describes in more detail what will happen to the human race. We should read these words more often because they can provide the explanation for the events that we see, but we cannot find their true meaning. I often think ...

But you be watchful in all things

But you be watchful in all things
(2 Tim. 4 : 5–8) “But you be watchful in all things” writes St. Paul to his disciple Timothy (2 Tim. 4:5). As valuable advice it is for Timothy, it is even more so for us. If we would only adhere to this advice, we would be spared many troubles, pangs of conscience and subsequent ...

We are called to do warfare against the evil one

We are called to do warfare against the evil one
We are called to do warfare against the veil one The truth of the gospel is tart and bitter, but it is a necessary truth: the devil exists, so do evil spirits and they are all very powerful and cunning. This is something that, while living a life of prayer, we must count on. Our ...

The meaning of Christian suffering

The meaning of Christian suffering
“The persecution and genocide of Christians across the world is worse today “than at any time in history,” and Western governments are failing to stop it, a report from a Catholic organization said. The study by Aid to the Church in Need said the treatment of Christians has worsened substantially in the past two years compared with the two ...

Do not neglect the gift that is in you

Do not neglect the gift that is in you
The thirty-second Sunday after Pentecost (1 Tim. 4 : 9 – 16) There are many ideas and topics for discussion that can be found in today’s epistle reading, but I would like to concentrate on two of them. The first thing that comes to our attention is that St. Paul says that the living God ...

Wearisome more than one can say

Wearisome more than one can say
“Everything is wearisome more than one can say; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.” (Ecclesiastes 1:8) One must wonder: will this insanity ever end; will the evildoers ever stop; so that we can at least obtain a respite. Because every single day leads from one misdeed to another; ...

Use of words

Use of words
“Come, let us strike him with the tongue” (Jeremiah 18:18) said the fellow tribesmen and the contemporaries of Jeremiah, the prophet because he spoke what they did not want to hear. “Come, let us strike him with the tongue”, a thought, spoken thousands of years before any of us, announced ourselves on this earth with ...

The hand of the diligent shall bear rule

The hand of the diligent shall bear rule
Work is a commandment. Whether it is punishment or a reward, that is an entirely different issue, but it is an irrefutable fact that one must work. Our Lord Jesus Christ worked hard since His youth. “We must never forget that Christ was a worker and the adopted son of a worker. It must not ...