Love Demands Love

LOVE DEMANDS LOVE  It can seem a strange proposition to command someone to love you. Our experience is that we either fall in love whether we want to or not, or else love blossoms as the result of kinship or other social ties. If someone came up to you and...

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Right and Wrong, not right and left!

During my own missionary globetrotting, I saw that missionaries often met with tension from the local public authorities. This is especially so when they are engaged in works like education, health and the care of the poor. In poorer countries, the state can envy missionary-run schools and hospitals, not just...

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On Mission to Caesar

ON MISSION TO CAESAR  With his words about Caesar and God, Jesus, the first to do so in history, separated religion from state. It is Christ who commands us to keep these two separate. The state is secular, i.e. it deals with the organization and administration of our earthly affairs,...

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Christ Above and In Creation

CHRIST ABOVE AND IN CREATION   Jesus berates the religious leaders of his time for failing to produce fruit at the proper time for the “owner of the vineyard”, his heavenly Father. Jesus angrily concludes his words by telling them that they will be dispossessed of the vineyard and it...

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Letter “Samaritanus bonus” of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the care of persons in the critical and terminal phases of life, 22.09.2020.

This new document from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (the Vatican watchdog on all matters to do with the defence and promotion of the Catholic Faith) deals with the thorny question of euthanasia and other end of life questions. It is a long document, of which a...

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Fullness, 25.09.20

FULLNESS Have you ever quoted an angel? Think carefully before you reply! The answer is a definite yes: “Hail, Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you.” So, you see, you are quoting the Archangel Gabriel every day, often many times a day! It might interest you to note,...

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