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Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, In my preaching and teaching, I urge all Catholics to read and study the Bible regularly, and from those who accept that invitation, I often get this question: Which Bible should I use? Today I write to suggest three different books, each containing the same translation of Holy Scripture. The Bible… Read more »

Sunday 23 September 2018

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, All the baptized are sent in the Great Commission to be witnesses of Christ to others and must be equipped by the Church to teach the Gospel in word and deed. An essential dimension of true discipleship is the willingness to invite others to follow the Lord Jesus and the readiness… Read more »

Sunday 16 September 2018

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Being a follower of Christ requires moving from being a Church member by convention to a Christian disciple by conviction. This transformation demands that we consciously accept the Gospel as the measure of our entire lives, rather than attempting to measure the Gospel by our experience. Personal knowledge of and devotion… Read more »

Sunday 9 September 2018

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Receiving the Sacraments without receiving the Gospel leads to superstition rather than living faith, and the Church must therefore take great care to ensure that those who receive the Sacraments also receive the Gospel in its integrity and entirety. Consequently, before Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, and Marriage are administered, there must… Read more »

Sunday 2 September 2018

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, The sacred liturgy, through which the seven Sacraments are celebrated and the Hours of praise are prayed, makes present to us the saving mysteries of the Lord Jesus. The liturgy must therefore be celebrated in such a way that the truth of the Gospel, the beauty of sacred music, the dignity… Read more »

Sunday 26 August 2018

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Through Word and Sacrament we are drawn by grace into a transforming union with the Lord Jesus, and having been justified by faith we are called to sanctification and equipped by the Holy Spirit for the good works of the new creation. We must, therefore, learn to live as faithful disciples… Read more »

Sunday 19 August 2018

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, The seven Sacraments of the New Covenant are divinely instituted instruments of grace given to the Church as the ordinary means of sanctification for believers. Receiving the Sacraments regularly and worthily is essential to the life of grace, and for this reason, faithful attendance at Sunday Mass every week (serious illness… Read more »

Sunday 12 August 2018

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, The Gospel of Jesus Christ is divine revelation, not human wisdom, and the Gospel is given to us in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition which together constitute a single divine deposit of faith transmitted authentically and authoritatively by the Bishops in full communion with the Bishop of Rome. We must surrender… Read more »

Sunday 5 August 2018

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, The Lord Jesus Christ is the crucified and risen Savior of all mankind, and no human person can fully understand his life or find his dignity and destiny apart from a personal friendship with the Lord Jesus. It is not enough to know who Jesus is; we must know Jesus. This… Read more »

Sunday 29 July 2018

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, In 2003 I drafted the Principles of Evangelical Catholicism to help shape our common life as a spiritual family, and I offer these principles to help us all become mature Christian disciples who are committed by the grace of conversion to a life of right belief, right worship, and right conduct…. Read more »

Sunday 22 July 2018