29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 20 (Year C) Exodus 17:8-13; Psalm 121; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2; Luke 18:1-8

The image that a military leader projects can make or break an army. 

Mary Marrocco: Casting off fear for the sake of love

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Showing a young French couple our summer youth camp, we chatted about our part of the world and theirs. André, an intense observer of human nature, lamented the lost connection with nature he sees everywhere. His greatest sorrow was not that people are distant from nature, but that they are not sad about it.

God's Word on Sunday: Unleash the power of spiritual healing

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 13 (Year C) 2 Kings 5:14-17; Psalm 98; 2 Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19

When pain and suffering become unbearable most people are willing to try anything. 

God's Word on Sunday: Faith is our lifeline through the darkness

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 6 (Year C) Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4; Psalm 95; 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; Luke 17:5-10

How long, O Lord? This cry of anguish has been uttered by many over the centuries. It conveys anger, bewilderment, disillusionment and deep distress in the face of incredible violence, insecurity and the collapse of the social and political order.

God's Word on Sunday: The well-being of people not negotiable

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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 29 (Year C) Amos 6:1a, 4-7; Psalm 146; 1 Timothy 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31

It is said that a society or nation can be judged morally and spiritually by what it does to the weakest and most vulnerable. One could also add what it allows or tolerates being done to them. 

God's Word on Sunday: Wheels of divine justice miss nothing

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 22 (Year C) Amos 8:4-7; Psalm 113; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13

Corruption and dishonesty in the business and social realms are nothing new. 

Fr. Yaw Acheampong: Spiritual journey to Confirmation begins

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At the beginning of every academic year, parishes across the Archdiocese of Toronto begin the process of preparing their young parishioners to celebrate Confirmation. It is one of three “sacraments of initiation” — the others being Baptism and Eucharist — that lays the foundations of every Catholic life.

God's Word on Sunday: God is faithful even when we are not

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 15 (Year C) Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14; Psalm 51; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32

The Golden Calf is alive and well. It is a powerful cultural symbol for greed, infidelity and idolatry — even in secular settings. 

Mary Marrocco: We must give our faith a chance to grow

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Religion, an essay in a major news service declaimed recently, is a sociological phenomenon that exists as a psychological need-fulfillment. It is a never-ending series of (similar) movements that are born and die when their usefulness to social groups has passed. 

God's Word on Sunday: Intellect without the Spirit doomed to fail

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 8 (Year C) Wisdom 9:13-18; Psalm 90; Philemon 9b-10, 12-17; Luke 14:25-33

Humans are usually quite proud of their intelligence and intellectual achievements. 

God's Word on Sunday: Scripture holds many lessons in humility

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 1 (Year C) Sirach 3:17-20, 28-29; Psalm 68; Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24a

The greatest adversary we will ever face is our own ego.