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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – February 4th, 2018 The centerpiece of the stone ruins of the village of Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee’s northwest shore is the black octagonal Church of the Panis Vitae (Bread of Life), built directly above what is believed to be Simon Peter’s house, the setting for ...read more
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – January 28th, 2018 At the beginning of Mark’s story of the Son of God, we read of the calling of the first disciples (1:16-20) and the confrontation with evil (1:21-28). The calling, influenced by the compelling calls of the prophets (e.g., Isaiah 6:1-13; Jeremiah 1:14-19), is a ...read more
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – January 21st, 2018 Those with literal minds will question many things about the Jonah story [Jonah 3:1-5, 10]: the great fish, the size and population of this immense city, and the conversion of the Assyrians. On the other hand, those who really listen to and view this ...read more
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – January 14th, 2018 Reflecting on today’s readings, especially the call of Samuel and of Andrew and his brother, I remembered something that the German Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote from his prison in Nazi Germany, that “only by living unreservedly in this life’s duties, problems, successes and ...read more
The Infancy Narratives in the gospels of Mathew and Luke are filled with rich symbolism. The Evangelists were Christians of the first century whose lives were dramatically changed after the death and resurrection of Jesus. It was their deep faith in Jesus and their concrete experience of the Christian community that informed the theology that ...read more
The Infancy Narratives in the gospels of Mathew and Luke are filled with rich symbolism. The Evangelists were Christians of the first century whose lives were dramatically changed after the death and resurrection of Jesus. It was their deep faith in Jesus and their concrete experience of the Christian community that informed the theology that ...read more
The Salt + Light team had the privilege of being on the ground of Israel for a Lenten pilgrimage in 2016, where they filmed a series of reflections. In this reflection, featuring Sebastian Gomes, he visits the Shepherd’s Fields, where the first public proclamation of the birth of Jesus took place. This reflection reminds us ...read more
The Infancy Narratives in the gospels of Mathew and Luke are filled with rich symbolism. The Evangelists were Christians of the first century whose lives were dramatically changed after the death and resurrection of Jesus. It was their deep faith in Jesus and their concrete experience of the Christian community that informed the theology that ...read more
Life on the Other Side of the Tracks: A Visit to the Leper Centre and Colony in Titagarh founded by Mother Teresa in 1979 Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB Throughout history, few diseases have been as dreaded as the horrible affliction known as leprosy. It was so common and severe among ancient peoples that God gave ...read more
Epiphany of our Lord – Sunday, January 7th, 2018 What “stirring” readings we hear in the Epiphany liturgy! Consider the scene from Isaiah’s prophecy (60:1-6). Gentiles come from distant places, attracted by the splendor of Jerusalem, bringing gifts and tenderly carrying the sons and daughters of the Holy City! Though darkness may have surrounded the ...read more