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S+L BLOG: Fr. Matt Gworek



Over the recent weeks of the holiday season, Pope Francis has been busy offering words of blessing and love to many as the Vatican celebrated the great feast of Christmas and entered the new year. In addition to beautiful liturgies and festive ceremonies, the Pope’s celebration was highlighted by his annual Urbi et Orbi message ...read more
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but Advent is done. We celebrated Christmas two days ago, and that means there’s no way to have another “Thursday Thoughts for Advent.” As we continue to celebrate Christmas, however, I thought it might be nice to gather for one final Thursday this year and reflect together. You’ll notice ...read more
On this final Thursday of Advent, Fr. Matt Gworek reflects on the importance of angels and how we can be attentive to God's voice in this "wonderful life". ...read more
On Tuesday, the Vatican released the Holy Father’s official Message for the Celebration of the 52nd World Day of Peace. In his words, Pope Francis called for politicians and leaders to always exercise their role of service for the good of others, saying that “good politics is at the service of peace.” Here are the ...read more
Happy Birthday, Pope Francis! The Holy Father turns 82 years old today and celebrated over the weekend by meeting with a group of volunteers, doctors, nurses, and families connected with the Santa Marta Dispensary, a pediatric clinic within the Vatican. Here are the stories that we bring you on today’s episode of Perspectives Daily: Pope ...read more
In this Advent reflection, Fr. Matt Gworek explores how the "dark night of the soul" of St. John of Cross relates to the coming of the Light at Christmas. ...read more
Fr. Matt Gworek reflects on the life of St. Lucy, a uniquely Swedish way of celebrating her feast day, and what lessons this feast holds for us at Advent. ...read more
On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Fr. Matt Gworek reflects on the lessons we can learn from St. Juan Diego as we prepare for Christmas. ...read more
As preparations continue for January’s World Youth Day in Panama, the organizers are also preparing for the “Festival de la Juventud.” Part of the official WYD program of activities, this Youth Festival will offer young men and women from around the world an opportunity to come together through the creativity and excitement of art, culture, ...read more
? The martyred Trappist monks of Tibhirine were beatified on Saturday alongside several other Algerians killed for their faith. The lives of these 19 religious men and women are a testament to God’s plan of love and peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims, Pope Francis said. The life and death of the monks was the ...read more