Why Do People Suffer?

  After the error of our ancestors, Adam & Eve, the world was shrouded in darkness under the domain of death.  On Friday, the church celebrates the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord when God sought to enter the world anew. He knocked at Mary’s door and we reflect on the great promise of […]

The Heartbreaking Reality of War

St. Michael’s by Rbrechko – CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=75878272 A father in Ukraine sends his daughter on the last train to safety, while he stays behind to fight aggressors taking over his country.  Captured on this short video, it’s the choice every man aged 18 to 60 in Ukraine is having to make.  Of course, […]

Can We Be Truly Happy?

The puppy said to the old dog:  “I’ve learnt that the best thing for a little dog is happiness and that happiness is in my tail and that’s why I wag my tail.  It’s why I chase my tail and I know when I catch my tail that I shall have perfect happiness”. And the […]

Called to Greatness

The word ‘vocation’ comes from the Latin ‘vocare’ which means ‘to call’.  The primary vocation which we all share is the vocation to holiness. We are called to follow Christ and be in relationship with him.  From the Pope to a newborn – it’s the same call and equally compelling. A secondary vocation relates to […]

Our Gift of Self

It’s Valentine’s Day on Monday!  However, today’s secular response to St. Valentine has completely lost sight of the original person and meaning.  The true story of St. Valentine, like most early saints, is mostly lost to the mists of time but our best understanding is that he was a priest in Rome under Emperor Claudius […]

Our Nets and Fathers

It’s easy to recall our favourite bible story but perhaps not so easy to say what our least favourite is!  This might be because the narrative makes us feel uncomfortable about how we are leading our lives – in contrast with what the reading advises in order for us to better follow Jesus. For example, […]