The reality of sin and forgiveness

Be prepared for Mass this Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In this week’s Opening the Word Scripture reflection, columnist Catherine Cavadini summarizes the Gospel: “We must love ‘as’ the king loves, and so we must forgive ‘as’ he forgives through an imitation

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

Be ready for Mass for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. In this week’s Opening the Word Scripture reflection, columnist Catherine Cavadini reflects on two petitions of the Our Father — “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” — and how in

God’s gratuitous mercy

Be ready for Mass for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In this week’s Opening the Word Scripture reflection, columnist Catherine Cavadini reflects upon the Canaanite woman who asks Jesus to heal her daughter. The woman identifies herself as a “dog” seeking

A dazzling display of heavenliness unveiled

Be ready for Mass for the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord! In this week’s Opening the Word Scripture reflection, columnist Catherine Cavadini writes that the Transfiguration provides a foretaste of heaven and helps us come to a vision of God’s

Invitation to the kingdom

Be ready for Mass on the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time! Columnist Catherine Cavadini describes the sermon in parables that invite us to the kingdom of heaven. Catherine writes: “We are called into these scriptural depths so that Christ might plant the

The ‘hidden things’ often unnoticed

Be ready for Mass on the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time! Columnist Catherine Cavadini examines the “hidden things” that are only revealed to “little ones,” referencing Matthew 11, writing, “The ‘hidden things’ of which Christ speaks are ‘hidden’ because they are ‘little’

Fear of the Lord

Be ready for Mass this Sunday as we celebrated the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In this week’s Opening the Word, Catherine Cavadini reflects that proper reverence for God helps us to know God and ourselves better: “We can do great harm

All praise and all thanksgiving

Be ready for Mass this Sunday as we celebrate the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. In this week’s Opening the Word, Catherine Cavadini reflects how John’s Gospel helps us grow in understanding of the real presence of Christ in

The symbolic meaning of fire and water

Be ready for Mass this Pentecost Sunday! Opening the Word columnist Catherine Cavadini reflects on the two scriptural symbols of the Holy Spirit: Fire and water. In Acts, the apostles recall the “tongues of fire” that rested on the heads of Mary

Love as a treasured possession

Be ready for Mass this Sixth Sunday of Easter. Catherine Cavadini reflects upon the law of love that Christ lays out in the Gospel: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” “If we love Christ and enter into the intimate

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