“When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, ‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’ But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than … More Frassati Reflection: Whom Do We Let In?
Today’s readings may seem a little harsh: God putting Job in his place, Jesus proclaiming woe to those who reject Him. Why would God point out Job’s insignificance and insufficiencies when he is already experiencing so much suffering? Becoming aware of our own weaknesses is, in fact, a grace. It can be a struggle, too, … More Frassati Reflection: “In Bitterness Is My Joy”
Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” … More Frassati Reflection: Who Is Like God?
As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. The Pharisees saw this and said … More Frassati Reflection: Fruit of the Vine
“I will have only one wisdom: the science of the cross.” —Venerable Francis-Xavier Nguyễn Văn Thuận Earlier this week, I was able to attend a requiem Mass at St. Vincent Ferrer in memory of the victims of 9/11. It was a beautiful liturgy as well as a powerful reminder of our own mortality, that our … More Frassati Reflection: The Science of the Cross
Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time, until the Lord comes, for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will manifest the motives of our hearts, and then everyone will receive praise from God. —1 Corinthians 4:5 Commit to the LORD your way; trust in him, and he … More Frassati Reflection: The Dawn of Justice
We must not think that our love has to be extraordinary. But we do need to love without getting tired. How does a lamp burn? Through the continuous input of small drops of oil. These drops are the small things of daily life: faithfulness, small words of kindness, a thought for others, our way of … More Frassati Reflection: The Oil of Charity
But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” —John 1:46 “Come and see.” For Nathanael (also known as the apostle St. Bartholomew, whose feast we celebrate today), this was the moment when everything shifted, when the great adventure of his life began. These three simple … More Frassati Reflection: Come and See
Yet I will remember the covenant I made with you when you were young; I will set up an everlasting covenant with you, that you may remember and be covered with confusion, and that you may be utterly silenced for shame when I pardon you for all you have done, says the Lord GOD. —Ezekiel … More Frassati Reflection: Lamentation
Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. —John 12:24 Dying to self means letting go of all the attachments that keep us from God; it … More Frassati Reflection: Dying to Self