Power in Weakness


Rather than boast of God’s favor, Paul boasts of his weaknesses. Why? Jesus tells Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” What is it about weakness that makes it a strength when used in God’s service?

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The Sacrament of Gift

Old Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The rhythm of our life in faith is this: God gives, we respond. The sign of our covenant relationship is our love for God, shared with each other. The Eucharist is the sacrament of this unity.

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A Life Lived in Fear is Half a Life


When the gospel message is disturbing we might be tempted to dismiss it as not relevant to our lives, yet something within us seeks the overpowering joy of doing our own particular work to help bring God’s reign on earth. That something is our passion.

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Mary, the Model Disciple

Shrine to Mary, Mexico City

New life, free of the power of evil and death, came through Jesus, the one who was both God and man. Yet the reading from Revelation tells us that this man was born of a woman. This vision of Mary in Revelations recalls Our Lady of Guadalupe, who appeared to a poor Mexican peasant “clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars” — and with the dark beauty of a peasant woman. This triumphant Mary is the bridge between fallen humanity and the new life of humanity in Christ.

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