A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Tag Archive for ‘children’

Unusual Kindness on the Mexican-US Border

In January this year, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity had “Unusual Kindness” as its theme. Here are some stories from Fr Tony O’Connor SM, working with people on the Mexican-USA border, people who have great need of being shown “Unusual Kindness”. Modern-day torture? Juan from Salvador, 16 going on 17, a tall stocky […]

An Appeal for Help

The Sisters of the Child Jesus, based in Kasama, Zambia, are a local order founded almost a hundred years ago. The Sisters run a day-care centre for 103 destitute children, a project started by volunteers from Jersey, U.K., who could not keep it going. They supported it by a large garden, worked by the children […]

We Are Adopted, Yet Truly God’s Children

As long as God has been God – eternally – God has desired that his human creatures should also be genuinely his children. And Jesus, the incarnate Word of God, came for that very reason: “I have come so that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). That fullness of […]

Stations of the Cross

Based on the ceremony led by Pope Francis, 19 April 2019, at the Colosseum, Rome, written by Sister Eugenia Bonetti. Introduction: We walk this way of the Cross in union with the poor, the outcast of our societies and all those who, even now, are enduring crucifixion as victims of our indifference and hardness of […]

Francis Speaks

The evil of human trafficking Trafficking represents an unjustifiable violation of the freedom and dignity of its victims, of those constitutive dimensions of the human being as willed and created by God. For this reason, it is to be considered a crime against humanity. Of this, there can be no doubt. The same gravity, by […]

Tuesday 31 December

1 John 2:18-21; Psalm 96:1-2, 11-13; John 1:1-18 Did you see his glory? 2019 has come to an end. Did it seem filled with the glory that is the Son’s, full of grace and truth? Or was he in your world and you did not know him? For many, the new year is beginning with […]

Saturday 28 December

The Holy Innocents (F) 1 John 1:5-2:2; Psalm 124:2-5, 7-8; Matthew 2:13-18 Heart rather than head Innocent children continue to be oppressed and abused and murdered. Why do children suffer? Pope Francis says an answer is not be found not in the head, but in the heart. “Only when the heart is able to ask […]

Wednesday 25 December

Christmas Day (S) Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98:1-6; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-5, 9-14 We saw his glory The true light that enlightens all women and men has come into the world. So brilliant, the darkness cannot overcome it. We have seen his glory. Or have we? A strange and mystifying splendour it is — a helpless […]

Friday 13 December

St Lucy (M) Isaiah 48:17-19; Psalm 1:1-4, 6; Matthew 11:16-19 Love now, not later “But wisdom is justified by her children” means much the same as “by their fruits, you will know them”. John was clearly more austere than Jesus, but he wasn’t holier than him. There is a time to weep and a time […]

Tuesday 19 November

2 Maccabees 6:18-31; Psalm 3; Luke 19:1-10 Fools for Christ Climbing a tree? It’s something that children do but not adults! We would look clumsy and foolish. It’s beneath us! Yet Zacchaeus did not hesitate. Whatever it took to attract the attention of Jesus he was prepared to do. And for his efforts he was […]