Category: Hope / Healing

All Souls Day – A Feast of Hope

I love the second reading for this wonderful feast from Romans 5:5-11: Sisters and brothers, Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. May our hope… Continue Reading “All Souls Day – A Feast of Hope”

If You Were Healed of Blindness . . .

If you were healed of blindness, what would you be amazed by? We read in Sunday’s Gospel reading from Mark 10:46-52 As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On… Continue Reading “If You Were Healed of Blindness . . .”

We Live in Hope

Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.” – Emily Dickinson

The Sunrise Will Surely Come

In Saturday’s first reading from the first chapter of the Prophet Habakkuk we read words to give us hope in the times when the future looks dim. Then the LORD answered me and said: Write down the vision Clearly upon the tablets, so that… Continue Reading “The Sunrise Will Surely Come”

Does the Future Look Dark to You, then . . .

We survey the events in the world . . . the horror, the violence, the greed, the devastation that is happening to our planet . . . and we would like to throw up our hands. We believe that we are, in our time,… Continue Reading “Does the Future Look Dark to You, then . . .”

Another Reason to Hope

Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the sorrow, pain, and violence in our world. Still the Resurrection teaches us to hope. No matter how hopeless a situation or a person’s behavior may appear, there is always a reason to hope. In the words of Mahatma… Continue Reading “Another Reason to Hope”

Hope in the Face of . . . Seeming Doom

The message of the Gospel is a message of Resurrection – of Easter. It does not deny darkness. It does not seek to cover-up Good Friday. We are always pointed toward Hope – toward Easter. In the words of the beloved Pope John the… Continue Reading “Hope in the Face of . . . Seeming Doom”

We Hold onto the Promise in Hope

On the 5th Thursday of Lent we read from today’s passage from Genesis 17 of God’s faithfulness I will maintain my covenant with you and your descendants after you throughout the ages as an everlasting pact, to be your God and the God of… Continue Reading “We Hold onto the Promise in Hope”

God Is Always Doing Something New

Today’s First Reading is a wonderful passage from the 43rd chapter of the Prophet Isaiah. For me it brings to mind a promise from the Prophet Jeremiah. God has plans for us . . . something new that we can’t even begin to imagine.… Continue Reading “God Is Always Doing Something New”

We Live in Hope

We feel we must disagree with those prophets of doom, who are always forecasting disaster, as though the end of the world were  at hand . . . In the present order of things, Divine Providence is leading us to a new order of… Continue Reading “We Live in Hope”