Welcome to the Word is Life!

We hope that these reflections will help you grow in your spiritual life and deepen your relationship with the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ. All comments and feedback are appreciated and most welcome.

  • There is more to the story!

    Come away with me to Saint Peter’s Square. Look up and see the statue of Saint Peter dominating the whole place. Walk around the Basilica and try to count the references to Saint Peter. Bend low in the caves and......

  • Learn God’s “Heart” Language

    Today we are offered two very different visions of right living before God. One is to blindly follow the letter of the law; the other is to follow its heart. It is tempting in daily life to hold others to......

  • Hear Jesus with Your Heart

    Human beings are made for relationship; we long to be connected to someone. A young mother who had been adopted in infancy shared with me her experience of motherhood. She said that she finally felt biologically connected to someone. Even......

  • The Lord is With Us Always

    St. John Chrysostom (347-407) was trained as an orator, lived for a time with hermits, and then became a priest and archbishop of Constantinople. He wrote scriptural commentaries, treatises, and many letters. But his real talent shines through in his homilies,......

  • The Miracle Must Continue Through Us!

    Here is a link to the readings for this weekend. The multiplication of the loaves and fish in today’s gospel is a central part of Jesus’ teaching on the Bread of Life. When Jesus asks Philip how the people will......

  • Look to the Good Shepherd as Your Guide

    Here is a link to the readings for this weekend. As Jeremiah reminds us, not all leaders have their people’s best interests at heart. Too often, the ones who long to control others seize positions of leadership. They care nothing......

  • Be willing to live the gospel

    Here is a link to the readings for this weekend. Summer fills our senses with sights, smells and sounds that are particular to the season. We hear many sounds, but we really listen only to some, to those that mean......

  • Our Prophetic Mission

    Here is a link to the readings for this weekend. I admire prophets when they challenge other people to change their attitudes and ways in face of a threatening reality. But when they invite me to see and live in......

  • Jesus’ Transforming Touch

    Here is a link to the readings for this weekend. Most of us can’t imagine circumstances that would prohibit us from entering our parish church. But a Jewish woman of Jesus’ time who was menstruating was prohibited by Jewish law......

  • Christ Is Our Mystical Bridge

    St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), a mystic and tertiary of the Dominican Order, was canonized in 1461 and proclaimed a doctor of the Church in 1970. Her Dialogue, dictated during a state of ecstasy, teaches through a conversation between God......

  • Simple acts help grow God’s kingdom

    Here is a link to the readings for this weekend. If a small farmer in Puerto Rico wants a fence that will last, a strong limb from a roble tree will do the job. The branch, once placed in......

  • Entering Under the Roof of Our God Who is Love

    Here is a link to the readings for this weekend. Recently, I met a young Irishman and a young Englishman who are in the United States on an exchange program to coach soccer to our country’s youth. I always enjoy......

Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail