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Commentary to the 3rd Sunday of Advent - A -

Commentary to the 3rd Sunday of Advent - A -

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John” (Jn 1:6). He was destined to prepare Israel for the coming of the Messiah. He said, “Repent because the kingdom of the heaven is now at hand” (Mt 3:2).

Commentary on the Readings of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Commentary on the Readings of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The Mary of the Gospel is very close to us: a girl born in the mountains of Lower Galilee, in love with the young Joseph with whom she designed a family according to the tradition of her people. Then she is a mother, woman of faith, who each day had to confront difficulties and temptations similar to ours. She is not an exception but a particular person in whom God has found the full availability to realize his plan of salvation.

Commentary on the Readings, 2nd Sunday of Advent – Year A

Commentary on the Readings, 2nd Sunday of Advent – Year A

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

In today’s Gospel Matthew describes John the Baptist as an austere man (v. 4). His food was simple like that of the inhabitants of the desert. His dress was rough, a leather belt around his waist that distinguished Elijah (2 Kg 1:8), and a fur cloak—a uniform of the prophets (Zec 13:4). The whole person of John the Baptist was a condemnation and denunciation of the opulent society—then as now.

Commentary on the Readings 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

Commentary on the Readings 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Jesus begins to travel through towns and villages announcing everywhere: The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is imminent (Mk 1:15). At times he says: The kingdom of God is already in your midst (Lk 17:21). The kingdom is the center of the preaching of Jesus: in fact, the New Testament mentions the theme of the kingdom of God 122 times and Jesus says it as many as 90 times himself.

Thailand: A country that changes

Thailand: A country that changes

by: Michael Kelly, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church Issues,

Pope Francis will be in Thailand in November during a trip that will take him to Japan. The Thailand he comes to visit appears to be in a time of change – a new king, an unstable government, and a place at the heart of one of the major economic centers of the world.

Lead us, kindly light, into community and communion

Lead us, kindly light, into community and communion

by: Robin Gibbons - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

Canon Robin Gibbons preached at the special Newman Matins held at Christ Church, Oxford on the day of the canonisation of St John Henry Newman in Rome. In many ways this was an historic moment, a recognition by the Anglican community of their receptivity and love of one who did so much for Anglicanism but also who is bringing the two churches closer together.

Commentary on the Readings of the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

Commentary on the Readings of the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Using apocalyptic language and images, Jesus wants to remove the veil that prevents us from seeing the world through the eyes of God. When he seems to announce the end of the cosmos, he is not referring to the end of the world, but helping us to understand the end of the world. Apocalypse does not mean catastrophe, but revelation, unveiling.

Spanish Jesuit to replace Pell at Secretariat for Economy

Spanish Jesuit to replace Pell at Secretariat for Economy

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Church News,

Pope Francis has named a Spanish Jesuit to succeed Cardinal George Pell as leader of the Vatican’s economy department. Fr Juan Antonio Guerrero will become the new Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, a role which charges him with pushing forward with reforms of the Vatican finances.

Commentary on the Readings of the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

Commentary on the Readings of the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Men of all ages have been confronted with the distressing enigma of death and have tried in every way to overcome or at least to exorcise it. God gave an answer to these questions: “The Christian hope—said Tertullian, the famous father of the Church of the second century—is the resurrection of the dead; all that we are, we are because we believe in the resurrection.”