The Inner Word

25 Aug 2019

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

Trials can be rich opportunities on our spiritual path if we see them as “discipline,” that is, training in new ways of seeing and living. Can I name a recent trial that helped me be a better disciple?

18 Aug 2019

Twentieth Sunday In Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

How much should faith “cost”? How many sacrifices are worth making for it? We would like to tell ourselves we would do anything for our faith, even sacrificing ourselves, such as so many martyrs and other saints have done in one form or another.

11 Aug 2019

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

Abraham obeyed because he trusted the one who bade him to have faith. It was not blind faith, but rather an experience of God as reliable that offered Abraham another way of seeing and evaluating.

4 Aug 2019

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

Qoheleth moans that all of life’s labors come to naught. What kind of reward do I expect for the work I do? When I feel my efforts are in vain, what beliefs about life shore me up?

28 Jul 2019

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

In a conversation with God, Abraham explores the range of God’s mercy. When have I been surprised by the extent that God extends mercy to me, choosing to forgive me and welcoming me back to the fold?

21 Jul 2019

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

A big part of my ministry is one of hospitality. How comfortable am I with being present to the people of my community? Is my style of preaching welcoming or off-putting?

14 Jul 2019

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

“If only you would heed the voice of the Lord . . . .” It sounds so simple and it is—in theory.

7 Jul 2019

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

Is there a greater sign of contentment and satisfaction than a baby who’s been well fed and well tended who falls asleep in its parent’s arms?

30 Jun 2019

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

Elijah’s summoning of Elijah comes in the midst of everyday activities: Elisha is plowing. Where do you hear God’s call in your daily work?

23 Jun 2019

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

The church celebrates the Eucharist in a special way today. Second only to Holy Thursday, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ offers an opportunity to focus on the meaning of the eucharistic sacrament.