The Inner Word

30 Dec 2018

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

One’s own experience of family is extremely important in one’s faith development. God calls us to a larger understanding of family than just our family of origin. Both these statements are true.

23 Dec 2018

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

The readings this week are full of paradoxes about where to look for great things. 

16 Dec 2018

Third Sunday of Advent, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

On this Sunday we are asked to continue our Advent preparation, and to do so with a sense of joy.

9 Dec 2018

Second Sunday of Advent, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

Baruch proclaims that we will be remembered by God. Do I feel remembered? Do I feel led by God?

2 Dec 2018

First Sunday of Advent, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

In his final public address, the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin said, “A dying person does not have time for the peripheral or the accidental. He or she is drawn to the essential, the important.”

25 Nov 2018

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Cycle B

What’s in your heart?

The Feast of Christ the King recognizes the triumph of Jesus, the one who testified to the truth with his words and with his life.

18 Nov 2018

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

What’s in your heart?

In the Letter to the Hebrews Saint Paul contrasts two types of priesthood: one that is futile and one that is effective. How often do I feel my ministry is futile? In what ways am I effective?

11 Nov 2018

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

What’s in your heart?

In a book he authored before he became Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger wrote, “If one can say that hunger, love, and power are the forces that motivate man, then one can point out . . . that the three main forms of polytheism are the worship of bread, the worship of love, and the idolization of power.”

4 Nov 2018

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

What’s in your heart?

Do you give your whole self to God and neighbor? What makes it difficult to do so?

28 Oct 2018

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

What’s in your heart?

God promises to provide a “level road so that none shall stumble.” What stumbling blocks do I experience on my spiritual journey? Do I believe that God longs to remove them?