The Inner Word

27 Oct 2019

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

God knows no favorites, Sirach tells us. He judges justly and affirms the right. Is that true for you?

20 Oct 2019

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

Be faithful, steadfast, and patient is the message behind all of the day’s readings.

13 Oct 2019

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

If you refuse to accept a gift you have nothing for which to be grateful.

6 Oct 2019

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

Patience, self-control, and steadfast love are the themes of today’s readings.

29 Sep 2019

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

A priest showed one of his friends his newly remodeled offices. The friend looked around at the rich oak paneling, leather chairs, and well-stocked bookshelves, and exclaimed, “If this is the poverty, bring on the chastity!”

22 Sep 2019

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

Exploitation, cheating, and trickery all have negative connotations but imply varying degrees of depravity or sinfulness.

15 Sep 2019

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

You’re in the forgiveness business. How good are you at it?

8 Sep 2019

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

None of us serve as God’s counsel, yet through wisdom, witness, and the teachings of God’s own Son, divine plans are revealed to us.

1 Sep 2019

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

How do I maintain a sense of healthy humility? Who helps me keep my head on straight? What do I do to avoid the twin pitfalls of self-aggrandizement or self-deprecation? Can I accept that I am a “good-enough” human being?

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?