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As we near the end of the Church’s liturgical year, the readings become more eschatological, that is, having to do with the end-times. The main theme of today’s readings is the reality of life after death and of the relationship between our lives on earth and the life of glory or punishment that will follow; therefore, we need to live as people of the resurrection. This means we are not to lie buried in the tomb of our sins and evil habits. Instead, we are to live joyful and peaceful lives, constantly experiencing the real presence of the resurrected Lord.
In addition, the hope of our resurrection and eternal life with God gives us lasting peace and celestial joy amid the boredom and tension of our day-to-day lives. The awareness of the universal presence of the Spirit of the living God will help us to control our thoughts, desires, words and behavior.
The beneficial thought of our own resurrection and eternal glory should also inspire us to honor our bodies, keeping them holy, pure and free from evil habits, and to respect those with whom we come in contact, rendering them loving and humble service.
If God is the God of the living, does it not imply that worship of God also has to be alive? Therefore, we need to offer living worship to a living God. Our participation in prayers and songs during the Mass should be active, our behavior in the church reverent, and we should offer our lives and all our activities to our living God on the altar with repentant and grateful hearts.
At the United Nations, civil society recently focused on one specific means of warfare—lethal autonomous weapons (LAWS), also known as fully autonomous weapons or, more commonly, “killer […]
Here we interview Father Beresford Skelton, the warden of Company of the Mission Priests.
Serving at a Catholic and Vincentian University offers me many opportunities to affirm and support our young sisters and brothers. Let us lift up our young, our future.
Take a few minutes to read Pope Francis' brief reflection for the Third World Day of the Poor.
On November 17, the Church will celebrate the Third World Day of the Poor. Renato Lima has published a message applicable to all those persons who share the Vincentian charism.
Christ Jesus fully reveals the love of God. And since no one and nothing at all can separate us from this love, we more than overcome. Does not the reality or possibility of natural disasters and […]
Encountering Christ in the Poor
St. Vincent teaches us to see Christ in the poor and suffering, so much so that the poor become our Lords and Masters and we their servants. Read more →
Congregation of the Mission
The Eastern Province is a province of Congregation of the Mission, often known as Vincentian Fathers and Brothers or Lazarists … Read more →
“I am satisfied to sow in tears if I may reap in Joy.” – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – Thank you, Lord, for the sorrows and pain in my life that help me to share more fully in your Passion, Death, and Resurrection.
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