Saint Paul learned from personal experience how to accept his weakness--his "thorn in the flesh"--and allow it to be a moment where the power of God would take over.
In today's two stories from the Gospel of Mark Christ confronts the obstacles of sin, disease, and death with his healing power.
In our own time the Church calls us to what St. John Paul II called a "new evangelization." St. John the Baptist's role in the story of Christ affirms our vocation as evangelizers.
When we are tempted to despair at the oppression or violence in our world we must remember that the Kingdom's truth will prevail.
We call ourselves brothers and sisters in Christ. But do we do the will of God? That question is best answered by how we live.
It is our faith that each Mass allows those present to experience liberation--from selfishness, from sin, from the burdens of human existence.
As St. Paul tells us, we've been "adopted" by God through the power of the Holy Spirit. We share the suffering and the glory of Jesus Christ.
The dramatic story of the descent of the Holy Spirit tells us how the Holy Spirit can break down walls we may put up between peoples, races, cultures.
Do we realize the implications of bearing the name of Christ in our world today? May we take our name seriously, and live fully in the relationship we share with God.
The lives of believers should exhibit the power of Christ at work through their justice, harmony, and charity.