BE FREE OF DISTRACTIONS

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time                         In the fourth century, among the Desert Fathers one of the brothers desperately wanted to have a wife. All his companions in the community tried to persuade the young brother not to get married. Finally, the young brother did leave the monastery and get married.             Years passed, and … Continue reading BE FREE OF DISTRACTIONS

OUR NEED TO BE EXORCISED

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time                         There was a movie, titled The Exorcist, back in the 1970s that caused quite a stir. (Perhaps some of you have watched it.) The movie is about a 12-year-old girl who is demon-possessed – displaying strange and aggressive behaviors, constantly swearing, and showing abnormal strength – which are early … Continue reading OUR NEED TO BE EXORCISED

SPIRITUAL FAKERY

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time                         Today’s gospel reading presents Jesus driving out what Mark calls “unclean spirit” – or, in other words, a demon. This is not the only exorcism Jesus will perform during his public life. The Gospels show him performing many such exorcisms. They were needed whenever an evil spirit took possession … Continue reading SPIRITUAL FAKERY

SHEPHERD

Sts. Timothy and Titus                   We celebrate today the feast of Sts. Timothy and Titus. They were disciples of St. Paul. Both of them became bishops.             Basically, a bishop has two main roles: teaching authority and pastoral care. These he exercises in his service of the people. Timothy and Titus exercised this role and … Continue reading SHEPHERD