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Easter can correct society's 'bitterness and intolerance'

Easter is not a time for political debate, but is rather an opportunity to encounter the pinnacle of the faith '" Christ's death and resurrection, ...

Seeing the Light

On the streets of Los Angeles, a homeless man struggling with addictions stepped into The Midnight Mission and asked for help. Thus began Brian’s long road to recovery.

In the process Brian rediscovered his love for music. Eventually he joined Street Symphony—a group of music professionals with a heart for the homeless. They asked Brian to perform a solo from Handel’s Messiah known as “The People That Walked in Darkness.” In words written by the prophet Isaiah during a dark period of Israel’s history he sang, “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined” (Isaiah 9:2 kjv). A music critic for The New Yorker magazine wrote that Brian “made the text sound as though it had been taken from his own life.”

The gospel writer Matthew quoted that same passage. Called by Jesus from a life of cheating his fellow Israelites, Matthew describes how Jesus fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy by taking His salvation “beyond the Jordan” to “Galilee of the Gentiles” (Matthew 4:13–16).

Who would have believed one of Caesar’s tax collector thugs (see Matthew 9:9), a street addict like Brian, or people like us, would get a chance to show the difference between light and darkness in our own lives?

Prayer Requests Live for Monday, April 22nd, 2019 HD

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Daily Reading for Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 HD

Reading 1, Acts 3:1-10 1 Once, when Peter and John were going up to the Temple for the prayers at the ninth hour, 2 it happened that there was a man ...

Pope Francis at Easter Vigil: Ask Christ to roll back the stone blocking your heart

In his Easter Vigil homily, Pope Francis said that the Risen Christ desires to "roll back the stone" that blocks the entrance to one's heart, so that ...

St. Abdiesus: Saint of the Day for Monday, April 22, 2019

Also called Hebed Jesus, a deacon in the Christian community of Persia who was caught up in the persecutions conducted by King Shapur II. Records ...

Exorcism

Introduction The Latin Church Bishops of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved the English translation of De Exorcismis et ...

Second-Wind Strength

At the age of fifty-four I entered the Milwaukee marathon with two goals—to finish the race and to do it under five hours. My time would have been amazing if the second 13.1 miles went as well as the first. But the race was grueling, and the second-wind strength I’d hope for never came. By the time I made it to the finish line, my steady stride had morphed into a painful walk.

Footraces aren’t the only thing that require second-wind strength—life’s race does too. To endure, tired, weary people need God’s help. Isaiah 40:27–31 beautifully weds poetry and prophecy to comfort and motivate people who need strength to keep going. Timeless words remind fatigued and discouraged people that the Lord is not detached or uncaring (v. 27), that our plight doesn’t escape His notice. These words breathe comfort and assurance, and remind us of God’s limitless power and bottomless knowledge (v. 28).

The second-wind strength described in verses 29–31 is just right for us—whether we’re in the throes of raising and providing for our families, struggling through life under the weight of physical or financial burdens, or discouraged by relational tensions or spiritual challenges. Such is the strength that awaits those who—through meditating on the Scriptures and prayer—wait upon the Lord.

Prayer for Eternal life with God: Prayer of the Day for Monday, April 22, 2019

Heavenly Father, in glorifying Jesus and sending us your Spirit, You open the way to eternal life. May my sharing in this Gift increase my ...

Earth Day 2019: We are stewards of Creation, and we must act like it

Today is Earth Day and Pope Francis has previously called for us "to see the world through the eyes of the God the Creator." As news accumulates to ...