Favored By God
Few people have influenced Christian spirituality, theology, and history as profoundly as Mary, mother of Jesus. Explore three key events early in her life that set the course for her role in salvation history. Learn what it means to be favored by God.
Sarah & Hagar
Women of Promise
It is not possible to tell the story of Abraham’s descendants without taking note of how God’s plan unfolded in the lives of Sarah and Hagar. The best laid plans and the unexpected converge as these two women respond to God’s promises.
Proclaiming Christ Crucified
Paul discovered his core identity in the crucified and resurrected Christ and spent his final years proclaiming the power of the cross. Explore three key passages from his letters that invite us to embrace the redemptive power of the cross in our lives.
Called and Equipped
Superheroes are all the rage and Moses has loomed large in Judeo-Christian storytelling. Not always the strong and courageous type, Moses first had to learn to hear God’s voice and then to fill God’s people with a new vision.
A fiery preacher and humble servant to the coming kingdom of God, John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus. Three gospel passages capture his message and its meaning and invite us to make way for Jesus in our hearts and in our world.
Among the leaders of the early church, Barnabas is not as well-known as the likes of Peter or Paul. However, Barnabas vouched for Paul before the other apostles, traveled with him as an evangelizer, and then stepped aside when circumstances and Divine Providence demanded. Explore three fascinating passages from the Acts of the Apostles with Jerome Kodell, OSB, one of the most insightful Catholic voices on Scripture today.
The writings of St. Paul have provided teaching, insight, and guidance to Christians from the church's earliest days right up to our own. A missionary, theologian, and martyr, he was at all times a pastor to the early Christian communities scattered throughout the Roman Empire. By exploring three passages from his letters (1 Thess 1:2-10; 1 Cor 12:12-31; Gal 5:13-16) we will discover that God's people now still need his encouragement and instruction.
What do the gospels tell us about Mary Magdalene? She was a committed disciple of Jesus during his public ministry and at the cross. She was the first to encounter the risen Lord on Easter morning. And she received his commission to be the apostle to the apostles. Through Dinah Chapman Simmons's reflections on these experiences, Mary Magdalene invites us into a deeper relationship with the Lord Jesus.
Confidence in the God of Salvation
Our faith gives witness to a God who is worthy of our trust and invites us to model this confidence to those around us. Explore a few key Bible passages that teach us to surrender to the power of divine love and rely on the God who created and redeems us.
God’s Nature, Our Challenge
Jesus calls us to be merciful as his heavenly Father is merciful (Luke:6:36). Explore on of the psalms that offers thanks for God's mercy in salvation history, and reflect on two gospel stories that illustrate the meaning of mercy then and now.
One of the great theological virtues, hope is a sign of our trust in God, the foundation for making our way through difficulties, and an invitation to witness to God's care in our lives. A psalm, a Pauline passage, and a gospel passage allow us to explore this virtue of which our world is in such need.
Hospitality was a hallmark of the ancient Mediterranean world and, according to St. Paul, is among the characteristics to be found in the Body of Christ, the church. True hospitality begins with the recognition of human dignity and the desire to respond effectively to human need. Here Catherine Upchurch, recognized nationally for her keen ability to make the Scriptures come alive for Catholics, explores how three biblical settings encourage us to be people of welcome.
- Abundant Life
When parents find themselves alone after their children move out of the house-or when anyone's loved one moves out of the home-they may experience a very real sense of loneliness, lack of purpose, and even grief. These prayerful reflections on the Joseph story, the incarnation, and the last discourse of Jesus offer comfort and challenge to anyone with an empty nest. The word of God has the power to help empty nesters change, let go, and love anew.
When Our Best-Laid Plans Fall Apart
Where do we turn when our hopes are dashed, when we look at best-laid plans and see only shattered dreams? With fresh perspectives on Jeremiah's plans for "a future of hope," Jesus' agony in the garden, and Isaiah's promise of "a way in the wilderness," Laura Kelly Fanucci offers hope for those wondering what comes next when life feels broken.
Loss comes to each of us, without fail. Scripture can serve as a companion to us in the grief we bear and ultimately in our surrender to our compassionate God. Through this set of insightful reflections on the stories of Ruth and Naomi, the death and raising of Jesus' friend Lazarus, and the promise of a new heaven and earth, Laura Kelly Fanucci invites us to a deepening experience of God's healing presence in our lives.
Finding Meaning in Mobility
In a society where so many of us are on the move-relocating because of employment, to be near extended family, or even just to pursue a dream of living somewhere new-staying connected is a real challenge. The Scriptures invite us to discover God's presence in a new place and in the midst of a changing community. Passages from the Old and New Testaments offer lessons that are fresh and relevant today.
Stress has stitched itself into the fabric of modern life, slowly but surely weaving its way into the tapestry of our days. So many things worry us. So many things weary us. Where will we look for renewal? How can we restore the golden thread of peace into our lives? Finding Peace, Letting Go of Stress and Worry explores three New Testament passages, refreshing our minds and hearts in the love of God, our unity with Christ, and the peace that flows from loving one another.
New beginnings are often fraught not only with excitement and adventure, but anxiety and uncertainty. The road is no longer familiar, the terrain perhaps not as friendly. In this set of three inviting reflections, Matthew A. Glover helps us to see that the Scriptures show us how God is present in these new beginnings of our lives, even when the path forward may be unknown.
- Wisdom Learned in Frailty
- Accompanying the Sorrowful
- Changing Course in the Middle of the Road
- Healing the Past
- Facing the Future
- Living in the Moment
During Lent, we strive to free ourselves from all kinds of clutter-material and spiritual-in order to focus on God and turn back to him with our whole hearts. If this ""turning back"" is genuine, it will be a reorientation, a transformation. To help us enter into this season, Amy Ekeh guides readers in exploring three key moments in the life and ministry of Jesus. The result will be a better understanding of the authentic transformation that God calls each of us to embrace as individuals and as a community and a renewed desire to live God's own outward-looking, self-emptying, laying-down-one's-life kind of love.
In the ancient church, the season of Easter was known as the laetissimum spatium-""the most joyful space"" in the church's calendar. In Easter, Season of Life and Fire, Barry Hudock looks at the resurrection of Jesus and the wonderful season that celebrates it through the lens of three key Scripture passages. Each one sheds new light on both who Jesus is and what it means to be a Christian today.
Advent means arrival or coming. During this sacred season, we actively recall the arrival of Jesus as the Word made flesh, and we joyfully await his final return at the end of the age. But as we remember the past and anticipate the future, we are also attentive to our divine encounters in the present, the ways God 'arrives' in our everyday lives. Amy Ekeh's Advent, Season of Divine Encounter helps us look closely at three key Scripture passages to recall, recognize, and anticipate the ways God comes into our lives and our world.
It is not possible to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Christ, the very Son of God, in a single day. The church gives us a season—from Christmas eve to the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord—to reflect with wonder on what God has done and is doing in our world. The gift of this child who would go on to give his very life for our salvation is the source of our hope in every age and through every storm. In Christmas, Season of Hope and Wonder, meditate with Catherine Upchurch on three New Testament passages that invite us to move through wonder to hope.
- Putting on Christ in Baptism
- Embracing Discipleship in Confirmation
- Uniting with Christ in the Eucharist
- Serving God’s People in Ordination
- Witnessing to Christ’s Love in Marriage
- Seeking Wholeness in Reconciliation
- Inviting Healing through Anointing of the Sick
- Sowing Good Seed in Good Ground
- Loving Even Our Enemies
- Proclaiming God’s Kingdom
- Minding the Mission
- God’s Generosity
- Living Gratefully
- Naming Our Needs
- Faith-filled Waiting
- Recognizing the Time
- Mountaintop Encounters
- Desert Wanderings
- Waters of Life
- Come to the Garden
- Valleys So Low
- Journeys of Discovery
- The Vine and the Branches
- The Groom and His Bride
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