18th Sunday: A Life Hidden with God

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God (Col 3: 2-3). ⧾
How have we died? What do these words mean? In his epistle to the Romans St Paul explains: Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death. So that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in the

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The Canaanite Woman and the Martyrs

BENEDICT XVI
ANGELUS
Castel Gandolfo
Sunday, 14 August 2005
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On this 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time, the liturgy presents a rare example of faith to us:  a Canaanite woman who asks Jesus to heal her daughter who was “terribly troubled by a demon”. The Lord resisted her insistent entreaties and seemed impervious to them even when the disciples themselves interceded for her, as the Evangelist Matthew relates.
In the end, however, confronted by the perseverance and humility of this unknown woman, Jesus consented: “Woman, you have great faith! Your wish will come to pass” (cf. Mt 15: 21-28).
“Woman, you have great faith!”. Jesus

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The Heads of Sixtus and Companions

Historians count ten traditional persecutions of Christians in the early Church – up until the Edict of Milan in 313 under Emperor Constantine, who converted to Catholicism; well, sort of, for, knowing he would do any number of dubious deeds in running the Empire, he waited until his deathbed to be baptized, and then by the semi-Arian trimmer Eusebius of Caesarea.
Until that time, Christians never really knew when the next wave of punitive laws would come down from the princes of this world, and two of the worst and most severe were the decrees of Decius in 250 and Valerian

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"I’ll Not Be Working"

Hello from Edinburgh Airport. I am off to the USA for a work retreat, but “I’ll not be working” I said to the inquisitive airport official. You need a visa for that. Nobody expect an investigative phone call from me over the next few days. 

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