Rediscover your faith with Bishop John Noonan as he gives spiritual reflections to deepen your understanding and love for Catholicism. His letters to the faithful are a call to teach and live the Light of Christ toward Goodness, Righteousness and Truth.
- #10: Bread Alone
Bread. It is one of the four major food groups. It was sustenance for the Israelites throughout their journey in the desert. It was an essential part of the meal in which Jesus and his disciples shared. It was the source of revelation to the disciples on the Road to Emmaus. For us as Catholics, when consecrated the bread becomes the Real Presence of Christ among us.
- #9: Be Holy
We may think that holiness is reserved for a priest or religious sister or for someone who is often seen at the church praying. When you arise in the morning and make ready for the day, look in the mirror. I hope that you see a model for holiness!
- #8: Grasp
What strong and beautiful words we hear proclaimed in Scripture on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Think of the imagery from the words of the Prophet Isaiah: I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people. To grasp someone’s hand effects a sense of urgency, a desire for the person. God chooses us and forms us. We fulfill His covenant; that is, we carry forth His light for all the nations.
- #7: Prince of Peace
We often marvel at this word, peace. It is spoken about during the holiest of days and it rests upon the birth of the Christ Child. The peace of which God speaks, His Peace, is not of this world. It is of God.
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- #6: Advent Strength
The season of Advent is a time of interior reflection upon our life in Christ. We anticipate the birth of our savior and realize that our choosing salvation is our inner struggle between good and evil. The season of Advent brings us great light and we ask God to know what is happening within us.
- #5: Conversion
Awareness of God’s presence is a gift of faith. It is not enough to want to be good or to do good or to follow our conscience. First, we have to be aware of God’s presence. Then, all that we are becomes an orientation toward God.
- #4: We Are Not Alone
St. Paul tells us that God’s presence is always with us, seeking our well-being. God’s presence is profoundly known when we incarnate this truth in our loving care of one another. In the Eucharist, we become what we receive; as we partake of this heavenly feast with Christ to transform the world. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the endurance of Christ.
- #3: Saints Among Us
The saints are a guide to holiness. The processes of beatification and canonization recognize the signs of heroic virtue, the sacrifice of one’s life in martyrdom, and certain cases where a life is constantly offered for others, even until death. Our churches are named for the saints and we seek to emulate their examples of faithfulness.
- #2: Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life
Offering thanksgiving proclaims hope in God. The theme for Respect Life Month, the month of October is, “Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life.” Through our Christian hope in the Resurrection, we are given the grace to persevere in faith.
- #1: Pursue God
Our relationship with God cannot be one that we turn on and off, that when we are in need, we seek Him. Our relationship with God is the fullness of life. Just as we are attentive to members of our families, our friends, so we also should be attentive to God.