Ask and You Will Receive

John 16:4-33 contains the final teachings, directions and promises recorded by St. John given to Jesus’ disciples before his great prayer in chapter 17 and before his suffering and death in chapters 18-19. Jesus repeats several things in this passage of Scripture, making it clear to his followers that these are the primary realities to […]

The Touchstone For Religious Liberty: Jesus

As we approach John 15:18-John 16:3, the first thing to keep in mind is the Scriptures’ relevance for the battles Christians are engaged in today.  Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, was recently quoted in the National Catholic Register (June 30):  “The task of the Church is to proclaim the truth–whether easy or hard, […]

I Have Called You Friends

O God, you called St. Benedict into the wilderness to dwell with you in solitude and into the heart of a community to dwell with you in service to others.  Through his intercession, lead us by your word to hear and heed your will for us this day and every day, through Christ our Lord. […]

That Your Joy May Be Full

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser (John 15:1). In days to come Jacob shall take root, Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots, and fill the whole world with fruit (Isaiah 27:6).  This Scripture, along with Psalm 80:8-9, Isaiah 5:1-7, and Jeremiah 2:21, helps us understand the powerful picture Jesus […]