​Confidence Builder

Fr. Maurice Emelu

Grace to you! A friend got a ticket for crossing double lines on a highway. You know that feeling of “Oops! The cops! Please have mercy…”  His violation was way beyond the officer’s leniency. He knew the ticket was coming. Surely it did.  By the time the bill came, at least $500 of hard-earned money…

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​Stewardship and Fruitfulness

Fr. Maurice Emelu

Grace to you! If you’ve ever invested so much in a person, but find he or she is wasteful and unproductive, it hurts. Doesn’t it? Wastefulness and lack of proper stewardship is a terrible vice. For us Catholics, it is a sin against justice. In the Gospel of Matthew chapter twenty-one, verses thirty-three to forty-three, Our…

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​The Lord’s Joy Because of You

Fr. Maurice Emelu

Grace to you!   I’m ecstatic to read God’s word in the Gospel of Luke 10:21. “In that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said: ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to infants; Yes, Father, for…

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Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus: How Family Makes Saints

Fr. Maurice Emelu

Grace to you! Thousands of pilgrims were in attendance at Saint Peter’s Square in Rome on Sunday, October 18, 2015, to witness the canonization of Marie-Azelie and Louis Martin, the parents of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus.   During the homily in the serenity of the solemn Eucharistic celebration, the Holy Father Pope Francis stated: “The holy spouses, Louis…

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​What the Three Archangels Do for You

Fr. Maurice Emelu

Grace to you! In divine providence, there are layers of excellent spiritual resources. Those resources are in the interest of God’s precious creatures, the chief of whom are you and me (humans). Within divine providence—that act through which God sustains creation—grace and opportune blessings are abundant. One of those blessings is the role played by…

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​Answer to Unhealthy Rivalry

Fr. Maurice Emelu

A beautiful Cultural Dance display at Bamenda, Cameroon, West Africa. Copyright Maurice Emelu Grace to you! Meditations on God’s Word in Scripture are powerful food for spiritual nourishment. Sometimes, I read a Bible story, and I wonder if there is anything concerning us that Scripture has not dealt with, explicitly or implicitly.  As an example,…

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Saint Dominic and Effective Communication

Fr. Maurice Emelu

Many Catholics complain about boring homilies at their parishes. In their survey report published in the April 30, 2012 edition of America magazine, William Byron and Charles Zech, demonstrated that the complains are widespread in the United States.   A number of solutions have been offered. They include getting priests more trained in the art of communication, practical…

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Some Thoughts on the Price of Greatness

Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican

What is the cost of greatness? Two friends were recruited for the USA Marine Corps. Like any other elite military corps, the Marines pride themselves as the most rigorous, the toughest to graduate, and rightly so. Twelve weeks of intensive training culminating in the Crucible, equip candidates for the tough job.  Admission into the elite training…

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Saint Mary Magdalene: Pure Love

Fr. Maurice Emelu

Mary Magdalene is one of the most mischaracterized figures in biblical history. Among the false claims was that she was a public prostitute. The impression grew around the 6th century. Unfortunately, there is no clear biblical evidence to justify this claim. The Church has since rejected it also. Luke 8:2 and Mark 16:9 hinted that Mary…

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