Ascension: Why does Jesus leave us?

When Jesus ascends into heaven, we are confronted with a paradox: Jesus loved us so much that He needed to leave us behind. If Jesus had not ascended, we would never have matured as disciples.

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Preparing for a COVID Christmas

I recently gave a talk to my neighbours (the Madonna House community) and some of their friends in preparation for Christmas. In it, I try to reflect on what we can learn from the nativity story during this Christmas in a pandemic. In addition, I bring in some of Pope Francis' teaching from his most recent encyclical Fratelli Tutti.