Posts Tagged ‘Mercy’

The Divine Mercy of the Lord

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

The mercy of the Lord “lasts forever. From generation to generation, it embraces all those who trust in him and it changes them, by bestowing a share in his very life,” affirms Pope Francis (Misericordia et Misera, 2). This divine mercy expresses itself in the life of the Church in a variety of ways – […] [Read more]

Active Cooperation in the Grace of Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

“Nothing of what a repentant sinner places before God’s mercy can be excluded from the embrace of his forgiveness,” Pope Francis affirms (Misericordia et Misera, 2).  The Lord is always there desiring our reconciliation when we have estranged ourselves from him and squandered our status as adopted sons and daughters of God. We can and […] [Read more]

Embracing the Mercy of God during Lent

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Yesterday we celebrated the fourth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis as Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ and Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church. The Gospel for the day, Monday of the Second Week of Lent, was from Saint Luke where it is recorded that, “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Be merciful, […] [Read more]

Going to Confession

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

The sacrament of Confession is the outward manifestation of God’s mercy.  Also called Penance or Reconciliation, the sacrament lavishly benefits the one who seeks it, costs nothing and takes little time. Yet many Catholics do not often go.  Why? For some it is embarrassment or some other fear, others may not know how or have […] [Read more]

The Year of Mercy: A Jubilee of Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7). The mercy we do others, such as patience and forgiveness, is often a mercy we do to ourselves as well – and the mercy we do not do usually only adds to our woes. When I was growing up, some of the neighborhood kids […] [Read more]

The Door of Mercy in the Church is Open to All in the Jubilee of Mercy . . . and Beyond

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Pope Francis has often discussed how profoundly touched he is by Christ’s calling of Saint Matthew. In the Gospel we read how Jesus went to dine at the house of Matthew, who as a tax collector was reviled by the community. When the Pharisees asked why he ate with tax collectors and sinners, the Lord […] [Read more]

Pope Francis’ Teaching and Witness of Mercy

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Blessed Pope Paul VI observed that people in today’s world are more likely to listen “to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses” (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 41). In this Jubilee of Mercy that concludes soon, on November 20, the Solemnity of Christ the King, Pope Francis […] [Read more]

The Testimony of Mercy of Saint John Paul II

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

In announcing the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis pointed specifically to his holy predecessor, saying, “Let us not forget the great teaching offered by Saint John Paul II in his second encyclical, Dives in Misericordia,” explaining that he had highlighted how the theme of mercy in today’s cultural milieu has been largely forgotten (Misericordiae […] [Read more]

Faith and Trust in the Goodness of God: The Mercy of Christian Hope

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Mercy, said Pope Francis in proclaiming this Jubilee Year, is “the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to a hope of being loved forever,” it is “the force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope” (Misericordiae Vultus, 2, 10).   Noting […] [Read more]

Respect Life Sunday and Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis, we are reminded of God’s gift of mercy to us, and our call to share his tender love and compassion with others. It is fitting then that “Moved by Mercy” is the theme for Respect Life Sunday today and the entire month of October. As […] [Read more]