Category Archives: Year of Mercy

Acquire the Spirit of Peace

  It’s amazing how often my bad mood or high level of stress is exacerbated by the people around me, and especially by those in my family. If I am short with them, they are short with me and with … Continue reading

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Music Monday: New Every Morning by Audrey Assad

I have a peaceful, beautiful song for you today. Such a gentle reminder that every day is a new day. Every morning, the sun rises, and we begin again.     We are made new, if we will let ourselves. … Continue reading

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Come Be My Light: Instructions

I mentioned in my post on Come Be My Light, that we are all called to bring the light of Christ into the world. As this call was ringing in my soul, the readings at Mass were filled with light as … Continue reading

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Crooked Family Trees

Jesse Tree Day 10: There is something about knowing where you come from that draws all of us at some point in our lives. Whether as an individual, a family, a country, or a religion, there is a depth that … Continue reading

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I only have five loaves and two fish…

“Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.” (Matthew 14:17) A couple months ago, I gave a copy of my book, Be Not Afraid, to a homeless man. As I pulled up the corner, I was prepared to give … Continue reading

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Coming Home

  Alan Graham, of Mobile Loaves and Fishes, says that the main cause of homelessness is a catastrophic failure of the family. If the family of a person with mental illness, disabilities or drug addiction doesn’t have the financial, emotional, or … Continue reading

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The Old Testament God

The Old Testament God is often seen as an angry, harsh, demanding God as opposed to the New Testament kindness and mercy of Jesus. It’s a funny dichotomy that is fairly well supported by the reading yesterday where “Joshua mowed … Continue reading

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What about when we need mercy?

  In this Year of Mercy, we hear many ways that we can and should be merciful. The Works of Mercy are actions, whether physical, mental, or spiritual. As a person who loves to help others, this is very accessible to … Continue reading

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What does forgiveness mean?

What does forgiveness really mean? Can we forgive without someone being sorry? Continue reading

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Can I Forgive?

“Then Peter went up to him and said, ‘Lord, how often must I forgive my brother? As often as seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times.’” (Matthew 18:21-21) Forgiveness is a tricky thing. Does the … Continue reading

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