It has been a wonderful experience writing weekly reflections on mercy over the past nine months. Thank you for sharing your stories with me! I am taking a break for Advent to enjoy a little quiet time in reflective anticipation of the birth of our LORD. May God bless you and yours on Thanksgiving Day… Continue reading Being Still
Earlier in 2017, I began writing a weekly blog with the goal of highlighting some “merciful moments” experienced in everyday life. It started as a Lenten spiritual exercise prompted by Pope Francis’ declaration of December 8, 2015 through November 20, 2016 as the Year of Mercy. Over thirty weeks later, as we come to the… Continue reading Mercy. Live it!
If you have ever accompanied a loved one to the hospital for surgery, you are probably familiar with the waiting area. In many health facilities, this means some chairs lined up against a wall and, if you’re lucky, some recent magazines. I think it’s safe to say that nobody enjoys waiting in the chairs because… Continue reading Chairs
Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you. Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs. Saint Francis de Sales Did I ever mention to you that I’ve been Catholic for my entire life? That means one… Continue reading Saints and Angels
I don’t understand grudges. During this past month, I have heard of various people in families, in churches and in neighborhoods who are not speaking to one another. In each situation, one person offended another person and a disagreement ensued. The disagreement was not resolved and hurt feelings and resentments grew. As a result of… Continue reading Grudges
“Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” We pray this prayer every time we go to Mass right before we receive Eucharist. I don’t really know why, but this prayer has always been a favorite of mine. It’s a… Continue reading Only Say the Word
“A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.” Pope Francis After an ordinary Sunday morning at work, which for me also is an ordinary Sunday morning at church, I firmly believe that mercy more often appears in snippets rather than huge, dramatic events. At least, that’s been my experience lately. … Continue reading Merciful dodgeball?