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Prayer and the Struggle to Forgive

Prayer and the Struggle to Forgive     One obstacle to beginning to pray and living within is the struggle to forgive. Whenever someone hurts us in a serious way, there is a spiritual wound that remains. As we begin to pray, we commonly find ourselves going back over these wounds again and again. What is most frustrating is that many times we thought we had already forgiven the person who... Read More

Mercy, Mary, and the Advent of Christ

December 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Advent, Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mercy, Solemnity

Mercy, Mary, and the Advent of Christ   Every sign of our times points to God doing something great and something new in the world. In practically every instance throughout the history of God’s people, God’s salvation does not come in the way people expect it. He uses the most unusual instruments at times, such as King Cyrus of Persia (an outsider of the Israelites, a Gentile), who liberated... Read More

Scandalous Mercy and Tireless Mercy: Beautiful Mercy Book Club

November 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Beautiful Mercy (Week 5 of 5)   Mercy is one of those words that’s just…used. We toss it around without fully thinking about what it means, what it implies, what trouble it causes. Scandalous would definitely not have been on the list of adjectives I would have used to describe mercy before reading this book, but consider how Fr. James Mallon describes “scandalous mercy”: God’s... Read More

How Your Suffering Can Help Make the World a Better, Kinder Place

November 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

How Your Suffering can Make the World a Better, Kinder Place   Beautiful Mercy (Week 4 of 5) Nothing makes us more effective ministers of comfort than having suffered ourselves. Not one of your tears of pain will be wasted if you allow them to be redeemed in the life of another. God can use every ounce of what you have been through to make this world a better, kinder place. “Beautiful... Read More

Refreshing Mercy – Affirming Mercy

November 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Beautiful Mercy (Week 3 of 5) Consider Lisa Hendey’s reflection on giving drink to the thirsty: she took readers with her to Tanzania, painting a picture of the young girls carrying huge water jugs on their heads. She then zoomed back to her own California home, where a drought had made her more aware of water. Yet, she mentions, it’s more than just about water, isn’t it? But let us also remember... Read More

Litany for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Litany for the Holy Souls in Purgatory   Editor’s Note: Dear faithful friends and readers, on this All Souls’ Day (the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed) during this year of mercy, and throughout the month of November, which the Church dedicates to the deceased, we invite you to join us in praying this litany for the holy souls in purgatory (one of several commonly available... Read More

Theology of the Body – A Gift of Mercy to a Desperate Culture

November 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Vicki Burbach

Theology of the Body: A Gift of Mercy to a Desperate Culture   Beautiful Mercy (Week 2 of 5) Take up a study of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and you will discover that behind all the sexual pain and confusion in the world and in our own hearts is the human thirst for heaven gone awry. Sexual sin, you might say, is a quest to satisfy our thirst for heaven with “dead water.” Christ... Read More

Announcing the Beautiful Mercy Book Club!

October 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Sarah Reinhard

Beautiful Mercy (Week 1 of 5) You know, I’ll be honest: I wouldn’t have picked up this book if it wasn’t for this book club. I read a lot of books and I have a big pile of books I want to read (and hope to someday get to). This book would have never made it onto any pile I would have been likely to touch. And that would have been too bad for me, because once I started reading this... Read More

Fire of Mercy: A Retreat Guide for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

FIRE OF MERCY: A RETREAT GUIDE FOR ALL SAINTS’ DAY AND ALL SOULS’ DAY   The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, Fire of Mercy, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. When was the last time you thought about what happens after we die? Certainly, you already know what happens—we all learned it in Catechism class: first comes death, unavoidable for all of us, then comes judgment,... Read More

Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist

October 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler

Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist     Today is the feast day of Saint Luke the Evangelist.  He is responsible for writing the Gospel of Luke and also the Acts of the Apostles, sometimes collectively referred to as Luke-Acts! He was a physician, and painter (believed to have painted a portrait of Mary, the Mother of God, and Saints Peter and Paul), who, though not personally an eye-witness... Read More

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