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Scandalous Mercy and Tireless Mercy: Beautiful Mercy Book Club

November 22, 2016 by  
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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

Refreshing Mercy – Affirming Mercy

November 8, 2016 by  
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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

Announcing the Beautiful Mercy Book Club!

October 25, 2016 by  
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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

A New Look at the Ascension (Life of Christ Book Club)

October 12, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 27 of 27) The Ascension has never really been a mystery that’s resonated with me. In fact, it’s kind of confusing. Or it has been. Jesus comes, does all his miraculous stuff, and saves humanity through the sacrifice of the Cross and Resurrection. But the story’s not over! He ascends. What does that mean? In the Gospel of Luke, we get a mere four verses about... Read More

Jesus Meets Us Where We Are (Life of Christ Book Club)

September 27, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 25 of 27) One of the things I have most appreciated in our journey through Life of Christ is how Fulton Sheen makes me think and chew on things I’ve honestly never thought of before. He makes me realize anew, with each chapter, how Jesus meets us where we are. This continues to be a Bible study of immense proportions because Sheen’s breaking open Scripture as he... Read More

Finding Hope in the Seven Last Words

September 13, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 23 of 27) This is one of those chapters that I dog-eared right from the beginning. Our Lord spoke seven times from the Cross; these are called His Seven Last Words. In the Scriptures the dying words of only three others were recorded: Israel, Moses, and Stephen. The reason perhaps is that no others are found so significant and representative as these three. […] In His... Read More

What Is Truth? (Hint: Not Facebook.)

August 30, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 21 of 27) This book continually makes me marvel and appreciate our faith and our Savior all the more. In this week’s chapters, I found myself facing people who I related with, who I knew, who I have been. Pilate was one of those who believed that truth was not objective but subjective, that each man determined for himself what was to be true. It is often the fault of practical... Read More

The Our Father: Mission Accomplished

August 16, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 19 of 27) Quite a few years ago, Jen Fulwiler hosted a series on the Our Father. In this series, Jen had different writers reflect on each word of the Our Father. (She also now has it available as an ebook if you sign up for her email newsletter.) I had never thought about praying that way before, and it stayed with me. I caught myself paying attention to prayer in a whole new... Read More

Elements of Christ’s Memorial

August 2, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 17 of 27) To be honest, I’ve never given much thought to the why of bread and wine for Mass. Why do we use bread and not olives or hummus or crackers? Why do we use wine and not water or milk or beer? Leave it to Fulton Sheen to smack me across the head with an explanation that not only explains it beautifully, but that also inspires further reflection. I’ll... Read More

Hope of the Resurrection

July 19, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 15 of 27)   Hope of the Resurrection The only reason I’m better at waiting than my five-year-old is that I have a few years under my belt. “You’re so patient,” some stranger mentioned, seeing me wrestling a toddler in one arm, a whiny kindergartner in the other, and a dramatic grade schooler off to the side. By the grace of God, I just smiled. What... Read More

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