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Faith Like Mary & a New Book: The Second Greatest Story Ever Told

February 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Sarah Reinhard

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Note: This week, we are pulling double-duty with our book club post. This is the final week of “The Church of Mercy” AND the first week of the “Second Greatest Story Ever Told”. The Church of Mercy (Week 6 of 6) Lately, I’ve been struggling to pray a rosary. It’s partially a time thing and partially a motivation thing: my standing excuse is that I lack both. However,... Read More

St John Paul II & Ven Fulton J Sheen & the Political Climate in America

February 2, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Vicki Burbach

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The Church of Mercy (Week 5 of 6) It is not enough to offer someone a sandwich unless it is accompanied by the possibility of learning how to stand on one’s own two feet. Charity that leaves the poor person as he or she is, is not sufficient. True mercy, the mercy God gives to us and teaches us, demands justice; it demands that the poor find the way to be poor no longer. – Pope Francis, The... Read More

Finding Hope in the Midst of Sleepless Nights and Challenging Days

January 26, 2016 by  
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The Church of Mercy (Week 4 of 6) Finding Hope in the Midst of Sleepless Nights and Challenging Days Do you ever feel tempted to quit? I’m in a season of life that has me, in a very physical way, stretched to the limit. I haven’t had a night of uninterrupted sleep in over ten months, and there have been some days and nights recently that have been particularly challenging. But, you know,... Read More

Has Your Child Gone Astray? Your Hope May Be His Saving Grace

January 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Vicki Burbach

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The Church of Mercy (Week 3 of 6) In the face of those moments of discouragement we experience in life, in our efforts to evangelize or to embody our faith as parents within the family, I would like to say forcefully: always know in your heart that God is by your side; he never abandons you! Let us never lose hope! Let us never allow it to die in our hearts! The “dragon,” evil, is present in... Read More

Mercy…and a Triple Dose of Patience; Church of Mercy Book Club

January 12, 2016 by  
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The Church of Mercy Book Club (Week 2 of 6) If I’m honest, I have to admit that I wouldn’t really care about the Year of Mercy if people didn’t keep forcing me to consider it and examine it and think about why it matters. There’s work, there’s family, there’s a list of at least 500 things that are pressing! urgent! important! And mercy? Well, that’s nice.... Read More

New Year, New Book: The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis

January 5, 2016 by  
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The Church of Mercy (Week 1 of 6) Dear Readers, We hope you’ve been enjoying a beautiful Christmas season with your friends and family. With the advent of the new year, we are beginning a new chapter in our spiritual reading book club! You may be aware that Pope Francis has designated this liturgical year a Holy Year of Mercy. In order to help each of us better contemplate the virtue of mercy,... Read More

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