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Litany for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

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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

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Feast

May 31, 2016 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Mary, Mercy

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The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Feast In this year of mercy, today’s feast, The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, invites us to appreciate Our Lady’s own understanding of God’s mercy.  By reflecting on Our Blessed Mother’s visitation to her cousin, Saint Elizabeth, the Virgin Mary, who is called “Mother of Mercy”, can help us understand God’s... Read More

Willing Your Way to Mercy

May 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Events, Fr. John Hilton, Mercy

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Willing Your Way to Mercy “For judgment is merciless to one who has not shown mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” – James 2:13 By now, Catholics around the world are becoming more and more familiar with Pope Francis’ approach to winning the world to the Faith – through ordinary yet extravagant acts of mercy. In fact, our Holy Father has declared this to be the ‘Year of Mercy’ for... Read More

In Praise of Gentleness

April 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Gentleness, Liz Estler, Mercy, Spiritual Direction

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In Praise of Gentleness from a text written by St Ambrose Has anyone asked for your mercy yet during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy?  No?  Then, perhaps a meditative reading of St. Ambrose’s words here may help engender the kind of demeanor in us, which might inspire them to do so. St. Ambrose, who lived in the 4th century, and who baptized St. Augustine, is one of the original Doctors... Read More

The Best Way to Thwart Divine Mercy

April 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Divine Mercy, Mercy, Vicki Burbach

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The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Week 8 of 8) So we prepare for the Lord’s coming not by being consumed with fear but by following the message of Divine Mercy. Of course, this is not some new Gospel. Rather, it brings us to the heart of the Gospel, which tells us to repent of our sins and then ask for, trust in, and receive Gods’ mercy. The main refrain, as we see in the image of Divine Mercy,... Read More

Aggressive Tenderness: Mercy on the Move – Jubilee Year of Mercy!

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Aggressive Tenderness: Mercy on the Move! Jubilee Year of Mercy   For several weeks, I have been pondering an unusual little phrase that I came across in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ [Evangelii Gaudium]. The words just jumped off the page. He writes, “Christian triumph is always a cross, yet a cross which is at the same time a victorious banner borne... Read More

Surprised by Our Lady of Guadalupe

March 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Sarah Reinhard

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The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Week 7 of 8) Once again, I find myself “blaming” — err, giving credit to — Mary. Many things of the last 15 years of my life are her “fault” — maybe even going so far as to say that I’m Catholic because of her. I spent a great deal of time trying to put all the puzzle pieces together, and at some point, life took over. I started... Read More

Prepare for War … Prepare for Paradise

March 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Vicki Burbach

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Prepare for War … Prepare for Paradise The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Week 6 of 8) So what made the Poles so extraordinarily great in the midst of their suffering? Fr. Lucian gave the answer with one simple statement: “Father Maximilian prepared us for the war” Yes. The Pole’s heroic goodness was Kolbe’s doing. Or, more accurately, it was Our Blessed Mother’s doing. She used... Read More

The Power of Human Freedom in Changing the Course of History

March 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Sarah Reinhard

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The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Week 5 of 8) …paying attention to the Fatima message is not like going to a psychic or a palm reader. (By the way, please don’t ever do that!) One of the great dangers of such people, whose powers often come from demons, is that they erroneously present the future in a fatalistic, “irrevocably fixed” way. They make it seem as if what they... Read More

Jesus, I Trust in You – Living Water for Parched Lips

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

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The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Week 4 of 8) How many souls have been consoled by the prayer, “Jesus, I trust in you,” which Providence intimated through Sr. Faustina! This simple act of abandonment to Jesus dispels the thickest clouds and lets a ray of light penetrate every life. Jesus, I trust in you. — The Second Greatest Story Ever Told, p. 74-75 (Quote from Pope [Saint] John Paul... Read More

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