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Divine and Human Mercy (Sunday of Divine Mercy)

April 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Divine Mercy, Mercy, Spiritual Direction

Divine and Human Mercy From a Sermon by Saint Caesarius of Arles, bishop (Sermo 25m I: CCL 103, 111-112)  Sobering words for our celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday today! Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. (Matthew 5:7) My brothers and sisters, sweet is the thought of mercy, but even more so is mercy itself. It is what all men hope for, but unfortunately, not what all men deserve. For while all men wish... Read More

Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy — Easter Week

April 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Divine Mercy, Easter, Prayer, Resurrection

Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy   The Resurrection is a mystery of the triumph of divine mercy over human misery. When the Father raised Christ Jesus from the dead, humble humanity was not overcome, surmounted or diminished. Instead, all that is good, holy and true about this life was rescued from futility and death. Christian contemplation beholds this victory and by faith allows the splendor of Easter morning to baptize... Read More

The Best Way to Thwart Divine Mercy

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

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, is not fear but trust —... Read More

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

April 3, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Divine Mercy, Easter, Mercy

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 with an aggressive tenderness... Read More

The Dawn of Mercy: An Easter Retreat Guide on Divine Mercy

March 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Divine Mercy, Easter, Fr. Bartunek, Mercy, Retreat Guides

THE DAWN OF MERCY: AN EASTER RETREAT GUIDE ON DIVINE MERCY The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, The Dawn of Mercy, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. Violence, hatred, injustice—it takes heroic fortitude just to turn on the daily news. And this evil isn’t abstract. It has a name. Events in society mirror a reality we all face every day. It’s called sin; it’s ugly; and it’s horrifically destructive. Have... Read More

What is Your Why?

What is a dynamic Catholic? To me, these are folks who give all they have to God and neighbor in a way that is energetic, creative, and that yields an impact wherever they go. Peter Howard, the author of what follows, is a dynamic Catholic. As such, we have been blessed to have him teaching at the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation and now he is working to expand his public speaking. When I heard of his plans, I offered to... Read More

Divine Mercy Sunday — Sunday After Easter

April 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Divine Mercy, Videos

Divine Mercy Sunday DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY This video comes from the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy at Eden Hill, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Construction of the Shrine of the Divine Mercy was begun in 1950 and dedicated in 1960. In 1996, it was honored to be given the title of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy. In the year 2000, Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska was canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday and the Feast of the... Read More

Abuse of Divine Mercy

ABUSE OF DIVINE MERCY “Knowest thou not that the benignity of God leadeth thee to penance?” Romans 2:4 We read in the parable of the cockle [the weeds among the wheat], that the servants of the good man of the house, seeing that it had grown up in the field along with the wheat, wished to pluck it up. “Wilt thou,” said they, “that we go and gather it up?” (cf Matthew 13:28). No, replied the master;... Read More

On the Mercy of God

ON THE MERCY OF GOD “Mercy exalteth itself above judgment.” James 2:13 Good is naturally diffusive; that is, inclined to communicate its goods even to others. But God, who is by nature infinite goodness (“Deus cujus natura bonitas” St. Leo), has an infinite desire to impart his own felicity to us; and therefore his inclination is, not to chastise, but to show mercy to all. To punish is, according to Isaiah,... Read More

Have I Committed the Unforgivable Sin?

August 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Capital Sins, Dan Burke, Divine Mercy, Forgiveness

Dear Dan, I am Catholic. I committed grave sins when I was a teen that I have lived in guilt and anxiety over for almost two decades. I pray every day about them. I have prayed in church but I have never been to confession. I am afraid to go to confession because I am scared I will not be forgiven or kicked out of the “church”. I want to go to Heaven. I love God and Jesus. Are there any sins that are not forgivable?... Read More

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