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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, 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 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 Divine Mercy, Liz Estler, Videos


DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY Divine Mercy “Jesus, I trust in You”  Divine Mercy Sunday: The Divine Mercy Message   Jesus, I Trust in You! On Divine Mercy Sunday, the message of the Divine Mercy is that God loves all of us. His mercy is greater than our sins, greater than any of them! Understanding and recognizing this, we are to trust Him and call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others.... 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

How does a person accept God’s mercy?

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Dear Father John, I am helping a woman in her spiritual growth (mainly through helping her come up with a program of life), and something came up that I wanted to ask you about. She has shared with me some of what she regrets, and some of what she is having a hard time forgiving herself for. Intellectually she knows that God forgives, but she hasn’t accepted His mercy into her heart. I am guessing that this resistance is... Read More

Praying in Humility and Mercy

April 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Conversion, Divine Mercy, Humility, Prayer


Is it possible to pray out of misery without falling into self-pity? The question, posed by one of our readers, indicates a grave evil confronted in prayer. Misery is the demeaning absence of God’s love, a love we have rejected.  Without the love God created us to know, we are restless and in our restlessness we are inclined to mistake our own bloated egos for God.  The gravity of such self-occupation is a perilous trap,... Read More

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