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Mercy, Mary, and the Advent of Christ

December 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Advent, Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mercy, Solemnity

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Mercy, Mary, and the Advent of Christ   Every sign of our times points to God doing something great and something new in the world. In practically every instance throughout the history of God’s people, God’s salvation does not come in the way people expect it. He uses the most unusual instruments at times, such as King Cyrus of Persia (an outsider of the Israelites, a Gentile), who liberated God’s people from their... Read More

Litany for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

November 2, 2016 by  
Filed under All Souls, Commemoration, Litanies, Litany, Liz Estler, Mercy, Prayer

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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 for private use).  Not only... Read More

Theology of the Body – A Gift of Mercy to a Desperate Culture

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

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Theology of the Body: A Gift of Mercy to a Desperate Culture   Beautiful Mercy (Week 2 of 5) Take up a study of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and you will discover that behind all the sexual pain and confusion in the world and in our own hearts is the human thirst for heaven gone awry. Sexual sin, you might say, is a quest to satisfy our thirst for heaven with “dead water.” Christ meets us right there with... Read More

Announcing the Beautiful Mercy Book Club!

October 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Sarah Reinhard

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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 book, I couldn’t stop! I... Read More

Fire of Mercy: A Retreat Guide for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

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FIRE OF MERCY: A RETREAT GUIDE FOR ALL SAINTS’ DAY AND ALL SOULS’ DAY   The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, Fire of Mercy, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. When was the last time you thought about what happens after we die? Certainly, you already know what happens—we all learned it in Catechism class: first comes death, unavoidable for all of us, then comes judgment, and depending on how that... Read More

A Frame of Mercy

October 3, 2016 by  
Filed under God's Love, Jo Flemings, Mercy, Relationship with Christ

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Editor’s Note: Today we introduce Jo Flemings to you as a writer on our site.  Please welcome her warmly and make her feel at home. A Frame of Mercy   I work part-time. I am a nanny, personal assistant, specialty chef, and girl-Friday for a young mother in an affluent neighborhood in my town. I love my boss, her family, and my job. When I started in this position a couple of years ago, I was in dire straits because... Read More

Saint Teresa of Calcutta Canonization – Saint of Mercy

September 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Canonizations, Liz Estler, Mercy, Prayer, Videos

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Saint Teresa of Calcutta – Canonization Saint of Mercy   Saint Teresa of Calcutta – it has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Today, the Church officially canonizes she who was revered as the “Saint of the Gutters” during her lifetime. This world admires her for what it sees as her social work and humanitarianism and for her selfless charity. But, she could not do anything without the prayer, Eucharist,... Read More

Miracles of Mercy: Retreat Guide on the Healing Touch of Jesus

August 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mercy, Retreat Guides

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MIRACLES OF MERCY: A RETREAT GUIDE ON THE HEALING TOUCH OF JESUS The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, Miracles of Mercy: A Retreat Guide on the Healing Touch of Jesus, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. When was the last time you reflected deeply, even meditated, on one of Jesus’ miracles? He performed an awful lot of them. Thirty-four are recorded in the Gospels. And St. John tells us that those are just... 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 great mercy and love for us. Venerable... 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 the universal Church. But why?... Read More

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