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Learning to Float in the Ocean of Mercy

Learning to Float in the Ocean of Mercy […Some time ago, a] young woman was eagerly learning the art of surrender to the Divine Instructor. Jesus revealed to St. Maria Faustina, an obscure Religious Sister in Poland, His deep love and mercy for all humanity and appointed her as His ‘Messenger of Mercy’. His message involved a request for our childlike confidence in His love and a renewed call... Read More

Should I Still Go to Confession if I Have Nothing to Confess?

Dear Father John, I recently heard someone mention the term “devotional confession.” I think this is what I need, but I am not sure what it really is. Is this the kind of confession we do when we are no longer living with habitual mortal or venial sins? Is this where we re-confess old sins to gain the benefit of the sacrament? But if it is, isn’t that scrupulosity? Any guidance will be appreciated. Your... Read More

Dealing with Sin – A Pathway for Prayer in Advent

Dealing with Sin – A Pathway for Prayer in Advent   God wants to help us deal with sin but He waits for us to come to Him, to invite Him, to welcome Him. Advent is a time for doing just that. Opening our hearts to the Lord with contrition-filled prayer is the most important thing we can do to prepare for the joy of Christmas. Not to do so is to prefer to live in self-contradiction, a cold dark... Read More

Letting Go of Grudges

Letting Go of Grudges A young French schoolboy watched as two Englishmen disembarked from their ship at the port of Calais. Before they knew what hit them, the lad charged at them, push­ing them off the pier into the water. Not too pleased at this inhospitable gesture, the men climbed out and ac­costed the boy. “Just what are you trying to do? Is that any way to greet visitors to your country?... Read More

Divine and Human Mercy (Sunday of Divine Mercy)

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.... Read More

Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy — Easter Week

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... Read More

Pope Saint Leo the Great on the Passion of the Lord

April 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holy Week, The Cross, Triduum

Pope Saint Leo the Great's Sermon LV on the Passion of the Lord* I. The difference between the penitence and blasphemy of the two robbers is a type of the human race. … In speaking but lately of the LORD’S Passion, we reached the point in the Gospel story, where Pilate is said to have yielded to the…wicked shouts that Jesus should be crucified. And so when all things had been accomplished,... Read More

Awareness of Misery Key to Mercy of God

Awareness of Misery Key to Mercy of God

Awareness of Misery Key to Mercy of God   You ask me if a soul sensible of its own misery can go with great confidence to God. I reply that not only can the soul that knows its misery have great confidence in God, but that unless it has such knowledge, the soul cannot have true confidence in Him; for it is this true knowledge and confession of our misery that brings us to God. All of the great... Read More

Prayer and the Struggle to Forgive

Prayer and the Struggle to Forgive     One obstacle to beginning to pray and living within is the struggle to forgive. Whenever someone hurts us in a serious way, there is a spiritual wound that remains. As we begin to pray, we commonly find ourselves going back over these wounds again and again. What is most frustrating is that many times we thought we had already forgiven the person who... Read More

Mercy, Mary, and the Advent of Christ

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

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... Read More

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