It must have been between the 20th and 25th of October 1936, when Sister Maria Faustyna [Faustina] Kowalska was in and out of a hospital in Krakow, Poland, suffering the pains of a disease (probably tuberculosis). She received one of the series of messages about Divine Mercy. It was one of the decisive points in…

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Human response to events is complex. We observe, experience, make judgements and respond according to evaluations and convictions about these things. What one judges meaningful is what one could proudly and boldly transmit to others, be they families or friends. This process applies particularly to the transmission of the Good News of Christ since bearing…

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We come to the holiest three days in the Church’s life. It is called the Triduum. Three main events are celebrated within these three days. They include the institution of the Most Holy Eucharist and, in our Catholic tradition, the Ministerial Priesthood (Holy Thursday); the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ (Good Friday); and the…

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Written by Paul Verderber…writing for Kelly Vardakas who was unavailable John writes about Jesus in today’s Gospel as follows…. “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  This sure sounds reasonable and well thought out.  It sounds like…

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This reflection is on mercy as a crucial quality of a virtuous life. Let’s begin with you. I mean, you as you are and me as I am. Specifically, you and me as believers, we, as people, granted the grace of faith, people called in love to communion with our Creator. Is it because we…

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Grace to you! Growing up as a boy, my dad told me many stories about the bravery of our ancestors. Those stories were meant to instill in me the courage to be part of a historical moment and culture. Many families, societies and countries have their stories. We celebrate historical figures. We celebrate our roots.…

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On this feast of Epiphany, I reflect on the kind of people to whom God is made manifest. Epiphany is about the revelation of Christ beyond the shores of Bethlehem and Jerusalem to the whole world. The Church in the east call it the feast of theophany (manifestation of God). It equally signifies that Christ…

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A man at the wheel was far beyond the speed limit. His was one of those times you momentarily forget, and the speedometer goes off the chart. Revolving lights seen in the rear mirror, plus the siren, was abrupt notice that he was in the cop’s net.   The countenance of the cop looking through his…

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Happy New Year! I am grateful for the gift of life and the New Year. My prayer is that this New Year will be more blessed than the previous one. Amen. If I may ask, what are your plans for this New Year? Any New Year resolutions?  Honestly, I gave up on making New Year…

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Grace to you! Sometime last year, I boarded a plane en route to Louisville, Kentucky, and sat between two men. As often as I did while traveling, I brought out my blue Rosary and started to pray in silence. Forty minutes into the flight, one of the men seemed to have something to say to…

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