Mercifully Treated

I have been reflecting on Mercy for the past several months. Here I am again, after reading the first reading for today, faced with the words “mercifully treated.” St. Paul was speaking about himself, explaining how Jesus was so merciful to him. Jesus came to save sinners and was so patient with Paul, he explains…

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Made for Community

I love today’s gospel reading. It reminds me of how special and powerful communal prayer is. We were made for community. We were made to love and to be loved. Who is in your community? A Private Matter Where I grew up in the northeast, prayer was a very private affair within the family unit.…

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Extraordinary in the Ordinary

God uses ordinary people for extraordinary things. We are given countless examples of this throughout history. From the Old Testament reading today, ordinary Amos becomes a prophet for Israel. In the New Testament, Jesus picks ordinary men to not only be disciples, but apostles. They preached repentance and drove out demons. The ordinary apostles anointed…

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Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As a young mother, I learned the term Liturgical Living for families. In other words, living according to the church calendar—celebrating and observing feast days and church seasons. At times, this is done using tangible treats or goods with a lesson. Today, our…

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Preparing for the Holy Spirit

Photo symbolising the Holy Spirit

Do you ever stop and really reflect on the gift the Lord gave us when He sent the Holy Spirit to be with us?  Do you recognize the Spirit within you? Do you think about His love enduring forever? Forever. Always. No matter what. God holds you and offers unfailing love just because you are…

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Mercy

On this second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, it is important to reflect on the Risen Lord and how we can be instruments of God’s mercy. When the disciples gathered in the upper room after the resurrection it was more out of fear than of faith, for they did not yet understand how they…

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