Category Archives: Inspirational

“Merciful like the Father”

    “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. ” (Luke 6:36) and/or? “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48) Thanks to Pope Francis, the Catholic Church is sponsoring a Jubilee Year of Mercy … Continue reading

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bold

  Bold. The word “bold” sounds to me onomatopoeic. One syllable that cuts to the chase: strong, direct, emphatic, without equivocation. Bold. There’s no mistaking it for wish-washy, ambivalent, tentative. The spiritual journey problem for me is that when I … Continue reading

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Stations of the Cross–Mercy Reflections

Over the last number of weeks, mercy reflections on the Stations of the Cross have been published on Catholic365. Here for your convenience, consideration, and comment are links to the reflections. Please share your insights as you pray the Stations. … Continue reading

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Shine, Jesus, Shine!

  “…if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins…If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the most pitiable people of all.” (1 Corinthians 15: 17, 19) SHINE…  … Continue reading

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simplify

  I should have known that overcoming overthinking, overdoing, over-collecting would be a lifelong spiritual journey struggle–the seeds, the symptoms were clearly visible.. Perhaps the most salient metaphor: Freshman algebra: I failed the first test because I neglected to simplify. … Continue reading

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Wait!

    “Wait for the Lord with courage, New Jersey. Be stouthearted and wait for the Lord.”   Those were the farewell words, based on Psalm 27:14, that Pope St. John Paul II spoke to the participants of the Papal … Continue reading

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admire

  Without consulting a dictionary, based on having lived through three years of high school Latin, I know that “ad” means “to” or “toward.” Likewise, based on many more than three years of learning English, I know that “mire” means … Continue reading

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