Mercy

"Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard" (detail) by Rembrandt

Who We Are Matters, not What We Have

I believe that one of the great challenges of our time derives from the loss of knowledge of who we are and what we are made for. Actually, we may know these eternal truths, but we tend to suppress them in our consciousness. In this age of consumerism, we tend to define ourselves, not by who we are and for […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

The Generosity of God

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) — Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalms 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18; Philippians 1:20-24, 27; Matthew 20:1-16. “But that’s not fair!” Most parents have heard this phrase umpteen times.  The notion of fairness, also known as justice, is wired into us.  It makes us aware that each of us has certain […]

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Daily Catholic Quote — from Pope Francis

“I am always struck when I reread the parable of the merciful Father… Had he forgotten the son? No, never. He is there, he sees the son from afar, he was waiting for him every hour of every day, the son was always in his father’s heart, even though he had left him, even though he had squandered his whole […]

"Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery" by Guercino (Public Domain)

When Someone Falls From Grace, Help Them Up!

I once heard someone say, “When a person has fallen from grace, don’t kick him down.  Help him up!” It sounds so obvious, but we really do need to be reminded.  We see it all around us.  “Did you hear what she did???”  Shock and outrage are often our response to accounts we see on the internet, hear on the […]

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Encountering the Word — Acts 2:37-39

“Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brethren, what shall we do?’ And Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For […]

Daily Reflection—There Is No Fear In Love

So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. In this is love perfected with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so are we in this world. There is no fear in […]

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

Daily Reflection—The Lord Stands at the Door and Knocks

  Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20). The Lord wants to enter into your heart and be with you… yes, YOU! He stands at the door and knocks. Will you open up […]

"King David in Prayer (detail)" by Pieter de Grebber

Daily Reflection — Create in Us a New Heart

Fridays are penitential days. Just as we celebrate His Resurrection each Sunday, we recall that it was on a Friday that our Lord suffered His crucifixion, dying on the Cross for each of us. On Fridays, we perform some act of self-denial to make reparation for sin and to honor our Lord by turning from sin.  We should also perform added […]