Mercy

"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch

Daily Reflection — Be Refreshed by the Lord

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-29) The closer we come to Christmas Day, the more hurried […]

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

Daily Reflection — The Lord Stands at the Door

  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 and let Him in? Jesus wants to be in relation with you more than you can ever want to be in relation with Him. So, when I think of all those times that I […]

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Encountering the Word — Romans 11:29-31

“For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may receive mercy.” (Romans 11:29-31) Please share on social media. Print this entry

Reminders in the Cemetery

I told a colleague the other day that I loved to visit cemeteries, and they looked at me like I was a little off my rocker.  I know that part of it is the history major in me, which is fascinated by the people and dates that you encounter wandering in the peaceful silence amongst forgotten headstones. Who would ever […]

Confessionals

The Fight against Concupiscence

In the first reading today at daily Mass, Paul reminds us of that pesky thing we call concupiscence.  While baptism both forgives original sin and personal sins and removes the eternal consequences for those sins, we are left with certain temporal consequences of sin.  These include suffering and death, along with “frailties inherent in life as weaknesses of character, and […]

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Encountering the Word — 2 Corinthians 1:3-6

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ’s […]

"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 […]

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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 […]