Mercy

Daily Reflection—A Light Has Shone in the Darkness

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.” (Isaiah 9:2 RSVCE) When the time was full in Salvation History and Almighty God sent His Son among us as His Anointed One, the people of Israel had been living in a great, oppressive darkness. Into this seemingly […]

Daily Reflection—Wait Patiently for the Lord

“Trust in the Lord and do good that you may dwell in the land and live secure. Find your delight in the Lord who will give you your heart’s desire. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will act And make your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like noonday. Be still before the Lord; […]

Daily Reflection—Bringing Justice to the Nations

“Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him, he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; […]

"The Nativity" (Gerburt Christi detail) by Franz von Rohden

Daily Reflection — God Speaks through His Son

“In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature, upholding the universe […]

"Adoration of the Shepherds" (detail) by Gerard van Honthorst

Daily Reflection — Glad Tidings

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19). Jesus, reading these words from Isaiah 61 in the synagogue, […]

"Christian Martyrs Of Nagasaki" (detail) by unknown Japanese painter

From Silent Night to Silence

The most abrupt and shocking transition in the Church’s liturgical calendar occurs from December 25th to 26th, when the Church pivots from celebrating the birth of Jesus and with it “joy to the world” and “peace on earth to those of good will” to marking the brutal stoning of St. Stephen and, at least at first glance, the ugly and unsettling […]

"Adoration of the Shepherds" (detail) by Murillo

Merry Christmas from Integrated Catholic Life

And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped […]

"The Parable of the Good Samaritan" (detail) by Jan Wijnants

Daily Reflection — Justice, Mercy and Peace

“He who says he is in the light and hates his brother is in the darkness still. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and in it there is no cause for stumbling. But he who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the […]

"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 Prophet Isaiah" (detail) by Michelangelo

Daily Reflection — Let the clouds rain down the Just One

“Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior…” (cf. Isaiah 45:8) I am encouraged by the number of people who by their service to others demonstrate their faith this Advent season. Their spoken love of Jesus is backed up by their solidarity with those around them who are less fortunate and in need. […]