Prodigal Son

Atonement and the Prodigal Son

Photography © by Andy Coan

The parable of the Prodigal or wasteful Son is more about the loving Father.  God is not a raging tyrant who must be appeased through the suffering of his Son.  Rather it’s the extravagant love of Jesus, son of the extravagant Father, that makes atonement for our sins – the sacrifice of a spotless Passover Lamb. The Mass readings for […]

Mercy and Responsibility

"Return of the Prodigal Son" (detail) by Murillo

We are less than a month away from the closing of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, so we should make sure that we make the most of our prayer time during this month so that our outward acts of love might be more merciful! Chapter 15 of Luke’s Gospel presents to us three parables of God’s rich mercy: The Lost Sheep, […]

What is mercy?

"Return of the Prodigal Son" (detail) by Murillo

As we prepare for Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, we should also be preparing for the usual spin on his message.  One of the messages of Pope Francis that is often skewed is his call for mercy and compassion.  Mercy has definitely been a theme of Francis’ pontificate, as he repeatedly comes back to it in homilies and […]

How Can I Get Out of My Patterns of Sin?

Dear Sister Mary Colombiere, How can I deepen my relationship with God when I am stuck in patterns of sin that I can’t seem to break? I’ve asked this question to several people at different times, but I really can’t seem to figure this out or make any progress. I am really grieved over this. Dear Friend, It seems to […]

Mercy and Responsibility

Chapter 15 of Luke’s Gospel presents to us three parables of God’s rich mercy: The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, and The Prodigal Son. The latter, sometimes referred to as the Parable of the Merciful Father and the Two Sons, is an especially powerful lesson, rich in imagery. These three parables provide the willing Christian with a lifetime of material […]

A Practicing Catholic Surrenders to Christ: An Interview with Best Selling Author Patrick Lencioni

I first became aware of Pat Lencioni about eight years ago when I read his wonderful book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.  Over the following years I read many of his other works and formed an impression of him as a hard-charging, cerebral, business guru kind of person who would be very intimidating.  Boy, was I wrong.  I became […]