February 19, 2020
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Tag: Mercy

‘Do Not Abandon Us to Temptation’

This is the recent change made by Pope Francis to the Italian translation of the Lord’s Prayer. A similar alteration has also been made in French: ‘Do not let us fall into temptation’. On the face of it, both changes remove an uncomfortable...

Our Locked Doors

John 20:19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” Upon reading this passage...

Signs of God’s Divine Mercy

In 1985 the country of Lebanon in the Middle East was undergoing something of a civil war, marked by terrorism, bombings, and frequent fighting among rival groups. It was a very dangerous place, even for journalists—as an American named Terry...

Remaining True to Our Vocation

A married couple, Ardith and Jerry, had many problems in their marriage, but were trying to work things out after being separated for over a year. During the separation Ardith had met a man named Bob, who lived in a city four hours away, and she...

God’s Unfolding Plan

The first point to be made must be the one of how important the Catholic Church considers the birth of John the Baptist. For her it so important that it “trumps” the regular Sunday readings for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. All three readings...

The Embrace of the Holy Trinity

Sunday after Sunday and on solemnities throughout the liturgical year, we get to familiarize ourselves with Jesus, our God in human flesh: For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly...

Imagine If God Were to Profile Us

Recently, at the Maryland State House of Delegates an animation video of a late term abortion was shown. It gruesomely depicted the dismemberment of a preborn baby done with sharp forceps. Most of the viewers were horrified by the protracted cruelty...

Too Tall an Order?

Should we take Jesus seriously? The quick answer is “YES.” But that quick answer would expose the superficiality of our commitment to Jesus and the shallowness of our faith. By now it should have dawned on us that Jesus’ words are truly words of...