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Mercy of Christ Flows Like an Ocean, Grace Abounds

Mercy of Christ If I have learned anything during this past year, it is that the mercy of Christ is limitless and flows like an ocean. Christ’s mercy abounds; filled with love and compassion. Now that this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy has come to a close, I also realize how accessible Christ’s mercy remains. Christ’s door to mercy never closes!

Jesus waits patiently for each of us to face up to our sins; to come back to Him, through the sacrament of Reconciliation. Therefore, it is in the confessional that Christ forgives us our sins and graces us with His mercy. Although, we enter feeling shamed, we exit feeling joyous!

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Year of Mercy Comes to a Close; Christ’s Mercy Flows

Christ's Mercy in the Year of Mercy This coming Sunday, on the feast of Christ the King, Pope Francis will officially close the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. During this past year, what efforts did you undertake to learn more about Christ’s Mercy? Did you seek it for yourself and your loved ones over the past year? I would love to hear about your endeavors. Please share in the comments section. For me, it has been an extraordinary year learning more about the gift itself, as well as Christ’s expectation that we share it with our neighbor through our own willingness to grant it to others.

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Praying for the Living and the Dead – Spiritual Work of Mercy

Praying for the Living and the DeadWe conclude our year long series on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. We dedicate this post to praying for the living and the dead. Why is it so important to pray for others, especially the dead, given that they have already received their particular judgment at the time of their passing? Here’s the skinny on the answer, coming directly from Jesus:

“I say to you, if two or three of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father” (Matt 18:19).

Prayer is a powerful tool, used to communicate with God. When we use our prayer time to pray for others, both the living and Continue reading

All Souls Day; Time for Prayer and Celebration

all souls Today we celebrate All Souls Day. Yes, I said “celebrate.” This day is set aside for us to remember and celebrate God’s mercy. This day is meant for remembering all souls who have departed this life and now reside in Purgatory, where they are in the process of having their venial sins cleansed, as well as experience the temporal punishment for confessed mortal sins. As Catholics, we know that to see the face of God, we must first be purified by the fires of Purgatory, where we are cleansed of our sins; refined like fine gold – Only then may we enter the gates of Heaven and see the face of God.

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Doors of Mercy; Journey Through Salvation History- Book Review

Doors of Mercy We are about one month away from closing out of this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Yet, it is never too late to learn about Christ’s mercy and receive this gift from Him. As we conclude this joyous year, I thought it apropos to do a little reading on the topic of Mercy. We can always learn more about this wondrous gift and virtue. Therefore, of all the books available on the topic, I decided to read Doors of Mercy: A Journey Through Salvation History. I picked an excellent choice. Let me tell you why!

Doors of Mercy, by Father Jeffrey Kirby

Father Jeffrey Kirby, STL, does a fantastic job of describing God’s limitless mercy in Doors of Mercy; Continue reading

Bearing Wrongs Patiently; Spiritual Work of Mercy

bearing wrongs patiently As with every month, during this Year of Mercy, I choose a different corporal or spiritual work of mercy and dive into the details. This month we discuss the spiritual work of mercy of bearing wrongs patiently.

Have you ever been accused of something for which you were innocent? Perhaps your spouse blamed you for leaving the dirty dishes in the sink. Or perhaps your neighbor accused you of calling the police on them because of their rowdy party this past weekend. Whatever the reason, we all bear wrongs of others. Yet, do we do it patiently?

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Pride Will Infiltrate Your Soul; Chiseling Required

pride We conclude with the seventh installment of our seven-part series on the seven deadly sins. Today we discuss Pride: the root of all evil!

Pride will infiltrate your soul, leaving no room for anything else. It will drive your thoughts and actions, if you let it. You don’t even know what is happening to you at the time. Unbeknownst to me, that is exactly what happened to me! Only upon reflection, and with a true dose of honesty, can one start the process of moving from prideful to humble. Here is my story:

When I was a child, I wore braces on my feet. I suffered through many surgeries to attempt to correct my clubbed feet. As a result, Continue reading

Forgive Injuries: Spiritual Work of Mercy That Heals

Forgive Injuries In this Year of Mercy, I continue to select either a corporal or spiritual work of mercy and dedicate one post each month to enlightening us all on why these works of mercy are so important to embrace. This month, we’ll discuss how to forgive injuries; a spiritual work of mercy.

It is not always easy to forgive injuries, because we’re human and pain hurts! Yet, we are called by Christ to forgive in the same manner that He taught the Apostles to forgive when He taught them the Our Father: “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Matt 6:13). To forgive then requires us to extend mercy and compassion. How so? Let’s use an example:

A family Continue reading