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Mercy in the City – Book Review

January 20, 2016

Mercy in the CityMercy in the City by Kerry Weber

Mercy flows in abundance during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. With that in mind, I thought it would be a good time to share with you my review of Kerry Weber’s book, Mercy in the City. Kerry is a young, single woman living in New York City. This book tells her true life story of her attempt to perform all of the Corporal Acts of Mercy within one Lenten season.

In this book, we traverse through the season of Lent with Kerry chronicling her adventures. She shows us how to feed Continue reading

Give of Yourself

January 11, 2016

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Give of yourself during this Year of Mercy

Every time that you do give of your time, talent and/or treasure, you give mercy to another individual in need. Think about it: When you give your time at a food bank or homeless shelter, your mere presence tells those in need that someone cares about them. When you give of your talent, for example, in tutoring children, you give mercy, because you believe that the tutored child should have a brighter future. When you give of your treasure, you give mercy because you believe that no one should go hungry or Continue reading

“Mankind is My Business”

Jacob Marley: Mankind is My BusinessOne of my favorite things to do this time of year is to watch the movie, “A Christmas Carol.” One of my favorite scenes from the movie is when the ghost of Jacob Marley visits his old partner Ebenezer Scrooge. Marley tries to warn Scrooge to change his ways before it is too late. It’s too late for Marley, who drags the chains of sin and neglect with him for all eternity; for he had turned his back on mankind. Marley is seven years deceased, and warns Scrooge that Scrooge’s chains of sin and neglect are far greater Continue reading

Year of Mercy Has Begun!

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Year of Mercy: What is it all about? What can we expect? Pope Francis ushered in the Year of Mercy yesterday. This Jubilee Year of Mercy extends to the Feast of Christ the King on November 20, 2016. From now until then, anyone who enters through the “Door of Mercy…will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope.1

What is this “Year of Mercy” all about?

Pope Francis declared the Jubilee Year of Mercy “so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives2. Continue reading

No Good Deed Goes Unrewarded!

March 4, 2015

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No good deed goes unrewarded! I know, I know – the real and often quoted phrase is “no good deed goes unpunished!” How cynical is that? I’m glad God doesn’t think like that. Rather, He rewards us for good and merciful deeds. We may not see the rewards instantaneously in this life, but the rewards for our good and merciful deeds will be received, if not on earth, then in Heaven.  It is in the performance of good deeds, especially via the extension of mercy that we get where we need to be: virtuous and holy in God’s eyes! Continue reading

Why be Merciful? What’s in it for me?

March 2, 2015

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Why should I be merciful?

Isn’t it enough that I forgive, I now need extend mercy to others? Hmm…how many times have you secretly had these thoughts? If you are like me, you engaged in this line of thinking more often than you want to admit. Mercy is a tough virtue to “want” to grasp, especially from a “giving mercy” perspective. We naturally think it’s a one way proposition; the other guy gets all the mercy.

“What’s in it for me?”

As human beings, we always want a quid-pro-quo (I do something for you, you do something for me). However, Continue reading

Mercy – Is it Only for Christ to Give?

February 25, 2015

divine mercy 3Mercy – How elusive is this virtue from one’s grasp? Is it something only Christ can give, or can we give mercy to others? Are we expected to give mercy?

Mercy is as elusive as you want it to be – it’s that simple! Christ is at the ready, waiting to bestow His Mercy upon you. All you need to do is acknowledge that you need His Mercy, and that means acknowledging your sinfulness. For some, that is difficult to do; for others it is easy. Therein lays the answer to the elusiveness of Christ’s Mercy. The choice is yours. Continue reading