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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.

Praying for all souls, on this dedicated day, Continue reading

“Meat in the Gravy” – A Tasty Correlation to Life

Meat in the GravyI have this recipe that I like to make at this time of year. We call it Meat in the Gravy.  It is a recipe that my husband got from a friend’s father back in the 1970’s and it’s been a favorite of our family for decades! As I contemplated making it recently, I drew a correlation of Meat in the Gravy to that of life.

Those meaty chunks represent those big moments in our lives: the births, graduations, weddings, etc. The seasonings and spices represent the flavor of the stew, but are also those occasions that added spice to our lives: that special kiss, the memorable family vacation, the romantic dinner at our favorite restaurant. And then Continue reading

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?

Do we look at these incidents and become defensive? Do we feel the need to defend our honor and the truth? Or, do Continue reading

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

Greed Will Debilitate You; Fear is Behind All Greed

greed We continue with the fifth installment of our seven-part series on the seven deadly sins. Today we discuss Greed.

Greed, also known as avarice, will debilitate you because you’re dealing with a bottomless pit; an abyss. The unending desire for more money, power or fame, leaves a person feeling empty, insecure and unfulfilled no matter how much one tries to garner. There is no amount of money that guarantees security, for the fear of losing it all is ever-present. No amount of power garners confidence and self-assuredness, for the fear of losing control is ever-present. No amount of fame makes one feel like he/she “has arrived,” for the fear of being discounted and dismissed never goes away. Anyone who seeks 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