Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

The Beatitudes Serve Us Well

Beatitudes serve us wellWhere the Ten Commandments tell us, for the most part, what not to do, the Beatitudes tell us how to live in a Christ-like manner. They highlight all the good virtues that we should possess. The Beatitudes serve us well.

Virtues Associated with the Beatitudes

Humility: “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:3).

Caring/Compassion: “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matt 5:4).

Meekness: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land” (Matt 5:5).

Justice: “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied” (Matt 5:6).

Mercy: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” Continue reading

Spiritual Works of Mercy Make Lent Meaningful

Spiritual Works of MercyLooking for something uplifting to do this Lent that increases your own spiritual awareness? Look no further than the Spiritual Works of Mercy.

Spiritual Works of Mercy

  • Counseling the Doubtful: Encourage someone who is struggling with their faith to speak with your parish priest, where they can receive the answers needed to grow in faith.
  • Instructing the Ignorant: Volunteer and participate in faith formation groups in your parish. Becoming a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) sponsor is a great place to start. At this time of crisis, look for ways to communicate virtually (by phone, Skype, or Google Hangout, to name just a few ways).
  • Admonishing the Sinner: Without judging, help others find their way Continue reading

Corporal Works of Mercy Make Lent Meaningful

Corporal Works of MercyNote: The suggestions in this post, on the Corporal Works of Mercy, may need to be modified, given the conditions that we now live under because of the coronavirus. Stay safe, one and all.

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If giving up chocolate, or wine/beer, was not your thing for Lent, and you want to do something meaningful, then try one of the Corporal Works of Mercy.

Corporal Works of Mercy

  • Feed the Hungry/Give Drink to the Thirsty: Consider donating your time to work at a homeless shelter, feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty. Or, donate money to your local food bank.
  • Clothe the Naked: Consider giving away unwanted clothing to Goodwill or some other charity.
  • Shelter the Homeless Continue reading

When Unable to Forgive, Seek Mercy First

Seek Mercy FirstIs there that certain someone in your life that you just can’t forgive? Do you believe their actions defy forgiveness? Or, is it that you just can’t bring yourself to the point where you can let go? If you can’t forgive, then seek Mercy first.  Mercy is the first step toward forgiveness. Ask God to give you what you need to grant mercy to the offender. Your Mercy is not forgiveness, but it is an attitude that causes you to react with kindness and compassion toward someone who offends you.

Seek Mercy First

God will grant mercy to each of us to the extent that we grant mercy to others; just as He will grant forgiveness to each of Continue reading

If You Want to Receive Mercy, Give Mercy!

Give MercyWe live in a “what’s in it for me?” society. We are very quick to receive goodness and gifts from God. At the same time, we are slow to give the same to others. What makes us think that we corner the market on any specific gift from God, like mercy? We welcome God’s mercy on our own souls, but we fail to give mercy to others. Mercy and forgiveness go hand in hand. We must express mercy to forgive others, as we receive God’s mercy to forgive our own sins. Jesus taught us how to give mercy and forgive sins when He taught us the Our Father:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy Kingdom Continue reading

Seeking and Giving Mercy

Giving MercyMany of us are quick to seek mercy. But how about giving mercy? I doubt we are as quick to give mercy as we are to seek mercy. That’s human nature at work. We run to Our Lord and ask for His mercy every time we sin. In His graciousness, He is quick to grant our request.  So, why don’t we run to grant mercy when someone hurts our feelings?

Unlike God, who knows everything, we need time to assess the situation, determine the extent of the offense, and evaluate the depth of hurt. Only then can we mete out the necessary amount of mercy warranted.

I recently had an exchange with someone on Facebook Messenger for which I Continue reading

Jesus’ Mercy Abounds – Even on the Sabbath

Jesus' MercyIn today’s Gospel from Luke 13:10-17, we see Jesus confronting synagogue leaders. They accuse Jesus of curing the sick on the Sabbath, as if that was a bad thing. Why? Because the leaders of the synagogue believe that such activity constitutes work, and work was forbidden on the Sabbath. Therefore, they think Jesus violated Jewish law. They did not correlate Jesus’ action to Jesus’ mercy.

Jesus’ Mercy Abounds

With great hindsight, and two thousand years of scriptural interpretation, we can look at this passage, and quickly come to judgment that the synagogue leaders were wrong in their thought process. The mercy that Jesus bestowed upon the woman that day was an act of love for neighbor on Jesus’ part. Through Continue reading

Celebrating the Easter Octave

Easter Octave For my first time as a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Coordinator, I attended the Easter Vigil. We welcomed four, fine women into the Church, where they received the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion. We also witnessed the baptism of 17 people!!! Yes, it was a long evening, but a wonderful experience to witness, as well. Our celebration at the Easter Vigil, began the Easter Octave; an eight-day celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection. Easter is so important, so vital to the essence of the Catholic faith, that we need eight days to soak in the meaning of Christ’s sacrifice, mercy, and salvific power.

Remember Christ’s Sacrifice During the Easter Octave

Easter is the most important day on the Continue reading