"Everyone who belongs to the Truth hears my voice…" (John 18:37)

Tag: mercy

Divine Mercy

This weekend is the Feast of Divine Mercy! A revelation given by Jesus to St. Faustina, the first saint canonized in this millennium. With a great desire to share this message I couldn’t settle on a video so I chose four.

A Confession Primer for Cradle Catholics (and the rest of us!)

I’ve come to love and appreciate the Sacrament of Reconciliation over the years, but it wasn’t always that way. For a long time, I suffered from “confession avoidance” and had all the accompanying excuses: I don’t really need to go… I’ll feel embarrassed… I forget how this works… Confession? Who has time?… What do I… Read More ›

Of purging and all things purgatorial…

For the first 10 years or so of married life, my husband and I hauled around at least three huge boxes of textbooks. Every time we moved, we’d pack them up and take them to the next house, and there they would sit in our attic or storage room…until the next move. I finally somehow… Read More ›

Silence

Few movies have made as much of an impression on me as did Martin Scorsese’s film, Silence. Based on the novel by Japanese author, Shūsako Endō, Silence tells the story of two Portuguese priests who travel to Japan as missionaries in 1637, during the time of the Tokugawa shogunate (also called the Edo period). History… Read More ›

Mary, Mother of Mercy

“Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope…”     It’s often been said that Mary’s work in heaven is to pray for sinners – that mercy is her “department.”1 There’s no doubt that we’ve got a powerful ally in our Heavenly Mother, an advocate who is always ready to… Read More ›

St. Mark the Evangelist

Feast Day: April 25 Symbol: Winged Lion1 Revered in both the Latin and Greek Church Patronage: Barristers, Notaries, Venice, Egypt We owe so much to our forefathers in faith – to the apostles and first Christians, and especially to the handful of men who put down in writing all that they had seen and heard…. Read More ›

Holy Week 2016 – Homily of Pope Francis for Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday signals to all Christians that Holy Week has begun. And as we journey together in these coming days, I invite you to reflect with me on the words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis. Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis for Palm Sunday, March 20th, 2016 “Blessed is He who comes in the… Read More ›

Pope Francis – Christmas Message

Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Christmas! Christ is born for us, let us rejoice in the day of our salvation! Let us open our hearts to receive the grace of this day, which is Christ himself.  Jesus is the radiant “day” which has dawned on the horizon of humanity.  A day of mercy, in which… Read More ›

Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn – November 16

“In mercy, God bends over us.” – Pope St. John Paul II Of the nine gates that were once part of the defensive walls encircling the old, medieval city of Vilnius, only one remains. Built between 1503 and 1522, the Gate of Dawn is one of Vilnius’ most important religious, historical, and cultural monuments. It owes… Read More ›

A Confession Primer for Cradle Catholics (and the rest of us!)

I’ve come to love and appreciate the Sacrament of Reconciliation over the years, but it wasn’t always that way. For a long time, I suffered from “confession avoidance” and had all the accompanying excuses: I don’t really need to go… I’ll feel embarrassed… I forget how this works… Confession? Who has time?… What do I… Read More ›