Blog Posts for "Grace"

Patient and Persistent Pursuit

St. Ignatius of Laconi Acts 16:11-15; John 15:26-16:4a I have heard it said that the average tenure for a development director in a nonprofit is 3-5 years.  St. Ignatius of Laconi, the 18th century Capuchin friar whom we remember today, was essentially the entire development department for his friary in Italy.  He had the ministry of questor, that is, he went about the area asking for support for the friars and their work; and he did it for 40 years!  It was said that he was so good at it that even the poor spontaneously gave...

Justice, Mercy and the Power of Grace

St. Turibius of MongrovejoDaniel 13:41c-62; John 8:1-11Today’s scripture readings feature the familiar stories of Susanna and the elders and Jesus encountering the woman caught in adultery.  In today’s often polarized political environment, it’s not uncommon for mercy and to be posed as polar opposites, with the former allocated to “liberals” and the latter to “conservatives.”  Our readings, however, challenge us to bring them into harmony as far as possible; and for that, we need God’s wisdom and guidance. The presence of one of our Peruvian Capuchin brothers, Hector Bueno, in our St. Clare of Assisi...

It Was Good…and Still Is

Bl. Leopold of Alpandeire, OFM Cap. Genesis 1:1-19; Mark 6:53-56 In the few days of Ordinary Time that remain before Ash Wednesday (February 18) and the beginning of Lent, our Lectionary begins a brief sojourn into the early chapters of the Book of Genesis. Today’s first reading includes the initial verses of the Bible itself and a portion of the first Creation Narrative. (The rest will come tomorrow.) Scripture scholars tell us that many these early Bible stories were typically passed on orally long before they were ever written down. Part of that process of remembering included repetition of certain...

Growing Grace

Thursday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Hebrews 10:19-25; Mark 4:21-25 “Grace builds on nature” (St. Thomas Aquinas); and God made us good. Grace enters through weakness (2 Cor. 12:1-10); and we’re all sinners. Grace also builds on grace, and we all have the opportunity to put our lamps on lampstands, to reinvest and grow what God has so lovingly and generously entrusted to us. Standing in that grace, may we be ready to approach God “with sincere heart and abundant trust…hold unswervingly to our confession that gives us hope…[and] rouse one another to love and good...

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