Blog Posts for "Mercy"

Laying It All Out There

(St. Frances of Rome) Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-35; Matthew 7:7-12   We often admire people who at least appear to “lay it all out there” or “tell it like it is.”  Esther did that in her prayer for her fellow Jews, who faced genocide instigated by a vain official who couldn’t understand and despised their allegiance to their faith and their God.  She—a queen—and those with her prostrated themselves as she prayed before God, asking for mercy, protection and justice.  Yet Jesus reminds us that...

Thanksgiving Reflection

“For, although you have no need of our praise, yet our thanksgiving is itself your gift, since our praises add nothing to your greatness but profit us for salvation, through Christ our Lord.” (Common Preface IV, Roman Missal) On October 3, 1863, President Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday in November to be a day of, "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father," but also a day to, "fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation," (from the "Proclamation of Thanksgiving"). President Lincoln recognized, in his proclamation of Thanksgiving as a holiday for all...

Mercy and the Mystery of Suffering

On July 2, our world lost one of the great authors and humanitarians of our time, Elie Wiesel, who survived the Nazi Holocaust and spent his life urging the world to never forget or repeat its horrors.  In his classic book, Night, he describes the incapacity of human language to truly reflect what he experienced. Read the quote at: www.goodreads.com Wiesel’s loss for words echoes the mystery of human suffering that Job confronts in the first reading for today’s Eucharist:  Perish the day on which I was born, the night when they...

Milestones

St. Peter Claver I remember many great milestones in my life. I'm sure many people do. There are important moments in the lives of people, or groups of people, or even entire communities and nations that we can point to as being memorable and transforming moments. I recall being a little boy and getting my first little league baseball jersey. I was so proud to be part of a team, and to be able to imitate my professional baseball hero, Chicago’s own Frank Thomas, also known as “The big hurt.” I remember entering middle school,...

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