Blog Posts for "Mercy"

Speaking Truth to the Powerless

(Photo Credit: Br. Vince Reyes)  Martyrdom of St. John the Baptism   Today we remember the witness of St. John the Baptist, who gave his life in fidelity to his call to prepare God’s people for the coming of the Messiah by preaching repentance.  It was a message that John proclaimed to all without distinction.  Just like the prophets of earlier generations, he was willing to accept the consequences of his mission, even to the point of death at the hands of a prideful and impulsive tyrant. On Sunday in Rome the Church will celebrate...

More Than Who We Are

Genesis 3:1-24 This past weekend marked the close of the Olympic Games in Rio, and for all of the troubles and controversies have occurred (sorry, Ryan Lochte, et al.) we witnessed even more marvelous and inspiring performances from athletes like Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt and Simone Biles.  Personally, my favorite moment was watching South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk set a new world record in the 400m run:  43.03. One lap around the track in 43 seconds!! What made Van Niekerk’s performance even more compelling was that he was coached by a 74 year-old great-grandmother, Anna Botha....

“O my Brothers and Sisters, I want you all to go to heaven!”

-Saint Francis of Assisi   On August 2, Franciscans around the world celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula. This feast honors the dedication of the Church in Assisi, which Francis loved dearly and established as a home for his religious family, of Our Lady of the Angels. This church was known more fondly as Portiuncula, or the little place. Every year on this feast the Church bestows a particular grace upon the pilgrims who visit this holy place, known as the “Portiuncula Indulgence” or the “Pardon of Assisi”.  ...

Cultivating the Virtue of Humility

Tuesday of the 7th Week in Ordinary Time James 4:1-10; Mark 9:30-37 Martin Luther disparagingly called the Letter of James “the straw epistle” because what he perceived to be its emphasis on good works and ethical conduct over the saving grace of God.  But for something supposedly made of straw, it can still deliver a strong moral punch even centuries after it was written. The author of this letter was a realist and a sharp observer and critic of when the gospel was preached but not lived.  In today’s passage, for example, he excoriates...

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