Blog Posts for "Mercy"

Naomh Pádraig—Ironies and Honor

St. Patrick, Bishop St. Patrick’s life is filled with ironies:  he is celebrated as patron and missionary of Ireland, yet he was British; he was appointed a bishop yet always felt a bit inadequate and regretted his lack of education; his life and ministry are compelling enough, yet they have become elaborated and to a large part eclipsed by legends of snakes and shamrocks. Yet what drove him perhaps more than anything other than the love of God and his desire to serve God was also his deepest pain.  After growing up in a relatively prosperous...

Repent!

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25 The Bible teaches us that “with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like one day” (2 Peter 3:8).  It’s no wonder, then, that after beholding Jesus as an infant receiving gifts from the magi in yesterday’s celebration of the Epiphany we find him in today’s reading from Matthew 4 inaugurating his public ministry of preaching, teaching and healing. Jesus picks up where John the Baptist left off, proclaiming this message:  “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is...

Walking Barefoot

St. Theresa of Avila Romans 3:21-30; Luke 11:47-54 Today the Church remembers St. Theresa of Avila, the founder of the Discalced or "Shoeless" Carmelites. Going barefoot may seem like fun at first; but for Theresa it was serious business!  Her decision to cast off her shoes was driven by reform:  she wanted a community that really embraced evangelical poverty and simplicity and would renew not only her order but the wider Church, too.  Then as now, living barefoot was as challenging as it was symbolic.  The bottoms of human feet are especially sensitive to temperature and...

Mercy: the Greatest Sacrifice

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13; Matthew 9:9-13 Today’s feast and its accompanying readings are fortuitous as our nation prepares to welcome Pope Francis after his visit to Cuba.  In his homilies and speeches in Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia it will not be surprising if we are reminded again of our call to be “missionary disciples” and ministers of the New Evangelization; to reach out in a special way to people on “the existential peripheries” of society (i.e. the poor and marginalized); and to make the Church a ...

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