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Communication Grace Shame

Shame is a grace we ask for

By on May 12, 2021

The confessional shouldn’t be a torture chamber.  Some confessors can be excessively curious. To be explicit about details that are not necessary. Shame is a grace we ask for; it is good, positive, because it makes us humble. But in dialogue with a confessor we need to be listened…


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Compassion Grace

Serve Christ in the poor

By on May 11, 2021

“Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. She said: “We must be very proud of our vocation because it gives us the opportunity to serve Christ in the poor.”
― Pope Francis, The Church of Mercy


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Grace Jesus Love

How beautiful is this gaze of Jesus

By on May 11, 2021

Also remember Peter: three times he denied Jesus, precisely when he should have been closer to him. And when he hits rock bottom, he meets the gaze of Jesus who patiently, wordlessly, says to him, “Peter, don’t be afraid of your weakness, trust in me.” Peter understands, he feels…


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Grace Humility Jesus Shame

The grace to recognize ourselves as sinners

By on May 8, 2021

Jesus is there, his hand extended, ready to reach out to us and pull us out of the mud, out of sin, out of the abyss of evil into which we have fallen. We need only be conscious of our state, be honest with ourselves, and not lick our…


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Grace Healing Humility Jesus Mercy Shame Sin

There are no situations we cannot get out of

By on May 5, 2021

“There are no situations we cannot get out of, we are not condemned to sink into quicksand, in which the more we move the deeper we sink. Jesus is there, his hand extended, ready to reach out to us and pull us out of the mud, out of sin,…


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Acceptance Disability Grace Healing Jesus Mercy

Jesus touched the leper and brought him back into the community

By on May 2, 2021

Moses states that lepers had to be excluded from the city and from the encampments in places that were deserted, cast out, and declared impure. In addition to suffering from the illness, they faced exclusion, marginalization, and loneliness. Being punished for his sins. The intention of the law that…


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Compassion Grace Jesus

Am I afraid of getting my hands dirty?

By on April 26, 2021

Ask yourself, do I bend down over someone in difficulty, or am I afraid of getting my hands dirty? Am I closed in on myself and my possessions, or am I aware of those in need of help? Do I serve only myself, or am I able to serve…


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Beliefs Faith Grace Jesus People Responsibility

Assuming the responsibility for walking before the flock

By on April 21, 2021

Being pastors means believing every day in the grace and strength that come to us from the Lord despite our weakness, and wholly assuming the responsibility for walking before the flock, relieved of the burdens that obstruct healthy apostolic promptness, so as to make our voice recognizable both to…


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Compassion Grace Healing

The anointment would become rancid

By on April 15, 2021

His anointing is meant for the poor, prisoners, and the sick, for those who are sorrowing and alone. The anointment is not intended just to make us fragrant, much less to be kept in a jar, for then it would become rancid… And the heart bitter.
– Pope Francis, The…


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Grace

The gospel of mercy

By on April 6, 2021

Need to see this plea itself born of the liberating action of grace within each of us, and thus it is not a question of a mission reserved only for a few: “the church, guided by the gospel of mercy and by love for humankind, here’s the cry for…

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Pope Francis Tweets

On this Feast of the #Ascension, while we contemplate Heaven, where Christ has ascended and sits at the right hand of the Father, let us ask Mary, Queen of Heaven, to help us to be courageous witnesses to the Risen One in the world, in the concrete situations of life.