Treat Them With Mercy

When you are tired and lack patience, God desires you to be patient with someone that tries your patience in your life.

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Which of Them Will Love Him More?

Saturday night I went to vigil Mass and absorbed the readings and Gospel. I paid close attention to the judgment and disgust the Pharisees had for the “sinful woman” and the mercy and forgiveness Jesus showers on her. I was shocked at the courage this woman had to enter a […]

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Arise and Shine (John 8:1-11)

I don’t think the Pharisees understood the lesson they were about to be schooled in on this day in the temple. Jesus may not have had a chalkboard, but he had the dirt from which we were formed and His finger as chalk. And, He had a lesson to teach. […]

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Recovering Sinners: Why the 12 Steps Work

The Year of Mercy has officially begun and is in full swing. Mercy begins with forgiveness; forgiving yourself and owning your mistakes. At the start of the new year, I often hear “new year, new me,” being said. However, it’s important to forgive yourself for the past mistakes you’ve made. […]

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Lenten Mercy

There is a clear hierarchy in the cookie realm: chocolate chip cookies, and then everything else. You’re welcome to disagree if you like. It’s a free country, so go ahead: be wrong. My wife, speaking my love language when I’ve had a rough go of something, made me chocolate chip […]

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Arise and Shine (John 2:1-11)

I still remember the moment when I knew one of my Core Members was being called to the priesthood. It was on a confirmation retreat, and he was giving the best talk I have heard on the Eucharist. The teens were so engaged, smiling, laughing, and taking in the truth […]

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Arise and Shine (Matthew 2:1-12)

For most of us, the Christmas tree is already down, and we have put away our favorite Christmas albums for the year. Thank you cards still need to be written (yes this is still proper etiquette), and the kids are back to school. But God is not done revealing His […]

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The Quality of Mercy

“The quality of mercy is not strained.”– Shakespeare I teach the Shakespeare play from which this quote comes, Merchant of Venice, and while my high school students have been using this line in presentations and seminars to make good points, I’ve been thinking about it in conjunction with the Year […]

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My Greatest Confession

It was dark outside. There were a few lanterns lit, revealing a few chairs, seated opposite each other and spaced apart in the starry night. It was my turn. I was standing next to a friend, and when I saw the open seat, I hesitated. “No, I think I’d rather […]

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Arise and Shine (Luke 3:1-6)

Of all the prophets in Scripture, John the Baptist is my favorite. If he were alive today, PETA would be all over him for his fashion statement of camel’s hair and leather. He ate a vegan diet of locust and wild honey (maybe that should be my Advent sacrifice?), lived […]

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