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The Resurrection: Hope for a Fallen World

May 3, 2016
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If you comb the headlines like I do, you’ve probably been scratching your head for years (if not decades) wondering, “What in the world are people thinking!?” Canada is legalizing assisted suicide, possibly even for teenagers. The federal government is picking on an order of nuns (click for related story). And some of those seeking the highest office in the land are acting like juveniles.

Marrying the Rosary to the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

August 12, 2016
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When you intersperse your praying of the Rosary with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy you have the ingredients for powerful meditation and transformation. In the Rosary we, like the Apostles in the Upper Room, join Mary in meditating upon the life of her Son, in the light of Scripture (cf. Acts 1:13–20). When we intersperse our meditation on the mysteries with a decade of the Chaplet we not only find our meditation led in exciting directions, but we join Mary at the foot of the Cross. We pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy with her, joining ourselves to Christ’s offering of His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity—the same offering made present in the Eucharist—and intercede for the graces we have just meditated upon. I am sure you can see how this would be true while praying the Sorrowful Mysteries, but I have found it to be true of the other mysteries as well.

Mercy is for Me

February 10, 2016
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“Bask in your love for one another; let that be all you talk about for one night.” A priest from my parish here in Illinois gives these instructions to couples he is preparing for marriage.

The Courage to Forgive and to Let Yourself Be Forgiven

June 7, 2016
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Now that we’re halfway through the Year of Mercy, it would be a good idea to have an honest gut-check and ask yourself: “How am I doing?” Does your life feel any more mercy-full? Can you name one or two concrete instances in which you either extended or received mercy in a significant, lasting way? Has the resolve to be merciful gone the way of your last New Year’s resolution? In spite of how badly we say we want it, why is it that mercy can be so difficult to extend and receive? Nobody rolls out of bed in the morning and declares that they want to resist the opportunities for mercy that come along that day. So why do we struggle to embrace what we supposedly long for so deeply?