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Artisans of Mercy

Some 25,000 people attended Pope Francis’s general audience in St. Peter's Square a few days after the canonization of Saint Teresa of Kolkata.   Before delivering his final blessing, the pope called on young people to follow her example and be “artisans of mercy.”   Why did he use the example of an artisan ...
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A Revolution of Tenderness

"Sometimes we think we are doing God a favor when we do a work of mercy. But actually we find mercy and salvation for ourselves.”   That’s what Cardinal Sean O'Malley, archbishop of Boston, told the 2016 World Youth Day audience in Krakow, Poland, in July.   “Only by making a gift of ourselves ...
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The New Saint of Mercy

On September 4, Pope Francis will canonize Mother Teresa, whose life sent the world a single, urgent message: that love and caring are the most important things in life.   Perhaps we can best understand why Mother Teresa is worthy of veneration and imitation by reflecting on some of her own words:   “The ...
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The comet who briefly lit up the Church

On August 26, 1978, Albino Luciani was elected Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, choosing the name John Paul I.   I was caught off guard by the election of Pope Francis and, like most people, I had to learn who Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio was.   When he had been in office for ...
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To Wait with Love

Jesus spoke often of our need to be vigilant. For example, he told the story of the five foolish virgins who let the oil in their lamps run out before the arrival of the bridegroom and the story of the faithful and prudent steward whom the master left in charge ...
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Mercy of the Heart

While all the other apostles hid in fear while Jesus was being condemned and crucified, St. John stood silently on Calvary gazing at his suffering Savior. In turn, Christ looked down from the cross at his “beloved disciple” and placed his mother into John’s care.   St. John’s action in simply being ...
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