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Peter Yaremko

Peter W. Yaremko, a former journalist, is the owner of Executive Media, Inc. He is a specialist in executive communications, including speeches and slide presentations with graphic, video, and live-speaker support. His skills include scripting and production of product launches, sales rallies, customer events, recognition meetings, board meetings, and management conferences. He is the author of A Light from Within and A Fat Guy in a Fat Boat (Pamet River Press). His blog is at peterwyaremko.com/paradise_diaries. He attends St. Peter the Apostle Church in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

 

In this final column of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which ends today, the message is to the point. Our call—as individuals—is nothing less than to spread the news of God’s mercy.   The Second Vatican Council issued this call to us, the laity, because we “live in the midst of the world and its […]

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The Jubilee Year of Mercy will end next Sunday.   So what to we do now?   We put into practice all the insights and graces we have gained during the past 12 months.   Saint Paul, in his letter to the early Church at Ephesus, told us how simple—and necessary—this is.   “Be kind […]

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Psalm 63 was composed more than 3,000 years ago. But it presents us with an idea that’s radical even today: “Your mercy is better than life itself.”   Better than life? Such unquestioning trust in the mercy of God is a hard notion to accept in our secular age. But no one less than the […]

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We’ve all heard the story. Jesus sees a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office and says to him, “Follow me.”   But do we really buy it? In the time of Jesus, tax collectors were despised. Not only did they work for the hated Romans, but they also cheated their own people out […]

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Luke was not only an evangelist, but also an excellent journalist.   In his account of how Jesus restored life to Jairus’ daughter, Luke included the reaction of the crowd that laughed at Jesus before he performed this miracle: “they ridiculed him.”   Despite the crowd’s derision, Jesus brought the twelve-year-old girl back from the […]

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If after almost a year of reading, discussing, meditating, and praying about mercy we are still unconvinced, Pope Francis has laid it out in blunt terms, and his message bears repeating: “If God has forgiven me, why shouldn’t I forgive others? Am I greater than God?”   The pope goes on to underscore the fact […]

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When we take up our cross, we discover that it is freeing, that the yoke is easy and the burden light, just as Jesus promises.   Isn’t this what Jesus meant when, on the night of his passion, he offered his great Priestly Prayer to our heavenly Father: “so they may share my joy completely”? […]

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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 to […]

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Who is the Lazarus among us?   Our newest saint, Mother Teresa, recognized him in alleys and gutters:   “The outcasts, those who are rejected, the unloved, prisoners, alcoholics, the dying, those who are alone and abandoned, the marginalized, the untouchables and lepers, those in doubt and confusion, those who have not been touched by […]

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“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 will […]

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