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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.

 

Today we are asked to take notice of two events that seem contradictory—the beginning of the penitential period of Lent, and St. Valentine’s Day, the festive celebration of romantic love usually marked by flowers, chocolates, and dinner at expensive restaurants.   But are they contradictions or simply different manifestations of love?   The ancient Greeks […]

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The first miracle Peter witnessed at the hands of Jesus drove the fisherman to his knees—a catch of fish so heavy that Peter’s boat was in danger of sinking. Peter realized that if Jesus could do this he also was able to look into Peter’s soul and observe the sins hidden there.   “Depart from […]

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During this Jubilee Year of Mercy the Church offers us a general pardon, an indulgence that is open to all, and the possibility of renewing our relationship with God and neighbor. It’s an opportunity to deepen our faith and to live with a renewed commitment to Christian witness.   In calling the Jubilee Year, Pope […]

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In announcing the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis drew our attention to Psalm 136, where the phrase “His mercy endures forever” is repeated no less than 26 times. By one count, this refrain appears in the Bible 41 times.   Why is this refrain ubiquitous in both Old and New Testaments?   Francis explains: […]

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What greater example of God’s mercy toward sinners is there than the invitation to the tax collector, Matthew, to become a follower of Jesus?   Saint Bede the Venerable, an English monk of the seventh and eighth century, said, “Jesus saw him through the eyes of mercy and chose him.”   The tax collector abandoned […]

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The Hebrew word hesed is often translated as “mercy.” But “mercy” as commonly understood today does not do justice to the richness and depth of meaning of hesed.   A fuller translation of hesed would encompass concepts such as trustworthy, loving, powerful, steadfast, loyal. This is a fuller sense of God’s loving power and action, […]

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Early Christians came to understand that the name of Jesus had great power, and that the recitation of his name was itself a form of prayer.   Heeding St. Paul’s guidance to pray without ceasing (Thessalonians 5:17), their ancient, short prayer became known as the Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy […]

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Jubilee years have a deep history in the Hebrew Scriptures. According to the Book of Leviticus (25:8-13), during a jubilee observed every 50 years, slaves and prisoners were freed, debts forgiven, land and possessions returned to their rightful owners. Perhaps most important, during such a year, the mercy of God would be manifested.   The […]

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The Jubilee Year of Mercy opened on December 8, the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of Second Vatican Council. On this date we also mark the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This liturgical feast day recalls God’s actions of mercy from the very beginning of humankind. This is why Pope St. John XXIII opened the […]

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  Perhaps you and I cannot be in Rome on Tuesday when the Holy Father opens The Jubilee Year of Mercy by throwing open the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s Basilica.   But we can be there with him in spirit by offering the Jubilee Prayer Pope Francis wrote:   Lord Jesus Christ, you have […]

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