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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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Jesus the Rule Breaker

We are accustomed to the gentle Jesus, the humble carpenter who taught us to “turn the other cheek.” But there is another side to him—the bold breaker of rules when those rules do not serve justice, love, and mercy.   The gospel of Luke (6:1-5), for instance, tells of the Sabbath day ...
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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time — What Does It Mean to Be a Good Neighbor?

“Jesus replied, ‘A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a ...
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