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3 Ways to Fully Experience Divine Mercy

3 Ways to Fully Experience Divine Mercy

There are three things uppermost in my mind as I write to you and all of these are precious gifts, not to be taken for granted: God’s mercy, the sun, and books. You might think that a strange combination, but they are all very much worth celebrating and all quite connected. Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. That naturally has me thinking of the reality of God’s mercy, especially since the liturgy from Holy Thursday through Divine Mercy Sunday has us contemplating the great love and mercy of Jesus...
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Jesus Is So Awesome

Jesus Is So Awesome

Ok, so I've been a Postulant (a.k.a. "nun-in-training") for almost two years, so maybe it doesn’t come as a big surprise that I’m a bit smitten with Jesus. To clarify, though, I mean “awesome” not in the way it's used to describe a good pizza, but in the literal sense: “inspiring wonder, awe or fear.” I have so many reasons for being in awe of Jesus, but one big reason I've been praying with lately is just how patient he is with me. Think about it. Nine times out of ten, when someone is as...
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What makes a compelling Christmas movie—the season, the music, the characters? Maybe it is something else entirely.

What makes a compelling Christmas movie—the season, the music, the characters? Maybe it is something else entirely.

The question of what makes a movie ideal for Christmas, the day we commemorate and celebrate Jesus’ birth, is subjective. It often depends completely on the audience—among my Facebook friends, for instance, the 1988 thriller Die Hard came out as an unlikely favorite when I recently posted this question. But come to think of it, John McTiernan’s action movie starring Bruce Willis has all the right elements: It starts at a Christmas party and includes danger, a pregnant woman, bad guys, reconci...
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Families as Sowers of Seeds of Faith

Families as Sowers of Seeds of Faith

 In preparation for the Synod on the Family, Pope Francis made it clear that the Synod Fathers do not have to “fix” the family. Rather, he is concerned that the family, rather than being an object for concern and study, be the subject of evangelization.It took me awhile to get to the meaning of the phrase “subject of evangelization.” My memories of diagramming English sentences in school helped me. A subject, Sister taught us, is who or what is doing the acting and an object is who or what i...
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7 Things the Pope Would Say to the Kids in Your Life

I love being around children, and when I get their jokes I love to laugh along! I recently admired my cousin’s love and patience as he played a three-year-old’s version of Name that Tune. He hummed, whistled, or did lip trills to the tune of Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star, Happy Birthday, and The Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. When it was my goddaughter’s turn, she hummed the same three songs and was absolutely thrilled with each of his belabored guesses.I admire Pope Francis. Don’t you? I think m...
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Fasting from Violence in Our Heart

Fasting from Violence in Our Heart

The day of prayer and fasting for peace called for by Pope Francis and prompted by the possibility of US military intervention in Syria united men and women across nationalities and religious divisions in one great cry to God for mercy on our world. I spent those days attempting to fast from the violence in my heart, for the world’s wars spring from the wars waged in the secret of our inner worlds.The homily of Pope Francis on September 13th caught my attention as a powerful message in this reg...
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Trust in the Mercy of Jesus

A reflection from Pope Francis’ homily on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7, 2013 3. I would like to emphasize one other thing: God’s patience has to call forth in us the courage to return to him, however many mistakes and sins there may be in our life. Jesus tells Thomas to put his hand in the wounds of his hands and his feet, and in his side. We too can enter into the wounds of Jesus, we can actually touch him. This happens every time that we receive the sacraments with faith. Saint Bernard, in ...
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