The Challenge of Advent

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Advent reminds us of the days the Apostles spent in the “Upper Room,” where they prayed with one voice in hopeful anticipation of the Lord returning to them.

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Don’t Leave It To The Priests

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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.

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How To Put Mercy into Practice

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The Jubilee Year of Mercy will end next Sunday.

So what to we do now? 

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Better Than Life?

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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.”

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Eyes of Mercy

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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? 

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They Laughed at Jesus

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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, laughing at Jesus before he performed this miracle: “. . . they ridiculed him.” (Luke 8:53)

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Greater Than God?

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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?” 

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Jesus Is All Mercy

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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.

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Artisans of Mercy

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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."

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The Sign of God's Mercy

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Even more than “suffering,” the significance of the Cross can be found in “obedience”—Christ’s willing and passionate surrender to his Father. 

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