Lazarus Among Us

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Who is the Lazarus among us?

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A Revolution of Tenderness

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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.”

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The New Saint of Mercy

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On September 4, Pope Francis plans to canonize Mother Teresa, whose life sent the world a single, urgent message: love and caring are the most important things in life.

Perhaps we can best understand why she is worthy of veneration and imitation by reflecting on some of her own words:

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A Matter of Trust

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So many events in life teach us not to trust. So often our trust has been betrayed—in the political realm, in business dealings and in personal relationships. So it’s no wonder that we might find it difficult to trust in God’s mercy.

But think about this. Humanity’s first sin was based on willful disobedience toward God and lack of trust in his mercy. 

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To Boldly Go

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In case you haven’t noticed, we are celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Star Trek franchise. Innumerable television episodes over the decades, several movies featuring the original TV cast, three more movies in recent years with a new cast—the latest movie in cinemas now.

All the tales revolve around the central, now-famous theme, “to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

Why bring all this up? 

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Earth On Fire

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Many people blame religion for bringing strife into the world. They point to the Crusades, the Inquisition, the enslavement of Africans. 

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Love On Hold

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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 steward whom the master left in charge of his servants.

“Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival,” Jesus promised.

But this is only half the story. 

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Jesus the Rule-breaker

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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.

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The Greatest Virtue

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Tomorrow is the anniversary of the canonization of St. Thomas Aquinas—July 18, 1323.

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Special Graces in the Year of Mercy

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Now that the summer vacation season is in full swing, perhaps we should think about making a trip to visit a Holy Door—a cathedral, shrine or other designated church—as part of our celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Walking through a Holy Door is a spiritual journey that signals our deep desire for true conversion.

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