All I Ask

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At the Last Supper, Jesus gave us what could be called his final, “death bed” request.

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Because We Were Lost

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The relationship we have with Jesus is wonderfully described in calling him "the Good Shepherd.” Jesus guards, guides, protects and watches over us, just as a human shepherd cares for his flock. The image of Christ bearing a lamb on his shoulders is one of the earliest depictions of his love for us. 

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Thin Places

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The early Celts used to say that heaven and earth are only three feet apart, and that in the “thin places” the separation is even smaller.

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Those Who Have Not Seen

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In his first letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul recounts the number of persons who saw the risen Christ. In addition to the Apostles and the women, “he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time.” [1 Cor 15: 3-8]

Even with this witness, Jesus gave great encouragement directly to us 2,000 years later when he said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” 

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The Mercy of the Eucharist

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In many churches of the Eastern rites, it’s traditional for the congregation to gather outside the sealed church on Easter morning, symbolizing Christ’s time in the tomb. The priest, with his hand cross, knocks three times on the main door and it is thrown open. The people enter, as if entering Christ’s kingdom, to adore their risen savior in the Eucharist.

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He Who Died Alone

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What are we to make of Christ’s words of sheer, seeming hopelessness: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" [MT 27:46]

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So That Mercy Can Enter

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God always loves us unconditionally because mercy is his very nature. Said another way, because God is love, God is mercy. 

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Mercy Is a Verb

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There is more to spirituality than walking in the woods or watching waves break on the shore. 

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The Mercy of the Cross

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Lent is the time when we focus on taking up our daily cross in imitation of Christ. The cross we bear is about more than suffering a serious disease or the death of a loved one or living without enough income to cover expenses. It means sacrificing our own will to that of the Father’s—doing what He wants, not what we want.

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Pilgrimage of the Heart

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In proclaiming the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis invites us to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica or to one of the Holy Doors in cathedrals and designated churches throughout the world.

There is another kind of pilgrimage we can make, one that doesn’t involve travel. We can make a pilgrimage of the heart this year.

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