If people knew the real you, would they like what they see? Too many of us—maybe most of us—would answer “No.” Perhaps because we don’t really know who we are.Read more
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.Read more
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?Read more
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)Read more
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?”Read more
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.Read more
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."Read more
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.Read more
Many people blame religion for bringing strife into the world. They point to the Crusades, the Inquisition, the enslavement of Africans.Read more
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.Read more