For a Close Encounter with God’s Extravagant Mercy

It’s Women’s History Month and I’ve always been struck by a little message Pope Paul VI communicated at the end of the Second Vatican Council — well, especially since Pope Benedict XVI re-communicated it by handing it to me shortly before he stepped aside as pontiff. It said, in part: the hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of woman is being achieved in its fullness, the hour in which woman acquires in the world an influence,… Read more

15 Catholic Things that Caught My Eye on Super Tuesday (March 1, 2016)

1. This sounds right: Return to him and learn who you are. #dailyeSpiration pic.twitter.com/H9ae89RK2E— Steubenville (@go2steubenville) March 1, 2016 2. Remember your mercies, O Lord. 3. Pope Francis’ homily this morning: Divine mercy forgives and forgets 4. Bishop Sam Jacobs: To forget does not mean to erase it from our memory, but rather to be free from the negative bondage 5. Fr. Bill Byrne on Confession: Sin is not who we are, it is who we are not. 6. Fr…. Read more

10 Catholic Things that Caught My Eye Today (Feb. 29, 2016)

1. Athirst is my soul for the living God. When shall I go and behold the face of God? 2. Do We Make Christ and His Church Look Attractive to Others? 3. God wants us to know and be known. Matthew Kelly on radical relationships. 4. From Kathleen Beckman in God’s Healing Mercy: Jesus accepted Peter’s repentance, affirmed him, and raised him up. Jesus loved Peter and used Peter’s weakness to glorify Divine Mercy…. After Peter’s transformation at Pentecost, he… Read more

10 Catholic Things that Caught My Eye Today (Feb. 26, 2016)

1. “Remember the marvels the Lord has done!” 2. “God’s mercy intervenes. God always seeks to bring good out of evil and in both cases God’s goodness triumphed over the worst of human wickedness.” More from Fr. Roger Landry’s homily today here. 3. And from Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.:notice that God’s grace and mercy is always greater; his Providence is always working out his purposes even out of the pettiness and sinful ingredients of our lives! For if we have… Read more

10 Catholic Things that Caught My Eye Today (Feb. 25, 2016)

1. Is Lent making you more like God? (A homily from this morning from Fr. Roger Landry.) 2. If the Gospel makes you uncomfortable it's a good thing- it means you are listening and that you have a conscience.— FrSteveGrunow (@FrSteveGrunow) February 25, 2016 3. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord. (Today’s readings.) 4. A neat little idea that could help with #1 and for people looking over your shoulder, too!: Challenge: change your wallpaper. #Lent2016 pic.twitter.com/3YMKKVFje1— Saint… Read more

10 Catholic Things that Caught My Eye Today (Feb. 24, 2016)

1. Drinking to Overflowing Christ’s Chalice of Sacrificial Mercy 2. Today’s Mass readings. 3. Kathleen Beckman on Eucharistic Mercy for Inner Healing 4. Don't miss @DawnofMercy *tomorrow* Thursday, February 25th @CICDC https://t.co/ksmbOg3Kt9— Catholic Info Center (@CICDC) February 24, 2016 5. From Magnificat today: 6. This comes via Magnificat’s year of mercy companion: The way that is Christ is less traveled by in our world, but walking along it makes all the difference and resolves all doubt.-Fr. G Rutler— Kathryn Jean… Read more

10 Catholic Things that Caught My Eye on St. Polycarp Day (Feb. 23, 2016)

1. On this martyrs’s feast day: St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr, pray for us! #feastday pic.twitter.com/f450P2TS90— Detroit Priest (@DetroitPriest) February 23, 2016 2. Today’s readings. 3. "Let us therefore become imitators of His endurance; and if we shouldsuffer for His name's sake, let us glorify Him."- St. Polycarp— Father Dan O'Reilly (@FrDanOReilly) February 23, 2016 4. Fr. Steve Grunow writes about St. Polycarp’s enduring legacy: Polycarp was tortured and his body burned. The destruction of his body was intended as… Read more

10 Catholic Things that Caught My Eye Today (Feb. 19, 2016)

1. These are the words of absolution, waiting for us in Confession. Experience them. https://t.co/CdlRljLbHC— Chad Pecknold (@ccpecknold) February 18, 2016 2. Today’s Mass readings. 3. Fr. Roger Landry on Receiving and Sharing the Surpassing Righteousness of Divine Mercy some of it: ask the Lord’s grace so that we may turn from any ways that are evil, both in our actions and in our thoughts, seek reconciliation with all those whom we have hurt and with all who have hurt… Read more

10 Catholic Things that Caught My Eye Today (Feb. 18, 2016)

1. This Season of Lent is a time for repentance and conversion.— Bishop Barres (@BishopBarres) February 18, 2016 2. I found the pope’s Mass at the border last night beautiful, uniting pilgrims on both sides in the greatest prayer there is. And as usual I was moved by the depth of his sensitivity to human suffering and the routine of indifference we are all prone to fall into. Mercy, which always rejects wickedness, takes the human person in great earnest…. Read more

10 Catholic Things that Caught My Eye Today (Feb. 17, 2016)

1. From morning prayer today: Lord, kindle a light for my guidance and scatter my darkness. pic.twitter.com/PmRR7VLnws— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 17, 2016 The image was during Eucharistic adoration at theFellowship of Catholic University Students student leadership summit in Dallas around the turn of the new year. A powerful time. 2. We see the Face of Christ in the poor.— Bishop Barres (@BishopBarres) February 17, 2016 3. Today the Church remembers the founding of the Servite Order. I love… Read more


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