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 [Read More…]

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Desire Mercy

I recently subscribed to a daily Ignatian reflection from the Magis Center for Catholic Spirituality, a project of the endlessly impressive Fr. Robert J. Spitzer. Today Fr. Michael Maher — all S.J.s — connects the pope’s recent interview to the Gospel Saturday for the feast day of St. Matthew: “I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I [Read More…]

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The Object of My Affection, 2013 Remake

This might be on your mind already because Valentine’s Day is this week, but here’s an action item: Invite a married couple to drop their kids off for the night some night, invite some single men and women from work or church to dinner with some others for dinner. Do something to support marriage, to [Read More…]

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Just One Look

When we gaze on the Blessed Sacrament, our Lord gives us this same look he gave Peter, a look of mercy. Pope Benedict XVI said earlier this year in an installment of his catechesis on prayer: Luke the Evangelist has retained a further precious element of the events of the Last Supper that enables us [Read More…]

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Mounting the Heart of the Temple

Not to be stuck on this past Sunday and its Gospel reading, but Fr. Robert Barron provides some essential focus: While sharing the aversion of using religion as a means to gain material wealth, I think a more fruitful way of understanding Christ’s action to cleanse the temple can be discerned in relation to Israel’s [Read More…]

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