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Christ is risen, He is risen indeed!

Posted Mar 27, 2016

Today we celebrate this great event of our faith: Savior Jesus Christ rose from the dead, thereby defeating death and offering eternal life to all who embrace His sacrificial love. This is the most important event of our faith—there would be no Christian Church without it! The journey from...

Corporal Works of Mercy Week 7: Bury the Dead

Posted Mar 20, 2016

The corporal work of burying the dead is the only one that is not found in Matthew 25:31-46 and is actually from the book of Tobit 1:16-18. In this passage we encounter Tobit secretly burying the bodies of his fellow countrymen, against the wishes of the king whose rule he was living under. He...

Corporal Works of Mercy Week 6: Clothing the Naked

Posted Mar 13, 2016

When I was 12 or 13 years old, something that really hadn’t mattered to my friends became very important: The clothes that we wore. It was important to have the right label on your shirt or to wear the right brand of jeans. The clothes you wore began to mark the kind of friends you had or...

Corporal Works of Mercy Week 5: Visit the Prisoner

Posted Mar 06, 2016

“The Spirit of Christ, the Redeemer of the world, must breathe even where people are chained in prisons according to the logic of a still necessary human justice. Punishment cannot be reduced to mere retribution, much less take the form of social retaliation or a sort of institutional...

Corporal Works of Mercy Week 4: Shelter the Homeless/Welcome the Stranger

Posted Feb 28, 2016

You may remember this past December when our local Catholic Church and the State of Indiana had a little disagreement about whether or not the Catholic Charities of our Archdiocese should accept a family of refugees from Syria. Things were a little tense in the Western world at the time: ...

Corporal Works of Mercy Week 3: “Visit the Sick”

Posted Feb 21, 2016

Fr. Martin and I have little kits that we keep in our car with a stole, pyx, and the oil for anointing the sick in case anyone is suffering from illness and needs a visit. This is one of the sacraments that get us out of the office and into homes, hospitals, and nursing homes. It is a great...

Corporal Works of Mercy Week 2: “Give Drink to the Thirsty”

Posted Feb 14, 2016

In today’s Gospel we encounter Jesus fasting in the desert, so it seems appropriate to reflect on the second corporal work of mercy, where Jesus calls us to minister to him in those who are thirsty. Remember, the goal for these reflections is to look for a ministry opportunity that...

“Turn to the Lord!”

Posted Feb 07, 2016

This instruction was said at every Mass in the early centuries of Christianity. Once the homily was finished, a deacon would say: “Turn to the Lord” and the whole congregation, including the priest, would turn towards the East for the rest of the Mass. St. Augustine explains that...

Seven Corporal Works of Mercy Week 1: Feed the Hungry

Posted Jan 31, 2016

Over the next few weeks I would like to reflect on the Corporal Works of Mercy and suggest some ways they might be applied to our daily lives. Each week we will think about an individual work of mercy in two ways: 1) Look at some ministry opportunities or immediate ways you can get...

Making Time and Space to Hear His Voice

Posted Jan 24, 2016

This past Sunday I mentioned that our primary mission as Catholics and as Christians is to follow Jesus and his loving plan for our lives. In order to know this plan and experience his love we must make time and space in our day to listen to his voice. Here are a couple of ways to do that. The...

Year of Mercy Reflection: The Corporal Works of Mercy

Posted Jan 17, 2016

Give food to the hungry  Give drink to the thirsty  Shelter the homeless and/or Welcome the stranger  Visit the sick  Visit the prisoners  Cloth the naked  Bury the dead Last week we officially ended the Christmas season and are now in the second week of...

The Jubilee of Mercy

Posted Jan 10, 2016

Now that we have celebrated the Christmas season together and we move back into our normal routines, we can give a little more focus to something Pope Francis inaugurated this past December on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception: A Jubilee “Year of Mercy” set to run until November...

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