Tag: Mercy

Be merciful ministers of Christ, pope tells new priests

Be merciful ministers of Christ, pope tells new priests

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

The priesthood is not a “cultural association or a union,” but a ministry of mercy anchored on Christ’s mission to bring hope to the downtrodden and comfort to those who suffer, Pope Francis told new priests.

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Mercy me: Trust in his

Mercy me: Trust in his

| Kathleen Eischens | April 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Imagine you are part of a college tennis team. You are scheduled to play doubles in a meet with your main rival. Unfortunately, the week before the meet, you skip one of the five scheduled tennis team practices and totally blow your plan to eat healthily. Match day arrives. Your partner is in top form and plays really well.

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Heaven in the here-and-now

Heaven in the here-and-now

| Father Paul Jarvis | February 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Before Jesus’ ministry, the law prescribed an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth when seeking revenge. And so David would be justified in dispatching King Saul — yet he extends mercy.

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The kindness of a mother, the mercy of the Father

The kindness of a mother, the mercy of the Father

| Liz Kelly | February 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Miss K” was an exercise in the incongruous. She couldn’t have weighed much more than a spring robin, but she rode a Harley Davidson. I still remember her roaring — at a chug, mind you — down the long driveway of my childhood on her “hog.” It was something akin to a noodle of spaghetti riding in on a bull. Though meek in demeanor and dimension, her voice was husky and deep and always a little surprising emanating from her mild face.

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Christians without mercy live like worldly pagans, pope says

Christians without mercy live like worldly pagans, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | September 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Christians are not defined by their baptism but by whether they live their lives according to God’s command to love their enemies, Pope Francis said.

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World needs leaders who are just, compassionate, merciful, pope says

World needs leaders who are just, compassionate, merciful, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | July 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

The world needs leaders who can “put into practice a more just way for all of us to live in this world as sharers in a common destiny,” Pope Francis said.

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Mercy works

Mercy works

| Liz Kelly | May 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

When we met, Tammy had yet to reach her 25th birthday. It was her second stint in prison, this time on a charge of armed robbery. At home, she had two young children, whom Tammy’s father was raising. She rarely saw them. To say that there was sadness in her eyes is an understatement. They were overtaken by a profound vacancy and despair. Tammy barely knew her own mother, for she had been imprisoned by the time Tammy was 15 and was still in prison.

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Repentant sinners need merciful confessors, not inquisitors, pope says

Repentant sinners need merciful confessors, not inquisitors, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Priests must give hope to men and women seeking forgiveness, encouraging them in their struggle away from the slippery slope of sin, Pope Francis said.

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Forgive me, Father: Confession offers path to healing, grace

Forgive me, Father: Confession offers path to healing, grace

| Susan Klemond | March 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Many Americans say they fear public speaking more than almost anything, but some Catholics also have anxiety about speaking privately with a priest about their sins in confession.

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The Lord hears the cry of the newborn

The Lord hears the cry of the newborn

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | November 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s as loud as a fire alarm (except it goes off 20 times a day). It screeches like fingernails down a chalkboard. And rather than fleeing to escape it, we’re supposed to run right toward it.

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Mercy can scandalize those who don’t see their own sin, pope says

Mercy can scandalize those who don’t see their own sin, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | September 21, 2017 | 1 Comment

Celebrating the feast of St. Matthew, the anniversary of the day when as a 17-year-old he said he was overwhelmed by God’s mercy, Pope Francis said it was interesting how many Catholics today seem to be scandalized when God shows mercy to someone.

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Pope leads prayers for an end to ‘inhuman violence’ of terrorism

Pope leads prayers for an end to ‘inhuman violence’ of terrorism

| Cindy Wooden | August 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Let us beg the Lord, God of mercy and peace, to free the world from this inhuman violence,” Pope Francis prayed after a week of deadly terrorist attacks in Africa and Europe.

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