Mercy or Tolerance?

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In reading the Divine Office this morning I am struck again at how often the Psalms mention mercy. The mercy of God showers through not just the Psalms but the Scriptures. 
We so often think of mercy in a legalistic way—that it simply means God will let us off the hook. We also think of mercy as a passive, or weak characteristic. In fact, Pope St. John Paul II said that “Mercy is Love’s second name.” God’s mercy is an outgoing and pro active characteristic–constantly flowing out towards us with blessing, forgiveness and fullness of life and love.
In contrast, I read some time ago an open letter from someone who disagreed with an apology that was issued by an Evangelical who ran a...READ MORE

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St. Mary Magdalene Commemoration Raised to Feast Day

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Guido Reni, Penitent Magdalene, c. 1635 (Walters Art Museum)

– Wikipedia

Pope Francis has raised the celebration of the memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to the dignity of a liturgical Feast, the same grade of feast given to the celebration of the Apostles.

Until now, St. Mary Magdalene has been a memorial; the status of a feast is higher than a memorial, but below a solemnity which is the highest rank in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Rite, celebrating a mystery of faith such as the Holy Trinity or Corpus Christi.

All the celebrations of the apostles are feast days, as are those of some other major saints such as St. Lawrence.

In a statement, the Vatican said:

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of...READ MORE

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Mind Blowing: What Saints Said About the True Presence in Christ’s Body and Blood and More!

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Click on Mind Blowing: What Saints Said About the True Presence in Christ’s Body and Blood by Mary Flynn of epicPew link to read more.

Mind Blowing: What Saints Said About the True Presence in Christ’s Body and Blood – Mary Flynn, epicPew

Dorothy Day’s Houses of Formation – Russell Shaw, The Dispatch via The Catholic World Report

How a Forgotten Church with a Leaky Roof Became One of Britain’s Most Thriving Shrines – Fr. Marcus Holden, Catholic Herald

English Summers and Catholic Pilgrims – Joanna Bogle, The Dispatch via The Catholic World Report

Transeducation: What Is Truth? – Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine

Quæritur: Is Divorce Never An Option? – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

Feeling Good versus Doing Good – William Kilpatrick Ph.D., Crisis Magazine

What Does Scripture, Church Teaching Say About Building...READ MORE

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What's the Point of Purgatory?

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(Via Wikimedia Commons)

Last time, in this space, we began looking at the Church's doctrine of Purgatory, and we left off with this excellent question:

What's the point of sanctification and Purgatory if you are basically a good person? Wouldn't a God of love accept us as we are?

We often hear "So and so is 'basically a good person.'" What do we mean by it? To find out, suppose someone says, "Einstein was basically a good scientist" or "Bach was basically a good musician" or "Babe Ruth was basically a good ball player." Does this strike you as rather weak? That's not surprising. When we say that somebody is "basically good" we are really saying "despite their mediocrity, they had some good qualities." That is...READ MORE

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Grace and Selflessness at the Speech Contest

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A local Knights of Columbus chapter has been holding a speech contest for the past few years in our area. My children always take part. All the speeches are chosen from presidential speeches that reference God, and not just in a passing manner the way is done often nowadays. But speeches with God referenced repeatedly.

My son recited a large portion of Lincoln's second inaugural:

If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall...READ MORE

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New Film Shows How John Paul II Defeated Communism and Freed a Continent

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The Communists were no match for St. John Paul II. He was the proverbial “one-man army” in action. But an army backed by heaven.

This is the focus of a new documentary called Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism.

On a video showing comments from viewers after the film’s premiere, one said: There was no way the Soviets could be contained by force — “It had to be contained by spiritual power.”  Another said, “The biggest hero of our time, someone larger than life who accomplished the impossible, was Pope John Paul II the Great.”

Carl Anderson, the film's executive producer and Supreme Head of the Knights of Columbus who while serving as a White House office under...READ MORE

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Father Spadaro’s 5 Traits of Pope Francis’ Pontificate

Away with rigidity of rules, mechanisms and institutions — welcome instead “incomplete thought”, discernment and mercy, says Jesuit friend of Pope Francis.

06/09/2016 Comments (11)
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Father Antonio Spadaro SJ: Pope Francis' pontificate is one of "discernment and incomplete thought."

– Alan Holdren/CNA

Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, a close confidant of Pope Francis who stirred controversy by claiming Amoris Laetitia opened the door to Holy Communion for remarried divorcees, has given a candid, personal and quite revealing interpretation of this pontificate — one that prefers to see the world and the Church in constant flux.

In a blog post on his website entitled For Pope Francis the World is Always in Movement: 5 Traits of His Pontificate, the director of the Jesuit periodical La Civilta Cattolica characterizes this era of Francis as first of all a “pontificate of discernment and ‘incomplete thought’”.

For the Pope, the world is “always in movement”, Father Spadaro writes. Francis...READ MORE

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People Who Think They're “Spiritual But Not Religious” Are Deceived

06/09/2016 Comments (9)

Félix Joseph Barrias (1822-1907), “The Temptation of Christ by the Devil”

Don't you hate it when people claim to be “spiritual but not religious?”

Not I!

I love it! I love it! I love it!

I love it when pretentious, unthinking people mindlessly repeat this meaningless statement to me.

When I have one of these people in my clutches, I furrow my brow (look at the accompanying photo in my bio to the right and imagine me furrowing my brow) and say, "You're spiritual? What does that mean?"

That's the last they expect you to counter with. They're so self-satisfied at hiding behind this nonsense, they've never stopped to think what it actually means.

And then I explain to them why they've been so wrong for so long. (Spoiler alert: You can be spiritual only in a...READ MORE

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