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I post this as I am spending a few days with my two youngest children at the beach. Family is a precious gift. Mercy is a precious gift. Sometimes, when we are open to it, the two come together for something extraordinary. I have heard the saying, “Hold your friends close, and your enemies even closer.” I prefer to add to that, “and hold your family the closest.” May Divine Mercy Sunday be not only an occasion for God’s mercy and love to flow toward you, but your mercy and love to flow toward the ones you love, for what have we gained if we receive mercy from God and then withhold it from others.

Everyday Stewardship for Divine Mercy Sunday 2016

After my mother passed away, my sister and father had a falling out of sorts. When he moved to be closer to me, she told me that she didn’t ever want to speak to him again, saying, “Even if he is on his death-bed, do not call me.” My father was in his late 70’s and the pain he would have felt if he knew her wishes would have been too much to bear. Because of this, I made a decision to not tell him. This also put a strain on my relationship with my sister, caring for the one person in this world she seemed to despise the most.

Of all the gifts God has given us, time and family are at the top of the list to be cherished. Also, both are finite gifts. Our family members will not walk in this world forever, and each day that slips away cannot be restored. Still, we build up walls of fear, doubt, resentment, anger, and pain, not allowing ourselves to forgive and be good stewards of what we have been given.

On Divine Mercy Sunday, in the Jubilee Year of Mercy, God’s mercy is overflowing through all the earth. There is no excuse for you and me not to be reconciled with God and accept this profound compassion. In turn, there is no excuse to not extend that mercy and reconcile with those who have hurt us.

I always believed I would have a renewed relationship with my sister when my father’s death would come to pass. Two weeks after he passed, my sister suddenly died as well. There is no rewind of time. Yes, good stewards, today is the day!

Spontaneous Stewardship

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I had a wonderful Holy Week and Easter and I hope all of you reading this did so as well! There were so many aspects of the last several days I am thankful for and made me think. One such moment of inspiration occurred on Good Friday during Stations of the Cross.

When we arrived at the 6th Station, the booklet we were using labeled the actions of Veronica wiping the face of Jesus, and then His gift of the imprint of His face on her cloth, as both spontaneous. The light bulb went off in my head. I immediately started thinking of how to make our Easter season more meaningful and more enriching spiritually.

We need to be able to cultivate in ourselves a deeper spirituality so we can act spontaneously toward others. We need to be more free with our love and open ourselves up to the possibilities that arise when we interact with others. More than that we need to push ourselves out of our comfort zones so interaction with those we would normally just observe from a distance becomes possible.

This Easter Season, let’s try to be more spontaneous with our generosity, our gifts and talents, and with our love. Do some things simply because the Spirit is moving within you. Ask fewer questions before moving, so your mind doesn’t place unnecessary stress on your heart. Veronica and Jesus didn’t move with their minds, but instead let their hearts become their guides. Allow the Heart of Jesus to move your heart and make this Easter Season one filled with spontaneous joy and love. Allow Jesus place on your heart His imprint for all to see!

He is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!