Stewardship of Mercy

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2017 The Jubilee Year of Mercy is now in the history books and looking back I wonder if I have been changed at all by the observance. Certainly the focus on mercy wasn’t all about God’s mercy toward me? Yes, I focused on my … Continue reading Stewardship of Mercy

Embodied Mercy

In Matthew chapters 5-7 Jesus delivers the greatest sermon the world has ever known. Christians should read these three chapters frequently.  In fact, we would do well to memorize them. But these chapters (also known as The Sermon on the Mount) can make us squirm a bit.  Jesus says counter-cultural things like, "[I]f anyone would … Continue reading Embodied Mercy

No Rewind; Press Play Now

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 … Continue reading No Rewind; Press Play Now

Something Beautiful

I love the way my children sometimes clean their rooms. They will take all their stuff that is out and covering everything and shove it their closet and under the bed. If you can’t see a mess, there isn’t a mess. I was thinking about something similar these recent days when snow came down to … Continue reading Something Beautiful

Mother of Mercy

Pope Francis said in an address from 2013, “Mary, whose “yes” opened the door for God to undo the knot of the ancient disobedience, is the Mother who patiently and lovingly brings us to God, so that He can untangle the knots of our soul by His fatherly mercy.” What would this Jubilee Year of … Continue reading Mother of Mercy

Two Coats

The crowds asked John the Baptist, “What should we do?” He said to them in reply, “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none.  And whoever has food should do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He answered them,  … Continue reading Two Coats

Mary, Mercy, & Me

And so it begins! Today, on this feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Jubilee Year of Mercy begins. Anything you need to know about this much-anticipated year can be found at GetFed, a service of the Catholic Company. Today is just the start of a year of prayer, devotion, special events, and of course, mercy. So … Continue reading Mary, Mercy, & Me

This Child Was Someone’s Son

The following is an important post from THE MAIN THING guest blogger, Teresa Keogh, who resides in the UK. The image is graphic, but perhaps necessary. In the UK today many newspapers have used this image to ask the government to change its attitude to immigration. The image is of a young Syrian child washed … Continue reading This Child Was Someone’s Son

Let Mercy Flow Throughout the Land

The news these days seems filled with those in need of mercy. So many people hurting one another and sometimes themselves. In this blog, we talk about God in our lives and how we can easily miss what is the main thing. And our world is filled with people who seem closed off to God and … Continue reading Let Mercy Flow Throughout the Land