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Mercy Revealed!

Mercy Revealed! We will be hearing a great deal about mercy in the year ahead as we celebrate the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which Pope Francis opened on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, 2015.  What does it mean to say that God is merciful?  Mercy is the suppression of justified conde...
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Advent … Absolute and Almighty!

Advent … Absolute and Almighty! SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/timlilley/Desktop/Dec 11 WEBSITE/p12 - Zoe Cannon column with edits.docx It seems we are always waiting for something.  What are you waiting for?  We wait for a better day; we wait to find the perfect person to share life with, our children to grow up, a p...
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

On living a virtuous life, and teaching moments

On living a virtuous life, and teaching moments Our present culture is in a great debate on the topic of the dignity of the human person. The written word of God and the teachings of Jesus provide all the knowledge we need. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1803) provides a section on the virtues, which collectively involves a habitual a...
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The miracle of forgiveness

The miracle of forgiveness   "Forgive as the Lord has forgiven you." —Colossians 3:13    The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls this appeal “astonishing and daunting” (CCC, 2838, 2840).   We all know people who are suffering with relationships.  Problems arise, and we find it di...
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Monday, November 09, 2015

Called to love: National Vocation Awareness Week

Called to love: National Vocation Awareness Week   St. Paul boldly stated, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel.”  Would you do the same?  The message proclaimed in the bible for more than 2,000 years is reassuring:   “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will stren...
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

A legacy of mercy and love

A legacy of mercy and love   I overheard someone say that the Pope came to America to talk about global warming. It is sometimes difficult to find an accurate source for news … but really?!  Obviously, there is much more to the story.    The period of September 19-27, 2015, was history making, as Po...
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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Following the Spirit of God….

Following the Spirit of God….   “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit." – John 3:8   In this scripture passage, John is speaking to Nicodemus, who was a Pharisee on the Sanhedrin, the...
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

The family of God

The family of God   The bible tells us that all people are God’s creation. “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are.” –1 John 3   In God’s family, the heirs to His Kingdom inherit the great spiritual blessing...
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Simply pray - the power is yours!

Simply pray - the power is yours!   Twenty years ago I bought a bumper sticker that read, “As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in school.”  It is August, and a new school year has begun! Could there be more reason to pray?    As parents of four children, my husband and I spent many days...
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Monday, August 24, 2015

New life

New life   If the words in Sacred Scripture were a guidebook for every individual created, we would only know about a culture of life, not death.  “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27).  “Or do...
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Monday, August 10, 2015