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Tag Archive for ‘mercy’

The fight

The call can be strong even insistent in its pursuit yet I often ignore, or perhaps run from the freedom offered, as if I prefer my chains of petty concerns and fears to the wide open spaces offered to me by grace, locked behind a door that I have the key to, often not used. […]

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The fourth day

What does it mean the fourth day? Simply put, it is the rest of your life, a metaphor of how each day, hour, moment, is a new beginning for you. Some here are fired up, others perhaps feel nothing, some anxious worried if they can follow through, each unique in how they respond, grow, to […]

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Truth

Whatever comes into my mind is not true. I accept that reality, however, below rationality the opposite is shown to be the truth in this matter, there is a region that is really in control, the emotional, feelings, that make objective thought difficult, perhaps impossible, who after all is objective? It is a struggle to […]

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Regret, pain, loss and tears

A prisoner’s sorrow I am writing a prisoner, his name is Roger, who has been in prison for many years, but, hopefully, will be getting out soon on parole. He is I believe one of those who will not be going back in. At least that is my prayer, for him. In his last letter, […]

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To know all is to forgive all

If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.—1 John 3:20 The proverb “To know all is to forgive all” is something that I have pondered over for many years. From experience, even on some minor happenings in my life, I have found that if angry, […]

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The truly wretched-The hammer and grace of God

“Wretched are those who are vindictive and spiteful.”—Pope Frances Vindictiveness and spitefulness are not something reserved for the few. In my own life I find myself having to deal with these states of being which is a foretaste of hell, I believe. I can always have a ‘good’ and ‘just’ cause for my seeking to […]

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A troubled young man

About a year ago, we had a young man come into the retreat house one morning asking if he could stay a couple of nights.  He was traveling and his place of employment would pay for his lodging.  Did not know what his job entailed, but he told me that he was on the road […]

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One God and Father of All

He is not ‘my; God, but ‘our’ God Our Father, He is the Father of a great family; he is our Father. He knows that he has a unique love, but he does not know how to bear or raise an “only child”. He is the God of the home, of brotherhood, of bread broken and shared. He is […]

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If Today You Hear His Voice

 “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:15) Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world’s rejection. […]

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It is difficult to understand the meaning of ‘Infinite mercy’

Then I heard the words:  As you are united with Me in life, so will you be united at the moment of death.  After these words, such great trust in God’s great mercy was awakened in my soul that, even if I had had the sins of the whole world, as well as the sins […]

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