4. The Concept of “Mercy” in the Old Testament

“Christ addressed himself,” writes John Paul II, “to people who not only knew the concept of mercy, but who also, as the People of God of the Old Covenant, had drawn from their age-long history a special experience of the mercy of God….” A number of Old Testament scriptures are cited in this early portion […]

2. The Incarnation of Mercy

As we continue to ponder Pope John Paul II’s encyclical, The Mercy of God, we are reminded that God has given all people a revelation of His being “in the things that have been made” through which “ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature, namely his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived.”  (See Romans […]

To Pray From the Heart’s Fullness

The following is a passage from Elisabeth Leseur, a married French laywoman, whose letters and journals have become helpful to others during the century after her death.  She gives us a glimpse into her heart and inspires us to walk a similar path in our own daily lives: “March 29, 1900…….I have consecrated my life […]

The Risen Jesus Christ!

During the first week of Easter, the Gospel readings center on the actual appearances of Christ, risen from the dead on the first day of the week, which Christians celebrate as Easter Sunday.  This, of course, was the event that literally changed history.  The Meditation of the Day in Magnificat on Easter Wednesday is a wonderful one […]

Lent: A Process of Real Human Freedom

Today, as we are all on our Lenten journey towards the Passion and Resurrection, I will share with you portions of Fr. Jacques Philippe’s (see Sources and Resources, In the School of the Holy Spirit) essay, Freedom and Submission: There is a serious question underlying all Christian teaching concerning a disciplined growing in holiness, and […]