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Thankful Thursday: Holy Thursday

How beautiful it is to stand before the Crucifix, simply to be under the Lord’s gaze, so full of love. ~Pope Francis For many Christians, Holy Thursday marks the beginning of the Easter Triduum – the three days leading to... Continue Reading →

Arise and Shine

Arise! Shine, for your light has come, the glory of the LORD has dawned upon you. Though darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds, the peoples, Upon you the LORD will dawn, and over you his glory will be seen.... Continue Reading →

The Songs We Long to Sing: A Pearl Forms in the Deep of This Stirring Sea.

Pope Francis has declared this year, a Jubilee Year of Mercy. He is encouraging us to open our hearts to receive God’s mercy and then in turn to share his mercy with those around us.

“God’s mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to dry bones (cf. Ez 37:1-14). … Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.”
~ Pope Francis, Easter Urbi et Orbi message on March 31, 2013

Last week, I read a blog post by J.S. Park, a Christian minister. His words both moved me and stirred in me a stronger desire to show God’s love and mercy with all those that I encounter.  It poses the question:  How can I share God’s mercy to this hurting world?  And how can I teach my children to be compassionate and merciful?  The following is J.S.’ blog post.

J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian

Each week, part of my chaplaincy training is to write a reflection on how it’s going. Here’s week number fourteen. Some identities may be altered for privacy. All the writings are here.

Sometimes a patient just talks for an hour, and I say two sentences, and that’s the whole visit. The patient usually says, “Thank you so much for your wisdom and advice” — and I hardly said a word.

Maybe that’s a good thing. If I had said too much, I might have messed it up.

But more than that: some patients just want an ear to listen.

I’ve seen the same thing at the homeless ministry. I ask someone, “How are you?” — and the answer is a breathless forty-five minute life-story of financial collapse and arrests and rehab and failed job interviews, and at the end, “You’re so wise, now I’m so pumped up for…

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Merry Christmas

I am thankful for the moment God sent us a Savior on Christmas day. May your Christmas be filled with wonder, mindful of the blessed event that took place on that first Christmas. "The Nativity also tells us that the... Continue Reading →

Thankful Thursday: The Good Book

What are you thankful for? If you would like to share your version of “Thankful Thursday” (photos or text or both) today or in the future, you can link your post to my post on Thursdays in the comments section.... Continue Reading →

Thankful Thursday: Catching My Breath

Last weekend, I ran away from home. Actually, I had permission. I attended a religious retreat. To just be. I am truly grateful for the much needed time away. Little did I know, my withdrawal from my busy every day... Continue Reading →

Muse

You make me happy when skies are grey... My garden is a constant source of inspiration. Being surrounded by green and growing things has such a calming effect on me. Often times when my mind and spirit are troubled, I... Continue Reading →

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