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Archive of posts filed under the Mercy category.

Being Civilized in the Midst of Challenges

We face challenges in our world today.  Of course, there has been challenges as long as there has been people making bad choices with their free will.  There has also being illnesses that challenge us but do not know why they exist.  The challenges come in various forms.  We are becoming more and more a […]

How Often Should I Go?

Prior to the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) it was common for Catholics to go to Confession at least monthly if not every other week. Some even went weekly. For some it didn’t matter if they didn’t know of any mortal sins they had committed. You went because you were supposed to. After the Second Vatican […]

The Battle Against Sin

Earlier this week I wrote an article, “Is There Still Sin in the World?” I ended that article by referring to the battle against sin and said I would write an article about battling sin. Well, here it is. I will do so in the context of the Seven Deadly Sins. In 2010, I wrote […]

Forgiveness Can Be Hard

The Coronavirus shutdown continues. Some states are beginning to lift restrictions. New York State, where I live, continues under shutdown. We are now around the six week mark. Of course, the challenges caused by the pandemic started before we actually shutdown. We had started social distancing and the shelves in the grocery stores went bare […]

2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy) Homily – Year A

2nd Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy SundayActs 2:42-47Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 (1)1 Peter 1:3-9John 20:19-31 The disciples are in distress.  A lot has happened in the last few days for them.  They had come to believe that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah.   They thought He would get rid of the Romans.  Instead, Jesus was […]

Homily for Ash Wednesday

Ash WednesdayJoel 2:12-13Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14, 17 (3a)2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2Matthew 6;1-6, 16-18February 26, 2020 We are here today because a fast has been proclaimed and we have been called to gather as an assembly.  We are called to gather one and all.  Why? Because we have sinned. There have been times when we have […]

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year ALeviticus 19:1-2, 17-18Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13 (8a)1 Corinthians 3:16-23Matthew 5:38-48February 23, 2020 Last week we heard Jesus say that He came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it.  He began to teach us how to fully live out the law, starting with the Commandments against […]

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CExodus 32:7-11, 13-14Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19 (Luke 15:18)1 Timothy 1:12-17Luke 15:1-32September 15, 2019 Today’s readings should be familiar to us.  Our Sunday readings are on a three-year cycle so if you have been coming to church all your life, you have heard these several times. Add to that […]

You Can’t Fight Hate with Hate

We continue to see violence. This Saturday, August 3rd, there was a shooting in El Paso, Texas at a Walmart. The death toll now stands at 22 with more than two dozen injured. Law enforcement officials say the evidence points to it as a hate crime against Mexicans. Then, during the night there was a […]

2nd Sunday of Easter, Year C – Homily

2nd Sunday of Easter, Year CActs 5:12-16Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 (19)Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19John 20:9-13April 28, 2019 Last Sunday we heard that the tomb of Jesus was empty.  That was Easter Sunday.  Today we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter.  Today we hear how Jesus appeared to his disciples to show them that He is […]