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Archive of posts filed under the Forgiveness category.

Our Loving God

Many people tend to see the portrayal of God in the Old Testament as of a God is punishing, bestowing his wrath upon all who break his commandments. Our first reading today from Exodus begins with a God who is anger and punishing. He had been speaking with Moses on the mountain. What do the […]

Living Simply as Instruments of God’s Mercy

This is my fifth article offering reflections based on my reading of Judith Valente’s book, How to Live: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community (Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing. 2018). You can see the four previous articles as follows: “Being Spiritual in the World Today”, “Striving to be Disciples of Christ.”, “Overcoming […]

What Mercy Offers

We need God’s mercy. Our world is in need of God’s mercy and we need it as individuals. We are human beings who are not perfect. At times we fall short of doing good and we need forgiveness. As look ahead to Good Friday this week, God’s forgiving mercy as at the heart of what […]

Video – Finding Peace and Healing in a Troubled World Part III

I completed my series, Finding Peace and Healing in a Troubled World, with Part III last night. The slides and video are now available online at www.renewaloffaith.org/healing3. If you watch video in the next few days, you can complete an online evaluation at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdbvrN3TSImjEc5270S0sYQ8LaU2VeUCxTuGcgKBeFE84X-Wg/viewform?usp=sf_link At this point in time I do not have any more […]

Handing Our Sins to God

There are numerous stories in the Bible. I would consider today’s (Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year C) gospel of the woman caught in adultery as one that many people remember. You may remember it but how much do you reflect on what our Lord is telling us in this story? The scribes and the Pharisees […]

4th Sunday of Lent, Year C – Homily

4th Sunday of Lent, Year CJoshua 5:9a, 10-12Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (8a)2 Corinthians 5:17-21Luke 15:1-3, 11-32March 27, 2022 The Israelites had been through much.  Now under the leadership of Joshua, they have crossed the Jordan into the land in which the Lord had given them. They had been slaves in Egypt until the Lord set […]

Video – Finding Peace and Healing in a Troubled World Part II

Last night I offered Part II in my series of webinars, Finding Peace and Healing in a Troubled World. In this webinar the focus is on our forgiveness. We need to forgive others and we need to be forgiven. I also talk about how people sometimes struggle to feel forgiven. You can see the video […]

Finding Forgiveness

Following Part I in my new series of presentations, Finding Peace and Healing in a Troubled World, I was asked about the following. As Catholics, we have the Sacrament of Reconciliation to receive God’s forgiveness, Since Protestants and other religions do not, it would seem they must carry their sins throughout their lives on earth […]

Video – “Finding Peace and Healing in a Troubled World, Part I”

I started my new series of presentations, Finding Peace and Healing in a Troubled World, last night with Part I. You can find the video recording and slides on my website at www.renewaloffaith.org/healing1. If you watch the video, for the next few days you can complete an evaluation online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSddXBSvh4witJHuxT-pdUJLsz5nHRSNMzcJySJuahfRnMcR6w/viewform?usp=sf_link. Registration is now open […]

Reflecting on the Act of Contrition

After we confessing our sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and receiving a penance, we say an Act of Contrition. This expresses our sorrow for our sins. We say the Act of Contrition as part of the ritual of the Sacrament. Do you just say the words or do you truly pray them, reflecting on […]