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Am I A Merciful Person?

Pastor’s Column Mercy Sunday April 23, 2017 “Be merciful as your Father is merciful. Do not judge and you will not be judged yourselves; do not condemn and you will not be condemned yourselves; grant pardon, and you will be pardoned, because the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back.” Luke 6:36-38 Jesus Christ is both perfect mercy and perfect justice, and yet there is no contradiction here. When we come to the Lord seeking forgiveness, especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, he will always forgive us. Even in the last moments of our lives, he is willing to forgive us, if we are only willing to admit we need it! Each of us is now living in the time of God’s m

Life After Death is Real

Pastor’s Column Easter Sunday, 2017 This week my yard has had regular visits from some uninvited (though cute) guests, just in time for Easter: two mallard ducks and two white bunnies. They come and go as if they own the place. All I need now are a few chicks, colored eggs and Easter lilies and I will have all the symbols most people associate with Easter. Of course, the real meaning of Easter has little to do with these things! The truth is more incredible than anything we could ever imagine. There exists another world, very close to our own, but invisible to our eyes at present. How do we know it exists? We know it because Jesus, who came from that world into our own, told us about it.

Along the Way to Calvary

Pastor’s Column Palm Sunday 2017 Our Lord encounters many reactions on Palm Sunday: jubilation, faith, hatred, concern, grief, fear, hostility, cruelty, indifference. In our own lives, Jesus is still walking on the road to Calvary today with us, on the way to his death and resurrection. Which character do I identify with in my own life as I walk with Christ? Simon of Cyrene. Perhaps you are called to be like Simon of Cyrene. He was unexpectedly called upon to carry Christ’s cross for him. Perhaps, like Simon, you have been given a cross to carry against your will, one that you resisted, one you were not expecting. Yet Christ is at your side; and, as his friend, you are called to bear th

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