Love is the basis and the key to living a truly good life. It is the lifeblood of awareness, the driving force of service, and the guide and shape of purpose. Without love, purpose rooted in awareness and service is useless and absurd. It's all about true love, and a balanced love at that.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a Christian devotion started by a Polish Catholic nun who experienced visions of Christ. Pray it every morning to trust in God's mercy throughout the day!
Mercy is the very essence of love. Though we as human beings have the power to harm others, we also have the power and the choice to be compassionate towards them - simply by not ignoring them and hearing them out. That is mercy, and by opening yourself up truly, you love.
The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy commenced last 8 December 2015. To partake in this celebration, TDY brings you a week on mercy, beginning today with Pope Francis's jubilee prayer.
The most important preparation for a calamity is none other than... prayer.
"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." -James 1:27, NRSV-CE
"Blessed is he who considers the poor! The LORD delivers him in the day of trouble; the LORD protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies. The LORD sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you heal all his infirmities." (Ps. 41:1-3, RSV-2CE)
"Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get." (Mt. 7:1-2, NRSV)
Christ gave us new life in rising from the dead, triumphing over sin so that we can hope in eternal life. It is our duty and calling, therefore, to make the most of this opportunity for His greater glory.
Today, as we remember the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made for us, we are reminded to mimic His example of loving - the greatest love of laying down one's life for his friends.
This Maundy Thursday, we remember how Christ, the King of Kings, humbled Himself to wash His apostles' feet. This is the true meaning of leadership - a servant first and foremost, and a leader next.
Today is Holy or Spy Wednesday, commemorating Judas Iscariot's betrayal of Jesus but, more importantly, the actions of the woman with the expensive perfume. She knew her priorities and acted on them; I invite you to do the same.
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, humble, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey." (Zechariah 9:9, NASB)
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. - Matthew 6:33 (NASB) I remember this verse due to a frequent Alleluia hymn we sing in Mass. I find it one of the best statements proclaiming the need to place our faith in God, and what will… Continue reading Weekly Grace: 23 February 2014
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me. - Psalm 23:4 [excerpt] (ESV) This is my favorite verse from the Bible. It evokes some themes or motifs I love - nature, travel, the fight between good and evil, and God. But… Continue reading Weekly Grace: 16 February 2014
And above all these [compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, bearing, and forgiving] put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. - Colossians 3:14, 12-3 (ESV) God, He who is Love, invites us to make love the cornerstone of our lives. When we make love the motive for everything we do, everything will… Continue reading Weekly Grace: 9 February 2014
The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. - 1 John 4:8 (NASB) As we enter February, that month of love, of Valentine's Day, let us remember to always make love the cornerstone of every single thing, deed, word, action, and thought that we come up with. The very… Continue reading Weekly Grace: 2 February 2014