His mercy endures forever

His mercy endures forever

“Oh happy fault that earned so great, so glorious a Redeemer.” On this Divine Mercy Sunday, we can again savor these words from the Exsultet that were proclaimed at the Easter Vigil Mass just one week ago. As we, like Thomas, place our doubting humanity within Jesus’ wounded side, we are reminded that “by His wounds we are healed” (Is. 53:5). It is from His open side, wounded because of His great love, that the blood and water of His mercy rain upon us. Let us allow the words of Psalm 118 to reecho in our hearts, today and every day: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His mercy endures forever.”

The Beating of a Consecrated Heart

The Beating of a Consecrated Heart

Recently I find myself returning to the same question: What does it mean to have a consecrated heart? I myself am not consecrated, not yet at least. But I am in formation towards that step and already living many aspects of the life I will lead after professing my vows. And so I find myself praying:teach me to love as You love Lord. Teach my heart to beat as only a consecrated heart can. As usual, the Lord is not responding to me only through prayer or through His Word but rather through the experience of life itself. I am not sure that I can say to have ever lived a period so in tune with my heart as the one that I am living now. It’s as if I am truly aware of the presence of my heart for the first time. I can feel its warmth in my chest. I can detect the...

Freedom of Heart

Freedom of Heart

Have you ever tried to grasp a handful of sand? It slowly escapes from the crevices of your hands. You are attempting to hold onto it, but in the act of grasping, you lose it. This is what happens when our heart is pulled down by an attachment. Being able to identify any attachments in our hearts is important for any kind of discernment so that we receive fully His abundant graces and have the freedom of heart necessary to say “yes” to God’s will, as Mary did. Though the thought of attachment might inspire aversion, it’s not as foreign to our human nature as we might think. In the story of original sin, for example, we see Adam and Eve trying to grasp at the good things in the Garden. However, attachment is more than simply experiencing pleasure in something,...

Stronger than death

Stronger than death

“Thus says the Lord God: Look! I am going to open your graves; I will make you come up out of your graves, my people, and bring you back to the land of Israel. You shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and make you come up out of them, my people! I will put my spirit in you that you may come to life, and I will settle you in your land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord. I have spoken; I will do it—oracle of the Lord.” – Ezekiel 37:12-14 Yes, I will open your grave. Yes, I will open and uncover everything that awaits redemption in this tomb of yours. The odor of your humanity. The tatters of a love never fulfilled. Your bones, dry and brittle. The dust of your daily toil. I have no fear of your tomb. I desire to enter into this place that...