New Spring of Water Series: A Year With The Saints

New Spring of Water Series: A Year With The Saints

During this new series of Spring of Water meditations, we will live “A Year with the Saints”. We will look at each saint we have chosen as an “Apostle” of some particular virtue: joy, trust, love, etc. Meditating on their lives, we will seek to learn from them in our own journey towards holiness. Join us as we embark on “A Year with the Saints”.

An unexpected mantle of mercy

An unexpected mantle of mercy

Any time I meditate on a Scripture passage involving the apostle Peter, I can really relate to Peter’s humanity. The Bible does not hide his doubts, struggles, audacity, or defects. We see all these things emerging in a surprising encounter with God’s grace and mercy that is described in Acts Chapter 10. Let us open our hearts to receive this Word of God: Peter went up to the roof terrace to pray at about noontime. He was hungry and wished to eat, and while they were making preparations he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something resembling a large sheet coming down, lowered to the ground by its four corners. In it were all the earth’s four-legged animals and reptiles and the birds of the sky. A voice said to him, “Get up, Peter. Slaughter, and...

Being a Missionary of Mercy

Throughout Pope Francis’ message (Misericordiae Vultus) that explains the current Jubilee Year of Mercy, he mentions the need for human instruments of Divine Mercy. He speaks of “missionaries of Mercy” (specifically in reference to priests) that is applicable to every disciple of Christ. Mercy is the bridge that connects God and man (cfr Misericordiae Vultus 2) and in a concrete way, Jesus Christ is that Bridge and the face of God’s Mercy (cfr Misericordiae Vultus 1). Our role as Christian disciples is to put people in direct contact with Jesus the Bridge.   The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines mercy as “the loving kindness, compassion, or forbearance shown to one who offends.” Mercy, if you think about it, is intricately...

The spiritual works of Mercy

Comfort the afflicted, forgive offenses, bear wrongs patiently, pray for the living and the dead  How many uncertain and painful situations there are in the world today! How many are the wounds borne by the flesh of those who have no voice because their cry is muffled and drowned out by the indifference of the rich! During this Jubilee, the Church will be called even more to heal these wounds, to assuage them with the oil of consolation, to bind them with mercy and cure them with solidarity and vigilant care. […] Let us open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help! May we reach out to them and support them so they can feel...

Twenty-four hours for the Lord

I recall waiting outside the room where the priest was hearing my classmate’s confession back in third grade. It was the day of my first confession and I was a little nervous. I kept repeating over and over again in my head the one sin that was on my “list.” When the door finally opened, I walked in and sat in front of the priest, who welcomed me with a reassuring and fatherly smile. Encouraged by his demeanor, I blurted out my sins as fast as I could and raised my eyes to see his reaction. He looked at me with kindness and asked, “Is that everything? Don’t you have anything else to confess?” “Is that everything?” I can’t recall exactly how I felt in that moment; maybe I felt some fear for having done “a...