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Category Archive for 'Mercy'

“Anima Christi” – 4 (1. Soul of Christ, sanctify me.) (2. Body of Christ, save me.) (3. Blood of Christ, inebriate me.) – – – – – Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Aqua lateris Christi, lava me. Who of us is not aware of the need for cleansing?  We are all sinners, […]

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Raking Leaves in Springtime

Spring is the season when the live oaks drop last year’s leaves as the new ones begin to come in. This means that we have huge quantities of leaves in the yard, at the same time that quantities of golden tree pollen settle on cars and everything else. So I was in the yard, wielding […]

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Unworthy and of Infinite Worth

By what boundless mercy, my Savior, have you allowed me to become a member of your body? Me, the unclean, the defiled, the prodigal. How is it that you have clothed me in the brilliant garment, radiant with the splendor of immortality, that turns all my members into light? Symeon the New Theologian, trans. by […]

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Mercy Like the Air

“Oh, Mercy! … Wherever I turn my thoughts, I find nothing but mercy.” (St. Catherine of Siena, Dialogues 30) Dear God, Your mercy is like the air to me. I breathe mercy, I walk through mercy, I get up in the morning and go to bed at night wrapped in your mercy. While my own […]

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God’s Constables

Mother Church has a vastly inclusive embrace. She is large enough to welcome people of all races, nations, economic strata, and personality. Her lap is capacious enough to hold opinions and theologies and spiritualities of many stripes, all within the creed-professing, Bible-reading, Pope-honoring holy Roman Catholic membership. However, there is an unfortunate contingent of Catholics […]

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