Category Archives: Jubilee of Mercy

Ballad For A Spy Wednesday

Two cautions, upfront. I’m not really big on the fascination with Judas Iscariot, so two posts in a week is a bit much for me. Also, I’m not the biggest fan of English Victorian literature, but a colleague alerted me … Continue reading

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From the Jubilee

Jubilee act of contrition from Psalm 25: Remember your compassion and your mercy, O Lord, for they are ages old. Remember no more the sins of my youth; remember me according to your mercy because of your goodness, Lord. (6-7) … Continue reading

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Looking At Misericordia: Trustworthiness and Sobriety

We conclude our examination of that acrostic reflection Pope Francis gave in his address to the curia last December. Two fine virtues to wrap up this reflection, originally written for brother bishops and other bureaucrats in Rome, but full of rich material … Continue reading

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Looking At Misericordia: Intrepidness and Alertness

We continue with the acrostic reflection on “misericordia” Pope Francis gave in his address to the curia last December. If you’ve been following, you’ll note that instead of just one word, he is giving some thought to related or contrasting principles. 11. … Continue reading

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Looking At Misericordia: Diligence and Attentiveness

We reach the tenth reflection Pope Francis gave in his address to the curia last December. If you’ve been following, you’ll note that instead of just one word, he is giving some thought to two related or contrasting principles. 10. Diligence and … Continue reading

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Looking At Misericordia: Respectfulness and Humility

We continue looking at that acrostic reflection Pope Francis gave in his address to the curia last December. Respect is a difficulty quality in modern culture. I note that both Left and Right lack in a general approach of respect. And more … Continue reading

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Looking At Misericordia: Honesty and Maturity

We continue looking at that acrostic reflection Pope Francis gave in his address to the curia last December. If you’ve been following, you’ll note that instead of just one word, he is giving some thought to related or contrasting principles. Today, two … Continue reading

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Looking At Misericordia: Charity and Truth

We continue looking at that acrostic reflection Pope Francis gave in his address to the curia last December. C is for “charity.” And a bit more. 7. Charity and truth: two inseparable virtues of the Christian life, “speaking the truth in charity … Continue reading

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Looking At Misericordia: Innocuousness and Determination

We continue looking at that acrostic reflection Pope Francis gave in his address to the curia last December. If you’ve been following, you’ll note that instead of just one word, he is giving some thought to related or contrasting principles. Today, a … Continue reading

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Looking At Misericordia: Rationality and Gentleness

We continue looking at that acrostic reflection Pope Francis gave in his address to the curia last December. If you’ve been following, you’ll note that instead of just one word, he is giving some thought to related or contrasting principles. 5. Rationality … Continue reading

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Looking At Misericordia: Example and Fidelity

Continuing with the address of Pope Francis to the curia this past December. Letter #4, e, suggests not just a good example, but also fidelity to Christ. 4. Example and fidelity: Blessed Paul VI reminded the Curia of “its calling … Continue reading

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Looking At Misericordia: Spirituality and Humanity

We continue to review Pope Francis’ address to the curia from this past December. This reflection on the word “misericordia,” or mercy proceeds today with a look at #3, two important qualities sometimes viewed with suspicion in some quarters. 3. Spirituality … Continue reading

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Merciful To All

From the Wisdom of Solomon: For it is always in your power to show great strength,and who can withstand the might of your arm? Because the whole world before you is like a speck that tips the scales,and like a … Continue reading

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Looking At Misericordia: Idoneity

This past December, Pope Francis offered a reflection on the word “misericordia,” or mercy. The reflection was an acrostic, a device in which each letter in the word is given its own word. The Holy Father gives us “I” for idoneity. … Continue reading

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Looking At Misericordia: Missionary and Pastoral Spirit

Pope Francis addressed the Curia last month just before Christmas. It wasn’t the barnburner of 2014, but a reflection on the word “misericordia,” or mercy. The Holy Father also suggested that his listeners could add to this for some kind … Continue reading

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