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Christ’s Death, Perfection of Love – Augustine

St. Augustine here speaks of Christ's laying down of his life, handed over to us in the Eucharist, as the perfection of love. Augustine's words, written in the early 5th century, are also compelling evidence for the practice and meaning of devotion to the...

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Christ, model of brotherly love – Aelred

Aelred of Rievaulx on Jesus Christ as the model of brotherly love and patience through his forgiveness of persecutors and enemies and his prayer from the cross "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."...

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Lent and the New Evangelization

The New Evangelization means that even our approach to Lent must change. We need to switch our focus from personal growth to Church growth and "give up" not chocolate, but our fear of sharing the Good News of God's love coming to all people...

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Mercy, Love’s response to Suffering – Podcast

In this 14 minute segment from the Sonrise Morning Show, Anna Mitchell interviews Dr. Italy on the subject of the third pillar of Lenten penance traditionally called Almsgiving but better known as mercy.When people think of Lent, they most often associate it with what they...

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Prayer, Fasting and Mercy – Peter Chrysologus

The key penitential practices of Lent-prayer, fasting, and almsgiving or mercy are here explained by one of the greatest preachers of the early Church. Saint Peter Chrysologus shows how Lenten prayer, mercy and fasting are one, and they give life to each other....

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Sacrifice & Sacrament, the Body of Christ – Augustine

Augustine reflects on the nature of a true sacrifice pleasing to God. Works of mercy and acts of compassion qualify, but the most perfect sacrifice is that of the Whole Body of Christ, head and members (Totus Christus), which is offered to God in every...

Mystery of Mercy – Gregory the Great

The mystery of mercy revealed in the sufferings of Christ and our obligation to make that extraordinary mercy known to everyone. Our response must be not only prayer, but evangelization. The connection between the Eucharist in which which receive the blood of Christ...

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The Samaritan Woman At the Well – Augustine

St. Augustine here reflects on the famous conversation in the Gospel of John between Jesus and the Samaritan woman who came to draw water from the well. He sees her as a symbol for the Gentiles who are called to conversion and faith and...

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Human & Divine Mercy – Caesarius of Arles

Caesarius of Arles' point of departure in this meditation on divine mercy is one of the beatitudes found in the Gospel of Matthew: "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy." He exhorts us to become "mercy's slaves" who receive divine mercy & give...

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Truly Catholic Mercy

The traditional works of mercy show that while charity must begin at home, it cannot end there for Christians who wish to be faithful to the Scriptures. Our hearts and our works of mercy, must have a universal or "catholic" reach....