The Mystery of Mercy07-14-2019Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, n.1, 10, 15
Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him.
Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life. All of her pastoral activity should be caught up in the tenderness she makes present to believers; nothing in her preaching and in her witness to the world can be lacking in mercy. The Church’s very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love. Perhaps we have long since forgotten how to show and live the way of mercy… Sad to say, we must admit that the practice of mercy is waning in the wider culture. In some cases the word seems to have dropped out of use. However, without a witness to mercy, life becomes fruitless and sterile, as if sequestered in a barren desert. The time has come for the Church to take up the joyful call to mercy once more. It is time to return to the basics and to bear the weaknesses and struggles of our brothers and sisters. Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope.
Let us not fall into humiliating indifference or a monotonous routine that prevents us from discovering what is new! Let us ward off destructive cynicism! 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 the warmth of our presence, our friendship, and our fraternity! May their cry become our own, and together may we break down the barriers of indifference that too often reign supreme and mask our hypocrisy and egoism!READ MORE
Freedom from Hunger Food Drive
Jul 14—Chicken and Italian Wedding Soup, jelly, crackers
Jul 21—Canned fruit and vegetables, laundry detergent
Jul 28—Juice, tuna, pasta sauce
St. Rocco Healing Mass
Aug 10 11:00am
Join us in the upper church for our annual St. Rocco Healing Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Anyone who has a need for physical, emotional, or spiritual healing is invited to receive this beautiful sacrament.