The Grace of Faith is Divine Mercy

We have celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday on the second Sunday of Easter for many years now. As I prepare these blog posts, I always consult several different texts and commentaries. Sometimes, one of the Sunday’s readings inspires me. Other times, I come across a line which speaks to me. In this case, it is the latter. A little sentence from Father Emmanuel Schwab of the Saint-Léon parish in Paris: the Grace of Faith is Divine Mercy. It is a very short sentence, but one which transforms the way I look at Thomas in this Sunday's Gospel. How helpful it is for us that he was skeptical! This allows us to reflect once again on the mystery of faith and the greatness of this faith in the hearts of believers. We cannot measure faith as we measure Olympic performances. It is not a question of physical or personal performance. Faith is Grace, a gift.
The Word of God is Life. It nourishes our faith. It speaks to us differently every time we approach It. The Holy Spirit continues to act through t…
The theme offered by Vie Liturgique magazine for the fourth Sunday of Lent is Standing before the cross, standing before love. We sometimes forget that the cross and love are intimately linked in salvation history. Because Jesus freely agreed to go to the cross, we receive Salvation. Why did he accept? He loved God with a love which surpasses all love.
Since we are saved, there are people who say that it is useless to focus on the cross. Why discuss suffering when Christ is risen? There are others whose primary focus is on the suffering Christ, who experience our time on earth as a long purgatory before eternal life. Yet, both the cross and the resurrection nourish our faith. It is very simple - for Christ to be raised from the dead, he had to agree to go through a path of suffering. If we want to erase this suffering, we take away all the power of love that his resurrection has brought forth in our world.
We have all experienced hardships that have made us grow, which have revealed to …

Overcome by Compassion

Pope John Paul II instituted the World Day of the Sick in 1992. Since then, it has been celebrated every year on February 11. This day reminds us that sick people need to be supported, encouraged and visited. Sickness can often isolate people, either because they do not want to disturb others or be a burden on them – when, in fact, this is precisely the moment when they most need accompaniment. Jesus healed many people who dared to come to him despite their illness. What they heard about him gave them the courage to approach Jesus in hope that the suffering would be more bearable. Jesus was always filled with compassion. He freed them from their suffering.
Illness is still present today. Isolation is still the lot of many persons who are suffering. We have very busy lives - too busy to just take the time. The time to approach the sick person and listen to him,  comfort him,  offer a loving and compassionate presence.

For the sick person, time can stretch trying to get through the pain, w…