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Rich in mercy

The parable of the prodigal son is mercy perosnified.

     

    The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments abound in references to God as “ever rich in mercy.” It is good to remember this, especially when we are discouraged by our sinfulness or tempted to despair of our eternal salvation. In this meditation we consider:

    • Our Lord’s incarnation and his suffering and death for our redemption
    • His will “that all be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth”
    • His forgiving of the sins of many
    • His teaching on the mercy of God
    • Pope Francis’ reminder that God will always forgive us and his exhortation to ask God for forgiveness
    • Our Lord’s sorrow at the death of Judas

    The Prodigal Son

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    One of the most beloved parables is that of the Prodigal Son, who leaves his father’s home for a life of sin, then repents and returns to a warm embrace and a big celebration. Jesus gives us the parable to tell us that if we are sorry for our sins, God our merciful Father will always forgive us, no matter what we have done. In this meditation we consider:

    • The story of the Prodigal Son
    • Why Christ gave us the sacrament of Penance
    • Why telling our sins to a priest corresponds to our human nature
    • Ten benefits of going to confession
    • How regular confession helps us grow in holiness
    • What Pope Francis says about the importance of confession
    • How we should help others make use of this sacrament

    Meditation “Blessed the merciful”

    The parable of the prodigal son is mercy perosnified.

    A great example of mercy is the parable of the prodigal son.

    Now that the Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis has begun, it is good to meditate on this important virtue so that we can discover new and better ways to live it out in our daily lives. In this meditation we will consider:

    • How God is merciful to us
    • What the Scriptures say about mercy
    • The nature of mercy
    • Why it is so important that we live mercy ourselves
    • The seven corporal works of mercy
    • The seven spiritual works of mercy

    Meditation “Sacrament of Mercy”

    One of the great treasures of the Church, one which at the same time is sadly little used, is the sacrament of Penance, given to the Church by Christ on the very evening of his Resurrection. In this meditation we consider:

    • The mercy of God as seen in the parable of the Prodigal Son
    • Christ’s institution of the sacrament on Easter Sunday
    • Why the sacrament of Penance responds to deep seated human needs
    • The many benefits we receive in the sacrament
    • Why we should go to confession regularly
    • How we should take others to this sacrament

    Meditation on confession

    After some time without posting anything new – life has been a bit busy! – I am finally able to post another meditation, on one of the most neglected treasures of the Church: the sacrament of Penance, or the sacrament of mercy. It has been recorded especially for people who will listen to it in their homes, or their car or some other means of transport. Just click on the link.