A modern examination of conscience. (But not too modern… we’re loyal to the teachings of the Catholic Church here!)
Have you ever felt overcome with compassion for someone who is suffering?
The man with a cardboard sign on the side of the road. The family who lost everything in a home fire. The child who broke a glass and weeps tears of remorse.
Compassion moves our heart to break for them, to cry for them. Mercy puts compassion in motion. It’s the virtue that acts on our sympathy, extending kindness and forgiveness to our neighbor in need. Continue reading “Compassion in action”
A reflection on Sunday’s Gospel
At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not say a word in answer to her. His disciples came and asked him, “Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.” He said in reply, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” But the woman came and did him homage, saying, “Lord, help me.” He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour. – Matthew 15:21-28
What are You trying to teach me, Jesus? Continue reading “Christlike: don’t give them leftovers”
Today I snapped. It was the last straw. My son defied me, disobeyed me, one time too many. I could hear my mind screaming, “What punishment can I think of that will make him so miserable he will never want to act like this again?” It’s times like this that I need to step back, take a break, and work hard to be gentle and loving in my parenting.
Continue reading “Discipline Like the Garden of Eden”