Newsletter Articles

Keeping Perspective

By | 2017-08-21T14:40:22+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Categories: Contemplation, Newsletter Articles, The Two Hearts|

The ability to keep perspective is one which is valued in my community. We've talked about this through the years and we often refer to it under a different term: keeping the big picture. The objectivity it brings is one which can be analogous to the difference between viewing something from the land versus viewing something [...]

Find Him

By | 2017-03-28T18:49:01+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Categories: Newsletter Articles, Works of Mercy|

Early last year, I walked into one of the facilities for the sick and elderly that we visit, and saw a man I had never seen before sitting on a couch. The expression on his face was slightly pensive. As I approached him, he looked up and gave a sad smile. I noticed his sadness was [...]

Being Merciful to Ourselves

By | 2017-03-20T15:46:51+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Categories: Lent, Newsletter Articles|

  Is Beating Ourselves Up Helpful? At times, we can be very hard and harsh on ourselves. This can be particularly true for those of us who truly want to follow Jesus and to grow in holiness. There can be a tendency to judge our mistakes very severely, and to “beat ourselves up” for any little [...]

Compassion for the Sinner

By | 2016-11-16T17:47:05+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Categories: Newsletter Articles, Works of Mercy|

Forgiveness is one of the highest forms of love; one that all of us need, and yet which most of us find difficult to offer. We can often get stuck when it comes to forgiveness if our attention is on the sin rather than the sinner, and it is often necessary to first cultivate compassion in [...]

The Harmony of Justice and Mercy

By | 2016-11-16T17:47:05+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Categories: Newsletter Articles|

Often throughout the history of the Church many people have grappled with the interconnection between God's mercy and His justice. I'm not exempt here. I have noticed in myself and in others, that often one attribute can be overemphasized, producing a caricature of Who God truly is. If justice is the attribute that is overemphasized it [...]