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I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Jesus heals the blindness we choose when we sin

In the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, God's Word pierces mankind's darkness and reveals a light that will always shine for those who walk in it.

In the first reading, God chooses one of Jesse's sons to be king. While Jesse presents seven sons, God doesn't choose any of them. God tells Samuel, "Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart."

BEFORE THE CROSS | Our Lenten journey requires pardon and healing

According to this week's readings, we have sinned. What we deserve is punishment. What God offers, instead, is mercy and compassion.

But what are the qualities of mercy and compassion? When we hope for them what exactly are we hoping for? The more we know that, the more we'll know what our Lenten journey is about.

Certainly, we hope for forgiveness. As the Psalm for Monday pleads: "Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins." But do we hope that God will forgive us without changing us?

TWENTY SOMETHING | Angels among us: Helping leads to healing

Spend a day in a surgery waiting room and you'll witness a hundred quiet acts of mercy.

Strangers gather for a host of reasons with a common cause: to sit beneath the slowest clock and wait it out. They make calls, utter prayers and flip through magazines, and in their anxiety, they extend morsels of compassion: smiles and small talk, directions to the cafeteria and tips on its offerings. One person shown the way by someone slightly less new; flashes of humanity while loved ones down the hall are put under.

Catholics’ postelection to-do list: work for unity, healing

U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands with President-elect Donald Trump at a Nov. 10 meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

WASHINGTON — All the distrust, vitriol and rancor stirred up during the 2016 presidential election campaign did not go away when votes were tallied.

The Nov. 8 election's outcome, for many, only added more layers of frustration, anger and fear, prompting dozens of protests across the country.

Political leaders, including Hillary Clinton, President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama, acknowledged the disunity and urged people after the election to try to work together.

Church dedicated to mercy needed to heal Americas

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A Church dedicated to carrying out acts of mercy can help heal countries in the Americas torn by war, economic struggles and cultural and political divisions, Quebec Cardinal Gerald Lacroix said at the conclusion of a regional gathering of Church leaders in Colombia.

Post-abortion healing retreat to be offered in Spanish

Project Rachel, the archdiocese's ministry to women who have experienced an abortion, will offer a retreat entirely in Spanish.

The retreat, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, is the culmination of several years of work between the archdiocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry and Respect Life Apostolate.

Project Rachel has received more than a dozen calls in the past several years from Hispanic women who were seeking a retreat in their native language, spiritual activities coordinator Marisol Pfaff said.

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