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."
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.
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.
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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.