Spiritual Works of Mercy

Going 360 - a 'bubble pilgrimage' during the Year of Mercy

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A sister knelt in adoration at Mount Grace convent, home of the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters.
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are invited to make a pilgrimage as a sign of fostering our faith and deepening our understanding of Christ's mercy.

But what if that pilgrimage were inside a bubble? Review photographer Lisa Johnston and reporter Jennifer Brinker visited the nine pilgrimage sites designated in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and created virtual 360-degree spherical images — called bubbles — to show you the insides of these pilgrimage sites.

Feast of Divine Mercy celebrates fullness of Christ's Resurrection

The feast of Divine Mercy, or Divine Mercy Sunday, is observed on the octave of Easter and celebrates the fullness of Christ's Resurrection. This year, the feast will be celebrated on April 7.

The feast was initiated by St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who kept a diary in the early 1900s of Christ's private revelations, telling her of His message of mercy.

"Let all who are hungry come and eat"

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A Seder dedicated to hunger awareness and activism sponsored by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and Mazon, a Jewish response to hunger was held at St. Louis University.  Kathleen Schmitz, a freshman theology major from St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville, raised her cup as a blessing was prayed.
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Rosati-Kain shows commitment with 'service blitz'

Rosati-Kain students Melissa Maixner and Gabby Liuzza painted a wall at Mother of Good Counsel Home in Normandy, part of a service day at 33 locations in St. Louis.

The Rosati-Kain High School community last month renewed its commitment to the City of St. Louis and the Central West End through a one-day "service blitz." The 405 current Rosati-Kain students, along with faculty, parents and alumnae volunteers, spent the day Feb. 21 at more than 30 sites in the community.

The day, part of the school's observance of its centennary, illustrated the impact of Rosati-Kain women and renewed the school's commitment to service in its community.

Got Jesus? Try reconnecting during Lent with simple steps

Visiting the sick or homebound is an art of virtue that deepens your Lenten experience.

It is not easy to hear the message of discipleship nor experience a Christian life amid the clamor of consumerism and the duties of daily life.

Lent is a time to refocus and brush aside what may be preventing us from following Jesus.

Jesuit Father John Kavanaugh, a professor in the department of philosophy at St. Louis University and director of the Ethics Across the Curriculum Program at SLU, offers three suggestions for how people can get in contact with Our Lord during and after Lent.

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