Tag Archives: Compassion

We Are the Field Hospital

When Pope Francis talks about the Church as the image of a field hospital after battle, he’s including among others the many people, baptized or not, who have a minimal understanding of what it is like to be in a relationship with Jesus- especially Jesus as the ultimate healer. He is saying that we can’t begin to acquaint someone with the Church and her teachings until someone has come to know and experienced divine love and who has come to love Jesus in return. First things first, it’s the experience of a personal encounter with …

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Valley of Darkness

Psalm 23:4 Even when I walk through a dark valley, I fear no harm for you are at my side; your rod and staff give me courage.     The path of love will lead us through many a dark valley. To love is to respond to persecution with mercy, forgiveness and compassion. Jesus showed us the way. He also showed us that all dark valleys eventually lead to beautiful, bright mountaintops. The dark valleys teach us that we cannot do it on our own. We need someone to lead us…someone like Jesus. The Good …

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The “I am Third” Approach for Lent

A while back, a friend gave me some Catholic CDs.  I’ve had them tucked away in the nether-reaches of my car ever since.  Last week, I was bumper-to-bumper on I-75, so I pulled one out and stuck it in the dash.  It was a talk by Fr. Larry Richards, a well-known speaker who offers a great deal of practical advice on becoming closer to Christ.  He focuses on building an intimate and close relationship with our Lord. In between yelling at one driver who had just cut me off and a trucker who had allowed …

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