Category Archives: Christian Love

Divine Mercy is Something God Wants for All

“A week later, the disciples were once more in the room, and this time Thomas was with them. Despite the locked doors, Jesus came.” —John 20:26

Divine Mercy Chaplet Sung By Kayser Swidan

The image of the Jesus’ Divine Mercy that I have hanging in my fireplace room appears to be the moment that is depicted in this Gospel scene. The Apostles are hiding out in the upper room one week after the resurrection of Jesus. They are afraid that they are next on the chopping block so to speak. Some have seen the risen Lord, some have not. Thomas was one of them who had not seen Jesus, and who would not believe the stories that others has seen Jesus risen unless he saw Jesus, himself, in the flesh.

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“For if a man meets his enemy, does he send him away unharmed?” —1 Samuel 24:20

This is a very difficult ask. “Do good to those who hate you”. Just wow! I recently experienced some hate directed toward me on social media. (It’s the risk of being a public figure or one who wants to evangelize in a digital world.) There are always going to be negative people, who say mean things – haters. This is very prevalent in the world we live aka “the Twitterverse”. We are all broken. And out of this brokenness, people lash out (including ourselves at times.) How do we respond? This is the challenge!

Again, the Holy Spirit is always working even when we are not aware of it. Sometimes I become very aware of it, like yesterday. Almost directly after experiencing this mean keyboard lashing from someone behind their screen, I open my daily reflection book and read the following reflection which was just like God was speaking to me. I wanted to share it with you, because we all will encounter haters who are hurting. What we do with that encounter is our choice, our challenge. The reflection beginning in the next paragraph gives us a guide on how Jesus responded, and how we can emulate him. (The reflection below is from Presentation Ministries One Bread, One Body.) And if you are looking for more advice on how to handle digital trolls, CLICK HERE, or to get a full “how-to” evangelize in a digital age, CLICK HERE for my new book “Breaking New Ground: Discipleship Using New Media.” I go into great detail in Chapter 8 on “Tips for Digital Discipleship” including how to deal with negative experiences online.

Jesus and David were both in a position to overcome their bitter enemies, but spared them. David was a seasoned warrior, a man of blood-stained hands (1 Chr 22:8), who had often killed. When he found Saul in a defenseless position (1 Sm 24:4ff), David could have easily killed him. However, David spared Saul, though he knew Saul would continue to seek his life.

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I’m a big fan of St. Francis of Assisi. In the Jubilee Year 2000, I had the opportunity to lead a pilgrimage with Fr. Kevin Haines and 16 youth and 18 adults to various locations around Italy. Wow! What a blast it was. Spiritual highs, great food, wonderful companions with whom to journey. We were able to visit Assisi, Italy and walk the up the mountain that St. Francis would walk up daily to pray. It took us all day in the blazing heat to hike up that mountain.

The prayer to St. Francis, Make me a Channel of Your Peace is so relevant in the times in which we find ourselves living. So let’s extend that peace and sow love in a practical doable way. Here’s how.

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Loaves and Fishes Ministry chair “Sees Christ” while Serving others

Father Ted Rothrock (in black) is flanked by St. Elizabeth Seton Loaves and Fishes ministry leaders. Father Rothrock blessed the many bags of donated food. They loaded into the trucks destined for the Merciful Help Center.

Carmel–Susan McIntosh, chair of the Loaves and Fishes ministry at St. Elizabeth Seton parish in Carmel says she “sees Christ in the people” she serves. The St. Elizabeth Seton food outreach ministry recently conducted its Blue Bag food drive.

Loaves and Fishes ministry partners with the Merciful Help Center at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to collect food, restock the pantry, and help clients ‘shop’ at the food pantry located on the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel campus on 146th street in Carmel.

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Nine Days for Life Prayer

Would you like to make a significant difference? Would you join me in prayer for nine days for life?

Thank you in advance for your participation and your prayers.

CLICK HERE for the details.

9 Days for Life is an annual period of prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift of every person’s life. 

Surrounding the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children*, the overarching intention of the centerpiece novena is the end to abortion.

However, the novena also highlights many other facets of respecting each other’s God-given dignity, especially by respecting human life at every stage and in every circumstance.

9 Days for Life is an opportunity to:

  • PRAY for the respect and protection of each person’s life;
  • GATHER together in prayer, action, and fellowship with others;
  • SHARE your stories online!

*Typically observed each year on January 22 (also the anniversary of Roe v. Wade), the 2017 observance will be January 23. More information.

Source: USCCB

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Cross on Christmas Tree in Knightstown Stays Put For Now


(Photos provided by Mike Fender)

All About The Grace Editor

Christmas spirit is in the air! Members of the Knightstown town council decided to reverse their decision to remove a cross from atop their Christmas tree.

The situation originated when a local man felt the cross placed on top of the town’s Christmas tree on public property violated the U. S. Constitution’s Establishment Clause. CLICK HERE for more details on the challenge.

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