Four Questions to Ask Yourself When Reflecting on Relationships

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Each of us belongs to multiple communities: church, neighborhood, city, country, and world and every community faces challenges to its health, growth, and harmony. How are your relationships with these communities?

Lent is a time of preparation, renewed repentance of our sins, and a new turn to God on our journey toward the fullness of Easter joy. Sin impacts our social relationships as well as our relationship with God, thus the pursuit of healing and wholeness requires reconciliation to the communities with which we belong.

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3rd Sunday of Advent Reflection by Christina Bax

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Mercy. As we enter into the Jubilee Year of Mercy, I find myself struggling to wrap my mind around this word. MERCY. Of course I know what it means – I can use it in a sentence, I can point to it in my experience, I can quote it from Scripture. Yet a concise, concrete definition of mercy still eludes me. Perhaps this is because mercy is a word rich in meaning, a multi-faceted expression of love too great to be captured in a simple sentence. In the year ahead, Pope Francis is calling us to constant contemplation on this “mystery of mercy.”
 
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Jubilee Year of Mercy Resources

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On Dec. 8, 2015, Pope Francis initiated a Jubilee Year of Mercy to be celebrated by the Church around the world. Archbishop Cupich explains, "The Jubilee of Mercy is a graced opportunity for all of us to appreciate more deeply how the mercy of God has taken hold of our lives and, at the same time, how we can bring that mercy into the world though our own actions and the way we live our lives. Here are a few resources to help you encounter mercy and bring it into the world in the coming year:
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