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Mercy and almsgiving

The Pope is holding some special audiences for the Year of Mercy. On April 9, he reminded us that “an essential aspect of mercy is almsgiving”. Below are added some passages from St Josemaria’s writings that may help pray about this subject. Condensed from Pope Francis’ [...]
Tags: Charity, Generosity, Jesus Christ, Poverty, Service, mercy

Love with Works

Pope Francis in Cuba said that tenderness and affection are revolutionary and that faith is a stimulus that helps to lift people up and build bridges. We offer some quotations from St. Josemaria about charity. On that 16th of February, 1932, while giving Holy Communion to [...]
Tags: Charity, Jesus Christ, Service

God’s Mercy

How good it feels to come back to him whenever we are lost! Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy. Christ, who told us to forgive one another “seventy times [...]
Tags: Charity, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Eucharist, Gospel, Generosity, mercy

Novena for forgiveness

Pope Francis has reminded us from the beginning of his pontificate about the joy of forgiving: “Jesus is all mercy, Jesus is all love: he is God made man. (…) He is a patient father, always waiting for us! He respects our freedom, but he remains [...]
Tags: Repentance, Charity, Understanding, Forgiveness

What can I do for peace?

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Jesus Christ in the Sermon on the Mount, Mt 5: 1-12) How about you? What are you doing? The Lord wants his children in all the honest pathways of this earth, [...]
Tags: Charity, Understanding, Suffering, Prayer, Peace

Almsgiving or how to to lend a hand

Didn’t you see the light in Jesus’ eyes as the poor widow left her little alms in the temple? Give him what you can: the merit is not in whether it is big or small, but in the intention with which you give it. The [...]
Tags: Charity, Generosity, Lent

Meditating on the Pope’s three Christmas wishes with St Josemaria

Pope Benedict XVI expressed three wishes before lighting the lights on a Christmas tree: raising our gaze toward God; seeking the true light for our lives, and being light for others. Some passages from St Josemaria’s writings can help to focus on these themes. “My first [...]
Tags: Charity, Vocation, Pope Benedict XVI, Christmas

Understanding, dialogue, love

Dialogue Charity does not consist so much in “giving” as in “understanding”. Therefore, seek an excuse for your neighbour — there is always one be found, — if it is your duty to judge. The Way, 463 We Christians have to be ready to share our lives with [...]
Tags: Love of God, Charity, Understanding

Early Christians

All these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren… And they devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers… The company of those [...]
Tags: Charity, Church, Early Christians, Unity, Vocation

Raising children

“From very early on, children are pitiless witnesses of their parents’ lives. You don’t realize it, but they judge everything, and sometimes judge you badly. So everything that goes on in your home has a good or bad effect on your children. Try to help [...]
Tags: Charity, Education, Patience