Dan Valenti's Mercy Journal

God May Send Hardship But Also the Means to Use It for Good

Recently, I spent a weekend catching up on yard work. I mowed, swept, shoveled, raked, and weeded. Call it spirituality amongst the dandelions.

I marvel at the variety of plants that pop up in my yard. No one planted them, cared for them, or showed them any favor. They found their way as seeds, perhaps dropped by a bird or carried from somewhere else by the cat. They received no attention other than what the sun, rain, and soil provided. They grow and prosper.

God's Will Must Be Discerned, Acknowledged, and Acted Upon

'Pain of the Soul'


STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. May 6, 2011 - His Excellency Msgr. Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, told nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals that care, recovery, and coping with physical illness remains incomplete if it does not include a spiritual dimension.

It Set the Tone of His Papacy

Did you celebrate the big 30-30?

November 30th marked the 30th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's epic encyclical, Dives in Misericordia ("Rich in Mercy"). This treatise on the mercy of God was the Pope's second encyclical, following Redemptor Homininis ("The Redeemer of Man"). On that day, the Pope signed the document, which the Church published on Dec. 2. To fully appreciate Dives, you need to consider its predecessor.

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