Dan Valenti's Mercy Journal

'Quenchless Words'

This is the time of the year when we so easily throw terms around. We can get into a comfort zone with faith, so that events and happenings such as the Immaculate Conception, Advent, and Christmas get reduced to the familiarity of clichés.

It's nothing that we do deliberately. Rather, the phenomenon can be seen as one of the hazards of language and putting names to things. Because we name them, we don't own them, however habit and use otherwise imply.

Prayer and Poetry: The Highest Language

One Season, Two Views


By Dan Valenti and Theresa Bonopartis

DAN VALENTI:
I love the Advent season. It's a time of rest and reflection, a spiritual justification to bow out of the consumerist frenzy that defines Christmas for so many Americans and consider the true meaning of Dec. 25. It was not, however, always like this. In the early 1970s, when I struck out on my own to college, I lost my faith - at least I thought I did. For a time, I became the worst believer of all, that of a declared atheist.

Hail to the Chiefs

Every team has its coach. Each job has a supervisor. And every Congress has its president and vice president. In the case of the North American Congress on Mercy (NACOM), that would be Fr. Matthew Mauriello, pastor of St. Roch Church in Greenwich, Conn., and Fr. Kaz Chwalek, MIC, director of Evangelization and Development for the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.

'I Don't Know What I'm Doing'

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