Dan Valenti's Mercy Journal

Slicing and Dicing: A Thursday Parable

Male and female. He created them. And thank God He did.

Jesus came into the world the same way we all did: born of a woman. Later in his ministry, women became an important part of His public ministry. We know of Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus, who attended to Jesus with different yet complementary styles. On Golgotha, after the men disciples had fled, the women remained. And after His Resurrection, Jesus first appeared to, you got it, a woman, Mary Magdalene.

Do you see a pattern here? Was God trying to tell us something?

Final Solution, Final Disposition

November is the month of "final dispositions." It is the month of the dead.

In November, the Catholic Church remembers the dead in a special way, with All Saints' Day, All Souls' Day, and a traditional focus on the souls in purgatory. The emphasis is on death not in a morbid sense but as the means through which we enter into the ultimate spiritual realm, where the all-merciful God settles our "final disposition."

A First on Eden Hill

You are Not Alone

"Isolation is faceless. Belonging is personal."

Father Victor Incardona, MIC, spoke these words during a recent homily at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy on Eden Hill, Stockbridge, Mass. As these things often happen, I had been coincidentally studying what one of Catholicism's greatest precepts: the Communion of Saints.

Marooned by Pride

"Lord, wash away my iniquity. Cleanse me from my sin."

The priest says these words during Mass as he washes his hands in preparation for the Eucharistic Prayer. This part of the rite reminds me of forgiveness. It also echoes the water of baptism, which, too, is about removing the stain of sin.

You might think the last place to be reminded of this would be while marooned in a sand dune on a coastal island. I might have thought that, too, until a recent Friday.

Sign Said 'Stop' but I Said 'Go'

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