Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Divine Mercy with Pastor Carlos
St Faustina Kowalska, died of tuberculosis in 1938 in Poland. She was 33 years old. She lived the last 13 of these years as a nun. The diary she wrote the last four years made popular a truth that has been there from the beginning: that God is merciful. Themysteries we celebrate this Easter, that Jesus rose from the dead is a celebration of the victory of the merciful love of God. A preacher I heard once, put it this way: Jesus did not rise from the dead to take vengeance, but to proclaim peace, and to send the disciples to be messengers that in Christ we have been reconciled with God.
In speaking with my sister recently, we talked about how we all want to be understood, forgiven and loved. She came across a line that struck her: “The bridge between longing and belonging is prayer.” I would teak the line and say that the bridge is God’s mercy. We belong to God because God has been merciful to us in Christ.
As a Church we can embody God’s grace by cultivating an attitude of forgiveness and reconciliation. It is not easy and requires constant practice. Catholic Universities like USD and Notre Dame have Peace Studies programs with faculty dedicated to studying forgiveness and reconciliation. Both of these programs are in place thanks to the late Joan B. Kroc, widow of McDonald’s Corp. founder Ray Kroc, who was a passionate advocate of peace and reconciliation.
I think that as Catholics, our institutions, like our schools, take seriously values like reconciliation. In the secular word of, for example, business, the language often used is “conflict resolution” or “conflict management,” and my sense is that these are tools so that a business can run more efficiently. Reconciliation for a Christian is not a tool, but a vision for the world grounded on something that has already happened: that because of God’s mercy we have been reconciled to God in Christ.
Pope Francis ingeniously coined the idea that mercy is a verb. "In front of the loving gaze of God," said Pope Francis once, "we cannot remain indifferent [to others]." We [extend] mercy.
God Bless, Fr. Carlos, OSA.
Sunday, April 28, 2019 — Second Sunday of Easter of Divine Mercy