She evidences authenticity when she professes and proclaims mercy.
On the thirtieth day of November, the First Sunday of Advent, 1980, our Holy Father issued his most recent encyclical letter, Dives in Misericordia, which is a "magna charta" on the mercy of God, and I recommend that the sons and daughters of this Local Church read it and meditate upon it.
Please be aware this may prevent non-ad features of this site from working properly, including social media icons, display of products in our store, and other features. Milan Mikulich, OFM, STD, January - March 1981 The Church in our time must bear witness to the mercy of God revealed in Jesus Christ and must profess it as a truth of faith and as essential for a life in harmony with faith.
[Close this notice.] Widowed, Separated and Divorced This is an excellent, inspiring pastoral letter written by the late Bishop Sullivan of Baton Rouge, LA. The Church must make God's mercy incarnate in the lives of her faithful and, as far as possible, in the lives of all people of good will.
How often is the full meaning of chastity declared to the married as it is to the single? The married should be reminded that they get to have sex, but only in a completely self-giving way that will produce children—probably more than they originally planned on, or think they can afford. You did what you had to do to “grow the church.” This represented a toxic combination of the mainstream belief in the church as a gathered community, Evangelical pragmatism, and ecclesial commercialism, the victims of which were people who didn’t provide enough “market share.” Catholic priests are not so crass, yet it must be difficult not to bend your preaching and your programs to the majority of your parishioners and to say what they want to hear.
Preach a homily about the wonders of marriage and people respond happily; preach one about being single and only the single people say anything; preach one on the requirements of marriage, particularly being open to life, and people get angry.
In church, we hear a lot about marriage, praise for those who’ve been married a long time, sympathy for those with troubled marriages, encouragement to keep on going. But the problem isn’t just the general ignoring of single people, or the special and frequent attention given to the married.Hire a babysitter to watch your single friends’ children when they come.If they live in apartments, invite them to use your washer and dryer if they need to, and to use your home when you’re away. It’s not much, and you will gain more than you give. Other single friends, includingwidows and single mothers who were single because their loutish husbands left them for Miss Suzy Cupcake, have told me they don’t talk about their struggles because the chances of being dismissed or patronized or even condemned are too high. Won’t be returning there.” Most of the responses were supportive, as you’d expect from friends, but several dismissed her concerns or told her, in various ways, to suck it up and stop whining.