Sermons on “Mercy”

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Love Kindles Forgiveness

Monsignor Michael Billian: Often our close-mindedness blinds us to the possibility of reconciliation and repentance and forgiveness. And perhaps that is the lesson that’s hard most for us to learn.

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Following Mother Teresa’s Example

Father Philip Smith: Are we willing to give our entire lives to God? Or to allow God’s influence in every moment of our lives?

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Being a Neighbor to Everyone

Monsignor Michael Billian: The lesson for us is to be people of compassion and mercy, to make it our business to lift people up, as opposed to tearing them down.

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Year of Mercy: Comfort the Sorrowful

Father Philip Smith: Our job is to just be there with people as a sign of hope, as a glimpse of the light that God can bring in those moments.

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Good Friday: Choosing to Help and Serve

Father Philip Smith: If we were there on Good Friday, would we have stepped up like Joseph and Nicodemus to care for Jesus’ body? It had been bruised and was hanging lifeless on the cross. Would we have worried what other people would think of us for wasting our time on such thankless work?

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Ash Wednesday: Sinners with a Savior

Father Philip Smith: What we do here this evening is the exact opposite as we literally rub dirt on our foreheads, as we rub ashes on our foreheads as a symbol of the fact that we don’t have everything together, that we’re not perfect.

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Year of Mercy: Admonish the Sinner

Monsignor Michael Billian: The underlying current of faith throughout this fishing encounter with Simon Peter and the disciples is the call of each of us to go forth into the deep waters of life to find the catch of souls that wander about.

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We’re called to be a real ambassador for mercy

Monsignor Michael Billian: We’re called to be modern day John the Baptizers in the world in which we live — in the midst of the people that we see every day — to be a real ambassador for mercy.

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Immaculate Conception: The Yes of Mary

Monsignor Michael Billian: Now Mary said yes to the Lord without even knowing exactly what she was saying yes to. She wasn’t sure about what was going to happen.

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Jubilee Year: Refocusing our Lives and Thoughts on God

Father Philip Smith: We’re encouraged today, during this great jubilee year, to commit our entire lives to doing good, to give everything we have.

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