Whole Hearted

The Lent of a lifetime begins and ends where His whole Heart makes your heart whole.

For too long, well-meaning followers of Jesus have been convinced that “harder was always holier”.  That, in order to be great, one had to be powerful, successful, incredible.  This lie permeated innocent people’s hearts until they believed that they could never be good enough for God.  In response, God did something remarkable…He revealed His Heart once again.

Homily from the Sunday of Divine Mercy.

The Little Way of Saint Terese is “little the entire way.” This means coming face to face with struggles and wounds we may battle our entire lives. With our confidence firmly centered on Jesus, we can love God as much as He possibly can be loved by our wounded hearts…by our hearts with holes.

Mass Readings from April 23, 2017:
Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31

To Read the Promises Attached to the Divine Mercy Chaplet that are mentioned in the homily:
http://fathersofmercy.com/wp-content/uploads/Divine-Mercy-Chaplet-Promises-Attached-To.pdf

To Learn More About the Consecration to Merciful Love:
http://www.thedivinemercy.org/news/33-Days-Lets-Make-the-Time-and-Consecrate-Together-6666

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Homily from Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.

One of the primary difficulties for us as Christians is to truly understand our role in the story of Christ’s Passion. Our role is difficult to face. Our role is that “I am responsible for the death of Christ”. But Merciful Love reveals another role we can exercise: we can console Jesus in His agony, suffering, and death. How? We console Jesus by allowing Him to extend the mercy He won for us to us. By trusting Jesus in our weakness…by bringing our sin and our broken hearts to Jesus in Confession, we are giving Him the victory that He gave everything to accomplish. By letting Jesus forgive us in Confession, we are consoling His Heart by not allowing His sacrifice to go to waste on us.

Mass Readings from April 09, 2017:
Isaiah 50:4-7
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24
Phillipians 2:6-11
Matthew 26:14—27:66
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Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.

Jesus reveals His heart. He is the God of the broken heart. And Jesus reveals that He is the God who is willing to suffer for the sake of the one He loves. We are called to love Jesus…and to love like Jesus. This means being willing to suffer for the One we love as well. And in this suffering, God will be able to do something to us and do something through us that is only possible in darkness.

Mass Readings from April 02, 2017:
Ezekiel 37:12-14
Psalm 130:1-8
Romans 8:8-11
John 11:1-45
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Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

It is a great sign of humility to not be surprised by weakness. It is a great sign of hope to not be discouraged by weakness. It is a great sign of love to not be stopped by weakness. It is a great sign that one is taking Jesus seriously to not be disqualified by weakness.

Mass Readings from March 26, 2017:
1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13
Psalm 23: 1-3, 3B-4, 5, 6
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41
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Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent.

Because of the wound against trust that has come into all of our hearts, it is difficult to be vulnerable. It is challenging to be vulnerable before other people. And it is incredibly challenging to be vulnerable before God. Because we all know that one can only be loved if a person is beautiful, healthy, strong… “whole”. Due to this, we all carry around a temptation to shame. Only when our shame is named and we allow Jesus to call us out of the shame can we step towards living whole-heartedly.

Mass Readings from March 19, 2017:
Exodus 17:3-7
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
John 4:5-42
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Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.

Ever since the Fall in the Garden of Eden, our image of God has become distorted. We find that we don’t naturally trust God. We all have the temptation to imagine that God is simply out to eliminate joy and ruin our happiness. And yet, the entire Bible is God’s attempt to win back our trust. Father Michael Gaitley calls this attempt “God’s School of Trust”.

Mass Readings from March 12, 2017:
Genesis 12:1-4
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22
2 Timothy 1:8-10
Matthew 17:1-9
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