Reflection on the Public Lecture

Reflection on the Public Lecture

 Marian Devotion in relation to Lumen Gentium and Marialis Cultus The lecturer, fr. Roland Mactal, introduced the Vatican II convoked in 1962 by Pope John XXIII, and closed by Pope Paul VI in the year 1965. Concerning Marian Devotion or Theology of Mary, he explains...

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Pope Francis’ The Joy of Love: Some Initial Comments

FAUSTO GOMEZ OP        I wish to offer to our dear readers another appetizer before the main course, which is the reading of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia (AL), or The Joy of Love. I invite you to read this wonderful papal Apostolic Exhortation on love in the family....

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MERCY PATHWAYS: Comforting The Sick

FAUSTO GOMEZ OP. The Holy Year of Mercy invites Christians to be merciful. Mercy, or compassion for the needy, is a necessary expression of love of neighbor, which includes comforting the suffering. In the heart of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus gives the Second...

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A PILGRIM’S NOTES: EASTER IS JOY!

FAUSTO GOMEZ OP Every Easter I am joyfully surprised by the attitude of Jesus’ disciples after the Pentecost experience. The first Christians are a happy people. Two qualities adorn their lives: the joy of their faith in the Crucified and Risen Lord and the courage to...

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MERCY PATHWAYS: Alms-Giving

 FAUSTO GOMEZ OP. The paths of mercy are many. The corporal and spiritual works of mercy are paths of mercy (cf. CCC 2447). Pope Francis in his Bull of Proclamation of the Jubilee of Mercy Misericordiae Vultus, the Face of Mercy (no. 15): “It is my burning desire...

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MERCY PATHWAYS: Forgiving

FAUSTO GOMEZ OP Pope Francis reminds us often that the Year of Mercy is the Year of Forgiveness, which implies not only individual forgiveness but also social and collective forgiveness. The practice of forgiveness is a very significant pathway of mercy. St. Isidore...

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A PILGRIM’S NOTES: Called To Be Merciful (4)

Fausto Gomez OP As human beings always trying to be happy, we need to be compassionate: “If you wish the happiness of the others, be compassionate. If you wish your own happiness, be compassionate” (Dalai Lama, The Art of Happiness). As followers of Christ, we are...

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A PILGRIM’S NOTES: God Is Mercy and Just (3)

Fausto Gomez OP The Extraordinary Holy Year Christians are celebrating focuses on mercy, on the virtue of mercy, which is a moral virtue and an effect of the virtue of charity. What happens to the virtue of justice? Does mercy replace justice? In Sacred Scriptures,...

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A PILGRIM’S NOTES ON MERCY: God Is Merciful (2)

Fausto Gomez, OP Greek philosopher Plato says that the best definition of the virtue of justice is a just person. We know the definition of the virtue of mercy as compassion for the needy. It is a good definition but still – like all definitions – a bit cold and...

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A PILGRIM’S NOTES ON MERCY: The Virtue Of Mercy (1)

Fausto Gomez, OP On a Friday afternoon Linus tells his friend Charlie Brown of the Peanuts Family: “Have a happy week-end.” The round-headed boy, the kind master of Snoopy answers him: “Thank you.” And in pensive mood asks Linus, the kid with the security blanket:...

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