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    Have Mercy and Forgive

      Mercy and forgiveness are among the greatest gifts of love we can give to help another. Portia in Shakespeare’s, Merchant of Venice has said it better than most, “The quality of mercy is not strain’d, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.” Enough said. Tip:          Pick someone near-by who has hurt us and forgive. It’s best if you can say that word directly to the person. If not, then at least begin to say mercy in your own heart. Click here for today’s readings.   Verse: John 8:12 I am…

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    Discipline Leads to Happiness and Fulfillment

      Our world sometimes seems torn between obsessions with either “spring breaks” or “spas.” For a Gemini like me, I enjoy the wonderful contrasts. “Spring breaks” stand for allowing anything and everything. All forms of restraint are abandoned, which leads to happiness, fulfillment and renewal – or so the ads would have us believe. Another set of ads tout the “spa” approach. Come for a week or two of deprivation and regimentation and, at the end, a “new you” will emerge – happy and fulfilled. In a more moderate version, most of us tend to gravitate toward the “spring break” approach to life: less restraint will make us happier and…

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    Let God Speak

    Reflection of the Day: At work I often ask people proposing a new project or idea, “why are we doing this, what are we trying to achieve? Sometimes similar questions are also worthwhile to ask about our praying. What’s on my mind? What am I praying about? Sometimes, yes, but not always! There is another part to praying. Coming to God with a “blank slate” and letting God write on it. Being patient, non-directive and waiting on God can be really frustrating and challenging because God speaks in his timeframe and his way.   A little daydreaming is a totally acceptable way of praying and waiting on God. It’s less of…

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    Can We Truly Forgive and Forget?

      Reflection of the Day: I often have discussions about the difference between “forgiving” and “forgetting.” I am pretty strong in my perspective on this. I am never going to forget what Dick Fisher did to me in 6th grade. He pushed me over in the playground and then got a group of his friends to threaten to beat me up. Fortunately, it did not amount to much. But I won’t forget it. However, within a month I forgave him. I could give scores of examples, some much more significant than that , but I just want to make my point. We can forgive without forgetting. Let me go a…

  • Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

    DACA Call In Day: February 26

    About 800,000 young Americans brought to United States by their parents as children now face a crisis. Since 2012, Catholic Charities has been assisting these DREAMERS in many ways.  We have directly helped more than 800 DREAMERS to get authorization to work productively, go to college, avoid deportation, maintain family unity, and remain in the United States. I have personally worked alongside these DREAMERS and seen firsthand their industriousness.   They are extremely anxious about the upcoming March 5 deadline imposed by President Trump to end this program.  We read and hear in the media that Congress has become  paralyzed in dealing with this issue. I share with you information from…

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    JustLove’s Look at Heroic Representation on the Big Screen During Black History Month and Sanctuary

    On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan will speak with two guests covering Heroic Representation on the Big Screen During Black History Month. Dominique R. Jones, Executive Director of the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Harlem, will be talking to Msgr. Sullivan about her work at the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem, and particularly – during this Black History Month 2018 – a very successful GoFundMe Campaign that was initiated to raise $10,000 to enable 300 children who go to the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem and their chaperones to see positive heroic representation on the big screen in the just-released blockbuster film by Disney-Marvel “Black…

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    Hard Work and Sacrifice

    Being great servants makes a nice holy card, but not in real life. There are the C-suites, seats in Church sanctuaries, inner circle tables at banquets, private banking floors, platinum memberships for early plane boarding, etc. These are what we strive for. We were taught by our families to work hard and get ahead. Our schools drive competition to be at the top of class. Thank God – but more precisely thank Jesus. He decided that being on top meant climbing to the top of Calvary’s hill and hanging on a cross so that He could save the world and all in it. He accepted a different way for our…

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    Listen and Trust in God

      It’s not exacerbating to say we have crises with many of our major institutions. This post is not the place for a major expose, but let me just mention a few to make my point. Business: Enron and the sub-prime mortgage debacle; Media: MSNBC, FOXNews, HuffPost & Daily Caller (Yes, now all sides can be upset, but in my opinion neither of those sources can be relied for anything close to accuracy.); Politicians: I don’t even have to mention names; Religion: clergy scandals and inter-religious violence; Education: Poorly educating public school and skyrocketing higher education costs. I think my point is made. But the response it tricky – it…

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    Jesus Teaches Us to Pray

    Did you know the Our Father is about two tweets long. Maybe the reason God wanted us to be short in our words to Him is because he wanted to make sure we left time for him to speak to us. When at a loss for words, use the Our Father. When using our own, keep it to two tweets, pause, let God answer and then another two tweets and pause. You get the point… Tip: Say a short prayer about something you care about (two tweets worth). If it isn’t too sensitive and personal, maybe you could post two tweets. It might help somebody else. Click here for today’s…

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    Learning to Forgive

      Reflection of the Day: So many “religious” mains roads lead to the same answer: love your neighbor as yourself, do unto others as you would have them do unto you; measure out to others as you want to be measured; forgive us our trespasses as we forgive others. I think I get it. But yet on the highway, I am kind of happy when the other guy who sped pass me gets a ticket and at the same time I want mercy for me when I get pulled by the highway police. I do think this is harder for some of us then others and I think for many…