I’ve been flipping through The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days and Every Day that our sister in law, Pia, gave us 10 years ago. We are in the season of Ordinary Time which Meredith Gould explains really has nothing to do with the fact that Christmas festivities are over and the weather is cold, wet and things are just , well, boring. Ordinary Time is a time after the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord until the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Catholic literature suggests this is a time when we can grow and mature our faith. So, how do we grow in our faith?
If you’ve listened to the news, read the paper or listened to Catholic Mass, you know that Pope Francis is calling for 2016 to be a year of Mercy. And how do we do that?
I Googled “practical acts of mercy” and there is a ton of info out there!
Let’s work on this together during the week. Whether it is one act or 21, read about mercy this week and let one act be your daily focus. It may include being merciful to ourselves as suggested by Kathleen Glavich at Catholic Faith Corner~ she introduces more suggestions for us there. Showing unexpected acts of kindness has been something I want to get into the habit of doing, so that is my focus this week.
I will be right there with you.
Let’s meet back here next Sunday to chat about the ways we practiced becoming more merciful. Feel free to post your thoughts on this below. I would like to keep this conversation cozier here on the blog rather than on Facebook!
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