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Daily Articles and Reflections from The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart

God will not let us down

“The truth will set you free” (Jn 8). How is Jesus “the truth?” First, he is the true revela­tion of the Father. Deep inside, human beings want to see God, though many do not under­stand their own desire. God is infinite. To try to see God directly is an exercise in futility. That is one reason God the Son took a visible human...

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We are the outreach of the heart of Jesus 

It was said of Jesus: “This man welcomes sin­ners and eats with them” (Lk 15). We are the outreach of the heart of Jesus in our world. Wherever we are there are opportunities to be kind, merciful and of a healing spirit. Jesus said: “Freely have you received; freely give” (Mt 10). In some sense all human beings are prodigals....

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Each day needs a new turning

The role of a prophet is to bring people back to the divine covenant. Again and again, God told his people that he would allow the past to be past, offering a new beginning. Isaiah said: “Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool. If you are...

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We don't earn God's forgiveness

Jesus said: “Be compassionate, as your Father is compassionate” (Lk 6). Compassion means “to suffer with.” Jesus, in the flesh, is the Eternal God entering human history—and the human condition. God, being outside of time, has no history and is above all suffering. Jesus chose to be bound by both time and suffering.

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First Sunday of Lent: Sunday Reflection

First Sunday of Lent 2018

Each Sunday of Lent we are offering some points for personal reflection as well as discussion questions to use in family or in a small group. Finally, there will be concrete actions offered to express our turning back to the Lord. We offer these reflections as part of our Life'sHealing Journey...

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Willing to let go of our misery

Many persons are not ready to be liberated. Though they may not admit it they are in love with their chains. John tells about the man who sat beside the healing pool and who had been crippled for 38 years. Jesus asked him: “Do you want to be healed?” (Jn 5). We can surmise that Jesus is asking: Do you want to be well, i.e.,...

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He calls us to a moment of decision

How does Jesus liberate? He allows us to expe­rience our own frailty; when self-will fails we are ready to learn humility and become honest with ourselves. He invites our trust so that we become willing to risk, with him at our side. He calls us to a moment of decision, or many moments of decision, to follow his lead: Lord,...

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He wants us to be totally free

When we look at the world in our day, we see persons with great wealth and power enslav­ing whole peoples. We see nations who have struggled for political freedom, now enslaved by corrupt leaders of their own. We see little people, many of whom pride themselves on their independence, while bound hand and foot by drugs. We see...

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We Think We Know Lent

 Lent! Today marks the beginning of the Lenten Season. Lent is a season that we believe we know all too well, but do we really? Do we know and understand Lent? Do we really know and understand why we do what we do these 40 days before Easter?

Last year I thought I know what Lent was all about.  I have entered into the season...

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Do our flaws show our real worth?

We want to be human beings with dignity and worth. We want to be free. When we look at ourselves, what we see may be flaws and limi­tations. Do these show our real worth?

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