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Which Is More Important?

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Run Time: approximately 11 minutes. Gospel: Mt 22:34-40.

…it’s easy enough when He says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind…” to start with – and end: “already He’s got that L-word in there.’ … “You shall love ~ mind.” – it doesn’t mean “You shall have warm feelings towards the Lord your God with all your heart, your soul and your mind.” Or that you should think nice things. [Not] even that you should have affection for the Lord your God – although this is a fruit of devotion and piety…. But first, when we hear in the bible the word ‘love’ you can almost always substitute ‘sacrifice’. You shall sacrifice to the Lord your God – your whole heart, make an offering of it. Your whole mind, to make a submission and an offering. Your whole soul, that you shall give before the Lord your God your whole self…

A Father Rich in Mercy

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Run Time: 0:16:29. Gospel: Lk 15:1-32.

A link to the encyclical, Dives in Misericordia, can be found here.

…God looks upon us in our weakness and sees first that original goodness in which He created us. That original dignity and beauty in which He delighted at creation and saw indeed that it was very good. And so the fact of His mercy rests upon this: That He remains our Father. That while we may reject Him, and may choose to live as though we had none – as though there were no Father in Heaven. He remains. And He looks upon each one with the same love. Mind you not a false compassion, or hard heartedness. But I think those are the two extremes to which – into which we can fall. Either saying, “Well you’ve messed up and that’s it. You’ve buttered your bread, now sleep in it.” (We’re great at mixing metaphors in my family). “That’s it, you’ve sinned, you’re out, you’re done!” That is not the view of God the Father. There is no sin into which we can fall, there is no distance that we may wander that God will not call us back and receive us back as His beloved sons and daughters…