Obtaining Mercy

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7 As Fr. Kirby notes, “many contemporary views falsely define mercy as a clean slate without accountability or consequences.” Were this true, mercy would constitute a violation of justice, and one or the other would cease being a virtue. Since justice and mercy are inContinue reading “Obtaining Mercy”

Our Lifelong Friend

The bridegroom came: and they that were ready, went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut. But at last came also the other virgins, saying: Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answering said: Amen I say to you, I know you not. Matthew 25: 10-12 A fundamental fact of eternalContinue reading “Our Lifelong Friend”

Music and Mercy

Eric Genuis is a contemporary composer. Hailing from Canada, and living in Kentucky, he describes his music as “classical in form, but with a modern feel.” Judging by the notes included with this fine album, Genuis is fascinated by the Socratic notion that music is capable of ordering the passions, in accordance with reason, towardContinue reading “Music and Mercy”

The Conquest of Mercy

Mark the glory of the cross! That cross which his enemies insulted, is now set on the forehead of kings. The event thus proved its virtue: For he vanquished the world, not by the sword, but by the cross. The Lord saw injustice and rebellion in the city, and he stretched forth his hands toContinue reading “The Conquest of Mercy”

Hunting the Lord

To thee only have I sinned, and have done evil before thee: that thou mayst be justified in thy words, and mayst overcome when thou art judged. For behold I was conceived in iniquities; and in sins did my mother conceive me. For behold thou hast loved truth: the uncertain and hidden things of thyContinue reading “Hunting the Lord”

From Dust to Dust

On Ash Wednesday, we are reminded of the sentence pronounced by God upon our first ancestor: “Dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return” (Gen. 3:19). Adam had been given everything: “a paradise of pleasure,” and total dominion over it. Made in the image of God, he understood, cared for, and enjoyed all ofContinue reading “From Dust to Dust”