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Love In Action - The Corporal Works of Mercy - Perfect Ways to Extend God's Mercy and Love to Others

Posted by Nancy Lambert

The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise. They "are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs" (USCCA).  They respond to ... Read More »

Allowing God...

Posted by Nancy Lambert

In today’s Gospel, Jesus declares that He is the Vine and we are the branches, cut off from Him we can do nothing. It is a known fact that any branch that is cut off the main tree cannot bear fruit.  We may declare our independence from other things ... Read More »

Joy Comes in the Morning...It's Easter!

Posted by Nancy Lambert

The transformative lesson God taught us during Lent is that the morning will come when you learn how to endure the night.  God promised His people, “I will be as the dew unto my people”. Dew is the tiny drops of moisture that appear on cool surface in the early ... Read More »

Important Days Ahead

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Palm Sunday, the final Sunday before Easter Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week. Catholics and in fact, other Christian churches distribute palms on Palm Sunday to commemorate Christ's triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, when palm branches were placed in His path, before His arrest and Crucifixion on Good Friday.

Holy Week, ... Read More »

Methodists, Catholics Discuss Convergence in Theology and Rites

Posted by Nancy Lambert

March 5, 1997

WASHINGTON, (March 5, 1997) -- The United Methodist-Roman Catholic Dialogue, charged with bringing 30 years of theological conversations into the life of parishes and congregations around the country, met at St. Paul's College here, February 27-March 1. The on-going task of the Dialogue is to prepare ... Read More »

From a Sermon by Saint Leo the Great, Pope

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Dear friend, at every moment the earth is full of the mercy of God, and nature itself is a lesson for all the faithful in the worship of God. The heavens, the sea and all that is in them bear witness to the goodness and omnipotence of their Creator, ... Read More »

Friday After Ash Wednesday - A Reading from the Book of Isaiah

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Thus says the Lord GOD: Cry out full-throated and unsparingly, lift up your voice like a trumpet blast;  Tell my people their wickedness, and the house of Jacob their sins.  They seek me day after day, and desire to know my ways, Like a nation that has done what ... Read More »

In the Spirit of Lent

Posted by Nancy Lambert

This Lent, we are encouraged to raise up the needs of the world in prayer, to sacrifice by giving up food and material wants, and to offer your time, talent and treasure as good stewards of the gifts God has given you. 

During Lent, the Church asks us to surrender ourselves to prayer and ... Read More »

Lent - A Special and Holy Season

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Most Catholics seem to be aware of the forty-day period before the feast of Easter. Lent, which comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, meaning "spring," is a time marked by particular rituals, such as reception of Ashes on Ash Wednesday or the decision to "give up some habits, food ... Read More »

Bishops' Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Seeks "Bridges, Not Walls"

Posted by Nancy Lambert

January 30, 2018

WASHINGTON—Ten bishops made a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land on January 18 - 27, 2018. In reflections issued at the conclusion of the Pilgrimage, they noted the "many walls and some bridges" they encountered as they "sought out those on the peripheries." The visit, had as ... Read More »