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Sunday October 23
Year of Mercy
“Two people went up to the temple area to pray;
one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself,
‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity --
greedy, dishonest, adulterous -- or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’
But the tax collector stood off at a distance
and would not even raise his eyes to heaven

The Pharisee embodies an attitude which does not express thanksgiving to God for his blessings and his mercy, but rather self-satisfaction. The Pharisee feels himself justified, he feels his life is in order, he boasts of this, and he judges others from his pedestal.

The tax collector, on the other hand, does not multiply words. His prayer is humble, sober, pervaded by a consciousness of his own unworthiness, of his own needs. Here is a man who truly realizes that he needs God’s forgiveness and his mercy.

Message of Mercy
Saying “Thank you” is such an easy thing, and yet so hard! How often do we say “Thank you.” To one another in our families? These are essential words for our life in common. “Sorry,” “excuse me,” “Thank you.” If families can say these three things, they will be fine. How often do we say “thank you” to those who help us, those close to us, those at our side throughout life? All too often we take everything for granted! This happens with God too.

What does it mean for your prayer to be authentic? How can your prayer be humble, sober, and filled with gratitude?

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Vote Your Conscience
Sunday, October 16
7-8:30 p.m., St. Mary's Parish
Who? Catholic Speak, Glenn Tebbe, Exec. Director of the Indiana Catholic Conference
What? How, as Catholics, do we form our consciences in this election year.
Why? An opportunity for Catholics finding it difficult to choose a candidate.
How? Look at the US Bishops document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.
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