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I always love Pope Paul and his encycle and especially his suggestion that we take a new look at Mary the Mother of God . it was through his dilemma that he dead the Spanish mystics and learned more about the Mother of Jesus . Mercy is truly the secong name of Love. aaaaaaaaAs A child we were taught to say : Diveine love manifested throuh me and thee will fulfill our every need.

How beautiful, Ron! Like most learning curves, we move from the concrete to the abstract - what could be more conrete than "who has the most marbles?", so justice begins early. Today's Gosple reading asks, "How many times must I forgive my brother?" To which Our Lord advises seventy times seven - a very abstract process that take practice. Practicing corporal works of mercy iften leads to practicing spiritual works of mercy - again concrete to abstract, but, such a gentle and loving process! Recently watched Al Pacino's version of the Merchant of Venice - such a beautiful message and opportunity to rid ourselves of any latent anti-semitism - mercy is twice blessed - blessing the one who gives and the one who receives. All programs at The Jesse Tree are designed to allow participants to practice a work of mercy. We need volunteers! Keep us in your prayers! God bless and thanks for your beautiful words. Ted

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