From the Editor - November 2020

“Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asks (Matthew 16:15). I’ve heard Christians speculate that when we go before the throne of God, this will be the question on which our eternal destiny hangs.

‘To love is to give yourself away’: Q-and-A with Mirya Muñoz-Roach

Mirya Muñoz-Roach is the first woman executive director in the 100-year history of St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle-King County, which helps meet the urgent needs of our neighbors, including assistance with rent, utilities and food. She attended Catholic schools growing up in Puerto Rico and has served in lay pastoral ministry in Michigan and as a lay ecclesial minister in the Archdiocese of Seattle. The mother of three, who joined St. Vincent de Paul as a volunteer in 2010 and became a staff member in 2012, is now leading the organization into its second century of service to the poor.

Open your heart to God's infinite mercy

The Sunday after Easter is Divine Mercy Sunday. Pope John Paul II instituted this feast in 2000 based on the private revelations received in the 1930s by a humble Polish nun, St. Faustina Kowalska. In her diary, Faustina recorded Jesus telling her, “I desire that the whole world know My infinite mercy.” Jesus also gave her the chaplet of Divine Mercy, promising, “Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death.” You can pray the chaplet on ordinary rosary beads.

Ante la cruz de los demás

Jesús ha sido brutalmente flagelado. De milagro sobrevivió los inclementes azotes. Avanza rumbo al Gólgota con un dolor extremo, condenado a morir en el madero de la cruz, del cual carga el travesaño sobre hombros. La distancia hasta el Gólgota es corta, pero cada paso parece el último. Jesús apenas puede.

Seeds of the Word - How will you carry another’s cross?

Jesus has been brutally scourged. He has barely survived the merciless lashes. Now he walks toward Golgotha in extreme pain, condemned to die on a cross, carrying the crossbeam on his shoulders. The distance to Golgotha is short, yet each step seems the last. Jesus can barely advance.

Let God love you in the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Lent is a wonderful time to experience the healing, freedom and peace that God offers through the sacrament of reconciliation. But if it’s been a while since you’ve been to confession (or even if it hasn’t), you may be nervous about going back. Here are some points to help.

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