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Moments of Mercy

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Each month our Moments of Mercy offer brief reflections on mercy and concrete suggestions of how we can live out the mercy that God offers us all.  These are perfect for busy days since they help us to slow down for just a few minutes and think about the gifts God has blessed us with and how we can share them.

November 2016

Death is a difficult topic to discuss for many people, but it is something we face on a regular basis. The Church celebrates the life and memory of those who have passed from this world and reminds us of God's merciful love. There are many examples of this: at the beginning of November, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints and the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls); there are vigils for the deceased, funeral liturgies, rites of committal and final commendation, and prayers for the deceased and those who are mourning. All of these prayers and services help us acknowledge our grief, celebrate the life of the one who has passed away, and find solace in the loving compassion of God.

1. Throughout this month, we should commend in prayer the bodies and souls of those who have died and who may still be in need of God's mercy in purgatory (CCC, 1020-1060). Sometimes it helps to write out a list or mention specific names of those who have died. Add some of these prayers and scripture readings
to your daily prayer time.

2. In addition to praying for them, we can help those who are grieving in a tangible way. Be open to listening to someone who is grieving. You could volunteer with a bereavement ministry at your parish if it has one (this usually involves helping organize funeral liturgies and/or a small reception or luncheon afterward
for the family). In these small acts of mercy, we show others that the love of God is still present in their lives and their communities even though they are grieving.

Previous Moments of Mercy

Meditations on Mercy

Noviembre 2016

La muerte es un tema difícil de discutir para muchas personas, pero es algo que enfrentamos regularmente. La Iglesia celebra la vida y la memoria de los que han dejado este mundo y nos recuerda el amor misericordioso de Dios. Hay muchos ejemplos de esto: a principios de noviembre, la Iglesia celebra la Solemnidad de Todos los Santos y la Conmemoración de Todos los Fieles Difuntos; hay vigilias por los difuntos, liturgias funerarias, rituales de sepelio y última recomendación, y oraciones por los difuntos y los que están de luto. Todas estas oraciones y servicios nos ayudan a reconocer nuestro dolor, a celebrar
la vida de la persona que ha fallecido, y encontrar consuelo en la compasión amorosa de Dios.

1. A lo largo de este mes, debemos recomendar en oración los cuerpos y almas de los que han muerto y que todavía pueden necesitar la misericordia de Dios en el purgatorio (CIC, nos. 1020-1060). A veces es útil escribir una lista o mencionar nombres específicos de los que han muerto. Agregue algunas de estas  oraciones y lecturas bíblicas a su momento de oración diaria.

2.Además de orar por ellos, podemos ayudar a los que están de duelo de una manera tangible. Sea abierto a escuchar a alguien que está de duelo. Podría ofrecerse de voluntario en un ministerio de duelo en su parroquia si esta tiene uno (que por lo general consiste en ayudar a organizar liturgias funerarias y/o
después una pequeña recepción o almuerzo para la familia). En estos pequeños actos de misericordia mostramos a los demás que el amor de Dios sigue presente en sus vidas y sus comunidades aun cuando están de duelo.

Momentos Previos de Misericordia

Meditaciones sobre la Misericordia

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