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MAY REFLECTIONS


Week of May 1

Theme: "A Culture of Solidarity"

  • "True mercy, the mercy God gives to us and teaches us, demands justice; it demands that the poor find a way to be poor no longer." (Pope Francis)
  • "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied." (Matthew 5:6)
  • Reflection Questions:
  • Take some time to reflect upon the role of solidarity and justice in your life. #YearofMercy
  • Are you closed in on yourself and your possessions, or are you aware of those in need of help? #YearofMercy
  • Do you respond to the daily calls for justice, or do you avoid the issues that demand righteousness? #YearofMercy

  • Week of May 8

    Theme: "Mary, Her Intercession"

  • "She walks at our side, she shares our struggles, and she constantly surrounds us with God's love." (Pope Francis)
  • Reflection Questions:
  • Reflect on how your mother has walked with you in your struggles and surrounded you in love. #YearofMercy
  • When was the last time you thanked your mom for her love and support? #YearofMercy
  • When facing struggles, do you ask Mary for her loving intercession? #YearofMercy

  • Week of May 15

    Theme: "Being Guided by the Holy Spirit"

  • "The truth is not grasped as a thing; the truth is encountered. It is not a possession; it is an encounter with a person." (Pope Francis)
  • Reflection Questions:
  • How can we encounter the truth? #YearofMercy
  • Why are people skeptical of truth? #YearofMercy

  • Week of May 22

    Theme: "Listen to the Cry of the Poor"

  • "Each individual Christian and every community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor, and for enabling them to be fully a part of society." (Pope Francis)
  • "Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25:40)
  • Reflection Questions:
  • How have you been an instrument of God for the poor in your community? #YearofMercy
  • What can we learn from the poor in our communities? #YearofMercy
  • How can we move beyond small acts of generosity to being a community for all? #YearofMercy

  • Week of May 29

    Theme: "Being with Christ"

  • Being with Christ is easy, because "He is always there first" (Pope Francis)
  • Reflection Questions:
  • Pope Francis encourages us to abide in the presence of the Lord and let you be gazed upon by the Lord. Have you ever felt the Lord being there watching? #YearofMercy
  • When was there a time you went outside your boundaries to help people and be with the Lord? #YearofMercy
  • Have you ever let yourself be led by the Lord? #YearofMercy

  • APRIL REFLECTIONS

    Week of Apr. 3

    Theme: "Dignity and Mental Illness"

  • "Since all people are created in the image of God, their dignity and worth cannot be diminished by any condition including mental illness."
  • "Whoever suffers from mental illness 'always' bears God's image and likeness in themselves, as does every human being. In addition, they 'always' have the inalienable right not only to be considered as an image of God and therefore as a person, but also to be treated as such.” (St. John Paul II, International Conference for Health Care Workers, on Illnesses of the Human Mind, November 30, 1996)
    Reflection Questions:
  • Do you treat all people with dignity and respect? In what way? #YearofMercy
  • Think of a time when you've seen someone who needed to be shown mercy. Did you do anything about it? If not, what could you have done? #YearofMercy
  • Do you recognize that you are deserving of being treated with dignity and mercy? #YearofMercy

  • Week of Apr. 10

    Theme: "The Light of Faith"

  • "Faith does not dwell in shadow and gloom; it is a light for our darkness." (Pope Francis)
  • Reflection Questions:
  • Are there dark areas in your life that can be illuminated by your faith? #YearofMercy
  • In what way can you share your light with others during this #YearofMercy ?

  • Week of Apr. 17

    Theme: "Free to Choose God"

  • "Do the little everyday things to the best of your ability and with a great heart open to God and to others." (Pope Francis)
  • Reflection Questions:
  • Why do people find it hard to live like this? #YearofMercy
  • How do you think other people perceive a person living like this? #YearofMercy


  • Week of Apr. 24

    Theme: "Connect With Nature and Those Around You"

  • "Jesus worked with his hands, in daily contact with the matter created by God..." (Pope Francis)
  • Reflection Questions:
  • How does the physical distance from the "decision-makers" and the poor contribute to a general apathy towards the environment? #YearofMercy
  • What habits in our daily lives could we reconsider to better the environment? #YearofMercy
  • To what extent does our society's individualistic/selfish tendencies create create an indifferent viewpoint regarding the environment? #YearofMercy