Going on Pilgrimage to Italy A California priest explains why pilgrimages “help us to gain an appreciation of the treasure we possess in our Catholic heritage.”

Going on Pilgrimage to Italy A California priest explains why pilgrimages “help us to gain an appreciation of the treasure we possess in our Catholic heritage.”

Going on pilgrimage to Italy to see religious and historic sites can be a helpful aid to participants in growing in their Catholic faith. Fr. Mike Hanifin, pastor of St. Joachim Church in Costa Mesa in the Diocese of Orange, California, has led many groups of pilgrims to Italy, and is well-read on the history of the Church and Italy. I asked him to share some thoughts about some of the sites in Italy most popular to visitors.

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Luke 7:50: And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

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From Deacon Steve in our Newsletter

From Deacon Steve in our Newsletter

Deacon's Comment: Divine Mercy

How many of us want more mercy from God in our lives?  I would be surprised if the answer wasn't all of us!  However, do we equally want to give mercy?  We see in the beatitudes that "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."  In Luke 6:36, we are told how to show mercy, "Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."  We are called to be the light of the world and be the embodiment of God's love and mercy.