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Cynthia Newcombe

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Re: Other people are the way to grace

Jan. 29 at 9:19am | see this comment in context

Actually Katie I think that only grace will bring a person to the truth, nothing I say or do can do that. My loving actions may help but in the end it is grace that brings a soul to the truth.  I never did reconcile with my father.  I forgave him and have grown in understanding and compassion for him but he died without ever acknowledging the truth.  You cannot force or demand or even confront others with the truth only love can do that and the other has to be open.  Some people, like my father, are too damaged and only God can heal that.  We may never see it in this life.  I believe that finding truth and living the truth of who we are in totality, with our gifts, talent and sins will put us on the road to reconciliation with others.  We can pray and accept the suffering this brokeness causes and that is redemptive and healing.

Re: Other people are the way to grace

Jan. 29 at 8:16am | see this comment in context

I know what it is to suffer profoundly at the hands of those who are suppose to love and care for you.  One thing I have learned is that, as Christians, it is essential that we forgive but for reconciliation to take place there has to be an acknowledgment of the truth.  That is what the sacrament of Reconciliation is... we acknowledge the truth of what we have done before God.  We aren't telling Him what He doesn't know, we are acknowledging the truth of what WE have done so that the Grace of forgiveness (already given) can reach us and heal the breach in that relationship. True reconciliation has to be rooted in truth. 

Re: On minding our own beeswax and letting the Pope be Pope

Sep. 24 at 8:31am | see this comment in context

Katie I love this and I am glad you wrote it!  This needs to be said because this criticism and judgment is exactly what has been going on since Pope Francis was elected. Why it is that so many people think that they are so much smarter than our Holy Father and could do a better job?  If only we had ears that could hear and a heart that was truly open to listen!

Re: The Temptations of Beauty

Sep. 17 at 9:57pm | see this comment in context

I have to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed everything that I have read that Marie Meaney has written.   Thank you Marie!

Re: Self-possession precedes self-giving

Aug. 9 at 12:23pm | see this comment in context

Beautifully said and I love her too!

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