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October 28, 2015 – “To Receive Mercy, One Has to Break with Sin”

The Synod question about whether divorced and remarried persons ought to be admitted to Holy Communion, is still being debated today. When Inside the Vatican recently interviewed Cardinal Robert Sarah he said that “in order to receive mercy, one has to break with sin.” The familiar story of the Prodigal Son support this. There is also a story about St. Padre Pio who, after battling with the devil one night, complained to his guardian angel that he was not helping Pio during the battle! The angel responded that had he helped then, St. Pio would not have reached the higher place in heaven available to him. As with the prohibition against communion for the divorced and re-married, our crosses in life are opportunities for holiness.