Meditation on Mercy

Jesus tells a story about two dead men: one affluent, the other a

beggar. After living a life of luxury, the rich man finds himself suffering

in acute pain; he asks Abraham to send Lazarus (the poor

beggar) to get him a drink. Even in the afterlife, the rich man

thinks that Lazarus should be waiting on him!

Abraham points out the barrier that prevented Lazarus from

doing the rich man’s bidding in the afterlife. Of course, no such

barrier exists among the living. The justice of Lazarus’s reward in

the afterlife also points to the fact that it is no one’s lot to be a beggar

in this life; the surplus of some, as Pope John Paul II has often

preached, belongs to those in need. While he was alive, the rich

man had it within his means to relieve the suffering of Lazarus, but

he did nothing. In the mind of the rich man, Lazarus was exactly

what God wanted him to be—a beggar. In the next life, the tables

were turned: Lazarus was rewarded, and the rich man suffered.

It is a simple message, one that we have heard many times.

It also has a touch of irony: In the story, the rich man begs Abraham

to send Lazarus back from the dead to warn the rich man’s

brothers. Abraham predicts that they still wouldn’t believe.

Notice the reaction of the crowd when Jesus raises Lazarus from

the dead: “So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus also to

death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going

away and believing in Jesus,” (John 12:10–11).

Jesus sent his disciples out to heal, to liberate, and to invite

others into the kingdom of God. As a follower of Christ, what

am I doing for those Jesus sends to me?


Michael Dubruiel Interview

Here’s an interview recorded with Chris Cash in 2008

A page with links to information about and works by Michael Dubruiel.

Michael Dubruiel’s website

In 2006 we traveled to Rome. Here’s a compilation of both of our posts on that trip. His are quite thoughtful.

Michael Dubruiel’s WordPress Blog

Michael Dubruiel’s Amazon page.

A page on his book, The How to Book of the Mass.

A page on his book, The Power of the Cross, including a free .pdf download of the book.

Confession and RCIA

For a brief, pointed and helpful guide,

"Michael Dubruiel"

All of Michael Dubruiel’s books listed on Amazon.

The Power of the Cross free download and audio files.

The New Version of the Stations of the Cross link

Free Catholic Book

The letter to the Hebrews draws a strong connection

between the cross and prayer. Because every moment of our

earthly existence is threatened by death, and we know neither the

day nor the hour when that existence will come to an end, we,

too, need to cry out to the God who can save us. Like Moses, we

need the help of our fellow Christians to hold up our arms when

they grow tired. We, too, need the help of the Holy Spirit to

make up for what is lacking in our prayer. 

The Power of the Cross 

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How to Get More out of Mass by Michael Dubruiel

Eucharist means…”thanksgiving”

Michael Dubruiel wrote a book to help people deepen their experience of the Mass.  He titled it, How to Get the Most Out of the Eucharist.  You can read about it here. 

How to Get the Most Out of the Eucharist gives you nine concrete steps to help you join your own sacrifice to the sacrifice of Christ as you:

  • Serve: Obey the command that Jesus gave to his disciples at the first Eucharist.
  • Adore: Put aside anything that seems to rival God in importance.
  • Confess: Believe in God’s power to make up for your weaknesses.
  • Respond” Answer in gesture, word, and song in unity with the Body of Christ.
  • Incline: Listen with your whole being to the Word of God.
  • Fast: Bring your appetites and desires to the Eucharist.
  • Invite: Open yourself to an encounter with Jesus.
  • Commune: Accept the gift of Christ in the Eucharist.
  • Evangelize :Take him and share the Lord with others.

Filled with true examples, solid prayer-helps, and sound advice, How to Get the Most Out of the Eucharist shows you how to properly balance the Mass as a holy banquet with the Mass as a holy sacrifice. With its references to Scripture, quotations from the writings and prayers of the saints, and practical aids for overcoming distractions one can encounter at Mass, this book guides readers to embrace the Mass as if they were attending the Last Supper itself.

I am the Bread of Life

The past few weeks, we have heard the “Bread of Life” discourse from John’s Gospel, chapter 6. Learn more about the Mass in The How to Book of the Mass by Michael Dubruiel. 

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The How-To Book of the Mass is the only book that not only provides the who, what, where, when, and why of themost time-honored tradition of the Catholic Church but also the how.

In this complete guide you get:

  • step-by-step guidelines to walk you through the Mass
  • the Biblical roots of the various parts of the Mass and the very prayers themselves
  • helpful hints and insights from the Tradition of the Church
  • aids in overcoming distractions at Mass
  • ways to make every Mass a way to grow in your relationship with Jesus

If you want to learn what the Mass means to a truly Catholic life—and share this practice with others—you can’t be without The How-To Book of the Mass. Discover how to:

  • Bless yourself
  • Make the Sign of the Cross
  • Genuflect
  • Pray before Mass
  • Join in Singing the Opening Hymn
  • Be penitential
  • Listen to the Scriptures
  • Hear a Great Homily Everytime
  • Intercede for others
  • Be a Good Steward
  • Give Thanks to God
  • Give the Sign of Peace
  • Receive the Eucharist
  • Receive a Blessing
  • Evangelize Others
  • Get something Out of Every Mass You Attend

“Is this not the same movement as the Paschal meal of the risen Jesus with his disciples? Walking with them he explained the Scriptures to them; sitting with them at table ‘he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.”1347, Catechism of the Catholic Church

How to Go to Confession

For a brief, pointed and helpful guide,

"Michael Dubruiel"

All of Michael Dubruiel’s books listed on Amazon.

The Power of the Cross free download and audio files.

The New Version of the Stations of the Cross link