Father Moloney has released his new book on Mercy!
Summary by Ignatius Press:
In Mercy: What Every Catholic Should Know, Fr. Daniel Moloney covers a broad range of topics regarding mercy that are prevalent for our society today. Beginning from an unexpected perspective in the first half of the book, Fr. Moloney approaches mercy from a political point of view, explaining how mercy is in fact truly and intimately interwoven with politics and power. Through this lens, he touches upon pertinent topics such as legal punishments, the death penalty, and self-defense. He also assesses the clergy scandals, laying out why they occurred, what went wrong in how they were dealt with, and how the Church can improve moving forward for the greater glory of God. He eloquently explains how mercy is not synonymous with leniency, but is an act of responding to a privation, a lack of something which ought to be there. Sometimes the road to this may have to be tough love for the good of all involved.
Fr. Moloney invites the reader to wrestle with the supposed contradiction of God saying that he is merciful, yet killing and punishing his creation. Moloney ultimately resolves this apparent contradiction by highlighting God's identity as the loving Father, explaining how, similar to good earthly fathers, sometimes the most loving route to take in truly loving your children and bringing them to their ultimate good is through the course of tough love. God is always good and loving, and his justice and mercy go hand-in-hand.
The new What Every Catholic Should Know series is intended for the average faithful Catholic who wants to know more about Catholic faith and culture. The authors in this series take a panoramic approach to the topic of each book aimed at a non-specialist but enthusiastic readership. Forthcoming titles planned for this series include: the Eucharist, salvation, history, art, and philosophy.
Come join us every Friday at 4:30pm EST to pray the rosary with other TCC members! If you have never prayed the rosary, no worries! We have all the prayers for you and images to go along with the mysteries. Especially during this pandemic, pray is one of the biggest ways we can make a difference and improve the lives of the sick, healthcare workers, and others working to end COVID-19.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom details.
The Archdiocese of Boston is allowing parishes to reopen for Mass, starting May 23. While the Archdiocese of Boston has decided to reopen churches and allow public Mass soon, current MIT policies prevent us from having Mass on campus until further notice. Students who would like to attend Mass should check with nearby parishes to see how and when they can attend. Check earlier rather than later, because parishes are turning to requiring e-tickets as a way to limit the size of the congregation.
We’ve received word that we can celebrate Mass this weekend in the MIT Chapel. The Archdiocese of Boston has not cancelled Masses this weekend (so far, although as we all know, everything is fluid). So we’ll still have Mass. We will not be having coffee and donuts, or the St. Patrick’s Day party, just the religious events. Within Mass, we’ll also follow the CDC and Archdiocesan approved guidelines. Confessions will be available all morning in the Community Room of W11, from after the 9:30 Mass until around noon. I’ll also try to be available for Confessions after the 5 pm Mass.
In happy news, the Archdiocese has given me permission to accelerate the Baptisms, Confirmations, and Receptions into the Church for those who were going to have that happen during the Easter Vigil and (in the case of confirmations) during the Easter Season. We’ll do that at the 1 pm Mass on Sunday. We’ll do this even if the Archdiocese were to generally cancel Masses (which, as of now, to repeat, they haven’t done), just as a private celebration of the sacraments under extraordinary conditions.
Also, I want our help to offer to students (even non-Catholics) for short-term, acute financial needs. If you know someone who needs help paying for a ticket home (or for the rescheduling fees), or for food for a short time, they can contact us at email@example.com. There’s obviously a limit on this, and I’d prefer that most of this help come in the form of “emergency loans”, but I’m gathering that the bureaucracy at MIT might not be as responsive as my checkbook can be. If you’d like to help with this, the best way today (3/12) is to donate to our 24-hour challenge (which multiplies the effect of the donation): https://mit24hourchallenge.mightycause.com/story/Tech-Catholic .
After today, the best way is to donate through our website: http://tcc.mit.edu/donate.
I’ll try to send out a general email when I have been able to figure out how the TCC will function going forward.
Fr. Daniel Patrick Moloney, Ph.D.
The St. Patrick's Party planned for this Sunday has been cancelled.
TI Talk: The Dark Night of Saint Teresa of Calcutta and Saint Therese of Lisieux Cancelled
TCC Winter Retreat: February 14-16, 2020. TCC is planning the Winter Retreat at the Betania II Spiritual Life & Marian Center in Medway, MA. Bus transfer to and from the retreat center, lodging, and food at the retreat center are free. The bus departs MIT W11 on Friday, February 14 at 7 PM. We will leave from the Betania II on Sunday, February 16 at 11 AM. Space is limited! Please sign up in the back of the Chapel or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, 1/16 to Tuesday, 1/21 @ 5:15 PM
Wednesday, 1/22 @ 4 PM
Starting on Thursday, 1/23 our regular Weekday Mass Schedule resumes.
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