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Divine Enhancements


This past Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday, was the first morning after a long winter that I went out to pray on the Monastery balcony. To mark the occasion, I took a photo overlooking the Monastery garden court. While I was praying, I heard a ding from my cell phone and glanced down in time to see an enhanced version of the photo pop-up. It was vivid, crisp, and beautified. 

As I went back to praying about and reflecting upon God’s mercy, I thought about the enhanced photo that came as a gift. I was okay with the original and wasn’t looking for improvements but I loved the new photo as well. I wondered if I do that with my life.

God’s mercy is a gift. A gift that enhances our lives, heals our wounds, and delivers us from judgement. For the most part, I feel my life is good and going along fine. But, just like my thoughts of the original photo, I don’t always realize that things can be better, richer, or more vibrant. I don’t always call on God’s gift of mercy. I don’t always cooperate with or am open to God’s actions in my life. I don’t always realize I need divine enchantments. 


Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 

-1 Peter 1:3







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