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Presenting Mark Miller, CSsR

 

 

Mercy for Sinners

We Christians live our lives in a great tension. We are sinners and that drags us down; but we are also healed by the Mercy of a God who cannot wait to kiss us on both cheeks, to welcome us home with a bear hug, and to treat us as beloved sons and daughters.

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Mercy Never Ends

Perhaps we all have an iamge that God is like human fathers, ready to judge, ready to punish, ready to admonish, ready to scowl at us because of our failures. But if this human father and mother could love their son right to the end, how much more can we depend upon the never-ending Love and Mercy of Our Father in Heaven.

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Justice? Or Mercy?

Bill surprised me with his words. "That is why I have no difficulty believing in God's mercy. I have seen what mercy means in a good man; so how could it be any less for God?" "Mercy," he added, "is the first and foremost a profound gift of Love."

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Let Us Have Mercy On God!

We generally forget the courtesy and gentle humility of God, who calls to us, seeks us out, offers us mercy and salvation. We forget what it meant for Jesus to leave his Godhead behind and become one of us, even to the point of suffering death on the Cross. So, we rail at God and sniff at the lack of response we seem to get.

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Spiritual Works of Mercy

We are Christ's disciples, indeed, because we become through baptism and Eurcharist the very Body of Christ, he wants us to provide us with a power for goodness that goes beyond our own instincts to hurt or be callous or retaliate or just be thoughtless.

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St. Alphonsus and the Gift of Mercy

Alphonsus knew the mercy of God in his life and he loved God with all his heart. Knowing this gentle presence of God in his life, he made sure to communicate it to all his people. He did not chastise in the confessional, he did not probe, except delicately if it might help the sinner deal with an issue or find another way to act; and he never threw anybody out.

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The Saints and Mercy

Mericiful people see with the eyes of God - they see their brothers and sisters in need or who are suffering or who are marginalized by war or poverty or mental health issues and they look for ways to bring healing and dignity to these situations in which people find themselves.

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The Ethics of the Christian Community
Fr. Mark Miller, CSsR
Edmonton-Toronto Redemptorists
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I began to realize that a great deal of our moral teaching tends to focus on actions by individuals-things like lying and gossip, or stealing or losing
one's temper, or sexual sins-such that when we talk about morality for
Catholics we automatically start thinking about topics such as abortion, euthanasia, and not going to Mass on Sunday as the failures or sins of individuals.However, something began to catch my attention over the years as I read the letters of Paul or Peter or James.

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Loving God
Fr. Mark Miller, CSsR
Edmonton-Toronto Redemptorists
:

I began to think of the ways in which we know God. St. Paul, in the first
chapter of his letter to the Romans, chastises the Gentiles for worshipping stones and silver or golden idols when the true wonders of God are all around us. Creation, as Ps. 19 tells us, surrounds us with the beauty and the immense creativity of God. We speak of magnificent sunrises or sunsets, the beauty of a forest or a waterfall, the wonder of seeing creatures in the
wild-so the mind ought to move to a sense of wonder before the Creator.

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Desire

Fr. Mark Miller, CSsR
Edmonton-Toronto Redemptorists
:

Desire is one of the cornerstones of our lives; but we do not often think of it. We like to be rational in our choices, but we seldom recognize the forces that pull at our desires and how they manipulate our choices. I am sure that you, like me, have at times come home from a store and wondered why I bought certain items. In my case, I wanted them when I saw them; but on later reflection I realized I could easily have done without them.

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Mary, The First Disciple

Fr. Mark Miller, CSsR
Edmonton-Toronto Redemptorists:

The reason that Mary's Feast is set on January 1st, I would suggest, is
because of how she is portrayed in the Scriptures-She is the first disciple. She hears the Word of God about Jesus from the Angel Gabriel and once she has clarified what God is doing, she says her Yes to God. She becomes the model of all disciples in this openness to God and God's Word.

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Do Not Be Afraid

Fr. Mark Miller, CSsR
Edmonton-Toronto Redemptorists:

In our society we take so much for granted, as if we are owed a living. We tend to lose touch with the God who cares for us daily. In many Catholic homes today, families do not even say grace before meals. That troubles me because if a famine were to occur, the first one to be blamed would be God! Yet we often cannot see God's goodness and generosity when it is right in front of our noses.

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Road Bloack to Faith

Fr. Mark Miller, CSsR
Edmonton-Toronto Redemptorists:

Fear, I am learning, is the great roadblock to faith. And yet I often find myself approaching God not out of wonder or awe or praise or enthusiasm but out of fear. I want something; but I find myself approaching God as if I were a child trying to get something out of a parent. Or I see somebody
approaching me after Sunday Mass and I know that he wants money. My
defenses go up and I forget that he may also just want a listening and
sympathetic ear for a few minutes.

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When God Calls Us Home

Fr. Mark Miller, CSsR
Edmonton-Toronto Redemptorists:

I have worked for years in and around palliative and hospice care for the dying. I have been amazed and humbled by the lessons the dying have taught me. The first and most important is that when we care for the dying properly-when they are not in pain, when their symptoms are managed, when they know that they will not be abandoned by their doctors and healthcare team-the dying have a lot to live for!

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Meet Fr. Mark Miller, CSsR

 

 

 

 


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Fr. Mark Miller CSsR, D.Div. is the Provincial Superior of the English-speaking Redemptorists of Canada., founder of Redemptorist Bioethics Consultancy, and a frequent homilist contributor to the Redemptorist national TV program, Devotions TV (in honour of our Mother of Perpetual Help).on the air weekly for 22 years (VisionTV and Salt+LightTV).

The Redemptorist Bioethics Consultancy was begun in September 1992 by the Redemptorists of Canada in recognition of the needs of health care institutions for assistance with medical/moral decision-making in the complex issues of our day.

 

The consultancy makes its expertise and services available for all Catholic health care facilities and personnel in Western Canada. The consultancy is also open to other health care facilities and personnel seeking guidance in the many ethical questions facing health care today.

 

A native Westerner, born in Edmonton, Dr. Miller studied in Winnipeg, Toronto and Germany

 

before completing his doctorate in moral theology (1992) at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

 

After receiving his doctorate, Fr. Mark spent 16 years as a clinical bioethicist working at and out of St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He has taught and provided workshops at Catholic Colleges, in adult formation programs, for Catholic teachers, and many health care practitioners. He continues his clinical ethics work part-time at the Centre for Clinical Ethics at St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s Hospitals in Toronto.

Dr. Miller is the author of books and numerous articles on Bioethics.