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During the Year of Mercy it is worth reflecting on the Works of Mercy to enlighten us with ways to better integrate meaningful acts of mercy into our lives. At the Solanus Casey Center the Pewabic mosaics in the Hall of Saints depict the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy and offer practical ways to show mercy in our every day lives.
Fr. Solanus Casey’s biographers note that throngs of people would wait long hours in St. Bonaventure’s small waiting room in order to have Fr. Solanus’ ear. It was well known that when Fr. Solanus met with someone, that person was Fr. Solanus’ sole focus.
'Nourishing the Soul' was Father Solanus’ desire not only for himself but those who stepped into his life. Like the saints of old Father Solanus believed that whoever desired God already possessed God. Desiring to grow in one’s faith determined then how one was going to live their Christian life. But it always begins with a relationship with God, the kind of relationship that determines and shapes a person’s life how one carries out the love of God in their hearts. For Solanus his spiritual life meant a growing dependence on God in all things.
The Easter Season is filled with stories of the Risen Jesus bursting unexpectedly into human lives. A hallmark of the Easter stories is the “unexpected” appearance of Jesus to the disciples.