GeE 80: Blessed Are The Merciful

See the source imageDo you suppose the fifth Beatitude is a favorite of the Holy Father? He suggests mercy is a matter of both kindly action as well as an attitude toward others.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy”

80. Mercy has two aspects. It involves giving, helping and serving others, but it also includes forgiveness and understanding. Matthew sums it up in one golden rule: “In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you” (7:12). The Catechism reminds us that this law is to be applied “in every case” [1789; cf. 1970] especially when we are “confronted by situations that make moral judgments less assured and decision difficult”. [ibid.  1787]

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.

 

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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