GeE 105: Mercy

See the source imageHigh praise for mercy, from St John Paul:

105. Similarly, the best way to discern if our prayer is authentic is to judge to what extent our life is being transformed in the light of mercy. For “mercy is not only an action of the Father; it becomes a criterion for ascertaining who his true children are”. [Misericordiae Vultus 9] Mercy “is the very foundation of the Church’s life”. [Ibid., 10] 

Mercy is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. Mercy requires a personal discernment with another person. It cannot be legislated, or hoped to be applied in every situation. The application of true mercy comes after companionship–not unlike how God stays with us and knows us so intimately (Cf. Psalm 139)

In this regard, I would like to reiterate that mercy does not exclude justice and truth; indeed, “we have to say that mercy is the fullness of justice and the most radiant manifestation of God’s truth”. [Amoris Laetitia 311] It is “the key to heaven”. [Evangelii Gaudium 197]

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


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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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