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Dives in Misericordiae 15g: Conclusion

Vatican II is the contemporary basis for the effort of mercy. The impulse it gave was for a deeper self-awareness within the Church. The nudge to get outside of ourselves, too: In continuing the great task of implementing the Second Vatican … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 15f: Invocation

St John Paul begins a final invocation: In the name of Jesus Christ crucified and risen, in the spirit of His messianic mission, enduring in the history of humanity, we raise our voices and pray that the Love which is … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 15e: Appeal to Skeptics

St John Paul makes an impassioned and heartfelt appeal to skeptics and non-believers: And, if any of our contemporaries do not share the faith and hope which lead me, as a servant of Christ and steward of the mysteries of … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 15d: Prayer For Others

It makes sense that the authentic prayer of a merciful people would include intentions of others, those most in need of God’s mercy. Let us offer up our petitions, directed by the faith, by the hope, and by the charity … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 15c: An Ardent Prayer

Is action alone on the table? St John Paul also suggests prayer. Everything that I have said in the present document on mercy should therefore be continually transformed into an ardent prayer: into a cry that implores mercy according to … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 15b: Threats

Threats: yes, we had them in 1980, and many that remain have been joined by new ones. Modern (people) feel these threats. What has been said above in this regard is only a rough outline. Modern (people) often anxiously wonder … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 15a: An Appeal For Mercy

Final Chapter is upon us: “The Prayer of the Church in our Times.” Section 15 also professes that “The Church Appeals to the Mercy of God.”  The Church proclaims the truth of God’s mercy revealed in the crucified and risen Christ, and she … Continue reading

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