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Misericordiae Vultus 23: Mercy Beyond the Church

Mercy is not unique to Christianity. Indeed, we’ve already seen our inheritance of mercy with centuries-old foundations in our parent religion. 23. There is an aspect of mercy that goes beyond the confines of the Church. It relates us to … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 22: Indulgence

God’s face of mercy includes a look at indulgences. Both meanings of the word come into play here, a very good exposition on the term: 22. A Jubilee also entails the granting of indulgences. This practice will acquire an even … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 21b: Beyond Justice

One thing that strikes me in this second half of section 21 is the premise that justice itself will be undone if it lacks mercy, if it is pursued for its own sake. What do you think? If God limited … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 21a: Mercy Not Opposed to Justice

Not convinced yet about mercy? Pope Francis suggests we turn our gaze at a prophet of the Old Testament: 21. Mercy is not opposed to justice but rather expresses God’s way of reaching out to the sinner, offering him a new … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 20de: The Witness of the Apostle Paul

Let’s finish up section 20 with some testimony from Saint Paul. Few saints have experienced such a remarkable conversion from rigidity to mercy: The Apostle Paul makes a similar journey. Prior to meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus, he … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 20abc: Mercy and Justice

We turn to the topic much fretted about these days. 20. It would not be out of place at this point to recall the relationship between justice and mercy. These are not two contradictory realities, but two dimensions of a … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 19: Conversion

Pope Francis has not let up on his challenge to organized crime and other forms of political corruption. Another mention here: 19. May the message of mercy reach everyone, and may no one be indifferent to the call to experience mercy. … Continue reading

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