Strong and Steadfast

“Mercy is the Lord’s most powerful message.” –Pope Francis

God’s mercy is always there to pick us up and dust us off. God pours his self-emptying love into unlimited acts of mercy wherein He eagerly shares in our sufferings. God’s mercy heals and renews us, gives us new life. God’s mercy is strong and steadfast in its embrace of sinners, absorbing our suffering, and helping us to shoulder the weight of our misdeeds.

Without God’s mercy I’d quickly wither and die. If I don’t share God’s mercy with those around me, with all those in need of mercy and forgiveness, then I’m guilty of hoarding the transforming power of mercy for myself. Divine mercy must flow through one human toward other humans. The more of God’s merciful love we receive, the more compelled we are to extend an offering of mercy to others.

The gift of mercy must be shared. Pope Francis declared a Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning on December 8, 2015 in order to foster his vision of a Church that is not judgmental or condemning but instead is a Church of pardon and mercy.

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1 Response to “Strong and Steadfast”


  1. 1 krebsjoan December 7, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Because of the Year of Mercy this year’s “serious” Advent reading centers on Jon Sobrino, SJ’s book THE PRINCIPLE OF MERCY: TAKING THE CRUCIFIED OFF THE CROSS (essays). Marvelous kick right where it’s needed….


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