How To Put Mercy into Practice

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The Jubilee Year of Mercy will end next Sunday.

So what to we do now? 

We put into practice all the insights and graces we have gained during the past twelve months.

It is Saint Paul himself, in his letter to the early church at Ephesus, who tells us how simple—and necessary—this is.

“Be kind to one another, compassionate and mutually forgiving,” he wrote, “just as God has forgiven you in Christ.” (Ephesians 4:32)

But how difficult is this guidance! Because it’s up to us as individuals to swing the pendulum in the direction of love and respect for others.

Will you hold the door open for unappreciative people behind? Let arrogant drivers cut in front of you? Greet strangers with a smile as you go about your day?

Saint Theresa of Avila offers this advice: “Our Lord asks only two things of us: love for him and for our neighbor. If we practice these perfectly, we shall be doing his will and so shall be united with him.” (Interior Castle: V, 3)

Our prayer today: Merciful Lord of us all, help us wrap our thoughts, words and actions within the embrace of your loving kindness, so that we are pleasing to you this day and always. 


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