(Mike, Louise, Marion, Charlie & Garry.) November-December, 2016
Our JPIC focus for much of this year has dealt with various aspects of PEACE.
Pope Francis had declared 2016 as The Jubilee Year of Mercy.
What if you decided to become even more merciful? With the close of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we offer some final suggestions.
7. ACCEPT MERCY FROM OTHERS. It takes humility to admit that we, too, are in need of mercy. When you allow others to be merciful to you, you give them the opportunity to reach outside of themselves and enter into your pain. When that happens, they become instruments of God’s love to heal and comfort you.
In what ways have you accepted mercy from other people?
8. PRAY FOR MERCY. Pray to become more merciful. Pray also for family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and people you know who are in need of mercy. Pray for people who have hurt you. Pray for people around the world who are suffering. Pray that everyone in the world will respond to God’s mercy and, in turn, be merciful to one another.
How will you pray for mercy, and for whom will you pray?
(excerpts from “Eight Ways to Live a Merciful Life”,
published by Our Sunday Visitor)