The spiritual works of Mercy Admonish the sinners, Instruct the ignorant, Counsel the doubtful

Last summer, the Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas, Bishop Mulvey, told us a very moving story. Some years ago he went to visit a seminary in Pakistan. The rector and two seminarians welcomed him at the airport. Right away, one of the seminarians struck the Bishop in a particular way. He was very kind, joyful, and gentle. Also, this seminarian had a very distinct scar along his right cheek. After some days in the seminary, this seminarian wanted to share with the Bishop his story about how he had received his scar. He told the Bishop that the previous summer he had worked in the assembly line of a jam factory near the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan. In that area, a very low percentage of the population is Christian. One day his Muslim manager, angry and yelling...

The Medicine of Mercy

The voice of Pope Francis rang out loud and clear, “Do not forget to take Misericordina, because it does us good: the heart, the soul, our whole life!” To the surprise of the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square on November 18, 2013 for the Sunday Angelus, the Pope distributed twenty thousand small boxes, each containing a rosary. The instructions read: “As a means of prevention it is to be taken once a day, and in emergencies, as many times at your soul requires.” Two years before the opening of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis was already convinced that mercy is the most efficacious medicine for the spiritual illnesses of our time. Saint John XXIII shared this intuition when he revealed in the opening speech of the Second Vatican...