Being a Missionary of Mercy

Throughout Pope Francis’ message (Misericordiae Vultus) that explains the current Jubilee Year of Mercy, he mentions the need for human instruments of Divine Mercy. He speaks of “missionaries of Mercy” (specifically in reference to priests) that is applicable to every disciple of Christ. Mercy is the bridge that connects God and man (cfr Misericordiae Vultus 2) and in a concrete way, Jesus Christ is that Bridge and the face of God’s Mercy (cfr Misericordiae Vultus 1). Our role as Christian disciples is to put people in direct contact with Jesus the Bridge.   The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines mercy as “the loving kindness, compassion, or forbearance shown to one who offends.” Mercy, if you think about it, is intricately...

The spiritual works of Mercy

Comfort the afflicted, forgive offenses, bear wrongs patiently, pray for the living and the dead  How many uncertain and painful situations there are in the world today! How many are the wounds borne by the flesh of those who have no voice because their cry is muffled and drowned out by the indifference of the rich! During this Jubilee, the Church will be called even more to heal these wounds, to assuage them with the oil of consolation, to bind them with mercy and cure them with solidarity and vigilant care. […] Let us open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help! May we reach out to them and support them so they can feel...