Year of Mercy

A Reflection on Mercy: A Time for Humble Listening

by Joan Straub, Franciscan Associate I recently signed up for a class on Lectio Divina. One thing mentioned in this class that surprised me was that if we are not listening to God, we are probably not listening to those around us either. In our technology driven world, face to face encounters and meaningful sharing [...]

A Reflection on Mercy: Called to Live God’s Mercy

by Sister Amy L. Williams Pope Francis writes, "Jesus is the face of the Father's mercy--he reveals the mercy of God by his words, actions and person." Jesus showed compassion and forgiveness to all those whose lives he touched, even those who persecuted him. No sin or wrongdoing was strong enough to outweigh the limitless [...]

A Reflection on Mercy: The Gift of Mercy

by Sister Kathleen Osbelt No one deserves mercy. For example, a woman, whose son was brought before Napoleon for deserting Napoleon’s army, went to plead with the military leader after hearing the young soldier had been judged as deserving death. The deserter’s mother begged Napoleon to have mercy on him. Napoleon said the man did [...]

A Reflection on Mercy: Merci for Mercy!

by Sister Alice Dunlop “Merci.” It is the French word for “thank you.” I grew up in a family where we were taught to say thank you, and to send thank you notes for gifts. This value, which was instilled in us as children, continues to this day. I can almost hear my parents reminding [...]

A Reflection on Mercy: The Spirit of Mercy

by Sister Marcella Nachreiner We hold within ourselves an extraordinarily precious gift –our capacity to be merciful. Mercy is a blessing that allows us to make choices, to sense the possibilities open to us. The practice of mercy challenges us to be less judgmental. Imagine a world without judgment. It would be a world without [...]

A Reflection on Mercy: Mercy Affirms Dignity

by Sister Patricia Larkin One of Giotto di Bondone’s paintings of St. Francis of Assisi in the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, depicts Francis sharing his cloak with a poor knight. Referring to this artwork during a presentation at Siena College in Loudonville, New York, Mary Beth Ingham, CSJ, made one very interesting [...]

A Reflection on Mercy – Mercy: A Way of Life

by Sister Therese Vaulet Many years ago when the Baltimore Catechism contained the answers to all questions regarding religion, we recited the spiritual and corporal works of mercy without much understanding of their meaning and implications in our lives. As I advanced in wisdom and age, I became more aware of just how much they [...]