Into the Heart of Mercy: Putting Mercy into Action…

Action_1Acknowledging God’s mercy is so infinite and life giving, it is difficult to fully understand, but we can at least acknowledge that it is there and available to us. This is the first step to putting mercy into action. As Pope Francis tells us, “the name of God is mercy.”

Accepting The next step appears to be easy, but is difficult for most of us. We acknowledge God’s bountiful mercy, but we find it difficult to accept it in our own lives. We can feel unworthy, or fail to acknowledge our own brokenness which is necessary to receive the full benefit of God’s mercy. “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.”

Transforming Once we accept God’s mercy fully and unconditionally, we allow it to transform our lives, making us merciful beings ourselves, and allowing us to more fully live as Disciples of Christ. Like the Prodigal Son, we must accept the Father’s mercy and allow it to change our lives.

Action_2Transmitting God’s mercy is meant to be shared! We use the transforming power of God’s mercy in our everyday lives and show mercy and compassion to others.

Pope Francis says “May your heart be large enough to welcome all the men and women you come across during the day.” Through our compassion and kindness others will experience God’s love.

Acts of mercy can include visiting the sick, listening to a friend and reaching out to those who are suffering. Pope Francis encourages us not to remain indifferent to the pain and suffering of others.

The Adult Faith Formation and Service Commissions of St. John Parish facilitate our journey into the Heart of Mercy.

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