We’re almost halfway through this 2016 Jubilee Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis. His hope is that we will find ways to make the compassionate love of Jesus visible and real in our daily lives. So how are we doing? Have we made concrete efforts to learn what mercy is and to engage in actions of mercy?
For those of you like me, it’s certainly possible to do more, and summer seems a good time to jump start the mercy effort. I’ve been reading a delightful book called Mercy in the City. It’s written by Kerry Weber, a young laywoman in New York, who poignantly and often humorously tells of her efforts to practice all seven Corporal Works of Mercy during Lent. Watch this video about her, then treat yourself to a good read of her story. There are other resources on the web that can help us reflect and pray for a more merciful heart.
To consciously take on the attitudes of Jesus as we relate to others, ponder life’s meaning, and reach out in service requires effort. It’s not too late to enter into the grace of this exceptional year and join others around the world who really live MERCY.