Summer 2016 issue of spiritual life/Online now available
By Edward O’Donnell, OCD, Editor
“Lord Have Mercy!” We have all made this plea many times in our lifetime. The Prodigal Son was shown mercy by his father, and Jesus showed mercy to the woman taken in adultery. He also constantly shows us his mercy as we continue to praise the Merciful Love of God shown to us in Jesus Christ.
Mercy is a Concrete Virtue, shown in our behavior toward others. Even Shakespeare knew this and gave us Portia’s plea for mercy, which begins, “The Quality of Mercy is not strained....” Mercy knows no limits and knows no bounds. Pope Francis emphasizes the healing power of mercy:
“The Encounter between communication and mercy will be fruitful to the degree that it generates a closeness that cares, comforts, heals, accompanies, and celebrates. In a broken, fragmented, and polarized world, to communicate with mercy means to help create a healthy, free, and fraternal closeness between the children of God and all our brothers and sisters in the one human family.”