Mercy - this ingredient in our Recipe for Holiness is the one most likely to bring up images of Pope Francis. He is the "face of mercy" for some many people. Mercy is an essential element of Christian life. We are all in need of it and we are all called by the Lord himself to be doers and givers of it.
In establishing the Jubliee Year of Mercy, the Holy Father has highlighted Mercy as a key ingredient in a life of holiness. Here are five of my favorite Pope Francis quotes on mercy:
1. "Mercy is a journey that departs from the heart to arrive at the hands." Address, August 10, 2016
2. "Let us ask the Lord, each of us, for eyes that know how to see beyond appearances, ears that know how to listen to cries, whispers, and also silence; hands able to support, embrace, and minister. Most of all, let us ask for a great and merciful heart that desires the good and salvation of all." Address, May 3, 2014
3. "Christians are called to give witness to God's love and mercy. We must never cease to do good, even when it is difficult and demanding." Address, January 13, 2014
4. "The call of Jesus pushes each of us never to stop at the surface of things, especially when we are dealing with a person. We are called to look beyond, to focus on the heart to see how much generosity everyone is capable. No one can be excluded from the mercy of God; everyone knows the way to access it and the Church is the house that welcomes all and refuses no one. Its doors remain wide open, so that those who are touched by grace can find the certainty of forgiveness. The greater the sin, so much the greater must be the love that the Church expresses toward those who convert." Homily, March 13, 2015
5."Dear brothers and sisters, let us be enveloped by the mercy of God; let us trust in his patience, which always gives us more time. Let us find the courage to return to his house, to dwell in his loving wounds, allowing ourselves be loved by him and to encounter his mercy in the sacraments. We will feel his wonderful tenderness, we will feel his embrace, and we too will become more capable of mercy, patience, forgiveness and love." Homily, Divine Mercy Sunday, 2013
And finally, one of my favorite videos of Pope Francis encouraging all of us to get to the Sacrament of Mercy - Confession!
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