Mercy and the World: Principle and Foundation of Christian Spirituality
“Mercy is the Lord’s most powerful message.”
In his first Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis said, “Mercy is the Lord’s most powerful message.” And what a powerful message Pope Francis has made in his first year! His actions and compassion toward those who are suffering and marginalized have gained worldwide attention and awe. His mercy - in deed and word - has caused many to open their eyes to mercy in the world and our Christian life.
The Christian understanding of mercy begins with one’s experience of receiving mercy and love from God. Once we experience God’s love and mercy, we want to respond by offering mercy and love to others. How often do we reflect on mercy as a foundation for Christian life? How do we experience and express mercy?
During this retreat, Rev. Kevin Burke, SJ, and Sr. Julia Prinz, VDMF, lead FADICA Members through an exploration of the dimensions of mercy through the lens of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. We came to understand how embracing God’s mercy becomes a guiding principle and foundation for how we relate to the world and to God. By embracing God’s mercy and becoming merciful “just as our Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36), we move closer to Christ and to our brothers and sisters throughout the world.