The medicine of mercy

Today, the Spouse of Christ prefers to use the medicine of mercy…
Pope Saint John XXIII

Today is the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the sign of God’s infinite mercy to us.

At times, mercy seems in short supply in our world – and even in our Church. It is easier to blame others for their failings and for the problems of the world than to see where God’s mercy has been poured out to us and where we can spread it.

Last night, reading the Vespers hymn for the feast in Benedictine Daily Prayer, I came across this stanza:

O Jesus, Savior of the world,
You gave Your life that we might live,
That we might show Your love divine
With those who have no love to give.

The love, the mercy of God, has been poured out on us so that we might share it.

As I am preparing for my diaconal ordination on July 15, I had to think about vestments. I had a stole made by the Tucson Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and asked them to put this image that comes from Blessed Charles de Foucauld, which expresses my sense of calling – under the shadow of the Cross to show the mercy of the Heart of Christ Jesus.

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Lord, let your mercy surround me and all those I seek to serve here.

As Pope Francis wrote in the bull to introduce the year of the Jubilee of Mercy,  Misericordiae Vultus: The Face of Mercy (12):

The Church has the mission of announcing the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel, which in its own way must penetrate the heart and mind of every person.

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