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August 03, 2016
The Year of Mercy is now eight months old! Has it made a difference in my life? ... In the lives of those whose lives intersect with mine on a daily basis?
Saint Mary MacKillop and Pope Francis urge every one of us to be people of mercy, reaching out in love and compassion to those in our lives who are in most need of our understanding.
During this eighth month of the Year of Mercy, you are invited to ponder their words, and their connection with the image below, using the Visio Divina method of praying.
Latin for 'divine seeing', Visio Divina is a prayerful consideration of and interaction with a photograph, icon, piece of art, or other visual representation. It allows the viewer to experience God in a unique and powerful way.
Try at least to excuse what you cannot understandMary MacKillop. May 21, 1877 (Aged 25)
and bear in mind that you have only to answer for your own faults.
“Even if the life of a person has been a disaster,A Big Heart Open to God: A Conversation with Pope Francis
even if it is destroyed by vices, drugs or anything else -
God is in this person's life.
You can - you must - try to seek God in every human life.”
Spend a few minutes gazing at the above image of the penguin that strayed …
How does it connect with these words of Mary and Francis?
Ponder: In this Year of Mercy:
Image and Reflection: Mary Ryan rsj—CentreWest Region