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How has the Year of Mercy shaped you?

October 06, 2016

The Year of Mercy is now ten months old! What impact has it made on my life? Am I a more merciful person? Would those who are closest to me think so?

In this month's Year of Mercy reflection, Saint Mary MacKillop and Pope Francis urge us to be gentle in our dealings with others, refraining from harsh judgements and condemnation.

Judge not, leaving that most painful duty to those appointed for it..Mary MacKillop, 1873 (Aged 31)

God asks us above all not to judge and not to condemn...
Whenever we encounter another person in love, we learn something new about God. Pope Francis, 2015


You are invited to ponder their words. How do they link with the image below?

Use the Visio Divina* way of praying:

Spend a few minutes with this image, and these words of Mercy of Mary and Francis. 

Then ponder:

  • What feelings or memories do their words and the image evoke in you?
  • How do their words speak to you … challenge you?
  • What might God be whispering to your heart at this  moment?
  • What difference could this reflection make in your life and relationships?
  • What might you whisper back to God?

You may wish to record your insight/s and reflections in your journal.

Mary Ryan rsj - CentreWest Region
(Image and Reflection)



*VISIO DIVINA —Latin for ‘divine seeing’—invites one to encounter God through images.  Prayerfully considering and interacting with a photograph, icon, piece of art, or other visual image can enable the viewer to experience God in a unique and powerful way.