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November 06, 2016
Throughout her lifetime, Mary MacKillop wrote, literally, thousands of letters. Threaded through these letters - to her Sisters and others - are countless pleas to be kind, compassionate, forgiving, non-judgmental ... to be merciful!
Mary spent her whole life fostering Mercy! In 1888, she wrote to her Sisters:
" ... There must be love and gentleness towards the erring of others ..."
August 7, 1888
Pope Francis, when calling us to participate in this Year of Mercy, echoed Mary's stance:
“Mercy … is generous, and gentle, and forgiving, and encouraging and courageous. It is ready to believe that people can change, that they can be better. It is ready to let go of angry judgments, and a desire for payback and a determination to make people suffer for their mistakes”.
Pope Francis—’Misericordiae Vultus' (document for the Year of Mercy), March 2015
Visio Divina ...
Spend a few minutes gazing at this image ...
Ponder God’s call to YOU to be a person of mercy ...
You may wish to share your insight/s and reflections with a trusted friend, or record your thoughts in your journal.
Mary Ryan rsj - CentreWest Region
(Image and Reflection)