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Tuesday 20 April |

“It’s the Year of Mercy, not the Year of Reprimands”

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 03/10/16

A good observation in Aleteia this morning, from Judy Landrieu Klein:

There a few people in my own life to whom I’d like to read the riot act right now. And frankly, had I not tried that trick in the past and watched it go over like a dirty bomb, I might be less inclined to hold myself back. Besides that, it’s the Year of Mercy. Not the Year of Reprimands. Not the Year of Dressing People Down. Not the Year of Slapping Others Upside the Head to Tell Them What Screw-ups They Are. Tempting as those might be, it’s the Year of Mercy. We are called, as we’ve been hearing at the closing of every Mass, to “be merciful as the Father is merciful.” Which begs the question: What does the Father’s mercy look like? We get a glimpse of that reality in Pope Benedict XVI’s Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love), as well as in Pope Francis’ Misericordiae Vultus (The Face of Mercy), which seems to contain a very intentional echo of Benedict on the themes of love, justice and mercy. God has already exacted his justice upon mankind, and it came in the form of the God-man dying on the cross out of love for every one of us. The crucifixion of the innocent Lamb of God is God’s verdict against sinful mankind; God himself has already paid the price for sin. God’s infinite mercy is thus offered in love, given as gift and received through faith in Christ. This teaching is called the Good News.

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