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Magnificat Year of Mercy Companion von Magnificat (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 19.10.2015
  • Verlag: Magnificat
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Magnificat Year of Mercy Companion

A comprehensive page-a-day booklet to help you encounter and share the Father's mercy. Each day of the week, a different way to experience and live the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy: - Poetry that helps you contemplate the miracle of mercy (Sundays) - Meditations from saints and spiritual masters who share their profound insights into this divine gift (Mondays) - Profiles of saints whose lives exemplify extraordinary witness to mercy (Tuesdays) - Teachings of the Catholic Church that explain and highlight this virtue (Wednesdays) - Stories and testimonies of people who have chosen the path of mercy, including non-canonized faithful, literary figures, and victims of tragedy (Thursdays) - Reflections on essential Scripture passages that reveal God's merciful nature (Fridays) - Devotions and prayers that draw us closer to God's merciful heart (Saturdays) A practical way for individuals, families, and parishes to walk with the Church in this year-long celebration. An excellent resource to encourage ongoing conversion and fruitful discussions at home, in parish groups, in schools, and in RCIA.


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: none
    Seitenzahl: 448
    Erscheinungsdatum: 19.10.2015
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781941709160
    Verlag: Magnificat
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Magnificat Year of Mercy Companion

DECEMBER 8 MEDITATION J ESUS CHRIST IS THE FACE of the Father's mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith.... We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness. At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father's action in our lives. For this reason I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church, a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.... With our eyes fixed on Jesus and his merciful gaze, we experience the love of the Most Holy Trinity. - Misericordiae Vultus 1-3, 8 CATECHESIS DECEMBER 9 What Is Mercy? M ERCY IS THE FORM LOVE TAKES when it encounters misery. It is first of all a form of love because it wants what is good for the one who is loved . Keeping this in mind can keep us from some subtle and corrupting mistakes. For example, Saint Thomas Aquinas points out that mercy is a Godlike virtue because it involves the strong showing pity to the weak, and from this truth someone may delight in showing "mercy" precisely because it allows him to highlight his own superiority on both a spiritual and a material level. But this isn't really mercy. It's just pride dressing up as mercy. It's the sort of pride that Saint Francis de Sales said would make the poor "hate you for the very bread you give them." Mercy is not condescension. Instead it is a kind of restoration. Imagine someone of royal lineage who has recently fallen upon hard times. He is wandering and lost and perhaps suffering from a form of amnesia. He cannot tell you his name. If you encounter this person, you feel compelled to restore something lost. You don't love the fact that he doesn't have access to who he really is. You love what he is and who he is, and so you strive to restore who he really is. Or imagine a young person lacking judgment, experience, and knowledge. If you love this young person, you don't love her poverty in these matters. You love her and what she could be with the proper instruction and guidance, and therefore you want to free her from her present limitations. This is the gift of mercy, and it is rooted in profound respect. This way of putting things makes a difference, because one could place the stress elsewhere. One could, for example, stress the fact that mercy is contrasted with justice. It is an undeserved gift, and hence to receive it marks one forever as one of the "undeserving poor." To receive mercy would, in that case, also be to receive a form of contempt. God knows us as he intends us to be; his sons, his daughters, his friends. He knows that he has fitted us for himself and that no other destiny for us will do. When he knows us as sinners and as unable to secure our own deliverance from our sins, he knows us as needing his mercy. But this mercy is, in a way, called for, not by reason of our own merits, but because of his own fatherly affection for us and because he sees the change in us that his father's love will produce. His mercy reflects Go

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