„I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbour: the first — by deed, the second — by word, the third— by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy.”
(Diary, 1739, 1146)
Someone who has received mercy naturally wants to share that experience with others. Therefore, the authenticity of our prayers and spiritual life is strengthened by our daily practice of mercy towards others.
Pope Benedict XVI taught that “the complicated situation of modern man gives many opportunities to practice MERCY”, which, today is repeatedly substantiated by Pope Francis, is “the name of God”.
“Today, when the networks and means of human communication have made unprecedented advances, we sense the challenge of finding and sharing a “mystique” of living together, of mingling and encounter, of embracing and supporting one another, of stepping into this flood tide which, while chaotic, can become a genuine experience of fraternity, a caravan of solidarity, a sacred pilgrimage. Greater possibilities for communication thus turn into greater possibilities for encounter and solidarity for everyone. If we were able to take this route, it would be so good, so soothing, so liberating and hope-filled! To go out of ourselves and to join others is healthy for us. To be self-enclosed is to taste the bitter poison of immanence, and humanity will be worse for every selfish choice we make.”
(Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 87)
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