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Mercy Never Ends
by Mary Ann Halloran
In 2015-2016, Pope Francis proclaimed a Jubilee Year of Mercy. When it came to an end, I was a little sad, but it also caused me to meditate on what I had learned during that year and how I could continue working at being a servant of mercy. After all, mercy never ends.
One night after that, I had a dream of a dirty scale or film being peeled off one eye. As I looked at it, I thought about how gross it looked. After it came off, everything became clearer for me to see.
It symbolized for me how the Year of Mercy had opened up a new way of seeing and relating to others. I hope, as a result, I am now more open-minded and quicker to spot the plank in my own eyes rather than the speck in others. Pope Francis's example, especially during the Year of Mercy, has helped me view people with more mercy and compassion. It has been a good kick in the pants for me.
So many graces have been poured down upon us and on the whole world. However, that Jubilee Year was useless if we think, "OK, that's over." Rather, do we embrace its message of making mercy a way of life, beginning in our families and extending to others?
Let's examine our conscience and ask ourselves some questions. When you have time, start by closing your eyes and call on the Holy Spirit. Then...
Start by thanking God for His mercy.
Think of some of the times mercy was shown to you by God.
Think of when mercy was shown to you by other people.
When did I show mercy to others?
Am I practicing some of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy?
How can I improve?
End with a prayer.
I saw this short video on the close of the Year of Mercy by Cardinal Joseph Tobin that I thought was good. Maybe you would like to see it. Click here to watch.
Viva Cristo Rey!
Mary Ann / Mother Hen