What Does Mercy Look Like?

“The truest compassionate mercy is a compassion that challenges. Receiving people as they are is the first step, but that is only the first thing. The second thing is to help them become what God wants them to be.”

Words by His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, during the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

Thomas Cardinal Collins Photo by Evan Boudreau
Thomas Cardinal Collins.  Photo by Evan Boudreau

The Synod is meeting in Rome until October 25 on the theme “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World”.

Let us Pray that the Holy Spirit will Guide and Enlighten all those present, all 270 Synod Fathers: 54 from Africa, 64 from America, 36 from Asia, 107 from Europe and 9 from Oceania, as well as 18 lay couples, two priests and 13 persons in consecrated life.

To read the full article of the quote above:

Cardinal Collins to tell Synod pastors must lead people towards God.

Article by Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service

So what does Mercy look like?

As much as we would like to just run with the popular, “Jesus Loves Everyone and who Am I to judge?”
I agree with His Eminence.  True Mercy…truly Loving someone means that you respect them enough to be honest. To want them to walk the Path of Truth.
Even if they get angry at you and perhaps hate you in the process.

Is it not worst to just nod and smile and say that everything is ok? To tell those you love, those we should love if we follow His mandates…is it not worse to let them think that everything they do is just Hunky-Dory Fine? To let them be enslaved by the lies of this world?

What do YOU think?

Pax Christi ♥


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