Sometimes in spring we just need to take a look around to realize that the flowers blossomed overnight. They were already growing, but perhaps we were so caught up in our thoughts and sorrows we didn’t see them. The same thing applies in our effort to put our values into practice — there are opportunities all around us. For example, we may think we need to meet a homeless person to give food to the hungry, but preparing dinner for our family can already be a way to live this work of mercy. Or we can spend time with someone who’s “hungry” for friendship. It has already been five months since Pope Francis opened this Year of Mercy, but there is plenty of time to discover the ways in which we can have a more merciful love.
Mercy is not weakness but strength. Hopefully we can discover the many facets of this virtue throughout the year. It includes the works of mercy that Christians are called to integrate in their lives. Following are experiences from which to draw inspiration.
A sense of peace, despite external discomforts
Where are we challenged to soften our hearts?
The secret life of Fr. Tito Banchong and his mission to give his life for his people