Mercy! We are hearing a lot about mercy since Pope Francis proclaimed 2016 a Jubilee Year of Mercy. Here is one thing he says about mercy:
God's mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to dry bones (cf. Ez 37:1-14). ... Let us be renewed by God's mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.
We are reminded of God's gracious abundant gift of mercy; we are also challenged to bring that mercy to others in our everyday lives. As you celebrate with your family this month Mother's Day, graduations, First Communions, Memorial Day remember to bring a large helping of mercy to serve! You will be both blessed and a blessing.
Thank you for your gift. You give us strength and affirmation that mean as much if not more than the actual gift.
May you be blessed abundantly for your faith and generosity.
Sr. Carolyn Forgette, osc and all your Poor Clare Sisters
Second fruit: Joy! Thomas Aquinas, in his Summa Theologica states that “…joy is with expansion of heart…”1 When I read this, I immediately recall Dr. Seuss’s Grinch, whose heart, after receiving the true meaning of Christmas “…grew three sizes larger that day.”2 Joy is not a fleeting, momentary exhilaration resulting from the latest toy, gadget or accomplishment. Joy […]