Mercy and misery

Dear friends,
the Jubilee year of Mercy is with this week cominig to an end. But as Pope Francis said yesterday, mercy does not. Today was published his apostolic letter “Mercy with misery“, as he sais in the introduction:”It would be difficult to imagine a more beautiful or apt way of expressing the mystery of God’s love when it touches the sinner: “the two of them alone remained: mercy with misery””.

In his letter Pope Francis writes:
“The works of mercy affect a person’s entire life. For this reason, we can set in motion a real cultural revolution, beginning with simple gestures capable of reaching body and spirit, people’s very lives. This is a commitment that the Christian community should take up, in the knowledge that God’s word constantly calls us to leave behind the temptation to hide behind indifference and individualism in order to lead a comfortable life free of problems. Jesus tells his disciples: “The poor will always be with you” (Jn 12:8). There is no alibi to justify not engaging with the poor when Jesus has identified himself with each of them.”

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