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Feb 25

Mercy-ing

“Jesus affirms that mercy is not only an action of the Father, it becomes a criterion for ascertaining who his true children are.”  Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus

Mercy Minute

Pope Francis’ Latin motto is “Miserando atque Eligendo.” Francis has admitted that this doesn’t translate well into Italian or Spanish. The same might be said for its English translation: “by having mercy.” To capture the sense he desired, the Pope coined a new word in Spanish – “misericordiando” – in English, “Mercy-ing.” In this way we are challenged by the idea that mercy is not just an object, but an action.

This idea isn’t really news to the Sisters of Mercy. Catherine’s life was all about action on behalf of the poor, the sick and the dying. That dynamic continues today within the order and all of its partners in ministry. The Mercy charism powerfully motivates us to action in service and advocacy for justice.

Make Mercy real    Illustrating this is the new social media campaign, “#MakeMercyReal.” This campaign encourages people and groups to share pictures and stories of how they live mercy. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are creating a photo album of people mercy-ing in our communities and across the globe.

As you may know, GCU will be sending a crew of volunteers to North Carolina for spring break. We will be partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build a decent, affordable home for a low-income family of seven. Our group will be posting photos of our mercy-ing to the #MakeMercyReal campaign – as well as to GCU Campus Ministry’s new Instagram account.

How will you be mercy-ing this break? What actions will you take during this Jubilee Year of Mercy? Please join the #MakeMercyReal campaign and show others the power of mercy to heal our world!

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