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The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) addresses the challenges facing humanity and assists the mission of the Church. This is the very heart of who we are and propels us in all that we do.
One of the most powerful keys that can help us unlock this central mission is mercy.
Pope Francis has spoken numerous times about mercy and its power to open our hearts to humanity. In speaking to pilgrims at the Regina Caeli on Divine Mercy Sunday in 2017, Pope Francis said, “Mercy in the light of Easter enables us to perceive it as a true form of awareness. This is important: mercy is a true form of awareness.”
He continued, “Mercy enables us to understand that violence, rancour, vengefulness have no meaning, and the first victim is whoever feels these sentiments, because he deprives himself of his own dignity. Mercy also opens the door of the heart and allows one to express closeness especially to those who are lonely and marginalized, because it makes them feel as brothers and sisters, and as children of one Father. It favours recognition of those who need consolation and helps one find the appropriate words so as to give comfort … mercy warms the heart and makes it sensitive to the needs of brothers and sisters with sharing and participation. Thus, mercy requires everyone to be instruments of justice, reconciliation and peace.”
As we progress through this Easter season, let us reflect on our lives and examine our hearts. Has our heart been warmed by God’s mercy? Has mercy opened my eyes to see the marginalized and most vulnerable of society? Let us pray to God and ask him to give us a merciful heart.
Philip KosloskiWriter and Content Manager
Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)