4th November 2016
Enfolded in mercy
Teresa White FCJ reflects on how Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins articulated the way in which Mary’s own merciful gaze falls upon us.
13th July 2016
The name of God is Mercy
It is refreshing to hear Francis’ voice so clearly in this book. These are his actual words – not what we want to hear, not what our prejudices and projections emphasise or take out of context.
6th April 2016
Mercy: a case history
The fourth and fifth readings, from Isaiah, put Karen Eliasen in mind of a song which can help us make sense of Pope Francis’ call for the Church to be a ‘convincing herald of mercy’.
24th March 2016
To forgive offences willingly
‘The cross of Christ is a sign of God’s willingness to forgive us’, writes Russell Pollitt SJ as he concludes our series on the Spiritual Works of Mercy in Laudato si’.
21st March 2016
To admonish the sinner
Laudato si’ embodies an Ignatian approach to sin that is at the heart of Francis’ papacy says Edel McClean as she reflects on how the encyclical helps us think about what admonishing the sinner means.
18th March 2016
To pray for the living and the dead
‘The great parable of God’s mercy is the best place to start’ if we want to think about why praying for the living and the dead is merciful.
2nd March 2016
To comfort the afflicted
Attentiveness to and solidarity with the suffering of a fragile planet and its most vulnerable inhabitants is a Spiritual Work of Mercy, writes Teresa White FCJ.
23rd February 2016
To bear wrongs patiently
When we struggle to show patience, we should look to the resilience of the natural world for encouragement and instruction in this particular work of mercy, says Henry Longbottom.
16th February 2016
To counsel the doubtful
‘As our doubts disappear, our responsibilities come into focus,’ writes Sr Margaret Atkins, responsibilities which call us to be counsellors ourselves.
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