Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Why be Merciful? What’s in it for me?

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Why should I be merciful?

Isn’t it enough that I forgive, I now need extend mercy to others? Hmm…how many times have you secretly had these thoughts? If you are like me, you engaged in this line of thinking more often than you want to admit. Mercy is a tough virtue to “want” to grasp, especially from a “giving mercy” perspective. We naturally think it’s a one way proposition; the other guy gets all the mercy.

“What’s in it for me?”

As human beings, we always want a quid-pro-quo (I do something for you, you do something for me). However, that is contrary to how mercy works. By providing that softer attitude toward a repentant sinner, rather than the deserved Continue reading

Mercy – Is it Only for Christ to Give?

divine mercy 3Mercy – How elusive is this virtue from one’s grasp? Is it something only Christ can give, or can we give mercy to others? Are we expected to give mercy?

Mercy is as elusive as you want it to be – it’s that simple! Christ is at the ready, waiting to bestow His Mercy upon you. All you need to do is acknowledge that you need His Mercy, and that means acknowledging your sinfulness. For some, that is difficult to do; for others it is easy. Therein lays the answer to the elusiveness of Christ’s Mercy. The choice is yours.

Mercy is defined as a preference to provide a softer attitude toward a repentant sinner rather than the deserved punishment. Continue reading