Thought of the Day February 8, 2018 Mercy

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Our relationship to God is rooted in experiencing his mercy for we have sinned in so many ways. "It is not easy to entrust oneself to God's mercy, because it is an abyss beyond our comprehension. But we must! ... "Oh, I am a great sinner!" "All the better! Go to Jesus: He likes you to tell him these things!" He forgets, He has a very special capacity for forgetting. He forgets, He kisses you, He embraces you and He simply says to you: "Neither do I condemn you; go, and sin no more" (Jn 8:11)." (Pope Francis) Without God's mercy there is alienation and darkness; there is enmity and chaos; there is a world without hope. But in spite of our wretchedness St. Paul reveals the great mystery of God's plan. "Yet still, God, who is rich in mercy, for the sake of his exceedingly great charity with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our sins, has enlivened us together in Christ, by whose grace you have been saved."(Ephesians 2:4-5) Where our fallen nature tends towards sin, God's divine nature is mercy.

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