Mercy, divine and human

St. Caesarius of Arles has some thoughts on mercy in today’s readings:

There is earthly and heavenly mercy: that is, human and divine. What is human mercy? Exactly this: to have care for the sufferings of the poor. What is divine mercy? Without doubt, to grant forgiveness of sins.

Whatever human mercy gives away on the journey, divine mercy pays back when we arrive at last in our native land. For it is God who feels cold and hunger, in the person of the poor. As he himself has said: As much as you have done for the least of these, you have done it for me.

What God deigns to give on heaven, he yearns to receive on earth.

3 thoughts on “Mercy, divine and human

  1. mystagogyfortheanawim

    Lord have mercy
    Christ have mercy

    Lord be faithful/merciful
    remember your covenant of love
    with your people
    Christ be faithful/merciful
    remember your covenant of love
    with your people

    Blessed are the merciful/faithful
    for they shall obtain mercy–
    God will be faithful to his covenant
    of love…

    Mercy is more than forgiveness
    for surely mercy… forgives…
    Mercy forgives and yet does not abandon

    as in… ok I forgive you but I never want to see you again… ever! But God said, I will be your God and you will be my people…
    Consider Moses? Consider David? And Abraham
    mercy and faithfulness … ahhh and … Peter
    Imagine being Peter, looking into the eyes of Our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ…. those are the eyes of mercy…

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  2. mystagogyfortheanawim

    The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy
    (The Seven Corporal Signs of God’s Faithfulness to His Covenant of Love)

    1.Feed the hungry
    2.Give drink to the thirsty
    3. Clothe the naked
    4. Shelter the homeless
    5.Visit the sick
    6. Visit the imprisoned
    7. Bury the dead

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  3. mystagogyfortheanawim

    The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy
    (The Seven Spiritual Signs of God’s Faithfulness to His Covenant of Love)

    1.Counsel the doubtful
    2.Instruct the ignorant
    3.Admonish sinners
    4.Comfort the afflicted
    5.Forgive offenses
    6.Bear wrongs patiently
    7.Pray for the living and the dead

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