Messenger of Mercy: A Retreat Guide on St. Paul

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In today’s world, the word “mercy” has implications of weakness. Hollywood heroes tend to destroy their enemies, not forgive them. Sports teams glory in crushing their opponents, not giving them a second chance. That’s the world we live in—a world whose popular culture has forgotten most of its Christian roots.

But the real meaning of mercy, from Christ’s perspective, is connected with spiritual strength, not weakness. Here is how a prayer from the liturgy puts it:

“O God, who manifest your almighty power above all by pardoning and showing mercy…” (Collect for 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

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