Yesterday while reading Pope Francis' encyclical on mercy I was so struck by the phrase, "His name is mercy." We have heard this phrase frequently during this year of mercy and it struck me forcibly yesterday. Say it slowly - His name is mercy - in a meditative way - almost like a mantra. Say it over and over again just to yourself and feel the peace and harmony that comes into the center of your being.
Can I be mercy for others? Can I treat others as God would treat them? Can I swallow the snide remark or control the raising of my eyebrows when I don't agree with someone or that person doesn't meet my standards?
His name is mercy and we are all called to that same mercy in our dealings with each other.
KM Dononue, OSU