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Moments of Mercy

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Moments of Mercy

Each month our Moments of Mercy offer brief reflections on mercy and concrete suggestions of how we can live out the mercy that God offers us all.  These are perfect for busy days since they help us to slow down for just a few minutes and think about the gifts God has blessed us with and how we can share them.

September 2016

New situations can be intimidating, yet they are also a great opportunity to grow and express yourself. We want to make a good impression on others, whether it is at the beginning of a new school year, a new job, or just meeting someone for the first time. Likewise, when people are first turning to the Christian faith, we want them to have a positive experience of Christianity so that they can come to know the love and mercy of God. In all of our actions then, we ought to take this into consideration and model our own attitudes and actions after Christ, who is the "face of the Father's mercy" (MV, no. 1). By showing others love, mercy, and compassion, we offer them the opportunity to deepen their relationship with God.

1. Personal encounters and invitations are a great way to witness God's mercy and compassion to others. This month, try some of these out. Even little actions, like a smile, can make a big difference in the way people see you as living out your faith.

a. Eat lunch with someone you don't normally sit with.
b. Say hello to those you pass on the street, making eye contact and smiling rather than looking down at your feet.
c. Invite someone to come to church with you or to a parish activity.

Previous Moments of Mercy

Meditations on Mercy

Septiembre 2016

Las situaciones nuevas pueden ser intimidantes, y sin embargo son también una gran oportunidad de crecer y expresarse. Queremos causar una buena impresión en los demás, sea al comienzo de un nuevo año escolar, un nuevo trabajo, o simplemente conocer a alguien por primera vez. Del mismo modo, cuando la gente se vuelve por primera vez a la fe cristiana, queremos que tenga una experiencia positiva del cristianismo, para que pueda llegar a conocer el amor y misericordia de Dios. En todas nuestras acciones, entonces, debemos tomar esto en consideración y modelar nuestras propias actitudes y acciones según Cristo, que es el "rostro de la misericordia del Padre" (MV, no. 1). Al mostrar a otros amor, misericordia y compasión, les ofrecemos la oportunidad de profundizar su relación con Dios.

1. Los encuentros e invitaciones personales son una gran manera de testimoniar la misericordia y compasión de Dios a los demás. Este mes, trate de hacer alguna de estas cosas. Incluso las acciones pequeñas, como una sonrisa, pueden causar un gran impacto en la forma en que la gente lo ve a usted vivir su fe.

a. Almuerce con alguien con quien normalmente no se sienta.
b. Salude a la gente con quien se cruza en la calle, haciendo contacto visual y sonriendo en lugar de mirarse los pies.
c. Invite a alguien a acudir a la iglesia con usted o a una actividad parroquial.

Momentos Previos de Misericordia

Meditaciones sobre la Misericordia

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