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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.

October 2016

This Jubilee of Mercy is not the first time that Pope Francis has emphasized the need for the faithful to live their lives in a witness to the mercy of God. In Evangelii Gaudium, or The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis highlights the connection between mercy and continually spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ in our everyday lives. In paragraph 24 of Evangelii Gaudium, the Church is called to be "missionary disciples" as an "evangelizing community" seeking "to show mercy, the fruit of its own experience of the power of the Father's infinite mercy" (EG, no. 24). Our faith is not our own; it is ours as members of the Body of Christ, who continually testify to the truth of the Gospel through all of our actions. Just as mercy is an overarching theme for Pope Francis's pontificate and his life, we are all called to make mercy the theme of our life.

1. Throughout this month, read Evangelii Gaudium. Take note of the various places that the mercy we show others is described as a reflection of God's merciful love and compassion.

2. Share your faith with someone else. This is somewhat intimidating, but it can be done in a variety of ways since all of our words, actions, and lives should reflect the joy of God's great gift of mercy and love. Even something as simple as stating that you are a Christian can help someone recognize the connection between
your actions of compassion and your faith in Jesus Christ.

Previous Moments of Mercy

Meditations on Mercy

Octubre 2016

Este Jubileo de la Misericordia no es la primera vez que el papa Francisco ha enfatizado la necesidad de que los fieles vivan sus vidas en testimonio de la misericordia de Dios. En Evangelii Gaudium, o La alegría del Evangelio, el papa Francisco resalta la conexión entre la misericordia y la difusión permanente de la Buena Nueva de Jesucristo en nuestras vidas cotidianas. El párrafo 24 de Evangelii Gaudium señala que la Iglesia está llamada a ser "comunidad de discípulos misioneros", una "comunidad evangelizadora" que busca "brindar misericordia, fruto de haber experimentado la infinita misericordia del Padre" (EG, no. 24). Nuestra fe no es propiamente nuestra; es nuestra como miembros del Cuerpo de Cristo, que continuamente damos testimonio de la verdad del Evangelio a través de todas nuestras acciones. Del mismo modo que la misericordia es un tema central para el pontificado del papa Francisco y su vida, todos nosotros estamos llamados a hacer de la misericordia el tema de nuestra vida.

1. A lo largo de este mes, lea Evangelii Gaudium. Tome nota de los diversos lugares en que la misericordia que mostramos a los demás se describe como un reflejo del amor y compasión misericordiosos de Dios.

2. Comparta su fe con alguien más. Esto es un poco intimidante, pero se puede hacer en una variedad de formas, ya que todas nuestras palabras, acciones y vidas deben reflejar la alegría del gran don de misericordia y amor de Dios. Incluso algo tan simple como manifestar que es usted cristiano puede ayudar a alguien a reconocer la conexión entre sus acciones de compasión y su fe en Jesucristo.

Momentos Previos de Misericordia

Meditaciones sobre la Misericordia

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