Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy Matthew 5:7

What is my Word of the year?
Mercy!
Mercy is the first idea that popped into my head.
Mercy...Compassion with complete forgiveness....
Mercy...
...just uttering it, imagining it gives me peace.

Photo a Day: Day 2: Me with the word that I hope 2013 will be
Giving mercy is a kind and generous act. It is acting out the Golden Rule: treating others how we want to be treated. Well, I want mercy, I crave it. It isn't just forgiveness, which is a wonderful thing, it is complete forgiveness, not with pity or hate, but with Love. I want mercy in all areas of my life. Isn't it unconditional love in action?

What could be better:
to give mercy is generosity at a greater level
and to receive mercy soothes our soul?

As a wife and a mother, I have ample opportunities in my day to give mercy. Many times I am embroiled in the chaotic acts that cloud my vision and contribute to my exhaustion, frustration, and anger.  But when and if I can be detached enough to see the pleading eyes looking into mine,  looking for more than forgiveness, looking to be enveloped in my love again, merciful forgiveness is a joyful gift to set things straight again. It is a peaceful pleasure to grant mercy, to give peace again to our home. Tempus fugit! Time is fleeting and moments can't be frozen. We need to act, and to keep mercy as an available option and it will be the best teaching tool.

We are God's children and should implore his mercy and forgiveness with the same hope and pleading as in our children's eyes. He is always more generous than we could be. To receive a generous and undeserved gift can sometimes make us uncomfortable but when we receive mercy after craving it, it gives our souls a refreshing wash. What a gift the sacrament of penance is, abundant in His mercy! We implore His Mercy throughout the Holy Mass, and our Lady is the Mother of Mercy.

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.


 Definition of Mercy
Pronunciation: \ˈmər-sē\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural mercies
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French merci, from Medieval Latin merced-, merces, from Latin, price paid, wages, from merc-, merx merchandise
Date: 13th century

1 a : compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's power; also : lenient or compassionate treatment b : imprisonment rather than death imposed as penalty for first-degree murder

2 a : a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion b : a fortunate circumstance 

3 : compassionate treatment of those in distress 

— mercy adjective
— at the mercy of : wholly in the power of : with no way to protect oneself against
synonyms mercy, charity, clemency, grace, leniency mean a disposition to show kindness or compassion. mercy implies compassion that forbears punishing even when justice demands it . charity stresses benevolence and goodwill shown in broad understanding and tolerance of others . clemency implies a mild or merciful disposition in one having the power or duty of punishing . Grace implies a benign attitude and a willingness to grant favors or make concessions . leniency implies lack of severity in punishing .

2 comments:

  1. Wow, what a good study on mercy!

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  2. I loved your thoughts on mercy, especially the image of it washing our souls.

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