A Taste of the Ultimate Mercy!

Revelation 21:3-4

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them; He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away."

The mercy we receive in the sacrament of Reconciliation is not something other than the Ultimate Mercy we shall receive from God at the end of time.  It's the same thing, experienced day by day until we grow into people who are capable of receiving and dwelling in it eternally.  On the Last Day, God will not have changed a jot — we will have changed.  We will finally be mature enough in Christ to be what the Blessed Virgin always was — younger than sin.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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