Abundant Mercy!

Deuteronomy 4:30-31

When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the LORD your God and obey his voice, for the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not fail you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers which he swore to them.

The mercy of God is his greatest attribute.  Our greatest fear when we sin is that God will act as so many people do, clucking the tongue and saying, “You expect me to forgive after you did that?”  But the reality is that God really and truly does promise forgiveness of all our sins if we will only turn to him for mercy.  People are made in the image of God, to be sure.  But people are fallen too.  Our failure to be merciful is not a sign that God is like us, it is a sign of how far we have fallen from the God of mercy.  So don’t let the rejection of people in the past make you fearful of seeking God’s mercy.  Ask for mercy and he will surely give it.  If he can forgive those who crucified him, he can forgive any other sin for which we ask pardon—and he can give us the grace to forgive those who have had no mercy on us.  Seek his mercy—-for yourself and for those who have hurt you—-today.

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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