Baruch 2:19

For it is not because of any righteous deeds of our fathers or our kings that we bring before thee our prayer for mercy, O Lord our God.

The whole point of mercy is that there is no bargaining chip, no leverage, we can apply to earn it. Excuses you can earn. But mercy presupposes, not that we haven’t sinned, but that we have. Today, seek the mercy, not the excuses, of God. Confess your sin and He will forgive you. It’s a promise He bought with His blood.

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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