Thursday, February 4, 2016

Jubilee Year of Mercy

Servant of God Father Hyacinth Woroniecki penned these thoughts for us to consider as we embrace this Jubilee Year of Mercy.

"God's love and mercy are acts of his holy will; under the name of mercy come all those manifestations of love which tend to remove any wants, needs, pains, sufferings, in a word, any deficiencies.

It follows, therefore, that in the board sense all exterior works of God, that is, the whole of the created world, is a result of divine mercy or, in other words, that divine mercy is at the very foundation of creation. Indeed, the greatest possible want is the want of being or want of existence; therefore, the act of creation, meaning the act of calling something into being out of non-being, is the first and most fundamental act of God's mercy upon which all his other acts are based. Even divine justice, which rules over the created world, has God's mercy for its starting point, for the world owes its existence to mercy.

Mercy is not limited to the very first act of calling the world into being. Since creatures have no reason for their being in themselves and are finite and limited in their perfections, they carry a germ of non-being in themselves from which their wants and needs arise. Therefore, divine mercy exercises a constant vigil over creatures; preserves their being; makes up for their wants; heals their wounds, and supplies new strength."

Lord God, may we reflect your divine mercy by keeping a constant vigil of prayer over our daily acts of obedience and sacrifice. May we be your hands to the want and need of a society that is untethered from You.  Triune God, may we be healing instruments of your Love. May our very presence in other's live refresh the weak in spirit.  In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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