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Advent Hope: Think of Others

“Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope.” POPE FRANCIS, MISERICORDIAE VULTUS (“THE FACE OF MERCY”), NO.10

At this time of the year, many of our thoughts are on gifts. What gifts we will give and what gifts others will give to us. Yet, we often forget the greatest gifts ever given to us: God’s loving mercy.

None of us deserve to be the royal sons and daughters of the Heavenly Father. None of us deserve to be the princely sisters and brothers of Christ, our King. Yet, that is what we are. God has given us a dignity that does not come from stylish fashions, expensive jewelry or the latest technology. We can scratch all these things off our wish list.

The dignity we have comes from his mercy. How can we possibly give back to God a gift of equal value? We cannot. But we can pledge this Advent season to pass the gifts of mercy on to others who may not be as well aware of God’s love in their lives as we are.  This is exactly what Jesus told us to do in the words Pope Francis selected to be the theme for this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, “Merciful like the Father.”

How might we pass on the gift of mercy? Think of others.

➤ We can include the poor in our Christmas giving.

➤ We can show mercy to a stressed-out stranger by giving up the closest parking space or to letting someone go ahead of us in a line.

➤ We can overlook an annoyance that might normally lead us to react in an unkind way and show mercy instead.


This article comes to you from Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly (Our Sunday Visitor) courtesy of your parish or diocese.


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