Fr. Patrick writes: Practice Mercy

A walk with God: Day 26: Practice Mercy

Lent is a moment of grace, a moment of favour where we seek the mercy of God as we repent of our sins. As we seek the face of God, we are also called also be merciful towards others- “Be merciful just as your heavenly Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). I invite you to practice both the 7 corporal works of mercy and the 7 spiritual works of mercy for the rest of the Lenten days as a means to reach God’s fountain of mercy and our own ‘humanness’.

In practicing these acts of mercy, however, we need to be circumspect so as not to do them to show off or even for people to know we are being kind and merciful. We need to execute them humbly, as a way to also seek God’s favour and mercy. These acts of mercy open our hearts to the essential invitation of lent: conversion. When they are done humbly, they become a means of an interior meeting with God which will ignite a greater desire for God and lead to conversion.

God’s mercy is a free gratuitous gift; however, our acts of mercy and forgiveness brings abundance of God’s mercy and forgiveness on us. For St. James said “There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.” Our mercy attracts God’s mercy and our unforgiveness becomes a shield preventing us from experiencing God’s forgiveness.

Read:📖 Matthew 6:5-15
Prayer Point:🙇🏽‍♀️ Pray that God will destroy everything in your life that separates you from Him.
Action:👉🏽 Say “Thank you” even for the insignificant things done for you.

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