The Works of Mercy

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This collection from Pope Francis will open hearts to the gospel message. 

The theme of mercy has been a signature of the pontificate of Pope Francis, a theme rooted in the message of Jesus, who tied our salvation to the treatment of the least of our brothers and sisters: “I was hungry and you fed me… Imprisoned and you visited me....” In reflections drawn from his writings and preaching, Pope Francis treats in turn each of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.

Each topic opens a window on a larger theme. For example, under “Welcoming the stranger,” Pope Francis reflects on the plight of refugees and immigrants. His reflections on “Visiting the prisoner” are set in the context of his own pastoral visits to prisons, where he asks the question: “Who is this man standing before you? The man standing before you is a man who has experienced forgiveness. A man who was, and is, saved from his many sins. That is who I am.”

Book Details

Title:
The Works of Mercy
Author:
Pope Francis
Other:
Foreword by James Keenan, SJ
Pages:
208
Binding:
softcover

Works of Mercy Table of Contents (978-1-62698-236-9_toc.pdf, 35 Kb) [Download]

“Thomas Merton once spoke of God as being ‘mercy within mercy within mercy.’ No church leader has communicated God’s mercy in a more compelling way than Pope Francis.”
For people of all faiths, or none at all, this book reveals the consolations offered by cultivating faith in suffering humanity--and in the healing power of the pragmatic solidarity necessary to lessen it. It's hard to imagine a more helpful guidebook for those seeking to address growing inequalities and the resentment and discord they foster. In the view of this radically inclusive and stubbornly pragmatic man of God, that should include all of us.
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