Mercy Minutes #34

cookies-300x229From Section V: A Year of Mercy

In his letter, Bishop Kettler asks people of the diocese to consider two areas of need he sees particularly pressing.

The Holy Father is quite explicit in calling us to extend mercy to those “beyond the confines of the Church.” He calls us to show them mercy as children of God, with all the dignity that goes with that birthright, and even to learn from their traditions of mercy. “I trust that this Jubilee Year celebrating the mercy of God will foster an encounter with [Judaism and Islam] and with other noble religious traditions; may it open us to even more fervent dialogue so that we might know and understand one another better; may it eliminate every form of closed-mindedness and disrespect, and drive out every form of violence and discrimination” [MV, 23]. We need to find ways to practice such mercy in the Diocese of Saint Cloud, particularly to our Muslim neighbors. I encourage each of you, individually and in whatever groups you may be part of, to think of what you can do to contribute to that practice of mercy.