Dear Mary's Child,
Showing mercy is cleansing. A clean heart is a free heart. A free heart can love Christ with an undivided love.
Purity, chastity, and virginity created a special beauty in Mary that attracted God’s attention. He showed his great love for the world by giving Jesus to her.
These are the words of the newly sanctified Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
During this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, we celebrate tomorrow the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy. Mary’s mercy and love of virtue is beautifully illustrated in the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, especially in her mercy-filled eyes as she foresees her Son’s passion and death.
Pope Francis tells you and me that Mercy is the very foundation of every Christian’s life. He tells us that it is time to heal wounds, time to offer everyone forgiveness and reconciliation. How we show mercy and compassionate love is our witness to Christ Jesus.
May Our Lady of Mercy open your eyes, and implore her son Jesus to give you the grace to show merciful love towards everyone you meet—family, friends and strangers.
In Jesus through Mary,
Brother Daniel Korn, C.Ss.R.
Redemptorist Missionary of the Denver Province
P.S. Please send me the names of the people you wish to show mercy to during this Year of Mercy. Their names will be placed before the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Rome.