Pearl 47: “My God, my God, have mercy on me.”

 Pearl 47

Dios mio, Dios mio, ten misericordia de mi.”

Mother Foundress was often sick.  In Letter 49, the letter in which we find this phrase, she says, “I thank you very much for your greetings and especially for all your prayers.  Go on praying for me for I need it very badly.  I am feeling better, but not well, and at times, I feel very sick.  Let God’s will be done.  Alas, I wish I was really good.  My God, my God, have mercy on me.”

          A portion of Antonio Grau’s reflection goes like this: To speak of mercy is to speak of hope to the full;  it is to live life with the language of the heart and to make those who are by my side also able to live it in the same way...

            Where does mercy come from? Understood as compassion that prompts help or forgiveness, it cannot come from anywhere else except the heart. And the mercy of God is born directly from the heart of Jesus and He gives it to us with authentic passion... (Paraphrased by me for better clarity, for purposes of this reflection).

          

Reflection:

·       What have been instances and events in my life where I have experienced the mercy and compassion of God?

·       What has been my response?

·       What have I been invited to show mercy and compassion to others?

·       What was my response when I had shown this?  What have been the response of others?

·  What are occasions when I have found it hard to be merciful?  What do I sense is the invitation for me?