Mercy, which is at the heart of the Christian life, is not a one-dimensional virtue but instead is the acceptance of God’s love and the giving of that love to others, Pope Francis said.
“There is no Christianity without mercy,” the pope said on 18th March during a live broadcast of his weekly general audience from the library of the Apostolic Palace.
“If our Christianity does not lead us to mercy, we have taken the wrong path because mercy is the only true goal of every spiritual journey. It is one of the most beautiful fruits of charity,” he said.
At the end of the audience, Pope Francis urged people to join the Italian bishops’ request that Catholics pray the luminous mysteries of the Rosary together today, on 19th March, the feast of St Joseph.
“In life, in work, in family, in joy and sorrow,” the pope said, St Joseph “always looked for and loved the Lord, earning the praise Scripture offers of being a just and wise man. Always invoke him, especially in difficult times, and entrust your lives to this great saint.”
In his main talk, the pope continued his series on the Eight Beatitudes by reflecting on the fifth beatitude, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
Picture: Pope Francis speaks during his general audience as it is livestreamed from the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on 18th March 2020. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).