In the Tender Embrace of God's Mercy is a beautiful collection of prayers, meditations and reflections compiled by Gareth Byrne to celebrate the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.
This selection invites readers to reflect upon their own experience of God's love and mercy in Christ, and to find consolation with and in him. We are also encouraged to develop and nurture a profound sense of compassion and forgiveness in our dealings with others. In prayer we allow ourselves to feel God's mercy at work in our lives and commit ourselves to be 'merciful like the Father'.
The salvation which God offers us is the work of his mercy … God, by his sheer grace, draws us to himself and makes us one with him. He sends his Spirit into our hearts to make us his children, transforming us and enabling us to respond to his love by our lives.’
- Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 112
Gareth Byrne is a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin assisting in St Gabriel’s Parish and in the other parishes of the Clontarf/Dollymount Pastoral Area. He is chairman of the Dublin Diocesan Council of Priests. Dr Byrne is Head of Religious Education at Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin City University, and Coordinator of the Irish Centre for Religious Education.