To celebrate Pope Francis’ declaration of 2016 as the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Anna Burke ponders the nature and quality of mercy in this considered book of reflections.
By exploring a series of pertinent Gospel questions, The Quality of Mercy highlights how, in practising forgiveness and charity, we are living out Christ’s teachings in the most fundamental way. Jesus taught us that mercy can take many forms, and may not always appear in obvious guises.
We must learn to understand what mercy means for our life journey, but, more importantly, we must learn to give it generously, in the spirit that Christ intended.
Anna Burke is a Sister of Mercy who works in Adult Faith Development in the diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois. She has worked in education and faith development in Florida, Zambia, South Africa and Ireland. Her particular interest is in praying with Scripture. Previous publications include Sacred the Hour: The Rosary Story in Mystery (2007), Where Blessings Flow: Words of Glory and Thanks (2008), When Silence Falls: The Stations of the Cross (2008) and In the Secret of My Heart: Moments of Stillness in the Heart of Christ (2010), all published by Veritas.