My Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Building on the legacy of the Jubilee of Mercy, our 2017 Together in Action Campaign theme is the beatitude - “Blessed are the merciful, for they will obtain mercy”(Mt. 5:7).
Mercy is the compassion in our hearts (misericordia) for another person’s misery which drives us to do what we can to help another. Mercy, therefore, is both “affective,” involving the emotions, as well as “effective,” involving practical assistance.
We can find inspiration in the prayer of Saint Faustina, a humble apostle of Divine Mercy in our times:
“Help me, O Lord,
…that my eyes may be merciful, so that I will never be suspicious or judge by appearances, but always look for what is beautiful in my neighbours’ souls and be of help to them;
…that my ears may be merciful, so that I will be attentive to my neighbours’ needs, and not indifferent to their pains and complaints;
…that my tongue may be merciful, so that I will never speak badly of others, but have a word of comfort and forgiveness for all;
…that my hands may be merciful and full of good deeds;
…that my feet may be merciful, so that I will hasten to help my neighbour, despite my own fatigue and weariness;
…that my heart may be merciful, so that I myself will share in all the sufferings of my neighbour” (Diary, 163).
Our Together and Action Campaign flows from a profound experience of our God as the Father of Mercy. May we respond to generous love of the Father through our financial contributions to TIA, which enables our diocesan family to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy in so many ways.
Wishing you all the best, I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
F. B. Henry
Bishop Emeritus of Calgary