Friday, March 18, 2016

Mercy, the same one that the Virgin Mary celebrated in the Magnificat


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March 18 – Our Lady of Ajaccio (Corsica, France) - Saint Cyril of Jerusalem

Mercy, the same one that the Virgin Mary celebrated in the Magnificat

Saint John Paul II said that ''Lebanon is more than a country -- it is a message.'' What message was he talking about? For me, first of all, it is a message of mercy, the same mercy that the Virgin Mary sings about in the Magnificat. This message is needed more than ever, as the situation of our Muslim and Christian brethren has deteriorated in many places.

It is vital that at your school, dear brothers and sisters, dear Lebanese friends, we reclaim this term of "mercy," whose roots are as deep as those of the cedar, in order to spread out our branches harmoniously towards each other! Thus, nourished and strengthened by the sap of mercy, we will grow to heaven!

I like to point out that two of Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels can be put side by side. On the one side Jesus said: "Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Mt 5:48), and in Luke: "Be merciful as your Father is merciful" (Luke 6:36). We can probably assume that it is mercy that bears the seal of spiritual perfection.

His Eminence Philippe Barbarin, Cardinal, Archbishop of Lyons, France
Islamo-Christian Meeting of Jamhour, Lebanon, April 11, 2015

His Eminence
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